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The Thomas Crown Affair
(1999)
Album Cover Art
1999 Pangaea
1999 Promo
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:
Bill Conti
Jamshied Sharifi

Orchestrated by:
Jack Eskew
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Pangaea Records
(September 7th, 1999)

Promotional
(December, 1999)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The Pangaea album is a regular U.S. release. The promotional pressing by Conti is difficult to find and was only available for a high price on the secondary market in early 2000. Several bootlegged variants have flooded that market since.
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Buy it... on the 1999 commercial album if your sole focus is on the two popular and most prominently featured songs heard in the film itself.

Avoid it... on the 1999 promotional album or its subsequent bootlegs if you expect Bill Conti's extremely schizophrenic score to live up to the hype that many have generated for it.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #95
WRITTEN 9/20/99, REVISED 9/27/08
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Conti
The Thomas Crown Affair: (Bill Conti) While this remake of the classic 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair (directed by Norman Jewison and starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway) didn't receive much sympathy from critics in 1998, it fared relatively well with audiences who caught Pierce Brosnan largely reprising the more sophisticated side of his James Bond persona. Director John McTiernan took much of the heat for the film's failure to meet expectations, proving perhaps that he doesn't have the touch of stylish wit that a story like The Thomas Crown Affair requires in its execution. The famous minute-long kiss between leads in the 1968 film, for instance, is extended by McTiernan into a sex scene full of extended shots of bare breasts and buttocks. At least Brosnan and co-star Rene Russo were in good shape. Eventually, the film became a surprising box office success, and one of its enduring production elements was its music. The 1968 film had earned an Oscar for Michel Legrand due to the popularity of the song "Windmills of Your Mind." It's perhaps no surprise that McTiernan, after working with many of Hollywood's foremost action-oriented composers, chose Bill Conti to provide the Legrand-like music for his update of The Thomas Crown Affair. While Conti's career had stalled significantly by the late 1990's, with the composer stuck working on meaningless, trashy comedies, this unconventional score revived his reputation for a short while. Conti's work added a distinct style and personality to the film that it desperately needed to compensate for an otherwise stale atmosphere. It provided a touch of uniqueness to the film, if only because it defied everything that listeners had come to expect a 1990's score of this genre to encompass. The unmistakable 1970's style of small-ensemble jazz either provides a tasteful new angle for the film or causes its ultimate failure, depending on your opinion of Conti's general approach. Regardless of how that sound played away from conventions, it was one of the most easily recognizable elements of the film and the album, therefore, spiced up with a few of the necessary songs from the film, was an extremely popular bestseller.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Pangaea Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:51
• 1. Windmills of Your Mind - performed by Sting (4:17)
• 2. Sinnerman - performed by Nina Simone (10:19)
• 3. Everything is Never Quite Enough - performed by Wasis Diop (4:32)
• 4. Caban La Ka Kratchie - performed by George Fordant (4:06)
• 5. Black & White X 5 (1:22)
• 6. Never Change (1:20)
• 7. Meet Ms. Banning (1:26)
• 8. Goodnight/Breaking & Entering (3:41)
• 9. Glider Pt. 1 (2:05)
• 10. Glider Pt. 2 (1:32)
• 11. Cocktails (1:36)
• 12. Quick Exit (1:28)
1999 Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:45

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert for the Pangaea album includes no extra information about the score. The packaging on the promotional album is sparse (with a plain white cover).
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