Two For The Seesaw is one of Previn’s most beautiful scores. The film, one of three that Previn scored in 1962 (the others were Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse), starred Shirley MacLaine and Robert Mitchum and was adapted from the hit play by William Gibson. Robert Wise directed (fresh off his Academy Award-winning blockbuster, West Side Story).
Previn’s score is wonderfully evocative and haunting, and features one of his most memorable themes. It perfectly captures the loneliness, yearning, and neediness of its two leading characters in one fantastic cue after another. The solo trumpet, sax, and trombone work is breathtaking, as is Previn’s writing for strings – romantic, rueful, filled with love, pain, and the whole damned thing. And then there’s the jazz element – and no one did the jazz element in film scores quite like Previn. It’s forty-four minutes of pure Previn heaven.
The CD has been remixed from the original three-track stereo session masters and it sounds as if it were recorded yesterday, only things recorded yesterday don’t sound this good. - Courtesy of Bruce Kimmel, Kritzerland Producer
1. Song From Two For The Seesaw (Main Titles)
2. Salty Sophie
3. I’m Sick
4. Just Make One Claim
5. Where Were You All Night
6. Everybody’s Got A Radio
8. He Saw She Saw
9. Song From Two For The Seesaw (Second Chance – vocal version)
10. Two For The Twist
11. Empty Bed
12. I Need You
13. The Parting and The End