Another man, another chance (1977)/Lai

September 23, 2011

 

 

Francis Lai will go down in history as the composer of one of the more popular songs of all time, Love Story, yet he has done so much more in terms of scores. A Man and a Woman (1966), Live For Life (1967), Itineraine d’un enfant gate (1988), and Bolero (1981). He is still composing today having completed What War May Bring (2010) and is working on Les chemins de l’argueil (2012).

 

Another man another chance, an adult art western film had the misfortune to come out just after Star Wars and tells a sotorie of how the two stars David (James Caan) and Jeanne (Genevieve Bujold) come together. Directed by Claude Lelouch, Lai had already formed a relationship with him and was responsible for several scores to his films.

 

The 43 minute score is divided up into 10 tracks and plays like an extended tone poem of themes and variations. An important part of the soundtrack is the Fifth Symphony of Beethoven and I’ve included an old recording of the first movement for those of you who’ve not heard it before. It’s as famous a motif as Jaws, Dragnet, Frankenstein, and others. I’ve also included the original French track listings for information purposes only. Bruce explained in the liner notes that they made no sense and I agree. As I talk about the tracks I’ll use the names that Bruce assigned to them to avoid any confusion. “Theme A” begins with the famous four note motif in a pretty standard arrangement. It turns into a bit of tension and then the piano offers the main theme, a wonderful hummable melody that you’ll hear often in the soundtrack. The cue concludes with another offering of the Fifth Symphony. “Theme B” is another beautiful offering of a second melody from Lai. It is a delicate lullaby type theme that could bring a tear to your eye. “Panache” is a repeat of the second theme; very sad and somber with flute and strings. “Theme B” begins with another statement of the fifth and offers a new arrangement of the B theme, a bit more modern sounding. The track offers a nice violin solo and full development from the orchestra. The cue ends with the fifth symphony. “Theme A” begins with the fifth followed by some tension underscore featuring timpani. The oboe and piano offer the main theme ending quietly with the cello. “Theme 1” begins quietly with the main theme offered up by the piano and strings in a very delicate arrangement. “Chanson is a pipe organ merry go round theme with a French male vocal. “Theme 1 Course begins with snare drum followed by a rare brass fanfare. It slowly evolves into the main theme followed by the fifth, snare drums, growling brass and a jazzy sound ending with a very long note from the strings. “Paroche” is a quiet offering of the main theme; very soft and delicate with flute. “Theme 1 begins with a lively fifth, dissonant chord, a lush version of the main theme and ends with the fifth.

 

The two track stereo tapes were in fine condition and are good quality for a 1977 recording. This is a limited edition release of 1000 units so it is best to act sooner rather than later. I found the use of the fifth symphony a welcome addition to the score.

 

 

 

Track Listing:

 

One… Theme A (4:54)

 

Two… Theme B (3:09)

 

Three… Panache (2:49)

 

Four… Theme B (5:13)

 

Five… Theme A (3:52)

 

Six… Theme #1 (2:40)

 

Seven… Chanson (3:54)

 

Eight… Theme #1 (7:32)

 

Nine… Panache (4:40)

 

Ten… Theme #1 (4:20)

 

Total Time is 43:20

 

 

 

 

 


Track listing from original LP

1.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (04:53)

2.

Une Autre Femme, Une Autre Chance (03:06)

3.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (04:19)

4.

Une Autre Femme, Une Autre Chance (05:13)

5.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (03:52)

6.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (06:33)

7.

La Complainte Du Nouveau Monde (03:53)

8.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (02:43)

9.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Femme, Une Autre Chance (02:50)

10.

Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (04:19)

Total Duration: 00:41:41

 

 

Beethoven #5 Toscanini NBC Symphony  Click on link to hear what the fifth really sounds like.

Track listing

1. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (04:53)
2. Une Autre Femme, Une Autre Chance (03:06)
3. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (04:19)
4. Une Autre Femme, Une Autre Chance (05:13)
5. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (03:52)
6. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (06:33)
7. La Complainte Du Nouveau Monde (03:53)
8. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (02:43)
9. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Femme, Une Autre Chance (02:50)
10. Un Autre Homme, Une Autre Chance (04:19)


Total Duration: 00:41:41

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One Response to “Another man, another chance (1977)/Lai”

  1. Alan Rogers Says:

    I am not a big fan of Lai’s work but I was surprised to hear that he is still composing.


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