Blow Out - Complete Score - Pino Donaggio

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Powerful original soundtrack from superb Brian De Palma thriller with John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz. For this release, Intrada went back to Donaggio's 1/4" two-track stereo mixes, made from the original 2" 24-track masters recorded in New York. Donaggio prepared his own 48-minute album mock-up of nearly the entire score for potential release back in 1981 but record never materialized back then. (Premiere release did finally happen on Prometheus label in 2002 but has long been out-of-print.) While mock-up album master remains vaulted in pristine condition at MGM, sadly no other master elements have ever surfaced. Fortunately, Donaggio mixed all but just a very few short bits. Intrada CD now brings music back for a new generation, corrects certain track titles and sequencing plus, for purists, identifies cue slate details for the few unavailable cues Donaggio deleted. As with previous release, CD opens with reprise of "Theme From Blow Out" but now follows with all-important "low budget horror movie" faux-score for "Coed Frenzy" that opens picture, establishes harmonic vernacular of composer in decidedly sleaze-disco setting and allows introduction of striking symphonic "Jack Rescues Sally" music to play in startling contrast. Donaggio returns to both styles of music throughout. Main theme is incredibly wistful, romantic idea in minor key that features piano, flute, strings. Overall architecture of score is interesting: themes play, new ideas are introduced, moments for reflection, even cafe jazz all take place... then composer (and picture) take off in serious, weighted direction with dramatic slow-motion shots and rousing musical flourishes to match. When climax finally happens, Donaggio returns to wistful melody, wraps entire score in genuinely haunting fashion. Cool orchestrational idea: French horns in unison launch opening rescue music, then play smaller role in score for lengthy spell. As stirring action climax nears, horns come back front and center. A dynamic masterpiece! Natale Massara conducts.
Track Listing
01. Theme FromBlow Out (3:45)
02. Coed Frenzy Disco (2:53)
03. Jack Rescues Sally (2:22)
04. Hospital To Motel (2:05)
05. Jack Leaves Cutting Room* (0:46)
06. Jack Cuts Out Pictures (1:48)
07. Jack & Sally In Caf≈Ω 1 (3:46)
08. Freddie And Mobsters Ð Parts 1 & 2 (2:39)
09. Jack & Sally In Caf≈Ω 2 (0:46)
10. Burke Kills Redhead (3:16)
11. Jack Discovers Gunshot (1:07)
12. Burke In Phone Booth (1:04)
13. Burke & Manners/JackÕs Tapes Erased* (1:54)
14. Jack Retreives Tapes* (0:39)
15. Sally Slugs Karp (1:11)
16. Jack Copies Tapes* (0:44)
17. Burke Calls Sally (1:02)
18. Burke Kills Hooker (3:00)
19. Sally Into Station (1:10)
20. Jack Runs After Sally (3:15)
21. Car Through Glass Window (1:18)
22. Burke Kills Sally (3:37)
23. Jack Kills Burke (2:43)
24. Theme From Blow Out (End Credits) (3:45)