Sudden Impact CD – ALEPH 040


FEATURING: Original score by Lalo Schifrin.
Entire original score never been released, only excerpts on LP.

Aleph Records, has also released the scores for the first three films of the series, DIRTY HARRY, MAGNUM FORCE, and THE ENFORCER. The complete soundtrack to SUDDEN IMPACT makes its debut for the first time to CD. With only excerpts released on the first DIRTY HARRY LP, this is the complete score plus additional bonus tracks that has been remixed from the original multi-track masters.

For Lalo Schifrin, a decade had passed since his own last encounter with Harry Callahan. … Lalo reported for duty in 1983, fully aware that times—and musical tastes—had changed, and that he had to retain the spirit of Harry while making him a more modern invention: a product of a techno-age, where everything in movies seemed, bigger, louder, and generally larger than life. With BULLITT in 1968, and DIRTY HARRY in 1971, Lalo had defined the sound of San Francisco. The glittering canyons and raking tarmac hills had pulsated to hip grooves: a jazzy, snazzy, bass-fueled back beat that was so cool you couldn’t believe you were hearing it, so much as dreaming it, living it, so deep into your consciousness did it penetrate. … Ten years on, Lalo figured, Harry was older, maybe wiser, maybe mellower. Maybe he was more studied, took his time, thought things through. In SUDDEN IMPACT the score doesn’t push or propel, but supports, keeps Harry rooted, anchored, detached from the madness surrounding him. And additionally, in keeping with the subject matter, it’s a tad gentler, and yes, even romantic at times. Perhaps this would be Harry’s last go-round. Find love with Jennifer and hang up the big artillery. Sit back, take it easy, have a brew.

– Nick Redman