Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Old-School Wednesday: 'Three Days of the Condor' OST

"I'm taking a survey... do you believe
the condor is an endangered species?"

On this old-school Wednesday, I'd like to take a moment to pay tribute to a siiiick old-school soundtrack. Dave Grusin's score for the 1975 Sydney Pollack film "Three Days of the Condor" is now at the top of my sampling list. Effortlessly cool from front to back, the soundtrack pulses with jazz sensibility and occasionally bounces with enough blaxploitation-era soul to go up against OSTs for "Shaft" and "Coffy."

In fact, there are actually a lot of really, really great obscure '70s movie soundtracks, from "Helles Belles" to Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man" score and even the score from "Jerry Cotton: FBI's Top Man." And if you're looking for one that mixes a little more country music in, check out the great score for "Vanishing Point."

On top of that, the film is pretty good as well. It's essentially a look at the CIA's dirty tricks post-Vietnam, and turns on the star power of a young Robert Redford, who as a Company bookreader manages to uncover a sinister plot, evade a world-class assassin and bang a very, very hot Faye Dunaway after holding her hostage (pimpin' since been pimpin' since been PIMPIN').

Anyway, check it out here. Definitely worth your time.

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