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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Tompall & The Glaser Brothers - ...Tick..Tick...Tick... (1970)

All tracks are songs sung by Tompall and the Glaser Brothers
1. Theme from "...tick...tick...tick..." (Set Yourself Free) (03:23)
2. California Girl (And the Tennessee Square) (02:42)
3. Why Do You Do Me Like You Do (01:59)
4. All That Keeps Ya' Going (02:09)
5. Where Has All the Love Gone (02:27)
6. Woman, Woman (03:11)
7. What Does It Take (02:32)
8. Home's Where the Hurt Is (02:37)
9. Walk Unashamed (03:09)
10. Gentle On My Mind (02:39)

Total Duration: 00:26:48
In 1969 Tompall & the Glaser Brothers fulfilled their contract with MGM, and as an incentive to re-sign offered to score the company's newest film, the racially charged drama Tick...Tick...Tick.... The film's producers scrapped the existing soundtrack and replaced it with previously released songs from the Glaser Brothers' back catalog, with the exception of "Theme from Tick...Tick...Tick...," which was written by fellow country outlaw and frequent Tompall collaborator Hoover. Unfairly lumped into the blaxpoitation genre, the film follows a newly elected black sheriff, Jim Brown, and his predecessor, George Kennedy, as they struggle to unite a bigoted and polarized Southern county. Director Ralph Nelson utilizes these songs much in the same way that Mike Nichols built The Graduate around the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Characters chase each other through empty fields and townies bake in the heat of summer on rickety porch swings, all the while propelled by the Glaser Brothers' tight country-folk. Outstanding versions of "All That Keeps Ya Going" -- also by Hoover -- and John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" add a level of amiable compassion to the film that would have buckled under the weight of an orchestral score. However, it's the banjo-fueled title theme that makes this sought-after soundtrack so appealing, as it manages to mix country, soul, and a gospel-tinged chorus into a sepia-toned snapshot of the '60s that is genuinely moving.
Review by James Christopher Monger

Provided by Cinemageddon user Twistin thru Funkback
Link to movie review
Ralph Nelson - ...Tick...Tick...Tick (1970)


Funkback said...

This is NOT a typical Funk/Soul score for a menacing exploitation movie. But oddly satisfying all the same. Check what the ripper had to say about it:
Notes from the Twisterground:
Not quite blaxploitation musically, likewise the film itself was a precursor to the cocky vibe of urban blaxploitation, with a more down South attitude to parallel the racial divide and eventual empowerment. This soundtrack may not mean much if you haven't seen the film; by the same token, you're not likely to drag this one into your next DJ'ing gig nor use samples for that mash-up you've been trying to complete for weeks. But it's a great moodsetter to fry eggs on the sidewalk to.

I agree! And at the same time urge Y'all to get up off Your asses and actually watch the movie first. One good reason is because in the only TV-rip currently available the rotten guys at MGM refused to let TCM use the beautiful soundtrack, which results in a very scoreless movie. And You get to savour these gems afterwards You lucky bastard!!

VLverne said...

Love the album though...Set yourself free, all that keeps ya goin really beautiful songs...stays on my mind...all these years

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