John Dankworth - Fathom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album)

Band/Record: John Dankworth - Fathom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album)

Label/Matrix: US 1967 20th Century Fox 4195

Condition Record/Sleeve: EX+/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Original US 1st pressLP on 20th Century Fox ..EXOTICA JAZZ KILLER !! wow... EX+ dream audio ...

~~ Killer soundtrack!  Written by well-known jazz musician and spouse of Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, it is the epitome of hep-cat sixties jazz and it fits the joie de vivre of the film perfectly.  In places it veers a bit too close to Henry Mancini or Ray Conniff territory for my liking but the theme itself is a masterpiece – conjuring up the sort of ‘hip’ jazz that films used to use as ‘party’ music in the early 1960s, pre-Beatles in an effort to sound cutting edge.  In particular, there is a flamenco styled section that accompanies Raquel’s skydive to a villa perched on the Spanish Coast that is quite exhilarating and worth the price of the album alone.

Sadly, Dankworth died quite recently and much of his work is not available on CD but the soundtrack to ‘Fathom’ is a wonderful reminder of what a talent he was.