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 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

Just spotted this great review in www.othermusic.com's weekly newsletter:



KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA
Rosemary's Baby OST
(Waxwork)

Krzysztof Komeda's chilling score for Roman Polanski's unforgettable 1968 satanic thriller Rosemary's Baby is as iconic as the Vidal Sassoon haircut Mia Farrow sported during most of the film, or the harrowing look on her face when she first lays eyes on her newborn demon child. A celebrated Polish jazz musician who was trained as an ear, nose, and throat specialist, Komeda made a name for himself as the preeminent composer of the internationally influential Polish Film School, and later as the preferred collaborator of Polanski until Komeda's untimely death in 1969. Komeda's brand of detached yet elegant jazz was particularly well-suited to the modern sensibilities of young Polish filmmakers in the late 1950s, a period marked by increasing post-Stalinist liberalization in the socialist country. However, it was in his fruitful collaborations with Polanski, as well as other international film commissions, that he fully developed his compositional style, which became unsurpassed in soundtrack scoring.

Seemingly effortless and often composed directly to the images, Komeda used his skills as a wintered jazz musician to produce a sound that was at once light, rhythmic, and angular. On the much-celebrated soundtrack for Rosemary's Baby, we hear him playfully switching between orchestral music, jazz, psychedelia, lounge music, and undeniably creepy lullabies. The atmosphere is eerie-oftentimes downright scary-especially throughout the passages of satanic ritual chanting. Perhaps Komeda's biggest innovation here lies in the ingenious ways in which he repeatedly blurs the lines between the filmic and the musical text, especially in the inverted choral sections where specific elements from the film effectively feed into the soundtrack to unnerving effect. At such delightful demonic moments, Komeda leaves all of the more recent hauntologists way behind, many of whom are undoubtedly indebted to the Polish master without ever really approaching his brilliant innovations.

Waxwork claims this to be the definitive, final presentation of the soundtrack, but with a number of diverging versions released over the years that all feature slightly different tracklists, it's hard to take this claim as absolute truth. What is undisputed, however, is that the score has never sounded better. Remixed and remastered from the original master tapes, as well as featuring new liner notes, reproductions of film stills, and newly designed artwork, this is a triumph in audio/visual production. Don't miss out on this one, and go watch the film if you haven't already! [NVT]

$31.99 LP

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The review suggests content beyond the Paramount LP.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

The review suggests content beyond the Paramount LP.

This link shows the track listing:

http://blog.lightintheattic.net/?p=20091

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 9:01 AM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

The review suggests content beyond the Paramount LP.

This link shows the track listing:

http://blog.lightintheattic.net/?p=20091


Light in the Attic is the U.S. distributor, so they have the best price. It's still available there.
http://lightintheattic.net/releases/1014-rosemary-s-baby

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

no mention if this is stereo or mono, and I couldnt tell from the youtube clip. LLL's release of the complete score was in mono, which I would have thought was the last word.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

no mention if this is stereo or mono, and I couldnt tell from the youtube clip. LLL's release of the complete score was in mono, which I would have thought was the last word.

The original LP releases from Dot were stereo. Doesn't look like there was a mono release back then. I've tweeted out the question to Light in the Attic and Waxwork.
http://www.discogs.com/Christopher-Komeda-Rosemarys-Baby-Music-From-The-Motion-Picture-Score/release/1123505

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

The new LP is reportedly stereo.

no mention if this is stereo or mono, and I couldnt tell from the youtube clip. LLL's release of the complete score was in mono, which I would have thought was the last word.

The original LP releases from Dot were stereo. Doesn't look like there was a mono release back then. I've tweeted out the question to Light in the Attic and Waxwork.
http://www.discogs.com/Christopher-Komeda-Rosemarys-Baby-Music-From-The-Motion-Picture-Score/release/1123505

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Hi Guys, I helped out on this new LP. It's from the same mono OST source that was used for the OST portion of the La-La Land CD.

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

Hi Guys, I helped out on this new LP. It's from the same mono OST source that was used for the OST portion of the La-La Land CD.

Lukas


Thanks for the clarification, Lukas. The information I posted came from a Twitter response from the label.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Hi Guys, I helped out on this new LP. It's from the same mono OST source that was used for the OST portion of the La-La Land CD.

Lukas


The second I watched the You Tube clip I knew it was from the same sources as the Lukas CD, just louder. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Hi Guys, I helped out on this new LP. It's from the same mono OST source that was used for the OST portion of the La-La Land CD.

Lukas


It's great to see your name and Neil S. Bulk's on the back cover of a vinyl album. Once again, I'll say that there's a hungry market for this kind of product. Many thanks for doing it right.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Whose bright idea was it to leave off "Moment Musical"and "Rosemary's Party?" I'll keep my Paramount LP.

The mind boggles.

 
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