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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Long before Darth Vader and Indiana Jones launched John Williams to a stratum of fame comparable to their own, he was merely Johnny Williams, composer of record on forgettable cinematic trifles like the frothy 1965 caper comedy John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! But notoriety notwithstanding, on closer inspection this proves to be one of Williams' most inventive and delightful efforts, mixing and matching elements of British Invasion pop, spy-movie themes, and Middle Eastern exotica to create music that's as slyly satiric as it is affectionate. Williams' frenetic cues keep pace with the corkscrew trajectory of the onscreen narrative. Each brief, dynamic melody takes its turn in the spotlight then quickly makes way for the next, like a row of dominoes toppling over. Film Score Monthly's limited-edition 2005 reissue deserves a round of applause as well. Bonus tracks, liner notes, and still photos add greater background and clarity to a score that plainly demands rediscovery.

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