The film Harold and Maude was noteworthy because of the wonderful soundtrack by Cat Stevens.
Stevens’ music was just beginning to hit the US Billboard charts in the months leading up to the release of this film. 1971 was a break thru year for him in the US, even though he was already on the charts in the UK at this time. 1
Amazingly, the official Harold and Maude film soundtrack was not even released until 2007, some 36 years later. Unfortunately, only 2500 copies were available. They can be hard to find.
There was an earlier soundtrack available in Japan in 1972, but it was not considered an “original” soundtrack because it was missing two Cat Stevens songs from this film and also included five other Cat Stevens songs not even in the film.
Two new songs were written by Cat Stevens specifically for this film. They were “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”, and “Don’t Be Shy”. These were not released until his 1984 Footsteps in the Dark album.
The following is complete list of all the music in Harold and Maude, including songs not written by Cat Stevens. Timestamps listed are based on the film version that is available on YouTube (see links).
|1||00:01:10||Don’t Be Shy||1971||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens||Opening credits|
|2||00:05:23||Greensleeves||Traditional||Harold’s hanging and into the dinner scene.|
|3||00:08:06||On the Road to Find Out||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|4||00:09:50||I Wish, I Wish||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|5||00:12:27||Piano Concerto No. 1||1874||Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Composer||In the score after a psychiatrist session|
|6||00:16:58||The Klaxon||Henry Fillmore: Composer||Outside church, following a funeral. Performed by the Sunnyvale HS Marching Band|
|7||00:21:04||Miles from Nowhere||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|8||00:22:14||Tea for the Tillerman||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|9||00:30:11||I Think I See The Light||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|10||00:37:27||Where Do the Children Play?||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|11||00:44:10||If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out||1971||Written by Cat Stevens||Performed by Ruth Gordon on piano|
|12||00:58:06||An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314||1866||Johann Strauss: Composer||Harold and Maude dancing|
|13||01:07:59||If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out||1971||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|14||01:16:04||Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)||1887||Juventino Rosas: Composer||Carousel music at amusement park|
|15||01:18:59||I Think I See The Light||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|16||01:25:48||Trouble||1970||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens|
|17||01:29:48||If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out||1971||Written by Cat Stevens||Banjo version|
|18||01:30:15||If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out||1971||Written and Performed by Cat Stevens||Closing credits|
|?||Honorable Death||Music by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter||Mentioned on a variety of sites, but not included in film|
|?||Amusement Park Blues||Music by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter||Mentioned on a variety of sites, but not included in film|
- Billboard.com – https://www.billboard.com/music/cat-stevens/chart-history