You’d think there’d be more interest in the recent release of Randy Newman’s soundtrack to 1971’s Cold Turkey. It was the very first score from the scion of the Newman Composing Dynasty and has remained unreleased until now. Even more unique than the music, is how it was released – in a limited edition of 1,000, using vault tapes supplied by Randy himself – which includes 25 minutes of bonus material. The film is a forgotten Dick Van Dyke comedy about an entire town kicking the smoking habit. Newman’s score is much as you would expect, with lots of wry Americana (and some overtly patriotic themes) blurring the lines between sincere homage and tongue-in-cheekiness. Interestingly, Newman would come back to some of this material for future recordings. You can hear a refrain from Good Old Boys’ “Birmingham” in the instrumental “City Council Debates,” and there are bound to be others, seeing as this score sat unreleased. The only vocal performance is Randy’s “He Gives Us All Our Love,” later reprised for 1972’s Sail Away. Only $15-20 @ Amazon, HERE, surprising given its limited press run.
Opening (The Flag) (0:18)
He Gives Us All His Love (Performed by Randy Newman) (2:38)
Reverend Running (2:16)
City Council Debates (0:51)
Public Leaders Chime In (1:27)
Please Sign The Pledge (2:11)
Paul Hardly Speaks (0:39)
God’s People (0:41)
Public Leaders (0:40)
Dawn in Eagle Rock (0:27)
The Town Copes (1:16)
World Famous (2:13)
Natalie’s Theme (0:27)
Flying Poodle (0:31)
Walter Chronic Arrives (0:50)
Carnival College (1:47)
Commercialism Montage (2:40)
He Gives Us All His Love (2:05)
Milk and Cookies (0:34)
Press Set-Up – Last Day (0:37)
He Gives Us All His Love (Performed by Randy Newman) (2:25)
Unused Score Suite (6:29)
Cocktail Piano (1:18)
In a Mellow Mood (2:40)
Organ Postlude (0:56)
Washington Post March (1:30)
Stars and Stripes Forever (John Phillip Sousa) (1:26)
Hail to the Chief (0:52)
Marching Band Medley (2:30)
Unused Source 1 (2:04)
Unused Source 2 (1:55)
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