Games People Play

Some interesting sounds have appeared on my desk lately.

I discovered a copy of Roy Budd’s fantastic soundtrack to Get Carter and have been enjoying it a lot. It’s a great movie, starring Michael Caine in a career highlight, and the book it was adapted from (Jacks Return Home, by Ted Lewis) is a cracking read.

The soundtrack is crossover soul-inflected jazz interspersed with early 70s electronic effects and some haunting atmospheric work. Well worth tracking down.

Received from John recently: a collection by country-soul crossover king Joe South, best known for the post-hippy anthem “Games People Play.”

Joe is a grower, if you can get past the sometimes overenthusiastic studio trickery from thirty-something years ago, and this old country boy definitely goes with the Joe South attitude.

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