Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” continues a multi-part retrospective of the career of Burt Bacharach by focussing on his Oscar-winning 1969 score for the successful George Roy Hill Western, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Katharine Ross.
Producer/host Ted Coe will be rejoined by special guest John Bender (of the magazine Film Score Monthly), an expert on “Retro Euro Cult Music.” The two will discuss the inclusion of jazz, bossa nova, and many European musical flavors in the film, which reimagined cinematic conventions through the prism of its late-1960s social milieu.
Bender will present some of Bacharach’s contemporaneous influences, from pioneering Spaghetti Western maestro Ennio Morricone to the lesser-known Italian movie composer Armando Trovaioli, while Coe has crafted an alternative film soundtrack, celebrating what may be Bacharach’s most fully-realized album (including the hit BJ Thomas single, “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”).
The international impact of this popular work will also be discussed.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the summer from 11am-12noon.