Howard Blake

An Elephant Called Slowly Bias

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An Elephant Called Slowly Bias Review

by Jason Ankeny

Howard Blake's score for the now-forgotten sequel to the hit nature drama Born Free remains one of the great undiscovered soundtracks of the 1970s. A collection of breezy yet funky instrumentals, its mood and approach may seem ill-suited for a family film set in the African jungle, but An Elephant Called Slowly Bias works because its positive energy radiates the warmth and affection so central to the onscreen experience. Blake's nimble, expressive guitar is beautifully complemented by the rolling basslines and jazz-inspired drums, creating feel-good music that's neither dumbed-down nor saccharine. Fans of blaxploitation soundtracks are particularly encouraged to seek this one out.