Mojo (Publisher) - 6/02, p.66
Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...Fittingly spare and eerie..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.925 stars out of 5
-- "[A soundtrack] by the great British pianist-composer Roy Budd..."
Original score composed by Roy Budd.
Includes liner notes by Mike Hodges, Paul Fishman, and Charlie Galloway.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Composer: Roy Budd.
Personnel: Roy Budd (piano); Judd Proctor, Brian Daly (guitar); Jeff Clyne (double bass, bass guitar); Chris Karan (drums, tabla, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Paul Fishman.
Liner Note Authors: Mike Hodges; Johnny Turnbull; Roy Carr; Paul Fishman; Jonathan Ross; Jeff Clyne; Mickey Gallagher; Chris Karan.
Recording information: Olympic Studios, London Barnes.
Excepting only the work of the great Lalo Schifrin, Roy Budd's Get Carter was the best theme in the lucrative world of spy/gangster/heist soundtracks from the late '60s and early '70s. Underpinning the tense strength of director Mike Hodges' film about a hit man turned avenging angel, the film's main theme ("Carter Takes a Train") is a paranoid, hallucinatory title that deftly played up the menace of Michael Caine's character. Interested parties who've only heard the legend of Get Carter, however, may not find much else to interest them; those who've seen it can carry a bit more, but most of these tracks are titles to a film, and don't escape the period feel. The fine collections Rebirth of the Budd or Buddism are both better purchases toward understanding the brilliance of Roy Budd. ~ John Bush