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Monday, October 06, 2008


On Any Sunday
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Harkit Records HRKCD 8185 (EU)
12 Tracks 27:32 mins

La-La Land Records are not the only one to recently champion the work of Dominic Frontiere. Harkit Records have now released the composer's score for the 1971 motorcycle film On Any Sunday, which was directed by Bruce Brown, who co-produced the film with Steve McQueen, himself a keen racer of course. Indeed, Brown bought his first bike after taking inspiration from McQueen's escapades in The Great Escape; as revealed in his comments for the booklet accompanying this CD, which also features comment from McQueen and MotoX Magazine Editor Simon Swan.
Frontiere's music for the film is as "hip and happening" as McQueen and the times in general for that matter; the album opening with the breezy title song, featuring lyrics by Sally Stevens, who also has a hand in the choral group performance of the number. The seductive bossa nova "The End of Love" follows, and then the lively pop of "Stretchin' Out." A wordless reprise of the title song follows, and then another propulsive track in "Sunday Drivin.'" "I Believed" slows things down considerably, followed by the easy-going "Hindsight" and the groovy "Messin' Around." The organ-lead "Theme For The Champions" is something of a spaghetti western influenced piece, delivered as a tango; with more propulsive grooviness following in "Cross Country." Drama is provided by "Widow Maker," with its nod towards Lalo Schifrin's Mission:Impossible theme.
The album concludes with a third version of the title song, delivered in more laid-back style by lyricist Stevens.
Harkit have interestingly included the musician credits on the back cover, which reads like something of a who's who of great performers, from the composer himself on Rocksichord, Emil Richards on percussion, Tommy Tedesco on guitar, Tommy Morgan on harmonica, Pete and Conte Candoli on trumpets, Dick Nash on trombone, Mike Melvoin of organ and piano, and Tom Scott on flute, tenor and piccolo.
All in all, this album features a great collection of tunes which if, like me, you were raised in the late '60s, will hold great nostalgic appeal.
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