Jack Nitzsche, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
I love the film – and have seen it a few times, but one day, about a decade ago or so, when I was working in a music store, I decided I was going to play the score in-store. I’m not sure it was the best experience for customers, hopefully, for some at least, it was quite nice – but for me it was a revelation; the music is most certainly noticeable in the film – anyone who has seen the flick remembers the bowed saw at least – but hearing it as a full album was a mini revelation for me; to be fair it was probably at a time when I was borderline-obsessed with movie soundtracks, both compilations of source music and original scores. So I purchased that copy (on CD) after the in-store play. I kept it for years, played it a bit, loved it. Then forgot about it – in the playing sense (I can hear that score if I close my eyes, think of the movie, etc). Shopping for records recently I’d made a purchase then returned to the counter because on the way out I spied a vinyl copy of the Cuckoo’s Nest theme (I think my original interest in it was also around the fact that Jack Nitzsche had composed/arranged it, I knew him from, in particular, his work with, and for, Phil Spector and Neil Young and even had a compilation of Nitzsche productions). This second-hand LP is in good nick, there was a warning sticker telling me the cover was slightly damaged, but it’s fine. Just a little thin, about to fall apart more so than actually falling apart. But the sticker also tells me there’s a poster inside – an original poster (of Randall McMurphy/Jack Nicholson). Amazing to think that’s stayed in there since the album was released. I think it will stay there too. My wall doesn’t need it. But my room came alive at the sound of this beautiful, hypnotic score. I’m glad to have this music back in my collection. And it’ll likely bring about another screening of the film too.
Sample Track: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Closing Theme)
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