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The Friends of Eddie Coyle/Three Days of the Condor (1973/1975)
Music by Dave Grusin
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Price: $19.95
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: June 2012
Catalog #: Vol. 15, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

Of all the composers who have achieved success in both film music and jazz, Dave Grusin is perhaps the most successful crossover artist, earning an Original Score Oscar as well as 10 Grammys (including seven for his non-film work). This FSM twofer presents the premiere CD release of 2 Grusin scores from the 1970s, when the composer first became an A-list film talent.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) was Peter Yates’s naturalistic crime drama about a small-time criminal from Boston (portrayed by Robert Mitchum) whose “friends” comprise an assortment of unsavory characters on both sides of the law. Grusin’s jazzy score features a raw, edgy character that emphasizes the film’s low-key, naturalistic approach. The music mostly highlights the film’s milieu (with several loud, funky cues) and accentuates the suspense scenes, leaving the story’s tragic undercurrent largely unaddressed until the melancholy finale. This premiere release of the complete score to The Friends of Eddie Coyle is newly mixed from the 16-track 2" master tapes.

Three Days of the Condor (1975) is the story of C.I.A. agent Joseph Turner (Robert Redford) who stumbles on an agency plot that, although fictional, turned out—to the surprise of the writers—to be remarkably close to contemporary reality. In his first collaboration with director Sidney Pollack, Grusin created an upbeat and modern R&B sound—emphasizing romance,escapism and the then–cutting-edge technology employed by the C.I.A. Throughout the film the composer’s alternation of lighthearted jazz and more traditionally sinister scoring helps confound the audience’s expectations. This FSM CD features the 1975 Capitol soundtrack album for Three Days of the Condor (SW 11469), presented from the ¼" two-track stereo album master, as well as cues either omitted from or abridged on the album, newly mixed from the original 2" 24-track multitracks.

FSM’s 24-page booklet, designed by art director Joe Sikoryak, includes numerous film stills and extensive notes on both productions by Scott Bettencourt and Lukas Kendall, including the usual track-by-track analysis. FSM is pleased to contribute to this great jazz master’s burgeoning film music discography—the disc is a must for all jazz lovers, Grusin fans and anyone who appreciates the unique character of a perfectly gauged jazz film score.  

Dave Grusin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Dave Grusin (b. 1934) is a composer, arranger, jazz pianist and recording artist who has made major contributions to jazz and popular music as well as film, where his deft blending of orchestra and pop music (either/or, and often both!) has enriched projects in all genres—but he is especially known for his sensitive touch for acclaimed dramas. He has also composed a number of well-known TV themes, from The Name of the Game to Baretta to St. Elsewhere. FSM has released some of his earliest work on CD, including his TV music for The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.—our pleasure, as he was pretty much great from day one. IMDB

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Nice. Very nice.

listening to the samples still and I am so excited for Friends of Eddie Coyle getting a CD score release... and 3 Days of the Condor is Icing on the cake. I just wish Criterion would upgrade this title to BLU.

"Listen. I work for the CIA. I am not a spy. I just read books!"

Total masterpiece! I ordered this fabulous double header on the spot!
It's a dream come true: unbelievable.

"They put your hand in a drawer... then somebody kicks the drawer shut. Ever hear bones breaking?
Just like a man snapping a shingle. Hurts like a bastard".
—Eddie Coyle to Jackie Brown culled from The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle on DVD

There haven't been any CDs I've ordered 'on the spot' recently - but that one definitely has been :)

THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!

I got the Three Days of the Condor Blu Ray last month and was thinking "this would make a fine FSM CD if only... " and here we are !!

One of my all time favorite films, this is great news, you just made my day after coming home from the disappointing Prometheus :D

Hot dang. Another terrific entry for FSM's hardboiled 70s thriller collection.

Klute / All the President's Men
Marathon Man / The Parallax View
Point Blank / The Outfit
Zigzag / The Super Cops
The French Connection / French Connection II
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
The Getaway
The Yakuza

Thanks, Lukas.

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle
Three Days Of The Condor

Leader (Conductor):
David Grusin

Harold Ayres, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Harry Bluestone, James Getzoff, Karen Jones, Louis Kaufman, Jacob Krachmalnick, Marvin Limonick, Alfred Lustgarten, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Jack Pepper, Stanley Plummer, Ralph Schaeffer, Ralph Silverman, Albert Steinberg, Joseph Stepansky, Marcia Van Dyke, Charles Veal, Jr., Gerald Vinci, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Myer Bello, Norman Forrest, Allan Harshman, David Schwartz, Linn Subotnick

Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Joseph DiTullio, Christine Ermacoff, Marie Fera, David Filerman, Kathleen Hougesen (Lustgarten), Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Jeffrey G. Solow

Raymond M. "Ray" Brown, Charles W. Rainey

Gene Cipriano, Jules Jacob, John Neufeld, William R. Perkins, Jerome Richardson, Thomas W. Scott, C. E. "Bud" Shank

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, Richard E. Perissi

Tom Bahler, Charles B. Findley, Paul T. Hubinon

Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Charles C. Loper, Frank Rosolino

John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Ralph E. Grierson, Artie Kane, Michael R. Wofford

Artie Kane, Ian R. Underwood

Dennis Budimir, Hugh McCracken, Lee M. Ritenour

Fender (electric) Bass:
Charles W. Rainey

Anne Stockton (Mason)

Ralph MacDonald, Harvey Mason, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards)

Larry Bunker, John P. Guerin, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards)

Tom Bahler, Jack Elliott, David Grusin

Phillip Kahgan

Orchestra Manager:
Martin Berman

Alf H. Clausen, Joseph Estren, James Waery

Joseph Estren

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