Picks and Pans Review: Film Sound Tracks

updated 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Movie scores can be as exciting as those from Singin' in the Rain and Doctor Zhivago or as stupefying as the ones from Beach Blanket Bingo and Jaws. But these days it's a rare film whose sound track isn't turned into a record, if only because the gamble is modest; the music is ready to reproduce, awaiting only a cover. A successful movie also gives an LP instant "name recognition"—though, as this recent sampling makes clear, the merits of what you see in some movies do not necessarily rub off on what you hear. Other sound tracks, however, not only decorate but enhance the films that first gave them life.

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