The Friends Of Eddie Coyle OST (Gatefold)
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Dave Grusin's superb funky ambient score for Peter Yates' 1973 cult crime movie, 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle, remastered from the original tapes with one bonus alternate take. Featuring a new essay by leading UK writer and musician David Toop, this LP edition is housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, the release also features a stunning cover by highly sought-after Alternative Movie Poster illustrator - and Mondo favourite - Oliver Barrett.
The music composed here by Dave Grusin for this superb film is both funky and jazzy and on a par with Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin's best soundtracks of the early 70s. Peter Yates who had directed 'Bullitt' knew who to go for when it came to outstanding musicians and Grusin was certainly one of the best young composers in Hollywood at the time. He would sign another more famous score in 1975 with "3 Days of the Condor" but The Eddie Coyle soundtrack recorded two years before is even more stunning. It plays like a hypnotic slow-burning suite and is performed by the cream of the LA jazz scene including John Guerin, Chuck Rainey, Tom Scott, Bud Shank and percussionist Emil Richards.