- Released: May 19, 1998
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/01, p.40Ranked #63
in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Blends the sweaty tension of Herrmann's Hitchcock scores with a rare journey into sax-driven jazz..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 6/02, p.67
Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...Hermann's last great score....the music pulls us further into the movie's depths. Possibly the slickest use of harp in any soundtrack ever."
- 1.Taxi Driver: Main Title
- 2.Taxi Driver: Thank God for the Rain
- 3.Taxi Driver: Cleaning the Cab
- 4.Taxi Driver: I Still Can't Sleep / They Cannot Touch Her (Betsy's Theme): I Still Can't Sleep / They Cannnot Touch Her (Betsy's Theme)
- 5.Taxi Driver: Phone Call / I Realize How Much She is Like the Others / A Strange Customer / Watching Palantine on TV / You're Gonna Die in Hell / Betsy's Theme / Hitting the Girl: Phone Call / I Realize How Much She Is Like The Others / A Strange Cust
- 6.The Taxi Driver: The .44 Magnum is a Monster
- 7.Taxi Driver: Getting Into Shape / Listen You Screwheads / Gun Play / Dear Father & mother / The Card / Soap Opera: Getting Into Shape / Listen You Screwheads / Gun Play / Dear Father & Mother / The Card / Soap Opera
- 8.Taxi Driver: Sport and Iris
- 9.Taxi Driver: The $20 Bill / Target Practice: The $20 Bill / Target Practice
- 10.Taxi Driver: Assassination Attempt / After the Carnage: Assassination Attempt / After The Carnage
- 11.Taxi Driver: A Reluctant Hero - Betsy / End Credits: A Reluctant Hero / Betsy / End Credits
- 12.Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: Diary of a Taxi Driver (Album Version) - (Album Version)
- 13.Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: God's Lonely Man (Album Version, with Alternate Ending) - (Album Version)
- 14.Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: Theme from Taxi Driver
- 15.Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: I Work the Whole City
- 16.Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: Betsy in a White Dress
- 17.The Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: The Days Do Not End
- 18.Taxi Driver: Additional Interpretation: Theme from Taxi Driver (Reprise)
Personnel includes: Tom Scott (saxophone).
Engineers: Mickey Crofford, Don Henderson, Kevin Cleary.
Includes liner notes by Martin Scorsese.
Composed by Bernard Herrmann.
All tracks have been digitally remastered. Includes over 25 minutes of previously unreleased music.
Audio Remixers: James P. Nichols ; James Nichols.
Liner Note Author: Martin Scorsese.
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Photographers: Steve Schapiro; Steve Shapiro.
Arranger: Dave Blume.
The original 1976 record and initial CD versions contain half a magnificent film score, half jazz-lite cover versions of the same music. Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack, full of dark, brooding brass, menacing percussion and a bittersweet dash of jazz saxophone, greatly enhance this big city tale of obsession, paranoia and violence. Robert DeNiro's chilling narration of "Diary of a Taxi Driver" -- including the famous "You talking to me?" monologue -- served as one of the models for the anger and isolation inherent in much of punk music. For some strange reason, the entire first side of the album is devoted to bland covers of Herrmann's music by arranger Dave Blume. Thankfully, Blume's arrangements are unnoticeable in the film itself, but their inclusion here distracts from a powerful soundtrack. Blume's arrangements are firmly rooted in L.A. mid-'70s fuzak, while Herrmann's score is one for the ages. ~ Rick Watrous