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Album Review

In spite of its short length (26 minutes), Bacharach's Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid soundtrack is still a fine release. Many fans will be pleased to see one of his biggest hits here, the B.J. Thomas vehicle "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (augmented by an instrumental and additional vocal version that add little). What's really intriguing, though, are the various instrumental settings for the film: the densely arranged, yet infectious opener "The Sundance Kid"; a languid bossa nova "Not Goin' Home Anymore" (Brazil goes way out west?); the raucous, vaudevillian production number "The Old Fun City"; and a soaring, Ennio Morricone-inspired ballad "Come Touch the Sun" (with its golden-toned trumpet solo, it's particularly reminiscent of Morricone's Once Upon a Time in the West soundtrack). The top number here, though, is "South American Getaway." With its beautifully layered choral harmonies, briskly swinging waltz rhythm, and hauntingly beautiful solo vocal (another Morricone touch), it, in fact, stands as one of Bacahrach's best. These instrumental tracks offer a nice contrast to Bacharach's more well-known pop vocal hits of the '60s and make Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid a must for both the casual and dedicated fan. And to make this soundtrack even more of a worthwhile purchase, it hopefully will be re-released as part of disc with another of Bacharach's late-'60s soundtracks like Casino Royale.

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As A Soundtrack Should Be

Like all great soundtracks, this album is further enriched by the contexts of the movie. "Raindrops" brings out more character when put to Butch and Etta riding on the same bike as though they "had been the ones to get involved"; the spectacular "South American Getaway" makes us both cheer and feel sorry for the trio as it plays to a montage of them robbing Bolivians; "The Old Fun City" starts off with the exciting prospect of going someplace new--to leave the woes of their present--but ends making us wonder if things could ever be different for the three, as Sundance and Etta dance together while Butch sits alone to himself, decorated in fallen party streamers. Interestingly, this soundtrack is three times longer than the score of the movie. "The Sundance Kid", for example, is not in the movie, but it really helps make the album worthy of a full release. The album, and movie in unison, come with my highest recommendations.


Born: May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, MO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With a hit-single track record spanning four decades, Burt Bacharach became one of the most important composers of popular music in the 20th century, almost equal to such classic tunesmiths as George Gershwin or Irving Berlin. His sophisticated yet breezy productions borrowed from cool jazz, soul, Brazilian bossa nova, and traditional pop to virtually define and undoubtedly transcend the staid forms of Brill Building adult pop during the 1960s. Born May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, he studied cello,...
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