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 Posted:   Jan 3, 2008 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Just got through my first listen of The Blob and it's a superb release. Can't wait to get The Intruder going next.

Thanks David and everyone at MMM!



Got my Intruder today, very enjoyable listen.
Way to go MMM!! Two more great releases.

sd smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2008 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Is SAE going to carry these titles?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2008 - 9:41 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Isn't there a rule about calling members of this forum names?

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2008 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

Is SAE going to carry these titles?


Order them from the MMM site, its very easy and their service is superb.

sd smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2008 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Is SAE going to carry these titles?


Order them from the MMM site, its very easy and their service is superb.

sd smile


Absolutely right. Every bit as good as SAE and Intrada. Can't wait for these (both discs) to get here!

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2008 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Order them from the MMM site, its very easy and their service is superb.

I simply prefer not to pay 8.5% California tax if it's not neccessary. It's like having to pay shipping twice. If I order from MMM, I have to donate to Schwarzenneger's coffers.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2008 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Regarding California orders, wish we could waive the sales tax, but I don't want Ahnold coming after me...

Regarding the SAFFO thread about Lavagnino, I remember that enjoyable thread, but again, I have this bad habit of not remembering who posted what. but what a great release that was. There's also some Lavagnino on the Digitmovies release of ESTER THE KING, credited to both Lavagnino and Nicolosi. A lot of it sounds like Lavagnino to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2008 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

I've gotten quite a few e-mails from people wanting to know if we might release the music from 1972's BEWARE! THE BLOB, with music by Mort Garson, or 4D MAN (related to THE BLOB), with music by THE BLOB's Ralph Carmichael.

The short answer is "no." The music for THE BLOB and BEWARE!... have nothing to do with each other musically or otherwise. I have no idea who would possess recordings of Garson's score, and I know nothing about Mr. Garson at all. I only saw the film once and have no recollection of the music. Doesn't mean it's bad or anything -- I just don't know it.

As for 4D MAN, this is a VERY "out there" brassy jazz score by Carmichael, and I'm not sure it would be the best listening experience from a music-only perspective. It's even a bit "extreme" in the movie to my delicate ears.

And for the 130th time, there are NO surviving scores for INVADERS FROM MARS, and the only tracks and music and effects in horrific condition. And there are no surviving scores for INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, although music tracks seem to exist but the owners don't want them released.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2008 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

There's also some Lavagnino on the Digitmovies release of ESTER THE KING, credited to both Lavagnino and Nicolosi. A lot of it sounds like Lavagnino to me.

You are completely right! About 90% of the ESTER AND THE KING score is by Lavagnino. The one and only pure Nicolosi piece is the exotic dance track "Balletto nel tempio" in track 21.
Nicolosi did contribute just a few things - maybe only some transitions for the reworked scenes - to these 3 other tracks, but everything else has been composed by Lavagnino:
18. IL MONDO DI ESTER 1:36 Nicolosi - Lavagnino
28. TENERAMENTE 2:56 Nicolosi- Lavagnino
33. SERENITA' DI ESTER 1:31 Nicolosi-Lavagnino

Lavagnino's style is very recognizable and even in these few tracks most of the music at least to my ears seems to be by him.

By the way, I can tell you that the Alhambra soundtrack CD label in Germany will probably release Lavagnino's simply wonderful music for the 1956 exotic documentary feature film L'IMPERO DEL SOLE (EMPIRE IN THE SUN) very soon (maybe in about two months) on an official CD. I have been in contact with the composer's daughter Bianca for some time now. She does have the only surviving copy of the mastertape of this score and she is very cooperative and supportive in the production of this CD. She - together with her two sisters - has given us her approval that this CD may be produced in Germany. If everything goes right, she will also write some liner notes for the booklet.
I have already heeard the complete music (almost 60 minutes long!) and can only highly recommend it. It is sheer delight and one of the musically most imaginative, colorful and beautiful Italian Golden Age soundtracks of the mid-50s.
I hope that many Golden Age film music collectors will be as delighted about this announcement as I am myself. As soon as I have further and more detailed infos about this upcoming CD, I will of course post them here!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2008 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Thanks for the information about ESTER AND THE KING. What a pleasant surprise that purchase was. Not that I don't enjoy Nicolosi, but I certainly didn't expect so much Lavagnino!

The news about EMPIRE IN THE SUN is marvelous! I will definitely purchase that release when it's ready. I used to be in close contact with Bianca Lavagnino, and she is a marvelous person. We couldn't have recorded her father's music from GORGO without her incredible help.

Unfortunately, I lost track of her through the years, as her e-mail address and fax number no longer worked. Please, when you speak with her, tell her "hello" from David Schecter in the U. S. I can't wait to read her liner notes if she does that. And I'd love to hear from her sometime -- she can e-mail me at monstrous@earthlink.net.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2008 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   Stefan Schlegel   (Member)

As far as I know, Bianca has no own e-mail address. But I have her private home address and communicate with her either through postal mail in the old way or through phone. I will tell her "greetings" from you the next time I hear from her again.
She has promised to write some liner notes for the CD project so that I am pretty sure we will get them from her.
L'IMPERO DEL SOLE is such a fine, very melodious score - in my opinion one of Lavagnino's best. I am sure that many fans of Rozsa, Newman or Herrmann (the many harp glissandi in the score do even remind me a bit of Herrmann's BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF) would love this music when they could hear it.
I hope that the score is not too unknown for many of the people so that they will be too reluctant to buy it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 8, 2008 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Thanks for passing along my greetings to her! I would think many film music fans of Newman, Rozsa, and other Golden Age composers would love Lavagnino, as his music, while being singularly "Lavagnino," shares much with that era. Rozsa's music in particular was a major influence in Lavagnino's life, which was why I first got interested in him. While the two composers' styles are very different, there is a supreme quality to the music of both. I, too, hope that some people take the "chance" on Lavagnino at some point -- if they do they will be richly rewarded time and again.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2008 - 4:15 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

I would like to endorse David and Stefan's comments about L'IMPERO DEL SOLE. This is a quite magnificent score that will be a major addition to any serious film music fan's collection.
Thank god there are people like Stefan willing to save magnificent music from unknown movies like this!

Cheers Dave

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2008 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

On a sad note, Mort Garson just took the A train.

Seek out his moog album "Electronic Hair Pieces" on A&M.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2008 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

duplicate

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2008 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

As I mentioned on a Garson thread, I just passed along Mr. Garson's address to somebody two days ago. Talk about bad timing!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2008 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

...As for 4D MAN, this is a VERY "out there" brassy jazz score by Carmichael, and I'm not sure it would be the best listening experience from a music-only perspective. It's even a bit "extreme" in the movie to my delicate ears.
...


Exactly the sort of stuff some of us seek out!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2008 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

I passed along this thread to Ralph Carmichael so he can read reviews of his score when they come out. The esteemed and knowledgeable Randall Larson has a whole bunch of reviews here, including one of THE BLOB:
http://www.buysoundtrax.com/larsons_soundtrax.html

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2008 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   Gorgojhyfstesev   (Member)

Did you notice the characters on the background on the Blob covert art?

Ralph Carmichael, David Schecter, Herman Stein and all the other ones I didn't founded… Funny.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2008 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

I wish nobody had spotted me... Alas, our cover artist Robert Aragon (far left, with dark glasses and German Shepherd) did that without my permission! Next to Herman is my lovely wife Kathleen, holding our then-puppy, Scottish Terrier Nessie Annabella MacSchecter. Other familiar faces are on there, too, including friend Bob Burns (known to classic sci-fi fans everywhere) and his wife Kathy, and sundry other buddies.

When I showed the cover art for this and THE INTRUDER (music by Stein) to Herman, he was way more excited to be having his image associated with THE BLOB than he was having his own CD released! If he were still alive, I can almost guarantee he would have requested more comps for THE BLOB than the other disc.

 
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