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 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



Reissue of Intrada 2-CD set featuring two terrific film scores by Les Baxter, both from American International movies. [Contents identical to earlier release.] First is actual soundtrack in dynamic stereo from 1961 Jules Verne tale, Master Of The World, starring Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, scripted by Richard Matheson, directed by William Whitney. Intrada release from 2009 was first ever presentation of music from original stereo scoring session mixes. Every cue surviving on rolls is included here. Interesting to note that 20 minutes seems cherry-picked from longer score, perhaps destined for one side of LP that never happened. Observation has validity since suite includes main title, vigorous "Topage" cue, impressive main flight theme sequence, two most prominent set-pieces, end title plus actual vocal "Exit Music" recorded for initial screenings of picture. All choice pieces! Also interesting to note film running time is approximately 102 minutes but Baxter scored 14 reels of film, suggesting it was once planned at closer to two and a half hours! Fun thought! CD also features complete original 1961 re-recorded album first appearing on Vee Jay label, presented from stereo album masters prepared subsequently in late 1970's for Varese Sarabande LP. Audio is dated with significant reverb locked in but otherwise excellent. Film itself finds monomaniacal Albatross pilot "Robur the Conqueror" (Price) launching aerial attacks on warmongering countries below. Government operative John Strock (Bronson) determines to stop him. Baxter offers incredibly tuneful score with soaring main theme, dynamic flight music, powerful battle set piece ("The Mountains" on soundtrack, "The Conquerors" on re-recording) plus many other pieces. Worthy of spotlight is lengthier battle piece from soundtrack has entirely different opening, closing as well. CD 2 features original 1959 soundtrack album from American International label, then simply called "Les Baxter's Barbarian". During heyday of Italy "peplum" series of muscle bound ancient warrior movies, Steve Reeves of Hercules fame also made Goliath And The Barbarians, launching successful Goliath franchise. Intrada presents album from pristine condition stereo master tapes vaulted by MGM. Considering age of actual recording, sonics are dynamic, superb! Les Baxter conducts soundtrack for Master Of The World, Cal Carter conducts "100 Men" for re-recorded album, Muir Mathieson conducts London Sinfonia for Goliath And The Barbarians. Music with muscle!

CD 1 MASTER OF THE WORLD
Suite From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
01. Main Title And Dreams Of Flight (2:24)
02. Topage (1:53)
03. Betrayed And Discipline (4:20)
04. Flight Concerto (2:18)
05. The Mountains (5:07)
06. End Title (1:44)
07. Come Dance With Me [Exit Music] (2:17)
Suite Time: 20:21

Original 1961 “Sound Track Music” Album
08. Overture (2:21)
09. Topage (1:52)
10. The Albatross (2:22)
11. Mediterranean (2:50)
12. Over The Rocks (4:39)
13. Master Of The World (1:45)
14. Flight Concerto (2:16)
15. Philadelphia (1:59)
16. Drifting Clouds (3:11)
17. The Conquerors (4:26)
18. Balloon Waltz (2:18)
19. Finale (1:47)
Original Album Time: 32:43
CD 1 Total Time: 53:16

CD 2 GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS
01. Goliath’s March (Main Title) (0:55)
02. Landa (Love Theme) (1:51)
03. Barbarian Games (Noisy Village) (3:02)
04. The Sacred Crown (4:22)
05. Sword Dance (3:24)
06. Mountains Of Mystery (5:00)
07. Ride Of The Barbarians (1:44)
08. Night Attack Of The Stranger (2:58)
09. Love’s Farewell (2:37)
10. Rape Of The Village (2:27)
11. Fire Dance (2:50)
12. March Of Victory (End Title) (2:52)
CD 2 Total Time: 34:53

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

So is the new release from sources different from the previous? I thought the previous release was mastered from vinyl (except for the new material).

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

So is the new release from sources different from the previous? I thought the previous release was mastered from vinyl (except for the new material).


[Contents identical to earlier release.] Read the post.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I DID READ that part.

But they are describing the sources differently in the current blurb than they did in 2009. On the previous release, it was revealed - or strongly intimated - that the CDs came from vinyl.

The new blurb suggests that they are from master tapes.

Are the descriptions off, or are they simply not going to the level of specificity that they did for the 2009 release?

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Three words: fan-FREAKING-tastic! Ive had this release for several years, but I'm thrilled for those who finally get a chance to acquire it a reasonable price.

Oh! And dig that Master of the World artwork.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

I DID READ that part.

But they are describing the sources differently in the current blurb than they did in 2009. On the previous release, it was revealed - or strongly intimated - that the CDs came from vinyl.

The new blurb suggests that they are from master tapes.

Are the descriptions off, or are they simply not going to the level of specificity that they did for the 2009 release?



Here's the link to the original 2009 release: http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.6170/.f

"...presented in stereo from master elements..."

Maybe it's the mention of the Varese LP releases in the PR blurb that made you associate it with vinyl.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 9:21 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

In the liner notes, they reference ambiguity of source. That, combined with what sounds like subtle inner groove distortion, along with the occasional faint pop, pretty much confirms that "Master" is sourced from vinyl. As for "Barbarian," I don't know.

And why on earth did they not include a CD-sized repro of the "Barbarian" cover art with this release?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 9:46 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

In the liner notes, they reference ambiguity of source. That, combined with what sounds like subtle inner groove distortion, along with the occasional faint pop, pretty much confirms that "Master" is sourced from vinyl. As for "Barbarian," I don't know.

And why on earth did they not include a CD-sized repro of the "Barbarian" cover art with this release?


Perhaps the "Master" master tapes they found were, for whatever reason, transferred from vinyl or acetates. I know not. I believe that the "Gone With the Wave" master tapes that FSM found was actually just vinyl transferred to tape - perhaps something similar happened here.

Here's the large cover art for "Barbarians." Since I missed the original release by that much, I have no idea if it's the same one they used there.

http://store.intrada.com/core/media/media.nl?id=7569&c=ACCT67745&h=d9968af34bdb2f5ce163

Looking forward to picking this up soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2014 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Great score and a great movie that says so much . I wish they would make a remake of it not only because the effects would be better, but to make the main character a better man, because the first one was playing it both ways. As far as I am concern I am with him at the end, better then the other characters in the movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2014 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


Here's the large cover art for "Barbarians." Since I missed the original release by that much, I have no idea if it's the same one they used there.


Who wants that when you can have this?

http://ghostofthedoll.co.uk/powdermonki/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/lex-baxter_barbarian.jpg

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2014 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

This is a great release! The sound is fine and I've been enjoying it for years. If I didn't already have it, I would most assuredly be buying it now. MASTER is Baxter's masterpiece IMO, the poor man's Around the World in 80 Days with lovely, soaring melodies and brilliant action scoring. Having both the LP presentation and original film tracks was the fulfillment of a longtime wish for me. GOLIATH is a dandy as well. If you don't have this set, do yourself a favor and get it!

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2014 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Is this a blip?

No, it's a blimp . . . sorta! Muchas gracias, Intrada.

 
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