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Car, The (Original Soundtrack) 
Written by: on March 24th, 2015

Original Release Date: 1977
Composer: Leonard Rosenman
Approximate running time: 40:50
Tracks: 26
Label: Intrada
Retail Price: $19.99

The respected New York City musician Leonard Rosenman composed music for countless television and film projects, dealing within the confines of every conceivable genre. Deft and able to adapt to any action, dramatic or even comedic tone, Rosenman was in no shortage of work, particularly during the 1970s and 80s, where the composer would see some of his recognized work hit the big and small screens with scores for television’s Marcus Welby, M.D. as well as the first sequel to the iconic Robocop franchise.

Intrada has lovingly re-released another Rosenman gem from the vault, however, here with his score to the 1977 action picture The Car, directed by Elliot Silverstein. Rosenman delivers a score which combines dramatic tension with the sort of lean and focused action cues likely learned from the composer’s time scoring for television films during the medium’s glory days on major networks ABC and CBS.

There’s plenty of low horns and strings here, creating an unsettled atmosphere of dread which works perfectly against Silverstein’s tale of a demonic car on a rampage. There are stings and bursts of action (“Chase”) to move against the more slow burn dramatics presented by slow brass passages, while the score itself breezes by without a minute wasted, never letting up for a moment.

Intrada have made it their business in providing definitive releases of formerly hard-to-find scores from the glory days of cinema and T.V., and this is no exception: The Car is one fun, wild ride.

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