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Sunday, June 22, 2008

GET CARTER THEME!

GET CARTER THEME!

Roy Budd is one of my favorite film composers of the ‘70s AND ‘80S. His jazz compositions and instincts are outstanding. The latest issue of Cineam Retro has a retrospect on the tough Michael Caine cult film Get Carter. Reading it made me pull out the soundtrack LP from my collection. It had been a while since I’d listened to it and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it.

A check of YouTube quickly turned up a couple of cuts from the score.



The second cut (Girl In The Car) starts out as a riff on the above main theme and then branches out.




This cut from the great B-movie Who Dares Wins, has another great Budd theme.




A child prodigy with perfect pitch, Budd began scoring television series in 1967 providing the jaunty, jazzy theme tune for the Granada TV series Mr Rose (starring William Mervyn as an eccentric retired police chief).

His first score for the big screen was for the American western Soldier Blue in 1970 (though most of his other film work was on British productions).
His best known score is still from the 1971 Michael Caine film Get Carter, which marked the first notable use of his hallmark method of using the film's sound effects (in this case, Caine's train journey from London to Newcastle) to complement the music.

Budd later worked on a number of films for the producer Euan Lloyd, including Paper Tiger, The Wild Geese, The Sea Wolves and Who Dares Wins. Another was the Kidnapped 1971 soundtrack.

He died at age 46 in 1993, due to a brain haemorrhage.

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