Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2011 February 07 • Monday

The 151st Soundtrack of the Week is The Quiller Memorandum by John Barry (November 3, 1933–January 30, 2011).

Much of The Quiller Memorandum was shot on location in West Berlin. Check it out: Jay Jay Johnson, Julian "Cannonball" Adderly, Art Farmer, Ron Carter, Mel Lewis and Joe Zawinul were playing!

The first track on the Side 1 of the soundtrack LP is the main theme, called "Wednesday's Child". It's a waltz played on the barrel organ, accompanied by orchestra. It's a suitably atmospheric theme and, like the movie and much of the music, recalls The Ipcress File, which came out a year earlier.

"Quiller Caught—The Fight" could fit easily into a Bond movie (Thunderball or Goldfinger) or The Ipcress File. It's great suspenseful music and benefits from subtle use of the cymbalom.

"The Barrel Organ" is "Wednesday's Child" for solo barrel organ, no orchestra this time. This is followed by "Oktober—Walk from the River", is more classic Barry espionage suspense music and includes the "Wednesday's Child" theme as well as more tasteful cymbalom playing.

"Downtown" was a huge hit for Petulah Clark in the mid-sixties—and Vic Flick played guitar on her original recording. This is an instrumental, polka-ish version that's used as source music in the movie.