This review of the CD Soundtrack of "L.A. Confidential" was written by Marle Becker and appeared in Volume I, Issue 2 (December, 1997) of Applause! Applause! published by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens.
"L.A. Confidential" Soundtrack - Various Artists
(Restless Records, 01877-72946-2)
Of the hundreds of film soundtracks vying for your attention these days, few hold up once the final credits finish rolling. The music behind "L.A. Confidential", director Curtis Hanson's exquisitely detailed portrait of crime and corruption in the 1950's, is not only significant enough to demand airplay on its own, but also truly deserving of inclusion in even the most discriminating music lover's collection. From Betty Hutton, Lee Wiley, and Dean Martin's contributions right on down to a bona fide clip of Joni James singing "How Important Can It Be" on an old Perry Como TV show, this translucent kaleidoscope of pop music is as authentic and true to the film as the actors are to the characters in James Ellroy's novel. The "L.A. Confidential" soundtrack, also produced and compiled by Mr. Hanson, is a veritable mother lode of great 50's classics, a CD certainly worth the money. These days, that's saying something!