Item added to your cart.

Michael Small
The Parallax View OST
Cinema Paradiso Recordings
Catalogue Number
Release Date
April 30, 2021


Press Release

“Michael Small’s score raises the spectre of all that is hidden in American history, and superimposes them in a collage that reveals itself to be the unseen hands that shape it.” - Jim O’Rourke

Cinema Paradiso Recordings is proud to announce the release of the soundtrack to the motion picture 'The Parallax View', on vinyl for the first time ever, this coming April 30th 2021. Based on the book by Loren Singer, ‘The Parallax View’ is directed and produced by Alan J Pakula as the second instalment of his Political Paranoia trilogy - alongside Klute (1971) and All the President's Men (1976). With cinematography by Gordon Willis (The Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall) and starring Warren Beatty, this political thriller from 1974 is perhaps even more relevant today than it was back then.

The legendary score by composer Michael Small is regarded as a benchmark in the sound of paranoia thrillers that dominated cinema in the 1970s, with revered film critic Pauline Kael hailing the film as an essential for all fans of the genre. Now, 47 years later, the soundtrack will finally be available to own on vinyl.

The CPR edition of ‘The Parallax View’ soundtrack includes for the first time the infamous brainwashing scene, an influence on countless films and TV shows over the years. Notably, most recently with the Watchmen series and shows Mr Robot and Homecoming even using the music from the film. Whilst researching to gain approval for this usage we discovered from Jon Boorstin, (Assistant to Pakula on The Parallax View), that the unaccredited disembodied voice from the ‘Parallax Test’ scene belonged to director Pakula himself.

The single LP, deluxe gatefold limited edition in coloured vinyl comes with liner notes that include two essays by Scott Bettencourt and Alexander Kaplan (of Film Score Monthly), which provide a fascinating insight into the making of the film and an analysis of the score.

“The Parallax View embodies a particularly paranoid moment for America, when assassination wounds were still fresh and the President’s bungling burglars were running him out of the White House. Michael Small’s music beautifully captures our hope, our dread, and our nostalgia for truer values. In the Parallax Test sequence, he brilliantly seduces the assassin in all of us. Watching this today, wrapped in Michael's music, what was once wild fantasy feels at least as credible as the pronouncements of our Kool-Aid drinking Congressmen. “- Jon Boorstin

Includes dialogue from the film of Alan Pakula's voice giving instructions for the Parallax Test, (for the first time on any soundtrack release for The Parallax View) Liner notes include essays from Film Score Monthly on the making of the film and analysis of the score. Mastered by Bob Weston

  1. 1 Commission & Main Title 1:22
  2. 2 The Morgue 0:26
  3. 3 Sheriff's House 0:31
  4. 4 Car Chase 0:38
  5. 5 Testing Center 0:34
  6. 6 Out To Sea 0:27
  7. 7 Slide Of Art/Austin Sleeps 0:59
  8. 8 Parallax Test 0:28
  9. 9 Art In Cafeteria/Suitcase Bomb 2:00
  10. 10 Gunmen Search 2:00
  11. 11 Joe's Final Run 0:45
  12. 12 End Title 2:00

Track List

A1. Commission & Main Title
A2. The Morgue
A3. Sheriff's House
A4. Car Chase
A5. Testing Center
A6. Out To Sea
A7. Slide of Art Austin Sleeps
B1. Parallax Test
B2. Art in Cafeteria Suitcase Bomb
B3. Gunmen Search
B4. Joe's Final Run
B5. End Title

Cinema Paradiso Recordings


View More

Limited Editions

View More
--:-- --:--

This site uses cookies. For information, please read our cookies policy.

Accept Cookies
Edit cookies preferences