Classics: Lalo Schifrin – Theme from Bullitt (Warner Bros.)
Steve McQueen, who died at the age of 50 back on Nov. 07, 1980, was one of the most famous American actors in the 60’s/70’s. You might remember his famous role as Josh Randall on US TV series ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ which aired from 1958 until 1961. Meanwhile, his most popular films include ‘Papillon’, ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’, ‘The Gateway’ and ‘Le Mans’. But also ‘The Towering Inferno’, ‘The Magnificient Seven’ and ‘The Great Escape’. Then, you’ve guessed it… ‘Bullitt’, from the name of its main character (the Lt. Frank Bullitt).
The 1968 Peter Yates directed ‘Bullitt’, featured the aforementioned along with Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. ‘Bullitt’ is also remembered for its car chase in the streets of San Francisco, itself standing as the longest in the genre in the history of cinema. A masterpiece which pretty much deserved a soundtrack in consequence. With thanks to its fascinating concept, under the direction of Lalo Schifrin (Theme from ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Dirty Harry’) featuring Bud Shank (flute), Ray Brown (bass), Howard Roberts (guitar) and Larry Bunker (drums).
‘Bullitt’ eventually reappeared almost 30 years later as a 4-track EP including two additional remixes courtesy of The Black Dog (Warner.ESP)