GERALD BUSBY – “3 Women” soundtrack (1977)
â€œGerald Busby’s music for ’3 Women’ is so perfect I don’t know how to talk about it.â€ â€” Robert Altman
I’ve been waiting for years for an official soundtrack release to Gerald Busby’s overwhelmingly creepy score to Robert Altman’s “3 Women”, page a film that after several viewings, sales still leaves me with a sense of wonder. And dread. Wonderful dread. DVD Beaver sez:
In a dusty, under-populated California resort town, Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek), a naÃ¯ve and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendant. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse “Thoroughly Modern” Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day magazines. When Millie accepts Pinky into her home at the Purple Sage singles complex, Pinky’s hero-worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, Robert Altman’s dreamlike masterpiece, 3 Women, careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.
It’s one of Altman’s very best, and Duvall gives perhaps her greatest screen performance as Millie, a sharply realized and truly original character who radiates both pathos and cock-eyed charisma.
Busby’s score is the perfect complement to the hazy, mysterious mood Altman sets up, as the score is, full of mournful woodwinds, piercing flute and pulsating low rumbles of bass strings. The film tanked miserably at the box office (due in part, no doubt, to its difficult-to-parse marketing campaign, or lack thereof), and in fact an unexpected film from the lower rungs of the Fox ’77 release schedule completely overshadowed it and many others: Star Wars.
This download is an audio rip from the Criterion Collection DVD of “3 Women”, and since there was no isolated score track, this “soundtrack” features all of the music cues as they appear in the film, in addition to some dialogue and sound effects.