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The Falcon and the Snowman [Soundtrack]

Lyle Mays , Pat Metheny Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Psalm 121/Flight Of The Falcon
2. Daulton Lee
3. Chris
4. 'The Falcon'
5. This Is Not America
6. Extent Of The Lie
7. The Level Of Deception
8. Capture
9. Epilogue (Psalm 121)

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His prolific output, indelible sound, and innate versatility would earmark Pat Metheny as an obvious candidate for film music, making this lone 1985 foray into film scoring remarkable for its singularity. The set is credited to the Pat Metheny Group, then a sextet including brilliant percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, with choir and orchestra added to expand the music's sweep--added ammunition, to be sure, but ironically of diminishing value when Metheny's signature guitar shimmer, Lyle Mays's multi-layered, textured keyboards, and the rest of the group could create such vivid music without props. The centerpiece remains their lone collaboration with David Bowie on "This Is Not America," a tasteful and largely successful collaboration intended to underline the espionage thriller's central theme of alienation and disaffection. Ironically, Metheny's most "cinematic" music has been delivered since, albeit in the conventional context of his subsequent albums, especially 1992's solo Secret Story. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligence Personified June 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
'The Falcon and the Snowman' was, frankly, a so-so film, but it was the inspiration for this gorgeous soundtrack. I have the movie on DVD, and although the sound is crystal clear, it's unfortunately in mono. The movie featured songs by many other artists -- such as Free's 'All Right Now' and the Doobie Brothers' 'China Grove' -- but this album focuses entirely on music performed and arranged by Metheny and Mays. My copy of the CD simply uses a photo-reduction of the original LP sleeve, so the text is virtually unreadable. But reading through the end credits on the DVD, the band personnel are Metheny, Mays, Rodby and Wertico. There's no mention of another singing percussionist -- neither Aznar nor Vasconcelos are acknowledged to be on this album, although the chanting on 'The Falcon' sounds identical to Pedro's voice.
The album is a gem, although there are basically just two constantly recurring themes: the sublime 'Daulton Lee' and the chart-destined 'Chris'/'This is not America'. Track #6, 'The Extent of the Lie', is another Metheny/Mays soundscape, of the type first tried out on the 'As Falls Wichita' album.
I remember seeing Metheny in interview at the time of the making of this soundtrack -- it was all recorded in England -- and this was at a time when Metheny and Mays were effectively the unofficial sales arm of New England Digital. Metheny gave a superbly modest demonstration of the synclavier, using a keyboard rather than a guitar as the input vehicle. It was fascinating to see the sheet music automatically generated from his doodlings. Sounds simple now, but back in 1985 this was impressive!
The film features my ideal intelligence job: you lock yourself away where no-one can reach you, and you observe many of the top-secret activities going on around the globe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pat Who?? May 3 2003
By Zebulon
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Pat Metheny. I was feeling David Bowie's "China Girls" and when the track "This Is Not America" came out, I went and brought this album hoping to hear some even fatter tracks from David Bowie. I'll never forget walking down S. King Dr on the south side of Chicago, and putting in my walkman the soundtrack. When "Psalms 121" came on I was in a trance! To this day, I have no idea how far I walked on that hot summer day of 1988 but I kept turning that tape over and over again, thus was my introduction to Pat Metheny. I am a huge fan of his and was fortunate enough to see him in Chicago during the "We Live Here" tour. There he actually performed for the first time "This Is Not America" and it was an unforgetful, AWESOME show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Metheny and Mays shine on Side One of Soundtrack Sept. 24 1999
Format:Audio CD
While Side 2 (commencing with Bowie's crooning on the theme song) is pretty much a wash out in terms of jazz and film music - the chorales are just too much!), Side 1 is a different kettle of fish altogether. Highglighting a string of 4 SUPER CUTS is the main theme "Chris", probably the seminal pre-hip hop rhythm of the 80s, layered with Lyle Mayes poignant synthesizers. "Chris" is one of those hypnotic groove jams you immediately want to put on a tape loop and play for 60 minutes until you've achieved that altered state of consciousness. "Dalton", another jam, is almost just as infectious. So just program your CD to repeat the first four cuts ad infinitum and you'll be transported.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Album EVER...by ANYBODY June 27 2002
By EdwardG
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly say that I have listened to this album over a zillion times and of ALL the music I've listened to in my life(been listening to jazz since I was four)this is my "Favorite Album of ALL Time"...Bar none. This was the beginning of my listening to Pat Metheny and company in 1985. These are the most thought provoking melodies and the most harmonius music I've evr heard." "Daulton Lee" is my favorite piece. L-O-V-E It. Also I love "Chris" and "This is not America". I've listened and bought every PMG album I can find since.I have seen them in concert four times and they never cease to amaze me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie score May 19 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One needs to have watched the movie to enjoy the musical score, as a backdrop to how life seemed to go awry for two Catholic former altar boys. Pat Metheny's style is elemental, somewhat echolaliac, and definitely original. I suppose recalling the starkness of life that had gotten awry from much promise makes one reach back to what made life promising. Thus, from many of those who had reviewed this album, the music might falter in encouraging Pat Metheny would-be fans. I think that for an artist to lend his originality to a film that was stirring (or any film that stirs thoughts towards philosophy-making) Pat Metheny stands out rather well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Awesome music! July 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains some incredible pieces of music. I agree with a previous reviewer who said you can just close your eyes and get lost in it. What a fantastic score that is far superior to the movie it was written for. Forget the film, this music stands on it's own. It's inspirational. Thank you Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. This is one of those "take me away to that state of bliss" albums. I'll admit that the second portion of this disc is not in the same league as the first half, but it's so wonderful it's worth every penny and then some. Especially track number 3 "Chris". Beautiful!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Soundtrack
I have listend to this soundtrack millions of times and NEVER get tired of the tracks "Chris", "Daulton Lee" and "This is Not America" (both... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2002 by Cheryl Meril
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Soundtrack
I have listend to this soundtrack millions of times and NEVER get tired of the tracks "Chris," "Daulton Lee," and "This is Not America" (both instrumental and vocal versions). Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2002 by Cheryl Meril
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Soundtrack
This is my favorite soundtrack. The opener with the boys choir is great (I am still trying to get the sheet music for that -- I have seen many similar items, but not that... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002 by Randy Given
4.0 out of 5 stars Metheny's only soundtrack??
ummm, I hope sutherland's review was written before 1999, when Metheny did the soundtrack for "A Map of the World."
Published on July 20 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Cool Soundtrack!!
The Pat Metheny Group gives Hollywood a taste of what's missing. A movie soundtrack that is hip and smooth. Read more
Published on May 19 2002 by smoothjazzandmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
I am a huge Pat Metheny fan, but I can't heartily recommend this album (but I could enthusiastically recommend the 10 other Pat Metheny CDs I own and treasure!). Why? Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by Ann K. Hobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Falcon and the snowman
I bought this CD for the one song "CHRIS" and it was worth it! I had heard this cut many times on jazz stations but they never announced who it was! Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2000 by Karl Derr
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
This is the soundtrack to the greatest movie of all time. Written and performed by the greatest Jazz artist of all time, Pat Metheny. BUY THIS!
Published on Nov. 21 1999
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