Music of the Night

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This week’s 8track musical offering is titled “Music of the Night” and includes music from some of my favorite Hammer vampire films such as The Brides of Dracula (1960), Twins of Evil (1971), Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974), The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974) and Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972). Enjoy!

Track Listing:
James Bernard – “Dracula Main Theme” (1958)
James Bernard – “The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires” (1974)
Malcolm Williamson – “The Brides Of Dracula” (1960)
Laurie Johnson – “Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter” (1974)
Harry Robinson – “The Vampire Lovers” (1970)
Harry Robinson – “Twins Of Evil “(1971)
Mike Vickers – “Main Theme: Dracula A.D. 1972” (1972)
Mike Vickers – “Van Helsing Heads To The Club” (1972)

http://8tracks.com/mixes/420636/player_v3

Giallo Notte

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My newest Halloween music mix at 8tracks is called “Giallo Notte” and it contains 14 great music tracks from some of my favorite giallo films such as Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975), Aldo Lado’s Short Night Of Glass Dolls (1971), Sergio Martino’s The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh (1971) and Emilio Miraglia’s The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972), plus much, much more. Enjoy!

Track Listing:
Goblin – “Profondo Rosso” Original Sound Effect Bonus Track (1975) from DEEP RED
Goblin – “Death Dies” Film Version-Part 1 (1975) from DEEP RED
Ennio Morricone – “Valzer” (1971) from SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS
Ennio Moricone – “Piume di Cristallo” (1970) from THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMMAGE
Roberto Nicolosi – “Preparando La Trappola E Un’Ombra Nel Buio” (1963) from THE EVIL EYE
Piero Umilani – “Cinque Bambole Versione Coro” (1970) from FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON
Piero Umilani – “Danza Primitiva” (1970) from FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON
Sante Maria Romitelli – “Hatchet Shake” (1970) from HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON
Nora Orlandi – “The Blade Pleasure” (1971) from THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
Nora Orlandi – “Shakin´ With Edwige” (1971) from THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH
Riz Ortolani – “Lombard Street” (1969) from PERVERSION STORY
Riz Ortolani – “Golden Gate Bridge” (1969) from PERVERSION STORY
Bruno Nicolai – “Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer?” (1972) from THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS
Bruno Nicolai – “La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Vo” (1972) from THE RED QUEEN KILLS 7 TIMES
http://8tracks.com/mixes/415075/player_v3
Cinebeats @ 8Tracks

The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

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Deadlier Than the Male (1967)
Top: The Walker Brothers – John, Gary & Scott
Bottom: Sylva Koscina, Elke Sommer & Nigel Green in Deadlier Than the Male (1967)

I was disappointed to learn that John Walker (aka John Maus) of The Walker Brothers died on May 7, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. The brilliant Scott Walker tends to overshadow the rest of the Walker Brothers but the talented trio recorded some great songs together. One of my favorite Walker Brothers’ tunes is the title song they recorded for the terrific ’60s spy flick Deadlier Than the Male (Ralph Thomas; 1967), which features the fabulous Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina in two of their best roles and Richard Johnson as the handsome spy, Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond. You can hear the track playing over the opening titles in the video clip below.

Recommended Links:
John Walker of the Walker Brothers has died @ Dangerous Minds

John Barry 1933-2011

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Jane Birkin and John Barry (1965)

John Barry’s a special figure here at Cinebeats. Now that he’s left this earth I can comfortably refer to him as one of the blog’s many Patron Saints. Remind me to make a list of the others some day…

Barry composed some of my favorite soundtracks and I was honored to be asked to contribute a piece on Boom (1968) when Harkit Records released Barry’s score for the film on CD. My father was a James Bond fan so I grew up dancing to his music. Born Free was a real favorite when I was a kid and when I started buying soundtracks for myself his scores where some of the first that I purchased and I think that’s probably true for a lot of film fans like fellow bloggers Greg Ferrara and Steve Saragossi. Barry’s music was accessible, exciting and often incredibly moving.

My lengthy tribute to John Barry can be found at the Movie Morlocks and if you’d like to read more about the composer’s work you can find previous pieces I’ve posted here.

Some easy to follow links:
John Barry 1933-2011: The Beat Goes On @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog
John Barry @ Cinebeats

Confessions Of A Soundtrack Collector

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A few of my favorite film soundtracks.

Regular visitors to Cinebeats are undoubtedly aware of my interest in film soundtracks and scores. Today I decided to share more about my record collecting habits with Movie Morlock readers. If you’re curious about what soundtracks I grew up with or just want some record buying tips check out my latest post at TCM’s Classic Movie Blog: Vinyl is Dead, Long Live Vinyl.

The Magnificent Soundtrack

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The sexiest group of cowboys ever? Hell yes!

Over at the Movie Morlocks Blog I posted a brief piece about one of my favorite westerns, John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven (1960). It’s one of the earliest movies I can remember watching as a kid and falling in love with. I’m not sure why I was so drawn to The Magnificent Seven but I suspect it has something to do with my ranch hand roots, the amazing cast and Elmer Bernstein’s terrific score. Check out Variations on a Theme if you’re curious about the evolution of Elmer Bernstein’s unforgettable theme for The Magnificent Seven.

Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

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I recently learned that portions of Jean Prodromidès’ sweeping score for Roger Vadim’s Blood & Roses (Et Mourir de Plaisir; 1960) will be released on CD from Disques Cinémusique on March 20th. I’ve written about my appreciation for this fantastic vampire film at length before in a piece simply called Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses (1960) but at the time I neglected to mention Jean Prodromidès’ soundtrack. His classical and somewhat traditional score for the film is impressive for its scope and beauty. I’m happy that segments of it have finally been made available on CD but it would be nice to see the soundtrack for Blood and Roses released in its entirety along with a restored print of the film made available on DVD. I can’t think of a classic horror movie that I’d like to see restored and released on DVD more than Vadim’s Blood and Roses.

Disques Cinémusique has made the soundtrack for Blood And Roses available as part of their release of Prodromidès’ score for Andrzej Wajda’s 1983 film Danton. Besides portions of Blood and Roses, the CD also contains bits & pieces of Jean Prodromidès’ music for This Special Friendship (Les Amitiés Particulières; 19604). You can currently purchase the CD at the official Disques Cinémusique site. They’ve also made sound clips available that showcase Jean Prodromidès’s impressive talents as a composer.

JEAN PRODROMIDES: Danton, Les Amities Particulieres, Et Mourir de Plaisir

Ennio Morricone’s My Dear Killer OST

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George Hilton in My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972)

This month Digitmovies is scheduled to release Ennio Morricone’s incredible score for the excellent giallo thriller My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino (1972). This will be the 9th volume from Italy’s Digitmovies devoted to the original soundtrack recordings of Ennio Morricone and if it’s as good as their previous releases Morricone fans are in for a real treat!

My Dear Killer happens to be one of my favorite giallo films and it was directed by Tonino Valerii who made some great Italian westerns such as My Name is Nobody (1973), but he is probably best known for his work as an assistant director to Sergio Leone during the making of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). My Dear Killer was Tonino Valerii’s only giallo film but it’s a smart, creative and surprising thriller that offered its talented star (George Hilton) one of his best roles. In the film Hilton plays a police inspector trying to solve a gruesome series of crimes that may or may not be connected to the kidnapping and murder of a young girl that took place years earlier. Besides George Hilton’s standout performance as Inspector Luca Peretti, My Dear Killer also features one of Ennio Morricone’s most creepy and effective scores.

A few of the tracks from Morricone’s soundtrack for My Dear Killer have been released before on compilation CDs, but the upcoming Digitmovies CD will mark the first time that Morricone’s complete score for My Dear Killer has been made available in any form.

This impressive soundtrack includes haunting vocals provided by the brilliant Edda Dell’Orso who worked closely with the composer on many of his best film scores. All together the CD contains a total of 17 remastered tracks and it’s available just in time for Halloween. If you’re a Morricone fan or just enjoy genuinely eerie film soundtracks you’re definitely going to want to pick up a copy of the My Dear Killer OST.

You can currently purchase new and used copies of the soundtrack for My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino at Amazon. At the moment these CDs are a little hard to come by since they’re imported from Italy but Digitmovies is still in the process of shipping out orders so check back at Amazon often.

The film is also available on DVD from Amazon and you should be able to rent it at Netflix.com or Greencine.com

I’ve posted the trailer for My Dear Killer aka Mio Caro Assassino below since it also features samples of Ennio Morricone’s score, but if you’ve never seen the movie before you might want to avoid watching it. It’s a great clip (not exactly work safe) but it also happens to be one of the most spoiler filled trailers I’ve ever seen.

New John Dankworth Compilation

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Laurence Harvey, Julie Christie & Dirk Bogarde in Darling (1965)

During the recent Dirk Bogarde movie marathon on TCM I ended up watching John Schlesinger’s Darling (1965) again which stars Dirk Bogarde along with the wonderful Julie Christie and jaw-droppingly gorgeous Laurence Harvey. I’ve seen the film many times before but I love all three of the film’s stars so I never get tired of watching it. Besides the actors and Schlesinger’s impressive direction, another reason that I find Darling incredibly watchable is the film’s great score by British composer John (aka Johnny) Dankworth. Dankworth was an amazing talent and he’s responsible for composing the soundtracks for some of my favorite British films of the ’60s. He also created music for terrific television shows like the original Avengers.

After watching Darling again I decided to try and hunt down a copy of the film’s soundtrack online. Unfortunately I had no luck, but I did discover that a new John Dankworth compliation CD has just been released called Let’s Slip Away – Film and TV 1960-1973.

Let’s Slip Away is the first CD compilation of John Danworth’s scores so if you’re a fan of his music you’ll definitely want to get yourself a copy. This impressive 2 CD set from Eclipse in the UK features over 40 music tracks and includes theme music from Darling as well as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Karel Reisz; 1960), The Servant (Joseph Losey; 1963), Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment (Karel Reisz; 1966), Modesty Blaise (Joseph Losey; 1966) and Accident (Jospeh Losey; 1967). The collection also includes extensive notes by Workers Playtime DJ Martin Green.

The official Eclipse site calls Let’s Slip Away “Beautifully cool jazz-pop from the days before Johnny started calling himself John and getting all serious on your ass.”

Sounds good to me!

The CD collection was released earlier this month and you can currently find new copies at Amazon selling for about $18.75, but there seems to be a glaring error on the website that also lists the CD for $170. Ignore that ridiculous price! If you can’t get new copies of the CD at Amazon I highly recommend picking up a copy at my favorite online soundtrack shop Movie Grooves.

Girl On a Motorcycle: The Soundtrack

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Composer Les Reed

One of the best things about Jack Cardiff’s 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle is the terrific score created by the award winning British composer and songwriter Les Reed. Les Reed was one of the most prolific members of the mid-60s London music scene and he’s probably familiar to most people thanks to the success of popular songs he wrote and arranged for other artists. Reed often worked with other songwriters like Geoff Stephens and Barry Mason, and these creative partnerships yielded many hit songs.

Here’s a short list of some of the songs that were composed and/or arranged by Les Reed and performed by the recording artists who made them popular (links should take you to YouTube clips for each song):

Tom Jones – “It’s Not Unusual”
Herman’s Hermits – “There’s a Kind of Hush”
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders – “Game of Love”
The Drifters – “Hello Happiness”
The Fortunes – “Here It Comes Again”
The Dave Clark Five – “Everybody Knows”
The Applejacks – “Tell Me When”
Petula Clark – “Kiss Me Goodbye”
Lulu – “Leave A Little Love”
Elvis Presley – “Sylvia”
Engelbert Humperdinck – “The Last Waltz”
Mireille Mathieu – “Les Bicyclettes De Belsize”

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The John Barry Seven with Les Reed on the piano

Les Reed came from a musical family and trained at London’s prestigious College of Music. In 1958 he began playing piano with renowned composer John Barry and his touring band the John Barry Seven. This partnership lasted until 1962 and during that time Reed worked with John Barry on the soundtracks for Beat Girl (1959), Never Let Go (1960) and the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962). But it wasn’t until 1968 that Les Reed would get the opportunity to compose and record his first film score for Jack Cardiff’s The Girl On a Motorcycle.

Reed’s score for Girl On a Motorcycle is a powerful psychedelic mix of jazz influenced sounds that fuels the film and sticks with you long after the credits have rolled. The edgy soundtrack features lush strings, punchy brass, smooth vibes and Hammond organ grooves that perfectly compliment Jack Cardiff’s uninhibited directing style on the film. Reed’s score really injects life into Cardiff’s striking cinematography and experimental editing. Besides the avant-garde incidental music, Reed’s soundtrack also contains memorable songs sung by the French chanteuse Mireille Mathieu and the legendary British born jazz singer Cleo Laine.

This unusual combination of sounds and styles makes Les Reed’s soundtrack for Girl On a Motorcycle a great standalone recording and one of the composers most highly regarded efforts. Even critics of The Girl On a Motorcycle who don’t appreciate Jack Cardiff’s film often still find some enjoyment in Les Reed’s unforgettable score.

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LP and CD covers for The Girl On a Motorcycle soundtrack

Late last year Britain’s RPM Records re-released Les Reed’s soundtrack for The Girl On a Motorcycle accompanied by his soundtrack for another film, Les Bicyclettes De Belsize (1968). I haven’t heard this latest release, but it doesn’t include any of the Mireille Mathieu and Cleo Laine songs for the movie so I can’t really recommend it. If you’re going to purchase The Girl On a Motorcycle soundtrack I highly recommend buying the original RPM Record release, which contains all of the music recorded for the film. The soundtrack is currently selling at Amazon for $19.98, but I thought I’d offer a sample from it here.

Listen: Les Reed – “Girl On a Motorcycle” (Theme)

To learn more about Les Reed and his generous contributions to music I recommend visiting his website: Les Reed OBE: The Official Website.

This is a continuation of my extensive look at Jack Cardiff’s 1968 film The Girl On a Motorcycle. Previous posts:
Some Thoughts On Jack Cardiff 1914-2009
The Girl On a Motorcycle: Advertising