Cat Stevens Harold and Maude Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 180g Vinyl LP
50th Anniversary 180g Vinyl LP Reissue featuring 9 Cat Stevens Originals Plus Additional Dialogue and Instrumental Music from the Film; All Audio Remastered at London's Abbey Road Studios
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the landmark film's release, this new 180g vinyl LP reissue of the Harold and Maude: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack combines nine Cat Stevens originals as well as – for the first time - additional dialogue and instrumental music from the film.
For the new set previously unheard audio masters were unearthed in the Island Records archive for "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out", and all audio has been remastered at London's world renowned Abbey Road Studios. This new edition will also feature enhanced packaging including liner notes, lyrics, transcription of movie dialogue, and photos from the Paramount Pictures production.
Ashby's 1971 film about the unlikely friendship-turned-love story of suicidal teenager Harold Chasen (played by Bud Cort) and 79 year old free spirit Maude (played by Ruth Gordon) is now widely praised as a bona-fide cult classic.
Filled with dark humor and existential drama, the film represents the potentially glorious benefits that can arise from a balanced partnership between conservative pragmatism and colorful free-spirited idealism.
It reveals the deep lying synergy that exists between seemingly opposing views and how, when united, they can flourish to their mutual advantage.
The movie's success and cult status has in part been bolstered by its whimsical and poignant soundtrack, in which all songs are performed by Stevens.
Originally not wanting to release the soundtrack in fear of it being perceived as a ‘greatest hits' album in the early days of his career, Ashby had to do some convincing.
Having listened to songs from landmark albums Mona Bone Jakon and Tea For The Tillerman whilst editing Harold and Maude, Ashby knew from the start that he wanted exclusively Stevens' songs to sonically narrate his film, and after a significant campaign, Ashby won Stevens over and thus, the soundtrack was brought to life.
Cat Stevens Harold and Maude Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Track Listing:
1. Don't Be Shy
2. Dialogue 1 (I Go To Funerals)
3. On The Road To Find Out
4. I Wish, I Wish
5. Tchaikovsky's Concerto No 1 in B
6. Dialogue 2 (How Many Suicides)
7. Marching Band / Dialogue 3 (Harold Meets Maude)
8. 8 Miles From Nowhere
9. Tea For The Tillerman
10. I Think I See The Light
11. Dialogue 4 (Sunflower)
12. Where Do The Children Play?
13. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort vocal)
14. Strauss' Blue Danube
15. Dialogue 5 (Somersaults)
16. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out
17. Dialogue 6 (Harold Loves Maude)
19. If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (ending)
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