THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE
LP on WEWANTSOUNDS
Release Date: 21 April 2018 RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE
LP WWSLP11 3700604715788
“The Friends of Eddie Coyle” may not be Dave Grusin's best known or most celebrated score but, like both book and film, it's a quiet classic." David Toop
Dave Grusin's superb funky ambient score for Peter Yates' 1973 cult crime movie, 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle,' was never released at the time. It is finally out 45 years after on Wewantsounds for Record Store Day, remastered from the original tapes with one bonus alternate take. Featuring a new essay by leading UK writer and musician David Toop, this LP edition is housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, the release also features a stunning cover by highly sought-after Alternative Movie Poster illustrator - and Mondo favourite - Oliver Barrett.
The music composed here by Dave Grusin for this superb film is both funky and jazzy and on a par with Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin's best soundtracks of the early 70s. Peter Yates who had directed 'Bullitt' knew who to go for when it came to outstanding musicians and Grusin was certainly one of the best young composers in Hollywood at the time. He would sign another more famous score in 1975 with "3 Days of the Condor" but The Eddie Coyle soundtrack recorded two years before is even more stunning. It plays like a hypnotic slow-burning suite and is performed by the cream of the LA jazz scene including John Guerin, Chuck Rainey, Tom Scott, Bud Shank and percussionist Emil Richards.
Amazingly the score never got released on vinyl when the film first came out in 1973 and Wewantsounds are now proud to make it available on vinyl for the first time ever.