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Francis Lai - Love Story: Music From The Motion Picture (1970) Expanded Remastered, Limited Edition 2018

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Francis Lai - Love Story: Music From The Motion Picture (1970) Expanded Remastered, Limited Edition 2018

Francis Lai - Love Story: Music From The Motion Picture (1970)
Expanded Remastered, Limited Edition 2018

EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 232 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 147 Mb | Covers
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Quartet Records | # QR313 | 01:04:21

Quartet Records, Paramount Pictures and Universal Music Group present the remastered, expanded release of the iconic score by the great Francis Lai (A Man and A Woman, Life for Life, House of Cards, Dark Eyes, Bilitis) for the unforgettable 1970 romantic classic Love Story, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw, Ray Milland and John Marley.

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and O’Neal and McGraw’s performances, but won only in the Best Original Score category (the only Oscar ever won by the prolific French composer).

The choice of Francis Lai was a personal obsession of producer Robert Evans, who pursued the composer until he accepted, despite Lai initially refusing to compose the score due to other commitments. But Evans’ intuition was spot-on. Today, Lai’s Love Story score remains one of the most memorable and richly lyrical works in the canon of romantic film scores. The main theme remains one of the most famous melodies in film history, covered countess times—including an especially memorable arrangement by Henry Mancini for RCA.

The original soundtrack LP of Love Story has been a tremendous success over the years, reissued repeatedly, including the CD edition that first appeared on the MCA label in the early ’90s. However, the sound quality of the CD and its reissues was not very good. For this release we have returned to the original master tapes that have been restored, corrected and mastered by Chris Malone, and the resulting sound quality is very much improved. Despite the high-profile reputation of this score, the film does not really contain much music—just over twenty minutes. The album included more music than the film, although some versions were edited, others re-recorded and expanded for the album, with different, lighter arrangements. So we are glad to present the original album plus the original score as it’s heard in the film, restored by Chris Malone from mono elements courtesy of Paramount Pictures (mostly stems and electrovox sources). A couple of alternates of the memorable cue “Snow Frolic” have also been included. This special release is limited to 1000 units and features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond.

Literally millions of people would immediately recognize the "Theme From Love Story" upon hearing it, though they had never seen, or possibly even heard of, the 1970 Paramount film. This is indeed worth something in an era of pre-disposable pop culture – how often do we write things off because of their pre-release hype? Without tracing any elements back to the film, this soundtrack was composed and compiled by Francis Lai, the king of schmaltzy European soundtracks (anyone remember Bilitis or Emmanuelle?), who outdid himself on this rather minimal setup. First there is the theme itself, played now into the 21st century on muzak stations and even lite jazz stations. Its unmistakable cadence string swell just before and after the bridge influenced many who came after him, especially in the 1970s. The track "Snow Frolic" is a combination of "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Love Theme" is restated on a harpsichord before entering into the smooth, easy rock of the melody line. There are a few selections by Bach and Mozart tossed in here for measure, but all of them are merely window dressing for Lai's temptation to see how many ways he can employ the theme song, which he does in virtually every track at least minimally. This is his evil genius: to rake in a bundle for one theme and a series of trumped-up variations that all refer to, quote, and state implicitly that "this is a theme song that will be remembered forever – even if with nausea." And of course, history has proved him right. This is not exactly recommended sit-down listening, but it might be great to pull out at a party when the drinks have been flowing a while. Who knows what reactions will greet you when you do?

Review by Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

~ Francis Lai at Allmusic
~ Francis Lai Website
~ Francis Lai at Wiki

~ Film at IMDB
~ Film at Wiki

Tracklist:

The Original Album

01. Theme from Love Story [3:25]
02. Snow Frolic [3:02]
03. Mozart Sonata in F Major (Allegro) [2:22]
04. I Love You Phil [2:09]
05. The Christmas Trees [2:52]
06. Search for Jenny [3:08]
07. Bozo Barrett [2:48]
08. Skating in Central Park [3:08]
09. The Long Walk Home [1:34]
10. Bach Concerto No. 3 in D Major (Allegro) [2:39]
11. Theme from Love Story (Finale) [4:01]
12. Snow Frolic (Single Version) [2:41]

The Film Score

13. Theme from Love Story [1:25]
14. I Love You Phil [1:07]
15. Mozart Sonata in F Major (Allegro) [0:52]
16. Lovemaking [0:57]
17. Snow Frolic [1:45]
18. Bach Concerto No. 3 in D Major (Allegro) [1:10]
19. Bozo Barrett [1:52]
20. Search for Jenny [3:08]
21. The Christmas Trees [2:25]
22. The Long Walk Home Part 1 [1:27]
23. The Long Walk Home Part 2 [1:09]
24. Skating in Central Park [3:46]
25. The Long Walk Home Part 3 [0:52]
26. Finale [3:52]

Bonus Tracks

27. Snow Frolic (Alternate Mix) [2:41]
28. Theme from Love Story (Guitar Version) [1:46]


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Francis Lai - Love Story: Music From The Motion Picture (1970) Expanded Remastered, Limited Edition 2018