Title - 'Boulevard Nights (Motion Picture Soundtrack)'
Artist - Lalo Schifrin
Boulevard Nights (1979) is a focus on life in a gang. The movie portrays the dangers of street violence. Richard Yniguez plays a young Chicano who tries to get out of the gang, but he keeps finding himself drawn back into it. 'Boulevard Nights' is all about brotherhood and survival.
Compared to all street-gang movies dating back from old to new, 'Boulevard Nights is by far the only one that portrays what Hispanic gang-members were really like. So much so in fact that Hispanic street gangs of today became that way by imitating the lifestyle in the movie, IMHO, of course.
As for this re-released soundtrack, well, it's fabulous, as you fully expect from the great Lalo Schifrin. Schifrin is an Argentine pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor and is actually best known for his film and TV scores, such as the "Theme from Mission: Impossible". He has also received four Grammy Awards and six Oscar nominations. Schifrin, associated with the jazz music genre, is also noted for work with Clint Eastwood in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, particularly the Dirty Harry films.
Here on 'Boulevard Nights' his work is upbeat, flavored, and with a Latin backbeat to each of the songs, all 9 tracks are trumpet and drum vibrant. The opening track is "Street Tattoo" and features the smooth tones of one of my all time favorite R&B singers, George Benson. Each track thereafter comprises freeflowing music compositions along with background singers chiming in when needed, but no featured lead singer, so to speak.
1. "Street Tattoo"
3. "On The Boulevard"
4. "Take Another Chance"
5. "Chile Caliente"
7. "Boulevard Nights"
9. "Last Act"
The soundtrack has been hard to find for a long time now, but available on vinyl back in the day, it was most definitely one that was worn out on my very own record player, for sure! Now it's here on CD so I urge you to run to Varese Sarabande and order yours today - you won't regret it. I'm listening to it again (third time in a row tonight) and it is as addictive now as it was back then. Just less scratches and jumps now, that's all.