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John Barry - Body Heat (New 2CD Set) - FSM CD#248


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Body Heat (1981)

Music by John Barry

Price: $24.95

Limited #: N/A

Line: Silver Age

CD Release: August 2012

Catalog #: Vol. 15, No. 4

# of Discs: 2

Taking his inspiration from such ’40s noir classics as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, Lawrence Kasdan struck gold with his first outing as both screenwriter and director in 1981’s Body Heat. The torrid chemistry between lead actors William Hurt and Kathleen Turner helped the film launch a neo-noir trend. Kasdan was equally fortunate in his choice of composer: John Barry.

Barry wrote a sultry, smoky score that emerged from a tradition of small jazz combos in late-night, big-city bars—but while the key musical elements of Body Heat derive from jazz ideas and jazz instrumentation (there is a certain amount of jazz-style improvisation around the melody in some cues), a good deal of the score is traditionally orchestral and the strings play an important role throughout.

The score’s haunting main theme is sexy, seductive and a little sad—a throwback to ’40s noir music yet more knowing and modern. At its heart is a jazz quartet comprised of Barry veterans Ronny Lang (alto sax), Mike Lang (piano), Chuck Domanico (bass) and John Guerin (drums).

The first well-filled disc in FSM’s 2CD presentation of Body Heat features the full score, plus alternates and a generous program of source music. Disc 2 opens with Barry’s never-released soundtrack LP, mixed by Dan Wallin and (unlike subsequent issues which featured new mixes) approved by the composer. Rounding out disc 2 are 10 early demos of Barry’s main theme, recorded with a small combo to demonstrate how it might sound with various instruments playing the melody.

The 16-page booklet, seductively illustrated with film stills by FSM art director Joe Sikoryak, features a perceptive essay on film and music (including a track-by-track analysis of the score) by authoritative film music writer Jon Burlingame.

John Barry’s Body Heat ranks among his very finest scores—it elevates the film, heightens the emotional stakes, and remains a memorable listening experience on its own.




01 Main Title 3:20

02 Searching for Matty 1:11

03 Agreement 1:19

04 I'm Weak 3:25

05 She Tries 1:00

06 3M3/3M4 1:42

07 Hey Lady 1:18

08 What I Want 1:10

09 Chapeau Gratis 1:17

10 Busted 2:04

11 Head/The Breakers 1:25

12 Kill for Pussy 2:53

13 I'm Frightened 2:39

14 Surprise 1:43

15 He's Dead/Basement 2:11

16 Explosion 0:58

17 Problem 1:09

18 Nothing We Can Do/Heather and Roz 2:12

19 Us and Oscar/Oscar 2:04

20 See Ya/11M1 1:00

21 Watch Your Step 0:53

22 Glasses 0:52

23 Better Get Him 6:10

24 Matty Was Mary Ann 4:19

Total Time: 48:10

Bonus Tracks

25 Searching for Matty/Agreement (film edit) 1:23

26 She Tries (alternate) 0:55

Total Time: 2:18

Source Music

27 That Old Feeling (Lew Brown & Sammy Fain) 3:14

28 A la Harry James 3:26

29 1M2 1:43

30 4M3 3:11

31 5M3 1:03

32 5M4 1:47

33 9M1 0:55

34 9M1a 1:05

35 Cocktail Hour 3:09

36 Pantyhose/Maidenform (Michael Lang) 3:52

37 Tonight's Romance/Tomorrow's Romance (Michael Lang) 4:32

Total Time: 27:51

Total Disc Time: 78:28


John Barry Soundtrack Album

01 Main Title 3:21

02 I'm Weak 3:25

03 Chapeau Gratis 1:17

04 Hey Lady 1:17

05 Busted 2:04

06 Kill for Pussy 2:21

07 I'm Frightened 2:39

08 Surprise 1:46

09 Us and Oscar 0:55

10 Oscar 2:06

11 Problem 3:48

12 Better Get Him 6:12

13 Matty Was Mary Ann 4:19

Total Time: 35:26

Demo Recordings

14 Theme Demo 1 2:47

15 Theme Demo 2 3:21

16 Theme Demo 3 2:43

17 Theme Demo 4 2:45

18 Theme Demo 5 2:51

19 Theme Demo 6 2:08

20 Theme Demo 6A 2:08

21 Theme Demo 7 2:06

22 Theme Demo 8 2:29

23 Theme Demo 9 2:19

Total Time: 25:31

Total Disc Time: 61:07


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  • 7 years later...

Just bought it.


Interesting this "John Barry original album" on the 2nd disc.  It's an unreleased album mixed by Barry himself (and another guy that I don't remember the name), that was unfortunately never officially released prior to this 2012 expanded release.


An album was released as a special product in the 80s, but with another mix and Barry apparently totally disavowed it.


I'm trying to find more information about that. Any John Barry experts in the room?

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1 hour ago, Bespin said:

(and another guy that I don't remember the name)

On 8/20/2012 at 2:12 PM, Jay said:

Dan Wallin


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