Bruce Lee - The Big Boss / original soundtrack (1973)

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Peter Thomas Sound Orchester

Bruce Lee - The Big Boss / original soundtrack (1973)

The Big Boss (aka The Fists of Fury) was the film which started Bruce Lee’s international career. Director Lo Wei’s movie premiered in Hong Kong in 1971, but its international success didn’t begin until 1973.

The German distributor Cinerama tried to subtly adapt the film to western visual habits. This was done mainly through an altered soundtrack. It was supposed that the original score of Chinese composer Wang Fu-ling would sound far too oriental for Europeans. That was the moment when Peter Thomas came into play. He had been commissioned to conceive the new soundtrack. As a result, his music can be heard in the film worldwide with the exception of China. So Thomas’ soundtrack virtually became the original score of The Big Boss.

It is striking the way in which Thomas successfully integrates his music into the oriental cinematic milieu. The snappy main theme alone, with it’s marvellous brass section, has something of the eternal in it’s very essence!
Now, 37 years later, this music is released on CD for the very first time!

The 20 tracks are accompanied by some rare large-sized colour film stills of young martial artist Bruce Lee.

The Big Boss (int. title)
aka.: Bruce Lee - Die Todesfaust des Cheng Li (Germany)
aka.: Tang shan da xiong (original title)
aka.: Fists of Fury (US)
aka.: Fists of Glory

Hong Kong, 1971

Director: Lo Wei

Actors: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, Han Ying Chieh...

Music: Peter Thomas


  1. Play Big Boss Theme 02:18
  2. Play Hard Drugs 01:48
  3. Play Girl loves Cheng 01:18
  4. Play Big Boss and his Gang 01:19
  5. Play Revenge & Corruption 01:48
  6. Play China Love 02:40
  7. Play Dream for Two 02:48
  8. Play Blood & Dead Friends 02:11
  9. Play The Amulet 03:25
  10. Play Finding the Drugs 01:03
  11. Play Cheng Li and his Friends 01:39
  12. Play Bruce Lee Forever 03:11
  13. Play The Fist of Fury 02:28
  14. Play Mukuri 01:26
  15. Play Malaparte Sinus 02:55
  16. Play Communication in Hyperspace 01:43
  17. Play EKG 01:40
  18. Play Moontown 03:33
  19. Play The Amulet (film version) 00:33
  20. Play Big Boss and his Gang (film version) 00:47


Cinema Retro Magazine [12/10]: "Spread over 20 razor sharp sounding tracks, Thomas’ music bristles with energy, some of which benefit from the pleasing use of 70’s style electronic sound effects. Like the legend himself, this CD is fast, furious and slicker than slick!"

Screen Sounds [12/10]: "...a score that is very much of its time, a jazz-pop concoction, with plenty of groovy, beat-driven source-like cues, action writing and tension... overall this is a tuneful and enjoyable listen and a great reminder of the film."



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