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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/1995
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646680421
  • Catalog Number: 66804

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Mandel Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
Tim Brown Contributor
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