Various Artists, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Andy Beta

By Andy Beta

on 02.15.12 in Reviews

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Various Artists

While this 1975 film from Milos Forman swept every category save Best Soundtrack (that went to Jaws), the score from Phil Spector and Neil Young associate Jack Nitzsche is a masterpiece in its own right. Nitzsche enacts musical mood swings that match the film’s subjects. There are gentle orchestral strings that act as medicated haze, bits of sprightly Hawaiian guitar licks and marimba, and for the theme itself, a gorgeous amalgam of orchestra with Indian tom toms and singing saw. Freak-folky, elegant and stunning.