Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Turntable Time Vol. 6: Let's Go West

Fess Parker, famous for his vocal on "Davy Crockett", recorded in 1957 a LP for Disneyland called "Cowboy and Indian Songs" with other western songs in a similar style.

1. The Ballad of Davy Crockett 2:57
2. The Ghosts of the Old San Juan 3:02
3. Pecos Bill 3:35
4. Hunter's Return 3:10
5. Old Timer 2:23
6. Pioneer's Prayer 2:23
7. Wringle Wrangle 2:13
8. The Ballad of John Colter 3:11
9. I'm Lonely My Darling 1:20
10. A Cowboy Needs a Horse 2:09
11. I Gave My Love (The Riddle Song) 2:17
12. Goodnight Little Wrangler 2:36

Goldsmith Finale

As the last volume is rather short, I present you both vol. 7 and 8 today:

Covered are the years from 1988 to 2003, there is a lot of great action music included. Rare tracks: "Brotherhood of the Gun" (aka "Hollister") and "Judge Dredd Trailer Music".

I hope you all liked this little Goldsmith retrospective, most of the albums included in my eight volumes are still available so if you liked the music, pay this site a visit:

For more information on Jerry Goldsmith, just go here:

Turntable Time Vol. 5: One for the Irish

I always loved patriotic music, either instrumental or vocal.

One of my favorite records of this genre I picked up a long time ago as a bargain LP, and I'm happy that I can now listen to it again with my new record player.
Included is the motto of all film music fans: "We shall overcome".

Jerry Goldsmith Strikes Again

We are moving through the end of our little series, today is vol. 6 of the 8-part series covering the years from 1982 to 1987.

Featured with three tracks each are "Under Fire", "Link" and "Lionheart", also included are the fine marches from "Supergirl", "King Solomon's Mines" and "Lionheart". And we have a track from "The Explorers" that will appear again there again in "Leviathan" (wait for tomorrow !)

Be seeing you !

It's Goldsmith time again's vol. 5:

This time featuring the SF classics "Alien", "Star Trek" and "Outland" plus the great themes of "Masada" and "The First Great Train Robbery".

Special feature: the previously unreleased main title of "Players", a fine action track in typical Goldsmith style !

Three volumes still coming - be here tomorrow !

Goldsmith Vol. 4

And here's another installment of our journey through the master's works, this time covering the years from 1973 to 1978:

Besides one of his finest western themes, "Breakheart Pass", this collection features two Omen movies and the incredible "Wind and the Lion". And what about "Capricorn One" ? One of the finest action tracks Goldsmith ever composed !

Be here again tomorrow for vol. 5 !

Monday, October 22, 2007

Turntable Time Vol. 4: A soundtrack you will NEVER forget

There are a lot of movie soundtracks which feature classical music, among the most popular are "The Exorcist", "2001 - A Space Odyssee" and "A Clockwork Orange".
One lesser known example is "The Female Prisoner", a french movie from 1968 ( which had a soundtrack release featuring music by Anton Webern, Gustav Mahler und Luciano Berio.
The Berio piece, which runs for the complete B-side of the LP (20:47), is called "Visage" and is scored for magnetic tape, the voice of Cathy Berberian and electronic sounds. It was composed in 1961, in a time when electronic sounds were very new to the music scene ("Forbidden Planet" was just five years before), the first records employing primitive synthsizers came years later.
And if you think you heard avantgarde music before, try this one.
There have been hundreds of scores for horror movies in the past decades, but I never heard one that is more frightening than "Visage". Although this wasn't intended by Berio, this work by him would fit in a movie like "Castle Freak" or "The Keep" perfectly.
And if you want to scare not only yourself but your neighbors as well, play "Visage" real loud and in the dark. If you dare to start it that way, I'm sure that you will at least change the volume.
And after hearing keep in mind that this is not crap but high art.
Happy Halloween !
The following link has Berio's "Visage":

Goldsmith Vol. 3

We continue our journey through the works of Jerry Goldsmith with the years 1969-1973, which of course feature more of the stuff you already heard. But one cannot have enough of this great music.

Justine, Patton, Ace Eli, David Lev, Cable Hogue, Anna, Barnaby Jones and the whole Walton family wish you happy listening !

Have fun and see you same time tomorrow for vol. 4 !

Jackie Chan's Dragon Fist

Vladimir Vissotsky - Self-Portrait (1981)

Just found this record by the great (political) russian folk singer:

It's highly recommendable, this is music with artistic integrity that comes straight from the heart.

Ever saw "White Nights" ? When Barishnikov visits Helen Mirren in the theatre, he then dances to a song by Vissotzky. One of cinema's finest moments which I never forgot (and it's about 20 years since then !). From then on I was hooked on Vissotzky's music.

Brother Sun and Sister Moon

I got a request concerning the Donovan soundtrack for this movie and just stumbled upon the link:

And here is also the Riz Ortolani version:

Turntable Time Vol. 3: A Schifrin record that will not be released on Aleph

Why not, you may ask.

Well, the reason may be that this is not really one of Schifrin's greatest acomplishments. If it wasn't composed by Schifrin, one even might say it is crap. But even to the devoted fan it would be hard to consider it a masterpiece.

What the hell I'm talking about ?

I speak of his attempt to make a "pop" record, after he tried with two disco tracks on the "Nunzio" score (which aren't that bad) also in 1978 he made a full LP in disco style called "Fire and Ice", orchestrated by his pupil Kim Richmond and with lyrics by his wife Donna ("Burn, Baby, Burn").

It doesn't start that bad, like a less quality variation of the Rollercoaster theme (1977), but from there it goes down the hill. But perhaps this is just my taste and you all will think that this record is the best thing Schifrin ever made. Could be, but it's unlikely.

But listen to it yourself:

Goldsmith Continued

Vol. 2 of the 150 greatest Goldsmith tracks:

This time we continue the retrospective from 1966 to 1969, including such great scores as "The Flim-Flam Man", "The Planet of the Apes" and no less than three rousing westerns !

Come back tomorrow for vol. 3...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

You may now throw away your complete Jerry Goldsmith collection...

...because starting today is the 8-part series "Jerry Goldsmith - 150 Greatest Tracks".

150 tracks from the original soundtracks in chronological order, starting in 1963 with "Lilies of the Field" and ending in 2003 with "Looney Tunes Back in Action".

It includes all the great action tracks, all the fantastic western themes, all the fine vocals and all of the marvellous TV themes plus much more.

Not included is: boring music.

Of course it's highly subjective, but I think it includes the music almost every film music fan likes to hear. But be warned: if your favorite film composers are Victor Young and Frank Skinner, this collection may not be your taste.

Today we start with tracks from 1963 to 1966, which among others features music from "Lilies of the Field", two westerns and the fantastic "Blue Max":

Come back tomorrow for Vol. 2 !

Great "new" blog

Some fine blogs exist for weeks and weeks without being noticed (at least by me)... this is one of them.
It has some great Carl Davis scores for silent movies, "Medal of Honor" game scores by Giacchino and Lennertz and some modern classical music.

Well worth a visit !

Turntable Time Vol. 2

Considering the amount of music he composed, it's amazing how little of it is available on music blogs. Looks like good ol' Miki is not so popular after all these years.
You will know several of Mikis Theodorakis' soundtracks (like "Zorba the Greek"), but like Philip Glass he composed A LOT OF classical music, including operas and probably some thousand songs.
More info here:
Here is now one of his finest orchestral works, "March of the Spirit" from 1969, also on this LP is "Oedipus Tyrannus".
Vocals by Maria Farandouri (as Morricone had his Edda, Theodorakis had his Maria),
MT Conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
The complete LP consists of all three links.

Turntable Time Vol. 1

After a long time living with some thousand records (you know, these round big black things) and no possibility to play them (my old record player was due to place problems not connected to the receiver) I finally have a turntable again !

A computer shop round the corner had this great cheap thingy (about 60 bucks) that has a USB connection for the PC.

With it came the Audacity software (which you can also download from the net), and it is now very easy to record a record (how about recording a lot of them and breaking a record ? But be careful not to break a record in the process) and save them as mp3.

So now all this great music that was unavailable to me (because no-one else loaded this up) can now be listened again, and perhaps not only by me but by you, too (if I will have the strength and will and power to upload them).

I started mp3ing (nice word) one of the first LPs of my life, Mike Batt's "Wombling Songs", recorded August 1973. I assume that was Batt's first LP, and it's very nice happy-go-lucky music featuring some fine orchestrations. Unbelievable that such great music was the POP music of the time. We went a lot down the hill in the last 30 years...
Here is some info on the Wombles:

Some words on my mp3-transfers: I just record them while I'm listening to them, so there will be only two tracks for each LP (one for each side, my first transfers even have just 1 track). Also, I don't have the time to filter the records, so some surface noice will be there. But considering the age of the records and the cheap quality of the turntable to my almost deaf ears they actually sound quite good. If one of you would like to separate the tracks and do some noice reduction, be my guest !

Just had the idea of calculating how many albums I got new each day since this beginning of my collection... if I count in each different mp3, LP and CD I have today, this will be 2 albums each day for the last 34 years. Madness reigns supreme, as Dave Letterman once said. Before I started with mp3, this was about 1, but all these great music blogs (many thanks to you all) expanded my collection considerably.

Concerning the Wombles, there are at least 5 other albums written by Mike Batt for this "band":
Remember You're a Womble (1974) (don't have this one)
Keep on Womling (1974)
Superwombling (1975)
Wombling Free (1978)
(Soundtrack for a Wombles movie !)
The Wombles Christmas Album (1983)

The soundtrack even includes some orchestral score by Batt !

So, as first post in a hopefully long series of mp3s from my record collection, here is Mike Batt's "Wombling Songs":

Saturday, October 13, 2007

If you search soundtrack records...

I can now offer you almost 12,000 complete albums, probably 90% of them film music.

The last weeks I spend a lot of time compiling complete composer discographies and checked what I already have.

Of my favorite 55 composers I have now hopefully complete lists and I'm able to say very precisely which records I'm missing.

So far these are 651 titles, some of them ultra-rare, but a lot of them also quite common, I simply did not see them being posted so far.

Look in the first comment to this post to see my want list.

If you are interested in ANY record by my "complete composers" (see 2nd comment) for a list of these composers) that is NOT in the list, chances are very high that I have it. If you want it, you just have to find or upload something of my want list.

So let us help each other to complete our collections !


I've searched this for a VERY long time, and now fellow collector janus2810 was so kind and posted this rarest of all rare Schifrin LPs.

Lalo Schifrin en Buenos Aires
Live in Buenos Aires: October 29, 1970
Lalo Schifrin (p); Horacio Malvicino (g); Alfredo Remus (b); Pichi Mazzei (d).

a. Bullet (sic) (Lalo Schifrin) - 8:40
b. Blues for Johann Sebastian (Lalo Schifrin) - 10:50
c. Mannix (Lalo Schifrin) - 2:10
d. Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie) - 8:00
e. Manteca (Dizzy Gillespie) - 8:34
f. The Cat (Lalo Schifrin) - 7:04

Issues: a-f on RCA Victor (Arg) AVS-4096.
Producer: Alvin Bart
Notes: Emilio A. Stevanovitch

Many many thanks to janus2810 !!!