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The Conversation (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Display Artist
David Shire
Silva Screen Records
Catalogue Number
Release Date
March 17, 2023

Previously released over 20 years ago on CD, David Shire’s captivating soundtrack to The Conversation is reissued in remastered form alongside new artwork and album notes from film music journalist Michael Beek. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974, tense contemporary thriller, gives The Godfather: Part II a run for its money when it comes to citing the director’s best. The Academy Awards agreed, nominating both for a Best Picture Oscar in its 1974 batch, though the brilliant Corleone sequel would pip The Conversation to the post on the night.

Gene Hackman plays hi-tech wiretapper Harry Caul, a master in his field but away from his job a socially awkward loner. Composer David Shire captures his twilight world with a magnificent score entirely performed on solo piano. The jazz flavour counteracts perfectly alongside Harry’s lonely sax playing in his apartment, his escape from his insidious occupation.

Shire, Coppola’s brother-in-law having married his sister Talia had made his mark on Broadway and Hollywood as a composer, songwriter and arranger. His scores include some of the biggest films of the 1970s including The Taking Of Pelham 123, All The President’s Men and Norma Rae, the latter securing him an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song, It Goes Like It Goes.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Theme From The Conversation 3:34 Buy

    Theme From The Conversation

  2. 2 The End Of The Day 1:38 Buy

    The End Of The Day

  3. 3 No More Questions Phoning The Director 2:19 Buy

    No More Questions Phoning The Director

  4. 4 Blues For Harry (Combo) 2:40 Buy

    Blues For Harry (Combo)

  5. 5 To The Office The Elevator 2:40 Buy

    To The Office The Elevator

  6. 6 Whatever Was Arranged 2:10 Buy

    Whatever Was Arranged

  7. 7 The Confessional 2:22 Buy

    The Confessional

  8. 8 Amy's Theme 2:51 Buy

    Amy's Theme

  9. 9 Dream Sequence 2:36 Buy

    Dream Sequence

  10. 10 Plumbing Problem 2:57 Buy

    Plumbing Problem

  11. 11 Harry Carried 2:47 Buy

    Harry Carried

  12. 12 The Girl In The Limo 2:26 Buy

    The Girl In The Limo

  13. 13 Finale and End Credits 3:55 Buy

    Finale and End Credits

  14. 14 Theme From The Conversation (Ensemble) 2:33 Buy

    Theme From The Conversation (Ensemble)

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