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The Hot Potato (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Guy Farley
MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Available 25 September 2012

MovieScore Media’s fifth album with the talented British composer Guy Farley presents a very elegant film music homage to the great caper scores of the 1960s and '70s. The Hot Potato, starring Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston, takes place in 1969 and Guy Farley - himself a big fan of the film scoring aesthetics of that period - finds inspiration in the best of British soundtrack hip: John Barry, Laurie Johnson, Ron Grainer...

The spirit of John Barry briefly possessed the body of Guy Farley to bring us a fantastic collaboration that revisits the classic movie scores of the '60s/'70s... at least that's how it felt listening to the soundtrack of The Hot Potato.

It's pretty obvious from the start that Farley is a huge fan of the music of this period, and most notably Barry. I love Barry's early work and I kept forgetting that this was a new soundtrack - I was convinced it was an old Barry score I'd somehow managed to miss.

As a simple illustration of how diverse and talented Farley is, you should compare this score to his earlier work on Knife Edge (most notably the incredible 'England'). You probably couldn't get further apart stylistically and yet he pulls it off both times.

There are so many fantastic themes running through this album that it's almost impossible to know where to start singing its praises.

Just about every cliched sound of the period is present and correct: car chase, romantic backing music with drum brushing, but more importantly there's that familiar jazz vibe. 'The Twins' will remind James Bond fans of numerous classic Barry moments, as will 'Geiger Counter'.

'Theme from The Hot Potato' is wonderfully memorable and while having that distinct Barry-esque feel to it (mixed with a little Henry Mancini), it's certainly all Farley. This is the theme that runs throughout the album.

The album lasts for 42 min, 36 sec and contains 18 tracks of pure nostalgic bliss.


Darren Rea

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