Dirty Harry - The Original Score CD Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany
Fabulously moody and often tremendously dark and exciting, Schifrin’s seminal first score in the Dirty Harry series presented the world of action/thrillers with a distinctive new voice. This was a voice that was building upon the modern urban milieu that Schifrin, himself, had started with Bullitt and, without losing a shred of that score’s unflappable cool, was bold and experimental enough to venture into eerie and compulsive territory that the genre had not explored before. The themes are exquisite – from Scorpio’s deep-bass, fast-paced violent funk to the haunting, mysterious vocals of the almost orgasmic Sally Stevens, to the atypically tragic melancholy of Harry’s signature cue. The score complemented the film perfectly and set in motion one the most popular and indivisible music-and-movie relationships that the genre has known. Aleph’s presentation of the full score is wonderfully produced in dazzling stereo and from incredibly sharp multi-track masters. Lalo Schifrin’s further scores in the series would take Harry into new dimensions, but all would retain that integral urban-jazz fusion alongside strong new thematic personalities, voices and motifs.</p>
Well recommended.
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