Despite the presence of Michael Caine in the lead & Bryan Forbes at the helm, Deadfall died at the box office. John Barry's music however has been rescued & restored by FSM who present the complete score as originally issued on the 1968 LP release with a further 2 bonus cuts.
The 14 minute plus 'Romance For Guitar & Orchestra' (played by Renmate Tarrago) is reason enough to purchase the score. Integral though it is to the film's structure, taking place in `real time' at a concert hall and undescoring the robbery at the house, it stands independent of anything else heard in the score and is undoubtedly a major jewel in Barry's crown.
`Statue Dances' is a curious piece of ephemera as it updates the Barry sound of `The Beat Girl' era and adds a playful Spanish twist. The remaining 3 instrumental tracks of the original score is fairly typical of Barry at his best and bears the unmistakable signature of the man who scored Bond. Further cementing the Bond comparisons is the presence of Shirley Bassey who lends her dramatic pipes to the movie's sole song `My Love Has Two Faces'.
The 2 bonus cuts are versions of `My Love Has Two Faces', the first sung by an unknown male vocalist opens and ends like a Bond theme and it's a shame that we do not have Bassey singing this version. The second is an instrumental demo played by an uncredited group who raise the tempo with piano & sax - at a guess this may have been considered for a commercial release.
1. My Love Has Two Faces
2. The Meeting
3. Statue Dance
4. The Last Deadfall
5. My Love Has Two Faces (Instrumental)
6. Romance For Guitar And Orchestra
7. My Love Has Two Faces
8. My Love Has Two Faces (Instrumental Demo)