MASH

MASH

by Johnny Mandel
     
 
On face value, this soundtrack made a lot more sense as a release in 1970, before the advent of home video, than it seems to in 2000. The movie M*A*S*H was part of that new wave of American cinema in which the traditional Hollywood method of scoring, with original, Romantic-style instrumental music backing many of the most important scenes, was abandoned.

Overview

On face value, this soundtrack made a lot more sense as a release in 1970, before the advent of home video, than it seems to in 2000. The movie M*A*S*H was part of that new wave of American cinema in which the traditional Hollywood method of scoring, with original, Romantic-style instrumental music backing many of the most important scenes, was abandoned. Instead, Johnny Mandel's work largely involved arranging period tunes and effect music (especially military and football-related themes), although he also wrote a memorable main title theme ("Suicide Is Painless"), which proved to be a gold mine many times over with its use in the long-running television series spawned two years after the movie. The "Theme From M*A*S*H," as it's usually known, is heard in several different arrangements, including the often heard jazz version by Ahmad Jamal, and its very first appearance, with its thoroughly depressing lyric sung in the style of the Lettermen (vocals credited to "The Mash"). It also reappears in its best incarnation ever, as a folk-blues solo number in the middle of the sequence labeled "Painless' Suicide, Funeral, and Resurrection" (and one wishes the singer were credited). The rest is primarily incidental music evoking the period and setting within the film and the ironies behind its violent, comical action, arranged by Mandel, all interspersed with extended dialogue sequence. It holds up much better than one would expect, the editing of the dialogue and music summing up the movie beautifully and in a surprisingly lively and exciting fashion. And that bluesy rendition of "Suicide Is Painless" is a good musical bonus as well, and points up one bet that the producers of the television series missed -- in the first season, when they had Loudon Wainwright III as a recurring character (Captain Spaulding), he sang a few songs, but he never sang "Suicide Is Painless."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646680421
catalogNumber:
66804

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
  2. Duke and Hawkeye Arrive at M.A.S.H./Dedication Scroll/Jeep Ride to ...
  3. The Operating Theater/Happy Days Are Here Again
  4. Major Houlihan and Major Burns/Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo/Hail to the ...
  5. Painless' Suicide, Funeral and Resurrection/Jig's up, The/Theme ...
  6. Hot Lips Shows Her True Colors/Chattanooga Choo Choo
  7. Moments to Remember/Happy Days Are Here Again
  8. Football Game, The/Washington Post March/Kill 'Em Galop
  9. Going Home/Happy Days Are Here Again
  10. M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
  11. Dedication Scroll/Jeep Ride
  12. Jig's Up
  13. To Japan
  14. Japanese Children's Hospital
  15. Tent Scene
  16. Kill 'Em Galop

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Mandel   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bobby Troup   Contributor
Marvin Miller   Contributor
Tom Skerritt   Contributor
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
John Guerriere   Engineer
Jerry Jones   Contributor
Johnny Mandel   Contributor
Ken Prymus   Contributor
David Arkin   Contributor
Indus Arthur   Contributor
Kim Atwood   Contributor
Rene Auberjonois   Contributor
Roger Bowen   Contributor
Gary Burghoff   Contributor
Cathleen Cordell   Contributor
Dawn Damon   Contributor
Robert Duvall   Contributor
Corey Fisher   Contributor
Danny Goldman   Contributor
Elliott Gould   Contributor
Sally Kellerman   Contributor
Ted Knight   Contributor
Rick Neilan   Contributor
Jo Ann Pflug   Contributor
John Schuck   Contributor
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Donald Sutherland   Contributor
Fred Williamson   Contributor
G. Wood   Contributor
Charles Burr   Liner Notes
Chris Herles   Remixing
Tim Brown   Contributor

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