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The soundtrack to O Lucky man, flows in and out of the movie with an integrated
music video feeling, as they place Alan (originally in the first incarnation of the british Blues-Beat group, the Animals with Eric Burdon) and the band right within elements of happenings in the movie. It's so appropriate and they pull off the whole thing as you almost don't notice, or if you did in 1973, how would you approach or interpret the concept? As the music video was a few years off (but many Promo films were often made to push a single or LP before the 80's) this would be a fresh feeling (but others did do this in previous films, one case in point is another fabulous film by Nicholas Roeg "performance" with the mob-blues- rap by Mick Jagger's character, originally filmed late 1968 in the UK.
If you have not seen the movie, it's one of the great movies from
the 70's with many elements relevant or even moreso it seems today.
Excellent comedy with a message and dark and twisted nightmarish segments
really tie things to the 3 hour area of watchability.
The lyrics of the soundtrack reflect the topical visuals and storyline, also perfect
reflection of many issues and political viewpoints of this day.
Funky Power pop is the best I can describe this album, but it has more than that. At times
also sounding like Harry Nillson at his best with diverse instrumentation and themes.
From the original Canadian gatefold stereo Issued in 1973 on Warner.
This has in recent years been re-issued on CD according to Amazon.
If you are to peruse the CD reissue(s), it seems people are unhappy with
the newer "collectors choice" RE, and enjoy the first WB Cd issue from the 90's much
more as it has less 'noise'.
Also a note about the running order on the LP sides. If you look on the label,
you notice you get true Track order listings. Most if not all other LP's
start the number count for tracks over on side two. (ie. side A tracks 1-5 side B-tracks 1-6 ) but O LUCKY MAN idicates 1-5 side one, then continues 6-10 on side two.