The Getaway marked a poignant but important chapter in the
working relationship of director Sam Peckinpah and composer Jerry Fielding.
Their relationship had become the stuff of legend - a tough, argumentative
working methodology that would yield four legendary scores including The
Wild Bunch. The Getaway was their fifth venture but the score was
eventually trashed by the co–producer and star of the film: Steve McQueen!
The story is based on a dissolute,
nightmarish pulp fiction novel about a jail break by Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen)
aided by his wife Carol (Ali McGraw), Carol arranges a deal for the release of
her husband with one of the parole officers in return for a heist job that
eventual goes awry and turns into a desperate cat and mouse chase across Texas
as the couple flee from one sorry situation to another.
Fielding recognized the rather dark
nihilistic, escapist and melancholy mood of the film and provided a rather
tense and a moody score. The album starts with ‘Benyon’s World’, a
country-style piece with emphasis on guitar. This jaunty beginning is soon
turned around – as Fielding scores the dramatic expected Peckinpahish violence
with trademark martial motifs and sustained strings. Examples include ‘The Bank
robbery’, ‘Bullet Proof’ and ‘Casing the Joint’.
Some warm and dreamy riffs on harmonica
bring short but well-deserved relief in ‘Texas Trash Heap’. This also marks the
second reprise of the love theme heard earlier in ‘Doc and Carol’ The last
track has a bonus one minute interview with Fielding himself discussing the
ethics of Hollywood.
As usual, this FSM CD comes with the
trademark and legendary booklet notes that go into great detail over the
ousting of Fielding’s work in favour of Quincy Jones, the film’s last minute
replacement. There is also a detailed discussion about how the director
eventually redeemed himself and made peace with Filelding. Track by track
analyses are by Nick Redman who also happens to be a great endorser of
Fielding’s work. Complimenting the CD is a free bonus 30 minute DVD which
houses a short documentary on Fielding with Redman interviewing his family
giving greater insight into the man’s legacy as well about his friendship with
this fella called ‘Sam’.
The Getaway is a treat for fans of Jerry Fielding, and a
great CD to start a Jerry Fielding collection. The Film Score Monthly
team have done a remarkable job on the production of this disc set.
Film Score Monthly News Release:
Sam Peckinpah and Jerry Fielding formed one
of the most potent director/composer collaborations in cinema history, creating
lasting works in The Wild Bunch (1969), Straw Dogs (1971) and Bring
Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). One of their efforts together, sadly,
was not to be: The Getaway (1972), for which Fielding's score was
replaced by an equally fine yet different one by Quincy Jones.
For years Fielding's score was known only by reputation;
associate producer Gordon Dawson said it was ‘like a man in a green suit
walking in a forest.’ Portions were included on a private Jerry Fielding
compilation in 1992; finally, this CD features the premiere authorized release
of the complete score in excellent stereo sound.
The Getaway starred Steve
McQueen and Ali Macgraw as a husband-and-wife criminal team attempting to save
not only their lives and their loot but their marriage. Fielding provided the
requisite action and thriller strains, but keyed onto the couple's fraying
relationship with gentle, melancholy colors and a sophisticated, ‘feathery’
As a special bonus, this CD package includes a bonus
promotional item not for sale separately: a DVD of the half-hour documentary, Main
Title 1M1: Jerry Fielding, Sam Peckinpah and The Getaway, a highly personal
reminiscence by three of the women in Jerry Fielding's life: his wife Camille,
daughter Elizabeth, and Peckinpah confidante Katy Haber.
(Please note: This is an ALL REGION NTSC DVD,
which means it will play on an ALL REGION DVD player.)
Liner notes by Peckinpah authority Nick Redman -- who
produced this album and directed the documentary film -- provide a wealth of
historical detail, and exact timings for relating the music to the motion
picture. This is a must-have package for fans of Peckinpah, Fielding, and '70s
- Benyon's World 1:35
- The Water Hole 2:25
- Doc And Carol 1:26
- Casing The Joint 1:31
- The Bank Robbery 7:47
- Bullet Proof 1:30
- Payoff 2:22
- Bag Theft 3:31
- Laughlin's 0:42
- Punch It, Baby 1:20
- Shall We Gather At The River 0:48
- Texas Trash Heap 1:23
- Hombres 1:04
- Money Talks 2:28
- Hotel Confrontation 4:18
- End Credits 3:51
Total Time: 38:05