The Dead Pool [Original Score]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When The Dead Pool, the fifth and last film in the series devoted to the detective Dirty Harry, played by Clint Eastwood, opened in 1988, it had no accompanying soundtrack album to honor the score composed by Lalo Schifrin, who had also written music for three of the other four films in the series. More than two decades later, Schifrin corrects that oversight with this release on his own record label, Aleph, resurrecting the music recorded in June 1988 for the picture. As an album under the control of the composer himself, this, like other Aleph releases, presents a more coherent set of themes than one would have experienced in the theater or than one might have heard ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When The Dead Pool, the fifth and last film in the series devoted to the detective Dirty Harry, played by Clint Eastwood, opened in 1988, it had no accompanying soundtrack album to honor the score composed by Lalo Schifrin, who had also written music for three of the other four films in the series. More than two decades later, Schifrin corrects that oversight with this release on his own record label, Aleph, resurrecting the music recorded in June 1988 for the picture. As an album under the control of the composer himself, this, like other Aleph releases, presents a more coherent set of themes than one would have experienced in the theater or than one might have heard on a standard soundtrack album released simultaneously with the film. Rather than present the short cues as edited into the movie, Schifrin uses more complete musical pieces, either by developing them further than there would have been time for onscreen, or by putting them together in suites. Hence, this is a more listenable soundtrack album than many. That said, it is a collection of fairly conventional jazz, rock, and pop arrangements, along with a lot of music that sounds like it could have come from any number of suspense movies of the 1950s. Some of it is particularly beholden to Bernard Herrmann. The Dead Pool was something of an afterthought in the Dirty Harry series, described by annotator Nick Redman basically as a sop thrown to Warner Bros. Pictures by Eastwood to compensate the studio for the bath it was about to take on his "art" film, Bird, a labor-of-love bio-pic of Charlie Parker. The score doesn't break any new ground, either, though it is a typically competent effort from the composer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Aleph Records
  • UPC: 651702636327
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 13,389

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 San Francisco Night (3:42)
  2. 2 Main Title (1:45)
  3. 3 The Pool (2:40)
  4. 4 Time To Get Up (2:06)
  5. 5 High And Dry (3:03)
  6. 6 Something In Return (2:19)
  7. 7 The Rules (3:04)
  8. 8 The Last Autograph (4:09)
  9. 9 The Car (5:53)
  10. 10 Kidnap And Rescue (4:30)
  11. 11 Harpoon (3:11)
  12. 12 The Pier, The Bridge, And The City (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lalo Schifrin Primary Artist, Conductor
Ray Kelley Cello
Gary Foster Saxophone
Steve Kujala Saxophone
Kim Richmond EWI
Bill Watrous Trombone
Sue Raney Bass
Richard Todd French Horn
Murray Adler Violin
Israel Baker Violin
Timothy Barr Bass
Denyse Buffum Viola
Norman Carr Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Harry Cykman Violin
Joe DiBlasi Guitar
Chuck Domanico Bass
Assa Drori Violin
Arni Egilsson Bass
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Alan Estes Percussion, Drums
Charles Everett Violin
Pavel Farkas Violin
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Steve Forman Percussion, Drums
Armen Garabedian Violin
Harris Goldman Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Susan Greenberg Flute
Danny Hemwall Trombone
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Carrie Holzman-Little Viola
James Kanter Clarinet
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Myra Kestenbaum Viola
Ray Kramer Cello
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Bernard Kundell Violin
Carl LaMagna Violin
Betty LaMagna Violin
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael Lang Keyboards
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Bob Lezin Violin
Robert Lipsett Violin
Earl Madison Cello
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Jack Marsh Bassoon
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums
Timothy May Guitar
Jorge Moraga Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Dick Noel Trombone
Don Palmer Violin
Alan Pasqua Keyboards
Joel Peskin EWI
Fernando Pullum Trumpet
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Sheldon Sanov Violin
David Shamban Cello
Henry Sigismonti French Horn
Spiro Stamos Violin
Gary Stockdale Keyboards
Sheridon Stokes Flute
Allan Vogel Oboe
Ken Yerke Violin
Alan DeVeritch Viola
Ezra Kliger Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Fred Selden EWI
Drew Dembowski Bass
John Allen Hornschuch Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Norm Hughes Violin
Dan Savant Trumpet
Mari Tsumura-Botnick Violin
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Dan Hemwall Trombone
Bob Zimmitti Percussion, Drums
Armen Ksajikian Cello
Hans Vidkjer Trombone
John Hornschuch Bass
Brian D. A. O'Connor French Horn
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Art Maebe French Horn
Dennis Karmazan Cello
Douglas Cameron Violin
Chris Ermacoff Cello
Donald Ashworth Saxophone
Norm Carr Violin
Michelle Nardone Viola
Ray Tischer Viola
Sheridan Stokes Flute
Raymond Tischer Viola
David Weiss Oboe
Gary Gray Clarinet
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer, Orchestration
Nick Redman Producer, Liner Notes
Michael Matessino Remixing
Donna Schifrin Executive Producer
Theresa Eastman Schifrin Art Direction
Daniel Hersch Mastering
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