Gary McFarland: Theme from 13
Theme from 13
Gary McFarland (vibes, vocals)
Soft Samba Strings (Verve V/V6-8682)
Gary McFarland (vibes, vocals),
unknown piano, guitar, bass, drums, strings, voices.
Composed & arranged by Gary McFarland. Conducted by Jack Parnell.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 27, 1966; London, November 8, 1966
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Gary McFarland's main theme for the 1967 film 13 (later retitled Eye of the Devil) is one of his most recorded pieces, though under several different titles (e.g., "One I Could Have Loved," "Eye of the Devil," "Death March"). Here we hear it in a relatively straightforward version with strings, voices and rhythm (the former two overdubbed in London). Many of McFarland's recorded efforts later in the '60s reflected his interest in current pop-flavored music, often with him singing wordlessly in unison with his vibraphone. We hear a sample of that here. In a sense, it's unfortunate that his efforts to reach a wider audience went mostly unfulfilled—he was a charismatic, strikingly handsome figure, a natural for pop stardom.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner