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Roy Budd’s ‘Get Carter’ soundtrack expanded to three CDs

Roy Budd’s atmospheric soundtrack to Mike Hodges’ 1971 film Get Carter is to be reissued as and expanded three-CD set next month.

The film stars Michael Caine in one of his defining roles. As Jack Carter, he heads to the North East of England to find out what happened to his brother Frank, who apparently died accidentally.

The evocative soundtrack was much sought after and rather elusive for years. It was only ever issued originally in Japan, although the UK did get a seven-inch single (“Carter”) of the title track. Eventually it was issued on CD in 1998 and two years later a two-CD set with some rather dubious ‘modern’ remixes was also issued. Most recently, Music On Vinyl issued a coloured vinyl version for this year’s Record Store Day.

This new three-CD set is being issued by Cherry Red and looks really interesting. The first CD re-presents the original Japanese soundtrack with the addition of Hallucinations, which wasn’t on the original record, while the second disc offers rarities including alternate takes, the original seven-inch version mentioned above and four of those remixes from 2000. This triple disc presentation is completed with with material not from Get Carter – it’s effectively a Roy Budd film music ‘best of’ and includes cues from films like The Black Windmill and The Marseille Contract (both of which also star Caine).

This 3CD set of Get Carter is presented as a hardcover book edition and the cover art is a variation on the original Japanese design. It is released on 26 July 2019.

Update: I now have a finished copy of this release and I have to say that the 96-page booklet is one of the best I’ve EVER seen in a CD reissue. It has very detailed commentary of every aspect of the film and full of great photos, poster designs etc.

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DISC ONE – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

  1. GET CARTER (Intro)
  2. DIALOGUE
  3. CARTER TAKES THE TRAIN (Main Title)
  4. DIALOGUE
  5. LOOKIN’ FOR SOMEONE
  6. THE RACE TRACK (Dialogue)
  7. SOMETHIN’ ON MY MIND
  8. DIALOGUE
  9. GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY
  10. DIALOGUE
  11. THE GIRL IN THE CAR
  12. THE PHONE CALL (Dialogue)
  13. LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
  14. DIALOGUE
  15. LIVING SHOULD BE THAT WAY
  16. DIALOGUE
  17. MANHUNT
  18. DIALOGUE
  19. GOODBYE ERIC + DIALOGUE
  20. DIALOGUE
  21. HALLUCINATIONS
  22. GOODBYE CARTER!

DISC TWO – ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK  BONUS MATERIAL

  1. GET CARTER (Alternative Mix 1) *
  1. PLAYTHING
  2. DIALOGUE
  3. HALLUCINATIONS (Alternative Vocal Mix) *
  4. DIALOGUE
  5. GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY (Instrumental + Dialogue)
  6. LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (Alternative Mix) *
  7. MANHUNT (Alternative Mix) *
  8. DIALOGUE
  9. GET CARTER (Alternative Mix 2) *
  1. GETTIN’ NOWHERE IN A HURRY (Alternative Vocal Mix) *
  2. HALLUCINATIONS (Instrumental Mix)
  1. HOW ABOUT YOU
  2. GET CARTER (7″ Single Version)
  3. GET CARTER (Dope On A Rope US Remix)
  4. GET CARTER (De Few 2 Smoking Barrels Remix)
  5. GET CARTER (Deadly Avenger Remix)
  1. GET CARTER (Breakneck Dirtbox Remix)

*previously unreleased.

DISC THREE – A BIT OF BUDD

  1. MR FUNKER (M15-FB) (from Foxbat)
  1. WAY OUT M1 (SK 10) (from The Stone Killer)
  1. NO DOUBT (MC-M11)  (from The Marseille Contract)
  1. DIAMOND FORTRESS (from Diamonds)
  1. IN THE SHADOWS (from The Stone Killer)
  1. JAZZ IT UP (MC-M4) (from The Marseille Contract)
  1. FREE TARRANT (from The Black Windmill)
  1. CASSETTE JAZZ (from The Black Windmill)
  1. FOR ALL MY DAYS (from Kidnapped)
  1. NO COOPERATION (from The Black Windmill)
  1. TEACHER AND PUPIL (from Paper Tiger)
  1. MAIN THEME (from Fear Is The Key)
  1. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (Theme from The Warsaw Concerto) (from The Sea Wolves)
  1. HOW CAN WE RUN AWAY (from Something To Hide)
  1. CRESTA’S SONG (from Soldier Blue)
  1. THEME FROM AUNT HARRIET
  2. THE CAREY TREATMENT (from The Carey Treatment)
  1. VERSAILLES EXIT
  2. WHO NEEDS LOVE ANYWAY

12 responses to Roy Budd’s ‘Get Carter’ soundtrack expanded to three CDs

  1. Bill Darlington says:

    Cherry Red’s own website says nothing about the source material for this release. When they use original master tapes, they ALWAYS say so. When they don’t say so, it almost always means that the CD is ripped from vinyl (often with half-hearted attempts at declicking, as with the Fox Box). Caveat emptor.

  2. Glenn Roger says:

    I am a avid soundtrack collector and try to get most of what is coming out. I am very excited about this release of “Get Carter” by Roy Budd and the fact that it is a special set of 3 cds. Just the bonus disc is worth it’s weight in gold, it even has remixes included. They seemed to do a good job is getting most of what they could for inclusion. I will definitely be getting this one for sure!

  3. Simon Taylor says:

    Between this and Pulp Fiction as my all time favourite movie, kind of hope this cd means for a blu ray or special edition.

    CD price a little steep but I want the extras. Hallucinations is a gem, think I’ve included it on pretty much every chill out cd/playlist I’ve created over the past 25 years.

  4. Willy says:

    Roy Budd’s ‘Get Carter’ music is as good a soundtrack as any. One thing which seems to be missing from this and all others is Jack Hawkins’ (not the British actor) ’30-60-90′ which is the groovy music playing as Jack enters The Oxford ballroom in pursuit of Thorpey. For completists it is available on an obscure album from a long, long time ago, ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ by Jack Hawkins and His Orchestra (Windmill WMD 203), two album-side-length medleys of ultra-groovy cover versions such as ‘Sweet Gingerbread Man’ which is far better than it reads here… :-)

    • DB McWeeberton says:

      That Jack Hawkins record *is* surprisingly good, especially Sweet Gingerbread Man–much better than the Mike Curb Congregation original.

  5. Dean says:

    Just brilliant music from start to finish – this deserves to be out there for people, great stuff!

  6. Charles K. says:

    I am compelled to buy this actually. I hadn’t thought of this movie in 20 years then just two nights ago I saw it on Netflix and watched it again on whim. Now this? Someone’s trying to tell me something, sold! :-)

  7. David Fisher says:

    Terrific soundtrack to a terrific movie. Sadly there isn’t a decent “Get Carter” Blu Ray yet, only a rather poor effort. I have the two disc CD version so I will pass on this but if you don’t have it you need it.

    In response to RJS I have to agree that the new Goodies 3CD set is a real eye-opener. Bill Oddie is tremendously talented as a writer and singer. Quite a surprise for me. The songs come across like a cross between the “Performance” era Randy Newman and “Roxy and Elsewhere” Zappa. He has a wry sense of humour and was working with very talented musicians. Far from the joke throwaways I expected. As an aside I was lucky enough to be present at the Goodies reunion Q&A last year. I don’t remember feeling so excited in a long time to see all three together on a stage. I even made it onto the corner of the DVD cover photo with my wife – wearing Goodies masks though… Wouldn’t it be great if Big Finish could persuade them to make an audio series?

  8. Peter Muscutt says:

    Great stuff! Was gutted I missed out on the Record Store Day release but this expanded issue looks the business. I had the earlier CD version (lost to the mists of time!) and don’t recall the remixes being TOO bad, but perhaps that was just my eager, youthful, university student self at the time…Great soundtrack to a great film.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I had the first CD reissue without the remixes, but with a little poster, which was quite cool.

  9. RJS says:

    Great soundtrack. I have the 1998 release but will definitely upgrade to this but I don’t know why they’re bothering with the 2000 remixes. It was a bit of lousy trend in the late 1990s and early 2000s to add newly commissioned remixes to re-releases.

    On the subject of soundtracks, Network have some fantastically priced multi-disc soundtracks on their site, with a few recent additions including the remastered 6 CD The Prisoner soundtrack at the giveaway price of £11.11 (including free P&P!).

    https://networkonair.com/124-soundtracks

    • RJS says:

      I should add that the Goodies ‘The Cricklewood Tapes’ is another giveaway at £10. Three discs of quality music – I never knew that Bill Oddie was so talented. Fabulous stuff!

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