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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 1960s
The sounds of easy riders, damn dirty apes, cool cars and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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The Great Escape – Elmer Bernstein (1963)

 


The Great Escape
Composer: Elmer Bernstein
It has become a boorishly repetitive anthem for English footie fans, but that just speaks to the enduring appeal of Elmer Bernstein’s military-themed score for this timeless POW pic. Helped by director John Sturges’ determination to give the music room to breathe on the movie’s soundtrack, Bernstein’s work is one of those scores that truly works on two levels. It provides themes for the characters and action, and works as a cohesive piece of music even if you’ve never seen a frame. Forget the football use – this is still the theme to countless bank holidays and Boxing Day memories.

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1 sort ya site out
ya click on one pic and get the blurb for the next one! More

Posted by combourg on Tuesday June 11, 2013, 15:16

2 Where's THE GRADUATE!?
I can't believe any list of 1960s soundtracks would exclude that. I mean, after the Beatles and musicals like the Sound of Music and West Side Story, that WAS the soundtrack of the '60s. More

Posted by kmcryer on Monday May 20, 2013, 03:44

3 Jungle Book rules!!!
This was the soundtrack to my childhood. In an age before video and when this wasn't accessible to me in the cinema I lived and breathed this film via this extraordinary LP with foldout sleeve. I still love it just as much today and the songs and incidental music still provide a thrill every time I hear them. "Look for the... " More

Posted by dturner69 on Friday May 10, 2013, 09:37

4 minus the BIGGEST 60's soundtrack..good job
you're kidding right..?? u must've forgot...THE SOUND OF MUSIC..?? only the BIGGEST and the MOST POPULAR soundtrack of the 60's cinema!! and...Help! over A Hard Day's Night..?? screwy... OHMSS over Goldfinger..?? well, maybe SCORE-wise, the former does rank higher, but the latter's got the greatest Bond theme, THAT should count for something, right..?? and Django...?? c'mon...and where's 2001: A Space Odyssey..?? More

Posted by Avengers12 on Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:28

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The list is pretty spot on, though I'm not sure if Hard Days Night counts as an OST. If the list were a little bigger, could have included Midnight Cowboy, The Ipcress File, The Sound of Music and Zulu. More

Posted by markgunston on Saturday May 4, 2013, 13:43

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Double plus good on The Magnificent Seven, Where Eagles Dare and The Great Escape. And did you know, there were (thankfully unused in the film) lyrics for The Great Escape theme? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xep8U7hYZ2o More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Monday April 29, 2013, 23:18

7 CRIMINAL!!!???!!!
It's difficult to disagree with any of the above but I find it utterly unforgiveable that neither Herbie Hancock's 'Blow Up' or, more significantly, that 'Midnight Cowboy's' soundtrack have failed to receive any mention. Perhaps a Top 25 would be more appropriate in order to see their inclusion & smooth over this sizeable error? More

Posted by Stevius on Friday April 26, 2013, 22:26


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