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Trunk serves up Ron Geesin's previously unreleased score to John Schlesinger's Oscar-winning 1971 movie, packaging it with a suite of unreleased soundtrack recordings from Geesin's work for Channel Four and the BBC.
Sunday Bloody Sunday was most notorious when it released for making a stark u-turn on director John Schlesinger's depiction of gay people. Two years earlier, he'd made the divisive "Midnight Cowboy", which portrayed gay men as self-loathing outcasts, but here his treatment was more sensitive and far more in tune with reality. Geesin's score is light and airy, featuring two guest appearances from English folk legend Bridget St John, and interspersing traditional soundtrack moments like 'Affectations For String Quartet' with eerie synth experiments like the tense 'Blitzful Memories' and the bubbly 'Wayward Balloons'.
Schlesinger had come across Geesin when he watched Tristan Powell's 1970 BBC Omnibus film "Shapes in a Wilderness", a documentary about the use of art therapy in mental hospitals. That ten-minute score is included in full here, and strikes a darker tone, with moody vocals and stuttering piano hits, spine-tingling Tangerine Dream-esque synth passages and psychedelic primal tones. To finish the record off, there's a selection of cues from Greg Lanning's 1985 Channel Four documentary "Viv" about West Indies cricket star Viv Richards and this is where Geesin gets to let rip with his most eccentric material: jazzy piano, splattery electronic hits, and exotica-inspired percussive workouts like the phenomenal 'Through Loud Bamboo'.