November 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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The Graduate – 30th Anniversary reissue  
Performed by Simon and Garfunkel
  OST, music by Paul SIMON and David GRUSIN
  COLUMBIA   [36:57]

The Graduate

This is a very special album. The Graduate was released in 1967 and most will recall Dustin Hoffman being seduced by Anne Bancroft and then running off with her daughter, Katherine Ross. This is a digital transfer of the immensely successful soundtrack album. And no wonder it was so popular with all those outstanding Paul Simon tracks that have now reached the status of pop classics. "The Sound of Silence"; "Mrs Robinson"; "April Come She Will" and "Scarborough Fair". They resonated and blended in so well with the screenplay – almost as thoughts of the up-tight graduate, music that is formal, almost classical, madrigal-like yet with immediate popular appeal (listen to the intricate harmonies of "Scarborough Fair"). As if that was not enough there are the tracks of Dave Grusin’s infectious music including: "The Singleman Party Foxtrot"; "Sunporch Cha-Cha" the bossa-nova rhythms of "On the Strip", the blowsy "The Folks"; and the inventiveness of "Whew".

An undoubted classic

Ian Lace


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