Adagio - Andre Previn* - Rollerball (Original Soundtrack Recording)
Label: Liberty - LN 10291 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Classical, Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack, Modern Classical, Jazz-Funk, Experimental
Coinciding with the Special Edition DVD release of the greatest film Stanley Kubrick never made comes this first ever CD issue of the original Rollerball LP soundtrack not to be confused with the soundtrack to the appalling remake with music by Eric Serra.
Rollerball was made in towards the end of the cycle of serious SF films launched by A Space Odyssey and before Star Wars redirected the genre to retro-action adventure. Thematically and stylistically Rollerball could form the third part of a trilogy with and Kubrick's A Clockwork Orangeand in keeping with those films its soundtrack comprised almost entirely classical music, following the model of the latter by incorporating a little electronics.
His three cues comprise two "source" tracks for the "Executive Party" scene, and despite the film being set sometime in the not too distant future the cues are locked completely in their decade, being solid examples of jazz-funk-rock. Almost all attempts to write "futuristic" music soon sound dated, and these are no exception.
Previn's third cue is a short electronic mood piece called "Glass Sculpture" and has little substance. Specially recorded for the film, as were all the pieces on Allegro (1re Partie) - Beethoven* / Orchestre Philharmonique De Berlin*Direction : Wilhelm Furtwä disc, we Vic Latino - Ultra.Mix presented only with Adagio - Andre Previn* - Rollerball (Original Soundtrack Recording) stirring first three minutes and the music is not reprised at the conclusion of the album.
Instead the disc ends with an extract from Adagio - Andre Previn* - Rollerball (Original Soundtrack Recording) fourth movement of Shostakovitch's Symphony No. This is complimented by two more Shostakovitch extracts, and though staying in Russia, rather jarringly by a waltz from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet. After the Bach the music most people will remember from the film is "Albinoni's Adagio", the haunting melody used as a love theme to express James Caan's character's hopeless love for his estranged wife.
Away from the screen this makes an odd collection, so much so that apart from as a memento of a memorable film it is hard to imagine who would want to listen to these pieces together.
As a bonus the booklet reproduces five full colour examples of film artist Bob Peak's original Anthropology - Claude Thornhill - Best Of The Big Bands paintings. Its nice to see them, but makes one wish they had been included with the LP so they could have been appreciated at a better size.
Gary S Dalkin - as a souvenir of the film; - as an album. Return to Index.
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