The Italian Job soundtrack was composed by Michael Jackson's producer Quincy Jones and includes 'on days like these' and 'getta bloomin move' on which is referred to as the self preservation society which has been used in numerous commercials and is synomous with the film.
This release features up graded art and new notes by Johnny Trunk and also come in a 12" vinyl edition.
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I pretty much only remember the literal cliffhanger and peripheral kiss off to 'The Italian Job', so it's come as a surprise to encounter Quincy Jones serene, unabashedly romantic soundtrack, which is as spry and delightful as it is tense, bringing forth upbeat baroque arrangements, wedding-style ditties and fun little caper snippets. This soundtrack is most compelling in its two renditions of "On Days Like These", a saccharine pop song sung by Matt Monro in a hybrid of Italian and English. The song is as smooth and wildly dramatic as pop gets, with subtle bass notes leaning into the song as strings ascend and a Sinatra-esque Monro coos into the abyss. The second version of the song, an instrumental belted out by saxophonist Peter King, proves that Jones is a fine composer and songwriter, affectionate to his film's topic sentence -- "this is a caper movie" -- but happy to make compositions after his own, filled-to-the-brim style.
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