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 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Komeda used a Clavinet in ROSEMARY'S BABY, back in '68.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

A Moog modular synthesizer (courtesy of Paul Beaver) was also used on "Rosemary's Baby".

Says Bernie Krause:
"Rosemary's Baby," done in 1967 but released in 1968, was one of the first films on which Paul Beaver and I worked together. The Moog synth can be heard throughout, although generally blended with horn and string sounds into the score so that they're not particularly distinctive. It stands out as an mnenomic effect where there are wierd close-up shots of the baby's eyes. Sometimes we both contributed to the same cue (scene) and the director chose which one to use at a later date. I did lots of effects like the wind and heartbeat sounds (I had done those on several of our albums, as well)."

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Rick Wakeman used a clavinet on the track "Variations on the fire" from The Burning soundtrack (1981). One side of the soundtrack album (the A-side) consists of variations on themes that were used in the movie. This particular track is part of the A-side and was not used as such in the movie.

Anyways, you can listen to this track here (@ 5:15):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgDiIz2c79M&feature=relmfu

Mr. Wakeman was also using a clavinet on the soundtrack to "White Rock", a 1977 documentary film about the 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. It's been a while since I heard that album so I cannot say to what extent it's been used though.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Does "Streets of San Fransico" qualify or not or has it been named already?
One of the toughest meanest themes to date.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I think there is clav in Mancini's "Thief Who Came to Dinner." It comes in toward the second half of the main title IIRC.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Does "Streets of San Fransico" qualify or not or has it been named already?
One of the toughest meanest themes to date.

D.S.


That's a big one DiscoStu. Defintely the biggest "miss" so far. Here is the link to the "Streets of San Francisco" with the Clavinet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F0wlfmxKdU

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

I think there is clav in Mancini's "Thief Who Came to Dinner." It comes in toward the second half of the main title IIRC.

Is this the theme you mean OB?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-bJZtB4lPo

If so, I'm thinking that sound in the L on the up-beat is basically a Hammand Organ, and there is likely a guitar helping with rhythm accents. The little "hammer-on" at about 1:50 is some other kind of electric piano prevalent in the 1960s. Mikael?


FYI1: I checked The Jeffersons, Fat Albert, Barney Miller, What's Happening (Mancini), and Good Times (Grusin), and no Clavinet there. Pretty sure Charlie's Angels does not use it either.

FYI2: I believe it is Grusin on the Clavinet on the "Sanford and Son" Theme. Notice how he uses it more as a rhythmic device than a piano.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I think there is clav in Mancini's "Thief Who Came to Dinner." It comes in toward the second half of the main title IIRC.

Is this the theme you mean OB?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-bJZtB4lPo



That is the album version he did for RCA.

On the film version of the theme, which was also on the WB LP and limited edition boutique label CD, there is a 5 minute version of the theme. The clav comes in at about 3:25 or 3:30. Prior to that, there is organ and rhodes, but the clav shows up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TgSIigw8Wo

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

That is the album version he did for RCA.

On the film version of the theme, which was also on the WB LP and limited edition boutique label CD, there is a 5 minute version of the theme. The clav comes in at about 3:25 or 3:30. Prior to that, there is organ and rhodes, but the clav shows up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TgSIigw8Wo


There's no question; that's the real deal, dude. Thank you kindly, of course. Kind of funny he does that whole solo clean. That's probably Mancini playing too - his kind of phrasing it seems.

Real cool one.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2012 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Just reviewing some Grusin titles now that "The Pope of Greenwich Village" has landed.

Grusin is using a Clavinet very very sparingly on the "3 Days of the Condor" soundtrack. And specifically, on track 1 (Condor! - Theme for "3 Days of the Condor") within the first few measures, Grusin uses a Clavinet to accent some of the very-brightly toned electric bass. He does the same on track 8 (Flashback to Terror).

Pretty cool.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2012 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Here's some more stuff featuring the clavinet...

Roy Budd - The Wild Geese (1978):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpmxqjzBLj8

Walter Rizzati - The Bronx Warriors (1980):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OanqK_Es2mE (the clav starts to play @0:38)

EDIT: it just struck me that the clavinet "riffs" in these two cues are very similar.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2012 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Quincy Jones - Dollar$ (1971)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYUo4_-Z6AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnKvDnjKftU

The clavinet is also featured in the last track of the album; "Brook's 50 Cent Tour (Main Title Collage)" but I couldn't find it on youtube.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2012 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Quincy Jones - Dollar$ (1971)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYUo4_-Z6AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnKvDnjKftU

The clavinet is also featured in the last track of the album; "Brook's 50 Cent Tour (Main Title Collage)" but I couldn't find it on youtube.


I'll check the Hot Rock record later when I get in M. Nice post.

FYI: So far, I think Streets of San Francisco is the earliest use of the Clavinet that we've identified.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2012 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Not sure but I believe QJ's "Dollar$" is the earliset use of the clavinet so far*. The film premiered
in Dec 1971. The pilot for "The Streets of San Francisco" aired on sep, 16 1972.

* unless "Rosemary's baby"(1968) features the instrument (haven't had time to check).

EDIT: I just had a listen to the soundtrack album and it does sound like a clavinet is used
in some of the tracks. In the following clip you can hear it @2:06 (doubling the bass guitar - it's also used later on in the same cue) . I'm not totally sure but I think it also shows up in the instrumental version of the main theme @7:45 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWpKP7AH1GI&feature=relmfu
It sounds like they used a real harpsichord (or possibly a Baldwin electric harpsichord: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJjiPR5gPqc) in some of the other tracks.

EDIT 2: the clavinet (or could it be a Baldwin electric harpsichord?) is also heard 'solo' @9:51 into this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhjns9xh9L4&feature=relmfu

If it's a clavinet it's got to be the earlier clavinet I/II or C.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2012 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Francois De Roubaix - the great French film composer who tragically died at sea back in
November 1975 - used the Clavinet (and the EMS VCS3 synthesizer) to great effect in numerous scores from the early/ mid '70s.

Here are a few examples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaG5tVVrX3Y ("Astralement Votre", TV-show '75).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KqCo111vcc ("Commissaire Moulin", TV-series '76).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSenzTqvB48 ("Indicatifs Télé Zaïre", circa '75).

The Clavinet is also featured in the following scores by De Roubaix:
L'antarctique ('74)
Mort D'un Guide (TV, '75)
Les Grands Moyens ('75)
Le Trois de Coeur (TV '76, music recorded in nov '75 just before the composers tragic death).

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2012 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

La Settima Donna OST [1978] - Roberto Pregadio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20mtzmuIhE8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FViAAbRCG68

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2012 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Night quite the 70s, but the Dot LP version of "Rosemary's Baby" features some clav in one of the lighter incidental cues. This is also on the new expanded CD. It is Christmas, track #5.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2012 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSWB_yI4j0M

This funky clavinet-dominated piece by Goblin was originally recorded for the non-soundtrack
album "Roller"' but later re-used in the Italian release of the horror movie Martin (aka Wampyr, 1978).
This track is also included on Goblin's score for the Italian release of Patrick (1979) so it may
have been used in that film too.

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2012 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier use a Clavinet in Cannabis (1970).

I'm fairly certain this clip uses a very clean Clavinet - almost sounds like Led-Zeppelin. :-D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gGXZ_wo9lg

For sure, the cue "Dernière blessureuse" from the same film uses it. (Link goes to an AllMusic page where you can listen.)
http://www.allmusic.com/song/dernire-blessurespan-classtrktag-from-cannabis--span-t5993748

(Fellas, I corrected the OP bc I misunderstood the notes for Uncle Joe Shannon. "Hot Nights" is the take that opens with the phased-Fender Rhodes.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2012 - 1:38 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier use a Clavinet in Cannabis (1970).


I'm a huge fan of Serge and "Cannabis"...
I'll have a listen again later, but there must be Clavinet on Serge's soundtrack to "Madame Claude" (Dir. Just Jaeckin). That album sounds like P-Funk in places! Wonderful stuff!

 
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