Bullitt (soundtrack)

Bullitt is a soundtrack album to the motion picture Bullitt, by Argentine composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin, recorded in 1968 and released on the Warner Bros. label.[2] The tracks released on the album are alternate versions of those heard in the film and were re-recorded at the film producers' insistence for a more "pop" oriented soundtrack.

Soundtrack album by
RecordedDecember 6 & 7, 1968 Hollywood, California
GenreFilm score, jazz fusion
LabelWarner Bros. (WS 1777)
ProducerJimmy Hilliard
Lalo Schifrin chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores


The Allmusic review states "Everything on the album is visually evocative the way good soundtrack music should be, yet the individual cuts are tight and melodic enough to hold up to repeated listens. The end result is a soundtrack that succeeds both as a film score and a stand-alone album. This unique combination makes Bullitt one of the finest achievements in the Lalo Schifrin catalog and one of the best action film scores ever written".[1]

Track listing

All compositions by Lalo Schifrin except as indicated

  1. "Bullitt (Main Title)" (2:08)
  2. "Room "26"" (2:23)
  3. "Hotel Daniels" (2:53)
  4. "The Aftermath of Love" (2:49)
  5. "Music to Interrogate By" (2:50)
  6. "On the Way to San Mateo" (2:31)
  7. "Ice Pick Mike" (3:00)
  8. "A Song for Cathy" (2:13)
  9. "Shifting Gears" (3:17)
  10. "Cantata for Combo" (3:05)
  11. "The First Snowfall" (3:03) – Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster
  12. "Bullitt (End Title)" (2:39)


Other versions

In 2000, the original movie arrangements were recreated by Schifrin in a recording session with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany.[3] This later version of the soundtrack also includes reconstructions of the 1968 soundtrack album arrangements for some tracks. The 2000 recreation can be identified from its track listing by the inclusion of the "Bullitt, Guitar Solo" track, a piece that does not appear in the film but which is inspired by the main Bullitt theme. The track listing of this release accidentally transposes "The Architect's Building" and "Song For Cathy".

The actual movie version of the music, from the recording sessions as heard in the film, was finally made available in 2009 by Film Score Monthly in a 2-CD release that also includes the 1968 soundtrack album version of the music. [4]


  1. Guarisco, D. A. Allmusic Review accessed March 12, 2012
  2. Payne, D. Lalo Schifrin discography accessed March 12, 2012
  3. Payne, D. Lalo Schifrin discography accessed July 25, 2013
  4. Payne, D. FSM product page Archived November 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine accessed July 25, 2013
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