Three rare slices of work from the mighty Francis Lai – all lesser-known soundtracks done for Universal
Pictures in the late 60s – a company who didn't set his music to record as much as other studios, even though they worked with Lai during some of his most creative years! First up is 3 Into 2 Won't Go – a beautiful store that both mixes some of the sentimental modes that Lai used with director Claude Lelouch, and also touches on some jazzier elements too – almost like a French take on some of the bossa-inflected styles of the Italian 60s generation of soundtracks. Titles include "Eyes", "Leaving", "You Married Young", "First Time Home", "Cinema", "Arrival/
Afterwards", and "Dinner". Next is House Of Cards – not the Nextflix drama, but a late 60s soundtrack that has some nicely striking modes – a few more dramatic sweeps here and there, balanced with that sense of space and warmth that we always love in a soundtrack from Francis Lai! There's a really beautiful main theme that comes back a number of times – sometimes with organ or light instrumentation, ala A Man & A Woman. Titles include "Chateau De Cartes", "The Human Concert", "Ballroom Source", "Trip To Rome", "Flame Game", "Meeting Day", and "Reno Arrives". Berlin Affair has a really long, really vivid soundtrack here – one that's awash in the kind of lovely themes we love from Francis Lai, but which also has some nice crime drama elements too – balanced back and forth very nicely, in a way that creates a wonderfully vivid vibe that moves past even the usual treats we've come to expect from Lai! Titles include "Pete In Gallery", "Pursuing Pete", "Jet Flight", "Phone Call", "Blonde", "Steinplatz", "Languin", "Showdown", "Wendi's Death", and "Pete Loves Wendi". 52 tracks in all – with detailed notes as well!