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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Original Soundtrack

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01
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Opening Theme)
1:29  
02
Medication Valse
5:23  
03
Bus Ride To Paradise
4:26  
04
Cruising
2:23  
05
Trolling
3:52  
06
Aloha Los Pescadores
3:06  
07
Charmaine
6:26  
08
Play The Game
3:55  
09
Last Dance
5:29  
10
Act Of Love
1:19  
11
Jingle Bells
2:27  
12
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Closing Theme)
3:37  
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:52

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Dillholio

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.

They Say All Music Guide

A film that helped to cement Jack Nicholson’s reputation as an actor willing to take roles on the bleeding edge, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was also notable for giving director Milos Forman a solid position in American cinema…and for giving composer Jack Nitzsche a place to show what he could do. As it is, the edgy nature of the film extends into the score, giving it a profoundly disturbing feel at times — even when it appears to be relatively normal. The music has a tendency to always be a little off-kilter, and from time to time it tilts completely over into a strange little world of its own (something very familiar to fans of Van Dyke Parks, with whom Nitzsche worked quite a bit). It’s a pity that this score has faded from sight over the time since its 1991 remastering; the music has certainly continued to stand up well over time. – Steven McDonald

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