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 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Previously released over 20 years ago on CD, David Shire’s captivating soundtrack to The Conversation is reissued in remastered form alongside new artwork and album notes from film music journalist Michael Beek. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974, tense contemporary thriller, gives The Godfather: Part II a run for its money when it comes to citing the director’s best. The Academy Awards agreed, nominating both for a Best Picture Oscar in its 1974 batch, though the brilliant Corleone sequel would pip The Conversation to the post on the night.

Gene Hackman plays hi-tech wiretapper Harry Caul, a master in his field but away from his job a socially awkward loner. Composer David Shire captures his twilight world with a magnificent score entirely performed on solo piano. The jazz flavour counteracts perfectly alongside Harry’s lonely sax playing in his apartment, his escape from his insidious occupation.

Shire, Coppola’s brother-in-law having married his sister Talia had made his mark on Broadway and Hollywood as a composer, songwriter and arranger. His scores include some of the biggest films of the 1970s including The Taking Of Pelham 123, All The President’s Men and Norma Rae, the latter securing him an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song, It Goes Like It Goes.


1.Theme From ‘The Conversation’
2. The End Of The Day
3. No More Questions / Phoning The Director
4. Blues For Harry (Combo)
5. To The Office / The Elevator
6. Whatever Was Arranged
7. The Confessional
8. Amy’s Theme
9. Dream Sequence
10. Plumbing Problem
11. Harry Carried
12. The Girl In The Limo
13. Finale And End Credits
14. Theme From ‘The Conversation’ (Ensemble)

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Fantastic theme!

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

aaaannnd ordered. Obviously. Now just want the film remastered and on a 4K UHD.

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

One of my very favorites. Never had an issue with the old Intrada release, but now of course wondering how this one sounds.

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Whoa, I don’t even have this one, so I'm game. I'll get this.

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Nice score if you like moody solo piano plus a couple of jazz band numbers. Good to see it available again.
But the sound of the old Intrada seems fine to me. Of all the CDs I have, this is probably something like number 2,435 on my list of priorities for CDs that I wish could be remastered. So I'll be sticking with the one I have.

 Posted:   Feb 8, 2023 - 11:24 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Nice as a UK buyer to be able to buy a soundtrack CD these days and it cost less than £15 including postage!



 Posted:   Feb 9, 2023 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

Nice as a UK buyer to be able to buy a soundtrack CD these days and it cost less than £15 including postage!



Good times indeed. This will likely be one of my few purchases this year, unless some Grails come along (looking at you, Varese/ Brainstorm).

 Posted:   Feb 9, 2023 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   El Aurence   (Member)


Very good news.

The movie is superb.

I am looking forward to this release.

Already at the first time of watching the music was noticeable with a somehow "disturbing" main theme. I really appreciate these minimalistic approaches (surely suitable for this movie of course).


 Posted:   Feb 9, 2023 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   Replicant006   (Member)

Very nice! It's a wonderful movie whose score I'm afraid I don't remember much. But I think this needs to be added to my collection.

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