Music For Electro-Shock Treatment
I recently re-watched Cuckoo's Nest again the other day, & it gave me pause to try out the soundtrack. It's amazing that it has held up over time as a portrait of human beauty, instead of being one of those slow films from the 70's that drags on way too long. The soundtrack is also a testament to the greatness of the film. It could have easily been one of those folk music throw-together's that plagued many movies of the era, for a ready to market souyndtrack. Instead, you get a rather mixed bag: tracks that are standard classical fair, some standard guitar arrangement, & some eery tracks, with sparse & unsettling accompanyment. It's the latter tracks that make this a worthy score: The Opening Theme, Act Of Love, & Closing theme are unusually arranged with off beat instruments, to include the singing saw. I suggest you Wiki Jack Nietsche, a contemporary of Phil Spector & Neil Young, amongst others. It's too bad eMusic does not have more of his work.