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The Thomas Crown Affair - Expanded

The Thomas Crown Affair - Expanded

Limited Edition
Quartet Records

Release Date: June 10, 2014

Conducted by Michel Legrand

Format: CD

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1. 1968 ALBUM: The Windmills Of Your Mind* 2:24
2. Room Service 1:41
3. A Man's Castle 2:41
4. The Chess Game 5:58
5. Cash And Carry 2:35
6. His Eyes, Her Eyes (sung my Michel Legrand) 2:17
7. Playing The Field 5:48
8. Moments Of Love 2:19
9. The Boston Wrangler 2:49
10. Doubting Thomas 3:48
11. The Crowning Touch 2:59
12. The Windmills Of Your Mind 2:22
13. His Eyes, Her Eyes 2:15
14. ORIGINAL SCORE: The Windmills Of Your Mind (sung by Noel Harrison) 2:25
15. Knock, Knock 0:50
16. The Gang 3:02
17. Getaway 0:52
18. Escapeline 1:28
19. Cemetary 1:20
20. More Cemetary 1:19
21. Enter Vicky 0:25
22. The Windmills Of Your Mind (sung by Noel harrison) 1:25
23. Polo 0:47
24. Brandy 1:33
25. Chess Anyone? 4:26
26. Let's Play Something Else 1:18
27. Togetherness 1:38
28. Don't Bug Me 1:15
29. Beach House 1:01
30. Love Montage 1:21
31. No Deals 1:01
32. All My Love, Tommy 3:07
  Total Album Time: 70:29

From the Manufacturer

Quartet Records and MGM are proud to present the world premiere release of Michel Legrand's complete original soundtrack from the highly sophisticated 1968 thriller The Thomas Crown Affair. Legrand infused his music with a new, fresh and never-before-heard style, mixing influences of jazz, pop, Baroque and Stravinsky. It was sophisticated and chic–and worked perfectly with the film.

Legrand also composed (along with Alan & Marilyn Bergman) the beautiful song "The Windmills of Your Mind"–a song that immediately became a classic, with countless recorded versions around the world. It won Legrand and the Bergmans the Academy Award for Best Original Song (the composer was also nominated for Best Original Score).

The music was recorded in Los Angeles, with Michel Legrand conducting a great group of musicians–including Ray Brown and Shelly Manne in the rhythm section, Louise DiTullio on flute, Bud Shank on alto saxophone, Vincent DeRosa on horn, etc. When the film and the song became a success, United Artists naturally decided to release an album, but as was common with soundtrack LPs of the era, they opted for a re-recording with new arrangements that made for a supposedly more pleasant listening experience. Legrand beautifully arranged his material and re-recorded the music in France.

The LP–a masterpiece in terms of its arrangements, sound and production–was a huge success, repeatedly re-released until today. The album was first issued on CD in the nineties by Ryko; it was later reissued by Varèse Sarabande and a couple of times in Japan, but the original film recording has never before been released–until now.

This CD contains the remastered album presentation (with much-improved sound) plus the entire original recording presented from mono elements, courtesy of MGM. The package includes a 16-page full-color booklet with liner notes by Legrand biographer Stéphane Lerouge, including quotes from the composer, Norman Jewison, Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Alexandre Desplat.

The ultimate presentation of a score that defines the essence of the elegant and sophisticated sound of the sixties. The cool essence!

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