Duke Ellington And His Orchestra ‎– Anatomy Of A Murder

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Anatomy of a Murder is noteworthy for being one of the first films to extensively feature jazz in the musical score – the entire musical soundtrack was composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and played by Ellington's orchestra. Several of the Ellington band's sidemen, notably Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Russell Procope, and William "Cat" Anderson, are heard prominently throughout the film, and Ellington himself appears briefly as "Pie-Eye," the owner of a roadhouse where Paul Biegler (Stewart) and Laura Manion (Remick) have a confrontation.

Despite being heard "in bits and pieces" the score "contains some of his most evocative and eloquent music… and beckons with the alluring scent of a femme fatale." Including small pieces by Billy Strayhorn, film historians recognize it "as a landmark — the first significant Hollywood film music by African Americans comprising non-diegetic music, that is, music whose source is not visible or implied by action in the film, like an on-screen band." The score avoids cultural stereotypes which previously characterized jazz scores and "rejected a strict adherence to visuals in ways that presaged the New Wave cinema of the ’60s."

The soundtrack, containing 13 tracks, was released on May 29, 1959. A CD was released on April 28, 1995, and reissued by Sony in a deluxe edition in 1999.

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles on May 29 and June 1 & 2, 1959.

Versions (28)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CL 1360 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder(LP, Album, Mono) Columbia CL 1360 US 1959 Sell This Version
CS 8166 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Columbia CS 8166 US 1959 Sell This Version
KLPS-834, KLPS 834 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Coronet (2), Coronet (2) KLPS-834, KLPS 834 Australia 1959 Sell This Version
KLP 834 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Coronet (2) KLP 834 Australia 1959 Sell This Version
B 07544 L Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Philips B 07544 L Italy 1959 Sell This Version
S 63939 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) CBS S 63939 France 1959 Sell This Version
BBL 7338 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Philips BBL 7338 UK 1959 Sell This Version
CL 1360 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Columbia CL 1360 Canada 1959 Sell This Version
SBBL 514 Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder(LP, Album) Philips SBBL 514 UK 1959 Sell This Version
CL 1360 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder(LP, Album, Mono, Promo) Columbia CL 1360 US 1959 Sell This Version
RCD 10039 Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder(CD, Album, RE) Rykodisc RCD 10039 US 1987 Sell This Version
WK 75025 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(CD, Album) Sony Music Special Products WK 75025 US 1991 Sell This Version
MFSL 1-214 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, RE, RP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-214 US 1995 Sell This Version
SRCS 9551 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(CD, Album) SME Records SRCS 9551 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CK 65569, 0655692000 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Legacy, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. CK 65569, 0655692000 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
CK 65569 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Legacy CK 65569 US 1999 Sell This Version
COL 469137 2 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(CD, Album, RE) Columbia COL 469137 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
88697569672 Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Columbia, Legacy 88697569672 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
DOY666 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album, RE, HQ ) Doxy DOY666 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
MOVLP681 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Music On Vinyl MOVLP681 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
DOST653H Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album, RE, Ora) DOL DOST653H Europe 2015 Sell This Version
NOTLP198 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Soundtrack From The Motion Picture Anatomy Of A Murder (LP, Album, RE) Not Now Music NOTLP198 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
606373 Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn - Anatomy Of A Murder(CD, Album, RE, RM, 24 ) Soundtrack Factory 606373 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
SF 579419 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra The Soundtrack From The Motion Picture Anatomy Of A Murder (LP, Album, RE) Soundtrack Factory SF 579419 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
KLP 834 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Coronet (2) KLP 834 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
84411 Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack)(LP, Album, RE, RP) CBS 84411 France Unknown Sell This Version
XSM 47376 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder(LP, Album, Mono) CBS XSM 47376 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
JCS 8166 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Anatomy Of A Murder(LP, Album, RE) Columbia Special Products JCS 8166 US Unknown Sell This Version

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dastinger

dastinger

August 29, 2018
referencing Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack), LP, RE, RP, MFSL 1-214

Besides tape hiss, this pressing sounds amazing! Instrument separation, dynamic range, clarity, presence... all top notch. I know this is to be expected coming from MOFI, but it never ceases to amaze me what these engineers can do with recordings from the 50s.
krisjay

krisjay

May 28, 2018
referencing Anatomy Of A Murder, LP, Album, Mono, CL 1360
I have an original 6 eye stereo promo label copy. I need to add it soon.
hhjack

hhjack

May 1, 2016
referencing Anatomy Of A Murder (Soundtrack), LP, Album, RE, Ora, DOST653H
I love this album and have two original versions but both have surface noise issues while appearing to be in near mint. So I took a chance with this one despite my usual suspicions with colored vinyl (this one is pressed on orange vinyl) and was surprised to find that the sound is lively and the pressing is dead quiet, zero surface noise. There are a ton of versions of this release but let it be known this one is highly recommended, IMO.