No album of The Long Goodbye was released at the time of the film, nor was the single with the Jack Sheldon and Dave Grusin versions prepared by United Artist Records. With the passing of time, the tapes for many United Artist films of that period have been lost, but eight years ago part of the score (about 23 minutes) was released by VarÔøΩse Sarabande in a limited edition CD that quickly sold out. To assemble this album we had to do some detective work, but that has been possible thanks to the efforts of MGM. In their vaults they found (in addition to the tape containing the versions included in the previous edition), two tapes containing new versions: an alternate of Dave Grusin, a jazz piano version featuring Williams himself, and some takes from the underscore. To complete the underscore assembly we used two different 35 mm. magnetic music stems in mono with acceptable sound quality. Finally, a trio of bonus tracks (found on the tapes) concludes the album: a fascinating and fun vocal in which singer Clydie King ad-libs while getting her voice into the song√ïs vibe, a rehearsal of the beach house party chorus with Jack Riley and Clydie King singing with the crowd, and a rehearsal of the solo violin for √íTango Version.√ì So here, finally, is the original concept of John Williams for The Long Goodbye, as conceived by Robert Altman. Because of the many repetitions of the tune and the different sources from which the cues are drawn, this album is not presented in film order, but arranged for pleasant home listening.
The package includes a 24-page full color booklet with liner notes by film music writer Randall D. Larson.
01. The Long Goodbye (John Williams, piano soloist) (3:07) 02. The Long Goodbye (Clydie King, vocal) (4:35) 03. The Long Goodbye (Dave Grusin trio) (5:02) 04. The Long Goodbye (Jack Sheldon, vocal) (3:32) 05. The Long Goodbye (Dave Grusin trio) (4:33) 06. The Long Goodbye √ê Tango (2:30) 07. The Long Goodbye (Irene Kral Dave Grusin trio) (3:11) 08. The Long Goodbye √ê Mariachi (2:04) 09. Marlowe in Mexico (3:37) 10. Main Title Montage (10:58) 11. Night Talk (2:08) 12. The Border (0:34) 13. Love Theme From √íThe Long Goodbye√ì (1:58) 14. The Long Goodbye √ê Sitar (1:02) 15. Guitar Nostalgia (1:01) 16. The Mexican Funeral (2:31) 17. Finale (1:08)
Bonus Tracks 18. Clydie King Adlibs Rehearsal (8:25) 19. Jack Riley and Ensemble Rehearsal (1:39) 20. Violin Rehearsal (2:06) Total Time Disc: 64:57