The Italian Job (soundtrack)

The Italian Job is the soundtrack to the 1969 film which was composed and arranged by Quincy Jones and released on the Paramount label.[2][3]

The Italian Job
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Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm score
LabelParamount PS 5007[1]
ProducerQuincy Jones
Quincy Jones chronology
MacKenna's Gold
The Italian Job
The Lost Man
Singles from The Italian Job
  1. "On Days Like These"
    Released: 1969

The lyrics to "On Days Like These" and "Getta Bloomin' Move On! (The Self Preservation Society)" were written by Don Black. "Getta Bloomin' Move On! (The Self Preservation Society)" was the closing theme of the film and was performed by members of the cast, the lyrics feature Cockney rhyming slang.[4] Many incidental themes are based on British patriotic songs, such as "Rule, Britannia!", "The British Grenadiers" and "God Save the Queen".


The Vinyl Factory said "It may seem like a hodgepodge of quirky film cues, baroque harpsichord bits and lounge (Matt Monro’s silky turn ‘On Days Like These’), but this album is really a brilliant mash-up of styles. ... There is samba, there is country, there is harpsichord, there are a bunch of blokes shouting in cockney; it’s the sounds of the Swinging ‘60s in a 29-minute nutshell".[5]

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Quincy Jones except otherwise indicated

  1. "On Days Like These" (Don Black, Quincy Jones) – 3:40
  2. "Something's Cookin'" – 2:30
  3. "Hello Mrs. Beckerman!" – 1:02
  4. "Britannia and Mr. Bridger - If You Please" – 2:00
  5. "Trouble for Charlie" – 1:47
  6. "On Days Like These" – 3:09
  7. "It's Caper Time (The Self Preservation Society)" – 3:13
  8. "Meanwhile, Back In the Mafia" – 1:23
  9. "Smell That Gold!" – 1:32
  10. "Greensleeves and All That Jazz" (Traditional; arr Jones) – 2:06
  11. "On Days Like These" – 1:14
  12. "Getta Bloomin' Move On! (The Self Preservation Society)" (Black, Jones) – 3:56



  1. ^ "Quincy Jones – The Italian Job". Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. ^ Sides Now: Paramount Album Discography accessed January 29, 2018
  3. ^ Soundtrack Collector: album entry accessed January 31, 2018
  4. ^ Don Black; James Inverne (29 November 2010). Wrestling with Elephants : The Authorised Biography of Don Black. SMT. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-85712-371-8.
  5. ^ 10 definitive Quincy Jones soundtracks from the ’60s and ’70s, The Vinyl Factory, accessed January 29, 2018