Bernard Herrmann’s final artistic statement – the score for Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver – is one of loneliness, romance, mystery, and drama. A solitary alto saxophone, clustered brass, and bass clarinets all paint the musical world of Travis Bickle (portrayed by Robert DeNiro).  Recording sessions for the score were completed only a few hours before the composer passed away from congestive heart failure in his hotel room in Los Angeles, CA on Christmas eve, 1975. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Waxwork Records is re-issuing the complete score on vinyl.

Featuring new artwork by Rich Kelly, liner notes by Martin Scorsese, and a tri-colored disc, all packaging is approved by the aforementioned director. It’s a shame that Herrmann’s name is not featured on the cover, but the label’s mentioned that Herrmann will get his due in the inserts and liner. Included inside the release (though not specified if it will be an insert or art on the gatefold or back cover) will be the classic Taxi Driver poster art.

Taxi Driver goes on sale April 12th exclusively at Waxwork Records.

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