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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 3:26 AM   
 By:   Music Box Records   (Member)

FRANCIS LAI AT UNIVERSAL PICTURES:
HOUSE OF CARDS (1968) / 3 INTO 2 WON’T GO (1969) / BERLIN AFFAIR (1970)
Three Original Motion Picture Soundtracks
Music Composed and by Francis lai
Arranged and Conducted by Christian Gaubert


World Premiere 2-CD Release.
115 minutes of unreleased music.
12-page CD booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai.
Limited edition of 750 units.

Ref: MBR-124
Release Date: February 12, 2018

The first 70 copies purchased directly from our online store will be autographed by the composer, Francis Lai (offer limited to 1 autographed copy by customer). Autographs are available while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

In collaboration with Universal Pictures, Music Box Records announces the 2-disc collection Francis Lai at Universal Pictures which featured three previously unreleased scores by the composer. The three scores are arranged and conducted by the talented Christian Gaubert.

Three Into Two Won’t Go is a 1969 drama in which Rod Steiger plays travelling salesman Steve Howard who hooks up a free-spirited hitchhiker. While leading a double life seems fun at first, the girl turns up at Steve's home and moves into the place. Even though it’s a pop score at heart, Francis Lai captured the central conflict of the film with a relatively simple musical solution - creating two different musical worlds to represent Steven’s relationship with his lover and her wife. Two great love themes and a handful of fun source cues cover the entire score of this title.

House of Cards (1968) marks the earliest collaboration of Francis Lai and Universal represented on this disc - the John Guillermin-helmed spy adventure stars George Peppard as a world-weary boxer who hooks up with a wealthy window as he becomes a tutor to her son. The appearance of a Neo-Fascist group disrupts the idyllic life and is followed-by a cross country manhunt culminating in a showdown at the Coliseum. The typical Bond-inspired potboiler gets an engaging and energetic spy jazz score with Lai providing a great theme song as well as memorable action cues.

The second disc is dedicated to Berlin Affair, a 1970 TV movie about a bounty hunter who is tasked with hunting down a former associate. Believing his friend is innocent, Pete Killian (played by Darren McGavin) tries to help his pal until it is revealed that there is indeed malicious intent in the background. Throw in a beautiful girl entangled in the extortion business, the 90-minute television film offers more than 50 minutes of top drawer spy jazz scoring, including a thunderous main theme and a sweet love theme that recalls "Diamonds Are Forever" (though this was written earlier).

The three scores on the album have never been released before and have been fully mastered from complete scoring session elements, stored in Universal vaults. The 12-page booklet features rare photos as well as an essay by Gergely Hubai discussing the composer, his work with Universal as well as each film and score. Limited edition of 750 units.



TRACK LISTING:

DISC 1:

3 INTO 2 WON'T GO (1969)
1.Three into Two Won't Go (Main Titles) (3:35)
2. Eyes (1:22)
3. Leaving (1:21)
4. You Married Young (3:42)
5. Ready (1:59)
6. Cinema (1:00)
7. Steve's Return / In the Garden (4:29)
8. Adoption / Five Pound Note (1:33)
9. First Time Home (1:24)
10. Alone (3:59)
11. Dinner (1:04)
12. Arrival / Afterwards (2:10)
13. End Titles (0:49)

HOUSE OF CARDS (1968)
14. House of Cards (Emblem and Prologue) (2:15)
15. Château de Cartes (2:13)
16. Scene on the Seine / Danger and Death (4:29)
17. The Villa (2:07)
18. The Arsenal / Over the Roof (1:57)
19. The Human Concert (1:45)
20. Ballroom Source (2:42)
21. Reno Arrives (1:25)
22. Château de Cartes (Instrumental) (2:16)
23. Restricted / Fruitful Flight (1:55)
24. Trip to Rome (1:17)
25. Forced Finale (3:11)
26. Flame Game (1:42)
27. Meeting Day (2:17)
28. Château de Cartes (Alternate) (1:53)
29. Château de Cartes (End Credits) (2:16)

Disc 1 Time • 65:22

DISC 2:

BERLIN AFFAIR (1970)
1. Berlin Affair (Main Titles) (3:20)
2. Steinplatz (3:36)
3. Paul and Pete / Information Center (0:38)
4. Pete Left for Dead / Klaus (3:45)
5. Blonde (2:06)
6. Wendi and Pete / Wendi Meets Paul (3:55)
7. Jet Flight (0:54)
8. Berlin / Albert and Camera (0:47)
9. Phone Call (3:22)
10. Everything / To Catch a Friend (0:45)
11. Pursuing Pete (3:15)
12. Pete in Gallery (2:08)
13. Wendi (1:22)
14. Galt Handcuffed (2:40)
15. Wendi Takes Money (2:02)
16. Languin (0:25)
17. Pete Loves Wendi (2:53)
18. Antique Store / Taped Wristwatch (1:01)
19. Showdown (1:23)
20. Wendi's Death (3:13)
21. Joe Taunts Pete (1:06)
22. Bugged Telephone / Berlin Affair (End Titles) (1:01)
23. Berlin Affair (Main Titles) (Alternate) (3:35)

Disc 2 Time • 50:07

Total 2-CD Time • 115:29

For sound clips and available for order, please visit: https://www.musicbox-records.com/en/5743-francis-lai-at-universal-pictures.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 3:34 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

FRANCIS LAI AT UNIVERSAL PICTURES:

BERLIN AFFAIR (1970)


Huh, just watched this movie. The score had it's moments, although the climactic chase cue was too jolly.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Wow! Must be the release of the year, even if we are only in February!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Didn't ever expect to see Three Into Two Won't Go released. I'm trying to cut down on CD purchases but with just 750 copies an instant order......

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)


I'm trying to cut down on CD purchases but with just 750 copies an instant order......

Same here smile
Plus chance to get autograph from legendary Maestro Lai?!
I never heard about all 3 films, but samples are fine, so... Ordered!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Stephen Lister   (Member)

HOUSE OF CARDS! One of my Holy Grails - I never thought I'd see this released (and, typically, I just spent a couple of hours ripping the music from the dvd).

THREE INTO TWO WON'T GO is another Grail item for me, last seen about 40 years ago on the BBC. An excellent release, and a very pleasant surprise indeed.

Needless to say: ordered smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Wonderful! Ordered!!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I see SAE added this to their inventory. I could swear it was 17 euros at music-box yesterday, now it's 20.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

What, no I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name? That's a Universal film. I want that & Hello-Goodbye, that's a Fox film, but both albums are with UMG.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Awesome!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

This came out totally unexpected and was immediately ordered at MBR. I hope it will be a successful release. I like Lai's music from various periods but I think that these scores - unknown to me - come from one of his most prolific one. And on top of that, an autograph by Francis Lai!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

I wasn't familiar with any of the films, but the sound samples sold me. I hope we will see in the not too distant future a CD release titled Maurice Jarre at Universal Pictures encompassing GAMBIT , ISADORA, and RESURRECTION.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)


I see SAE added this to their inventory. I could swear it was 17 euros at music-box yesterday, now it's 20.

If you live outside France & logged in, it will be 17 euros (20 minus taxes).
But if you live in France (or don't logged in), it will be 20 euros.
smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

At last we are getting releases of two of my most wanted 1960s Francis Lai scores, House of Cards(1968) and 3 into 2 Won't Go(1969). It has been a long wait since I saw those films on their first release, thank you Music Box. Also, this is the first release of 2018 from any of the Labels that has interested me! I needed this boost to keep my hopes and spirits up, lol! Ordered!!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)


I see SAE added this to their inventory. I could swear it was 17 euros at music-box yesterday, now it's 20.

If you live outside France & logged in, it will be 17 euros (20 minus taxes).
But if you live in France (or don't logged in), it will be 20 euros.
smile


thanks, I forgot about VAT, although I wasnt signed in so I'm not sure how the vat-free price was displayed.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

Just listened to the sound clips and you can count me in too! With Christian Gaubert arranging, you actually can't go wrong. It was certainly Francis Lai at his best. Following after Bacalov's superb 2 CD set (also containing 3 scores), here's yet another topnotch release from MBR. Well done, guys!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I liked most of what I heard from "3 Into 2 Won't Go".

Didn't like "House of Cards".

"Berlin Affair" did nothing for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Don't forget either about those two Lai soundtracks released by Playtime in January, digital only but in lossless quality. That thread got one reply (mine)!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Don't forget either about those two Lai soundtracks released by Playtime in January, digital only but in lossless quality. That thread got one reply (mine)!

And I thank you for that.

This release was a total surprise. I don't think anyone expected Music Box Records to have access to these Universal Pictures scores.

I know there has been a lot of demand for HOUSE OF CARDS and getting two additional scores from that period is such a welcome treat.

I normally order my CDs from US distributors but in this case I ordered direct from Music Box as soon as I heard about them this morning.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2018 - 11:09 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Excellent news! I watched "House of Cards" a few years ago and thought Francis Lai's score was one of his best, but being Universal and a film nobody remembers I figured the chances were zero it'd ever be released, if it even still existed. Well, here we are, and we not only get "House of Cards" but two more Universal titles Lai scored.

 
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