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Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

Arista (07822-19005-2)

Release Date: May 19, 1998

Conducted by Bernard Herrmann / Dave Blume

Format: CD

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1. Main Title

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 2:15
2. Thank God For The Rain

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 1:38
3. Cleaning The Cab

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 1:05
4. I Still Cant Sleep / They Cannot Touch Her (Betsys Theme)

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 4:31
5. Phone Call / I Realize How Much She Is Like The Others / A Strange Customer / Watching Palantine On TV / Youre Gonna Die In Hell / Betsys Theme / Hitting The Girl

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 6:10
6. The .44 Magnum Is A Monster

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 3:20
7. Getting Into Shape / Listen You Screwheads / Gun Play / Dear Father & Mother / The Card / Soap Opera

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 5:25
8. Sport And Iris

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 2:18
9. The $20 Bill / Target Practice

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 2:33
10. Assassination Attempt / After The Carnage

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 5:04
11. A Reluctant Hero / Betsy / End Credits

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 4:40
12. Diary Of A Taxi Driver (Album Version)

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 4:28
13. Gods Lonley Man (Album Version, With Alternate Ending)

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 2:00
14. Theme From Taxi Driver

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 4:02
15. I Work The WholeCity

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 2:24
16. Betsy In A White Dress

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 2:13
17. The Days Do Not End

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 4:05
18. Theme From Taxi Driver (Reprise)

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 2:25
  Total Album Time: 60:36

Review

by Dan Goldwasser
October 15, 1998
[3.5 / 5]
Bernard Herrmann's last film score was for Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER. He died the day after the score was finished being recorded. It is therefore almost a testament to his memory that Arista Records released the complete score to TAXI DRIVER on CD.

Herrmann chose horns and percussion to represent the strength and impression of solidity that Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) emanates. The majority of the score is dark horns with a jazzy element underscoring it.

In addition to the complete score, a few extras are included: "Diary of a Taxi Driver" contains narration from the film over Herrmann's music. Also, a few tracks which were arranged by Dave Blume are presented, allowing us to hear a jazz interpretation of the themes.

If you are a fan of a calm, dark score, this CD is perfect for you. If you are a Herrmann completionist, then definitely pick it up. But if you are expecting a rousing score (ala VERTIGO), then you might want to pass on this one.


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