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 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)



The movie "The Power" had a dvd release not too long ago and I decided to import it. It contains one of Christopher Young's first scores and I always wanted to see the movie it accompanied. The movie is about an aztec idol which grants its master "the power", and basically makes him go crazy and get possessed by it. It exchanges owners throughout the movie who all get "power crazy" but it's all very cheesy, the only atmosphere is created by Chris Young's score which is way above the material.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Susan-Stokey/dp/B00GMM10Y0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406321161&sr=8-2&keywords=the+power+dvd

The DVD release states "brand new HD widescreen master", it looks like a very old transfer riddled with dust and cigarette burns. But at least the sound is ok and doesn't wobble. big grin

The score is excellent, it uses Camille Saint-Saens Aquarium (like Days of Heaven did as well), in the movie its use accompanies bizarrely a montage of one of the owners going about very uneventful lol. Still, most of the time the music tries to get some emotion and terror across where there is obviously none to be found on the screen.

So far it's only available on LP (featuring a track called "Jerry's Gold Myth" on side B). I'm still hoping it will get a CD release!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

As Young is in my top 5 composers, I also sought out the movie. It's a dog,
which is too bad, since I'm very fond of the score. I have the LP framed on my
'wall of fame' actually. Very nice score, with some fun Close Encounters references in the music
and I hope some label gets to it as well.

Pranks is also a bad film, from
the same directors, but more watchable, and a bit of fun old 80's horror in the end.

I always wonder what Young would have done with the next Osbrow/Carpenter
epic THE KINDRED, which David Newman did a fantastic job on, but....it would have
been cool to get an early Young monster movie score. Wonder why the collaboration
stopped?

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Hehe, yes The Power is a dog of a movie, well put. Pranks I still need to see, good to know it's at least a tad more watchable. Though I will sit through anything to get to hear Young's music in action.


I always wonder what Young would have done with the next Osbrow/Carpenter
epic THE KINDRED, which David Newman did a fantastic job on, but....it would have
been cool to get an early Young monster movie score. Wonder why the collaboration
stopped?


No idea, but a Young score for The Kindred would have been great.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Thanks for that YouTube link, Francis. That's an LP I never picked up for some reason (back in the days when I picked up virtually everything). Never heard the music nor seen the film, but help me out here someone please - in that clip he's clearly channeling Bernard Herrmann, but I can't place the precise score - is it JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH perhaps? Or FAHRENHEIT 451?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Thanks for that YouTube link, Francis. That's an LP I never picked up for some reason (back in the days when I picked up virtually everything). Never heard the music nor seen the film, but help me out here someone please - in that clip he's clearly channeling Bernard Herrmann, but I can't place the precise score - is it JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH perhaps? Or FAHRENHEIT 451?

Never mind Herrmann, SAINT-SAENS is clearly the one being channeled here! But being a big fan of that composer and especially AQUARIUM, I don't really mind - for the same reason that I don't mind its clear (albeit better disguised) influence on Menken's wonderfully mysterious BEAUTY AND THE BEAST prologue.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Thanks for that YouTube link, Francis. That's an LP I never picked up for some reason (back in the days when I picked up virtually everything). Never heard the music nor seen the film, but help me out here someone please - in that clip he's clearly channeling Bernard Herrmann, but I can't place the precise score - is it JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH perhaps? Or FAHRENHEIT 451?

Never mind Herrmann, SAINT-SAENS is clearly the one being channeled here! But being a big fan of that composer and especially AQUARIUM, I don't really mind - for the same reason that I don't mind its clear (albeit better disguised) influence on Menken's wonderfully mysterious BEAUTY AND THE BEAST prologue.


That's funny, bobengan, because I always thought that Menken's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST prologue was influenced by that bloody Herrmann score I'm thinking of...

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6RBf_j5Y7A

I love Saint-Saens! One of my 5 favorite classical composers, and easily my favorite from France! The guy wrote 5 symphonies, 10 concertos, and 12 operas among other pieces and sadly he's most known for Carnival of the Animals (Aquarium is the best part of it) which he only wrote as a joke and only allowed one number from it (The Swan) to be published in his lifetime.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2014 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

That's funny, bobengan, because I always thought that Menken's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST prologue was influenced by that bloody Herrmann score I'm thinking of...

Fahrenheit 451 I assume you mean?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_zm6JkIJI

And Yavar, that's an EXCELLENT version of Aquarium! I love it, never heard it before. Love the orchestrational embellishments w/ the vibraphone.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I got acquainted with Aquarium through FSM's release of Days of Heaven. And yes that Herrmann cue is excellent, thanks for sharing! I desperately need to check out more of his scores hearing that.

The youtube clip of Young's "The Power" I posted features the theme, but the actual 'main title' (track 2) to me sounds to me more inspired by Goldsmith's Omen scores as does the later "Quest for the Idol". Also worth mentioning that the last track "The Power" features the theme without the glissando runs in the piano. This score to me is definitely up there with the romantic horror scores he would do in years to follow.

You can check out the main title here (clip is from italian version and not the best of quality, the dvd release does look and sound better than this lol):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0PUcmCczjE&t=0m40s

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

That's funny, bobengan, because I always thought that Menken's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST prologue was influenced by that bloody Herrmann score I'm thinking of...

Fahrenheit 451 I assume you mean?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_zm6JkIJI

And Yavar, that's an EXCELLENT version of Aquarium! I love it, never heard it before. Love the orchestrational embellishments w/ the vibraphone.

Cheers bobengan, but I'm still not sure if that's the precise Herrmann piece I was reminded of when hearing Francis' first YouTube clip. Not important - Chris Young always said that it was really listening to Herrrmann's music which made him choose his career path, didn't he? Something like that.

Oh yeah, I now see that it's definitely the Saint-Saens piece which inspired the Menken cue, and not Herrmann, but they all kind of share the same aural universe.

Sounds like a great score. Wish I had bought when I had it in my hands 30-odd years ago.

P.S. - Something funny's happening when I "reply", quoting the previous threads. Not all of it comes out in italics, so you might get the impression it's me saying things that someone else said. First world problem Number 7,846.

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


P.S. - Something funny's happening when I "reply", quoting the previous threads. Not all of it comes out in italics, so you might get the impression it's me saying things that someone else said. First world problem Number 7,846.


Graham, this board recognizes quoted text only when its between a 'startquote' and 'endquote' code (hit 'edit' on your original post to see this). So when you quote a post with a quote already in it, it will only do italics till it encounters a first endquote, thinking it needs to stop there. So if you want it to display properly, make sure there's only one startquote at the start, and one endquote at the end. Hope that make sense.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I was listening to The Fly II this week and there's a bit, at the end of the track Come Fly With Me, actually, it's not a bit, it's the way he ends the track. You've just heard 2 minutes 15 seconds of absolute quiet cathedral beauty and then he ends the cue on the most sublime note/chord.
It made my heart skip. Just so gorgeous.
Sorry, it has nothing to do with his Power score, but I just wanted to share smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)


P.S. - Something funny's happening when I "reply", quoting the previous threads. Not all of it comes out in italics, so you might get the impression it's me saying things that someone else said. First world problem Number 7,846.

Graham, this board recognizes quoted text only when its between a 'startquote' and 'endquote' code (hit 'edit' on your original post to see this). So when you quote a post with a quote already in it, it will only do italics till it encounters a first endquote, thinking it needs to stop there. So if you want it to display properly, make sure there's only one startquote at the start, and one endquote at the end. Hope that make sense.


Thanks Francis. I'm now experimenting with "startquotes" and "endquotes". Let's see how this turns out...

Anyroad, further to Kev's irrelevant rabbit, I shall state that I am quite interested in Chris Young's early career. Not "obsessively", coz I ain't got loads of his stuff neither old nor recent, but just in a kind of observational "man looking at trees" way. Kev, you mention THE FLY II. That, and HELLBOUND are both interesting in that they are very good scores "but" (see the inverted commas) with a heavy influence of James Horner as channeled through Jerry Goldsmith. I always found it interesting that Young seemed to start out with a Herrmann influence and a Goldsmith influence, then when Horner was channeling Goldsmith in the early '80s (the climactic neon-lit climax of 48 HOURS for example is very ALIEN), Christopher Young di d NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET II, with the opening scene (the school bus on the pinnacle thing) sounding very like Horner's WOLFEN based on Goldsmith via Charles Ives. And THE FLY II is a bit like that.

Not much to do with THE POWER admittedly, but you started it Kev.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2014 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Aye Graham, I always thought of him as the 'unlucky' Horner.
They came from the same closet - started out writing inspired/cheap/rip-off scores for Corman, moved onto low-budget horror scores channeling Herrmann and Goldsmith, had some distinction in their own music voices - but Young never seemed to get that break (or breaks) that Horner got and as a result, it felt like Young started mimicking the Horner style too in his music.
I love some of Young's early scores (Fly II, Bat 21, Flowers In The Attic, Haunted Summer) but have trouble getting through many of his other scores (and those musique concrete things he's done).

I really like Swordfish and Drag Me To Hell of his latter-day scores.

And I've never heard The Power or seen the film. I remember holding the LP for it (and Pranks) many times in my hands when I was a sperm, but never went through with buying them...Lord knows why? (and trust me, I bought some shit in those days) wink

 
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