The Peddlers

Goodbye Gemini [Original Soundtrack]

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With his first-ever film score, Goodbye Gemini, composer Christopher Gunning introduced a lounge-inspired, soulful jazz sensibility largely missing from his subsequent work. Few soundtracks capture the swinging '60s quite so eloquently, however, employing lively brass, icy-cool rhythms, and feather-light strings to evoke mod-era London in ravishing detail. While a handful of vocal entries including the Peddlers' "Tell the World We're Not In" and "Nothing's Good for Free" embrace contemporary pop sounds, Gunning's instrumental themes suggest a psychedelicized John Barry, expertly conveying the suspense and disquiet of the onscreen narrative. Harkit's 2004 reissue adds liner notes by film music scholar Andrew Keech as well as stills from the original 1970 movie release. Highly recommended.

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