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Get Carter by Roy Budd (Review)

posted Aug 17, 2010, 1:17 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Aug 17, 2010, 2:03 PM ]


Silva Screen Records gives us a re-release of one of the more iconic film scores of the early 70's. Roy Budd's Get Carter is an iconic jazz infused mob score that hits all the right places in crafting a seedy yet cool atmosphere where bravado lives. The main theme is instantly recognizable and was even reused by Tyler Bates for the Sylvester Stallone remake. The tone is set up with that opening them and what follows is a weaving of songs and jazzy score from Roy Budd with some help from Jack Fishman on some of the songs.

It truly does make a difference that all the songs were also composed (in some cases co-composed) by Roy Budd. They fit so well in the overall quilt of the soundtrack as a whole. In fact in this case the songs outnumber the amount of instrumental score, which for me I wouldn't normally consider score but since it works so well here you may as well consider the songs part of the score.

The musical approach here is a bit untraditional considering there is no theme variations within the score. That iconic theme acts more or less as a bookend. We open with it and close with it. The only variation you hear of the theme within the middle of the score is in the track "Manhunt". Now in most cases I prefer heavily thematic and melodic scores, but with the absence of the theme for almost all of the music it makes the impact that much more grand.

So, what has Silva Screen Records done to this classic score that is worth noting? Not much. It's a repackaged collection of the score that you've seen multiple times under different labels. What could they have done to better the listening experience? Remove all the pesky dialogue clips. Honestly, I don't know who was the first person to put dialogue clips on score releases but I would love to meet them so I can punch them in the face. Listen up all record labels! NO ONE wants dialogue with their scores. It doesn't matter if they're separate tracks or infused in the track itself. We don't want them. Get them out of there. If we want the dialogue then we'll watch the film. It adds NOTHING to the listening experience. In fact it ruins it. I'd rather have a short release than dialogue added to beef up the total running time. So, other than that no complaints about this release.
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