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 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Arch Stanton   (Member)

SUPER-COOL ’60s SCORE DELIVERS JAZZY ACTION

Film Score Monthly’s definitive Dark of the Sun CD showcases the collector favorite from Jacques Loussier

Linden, VA – January 31, 2008 – Which decade would have a great, super-cool score by a French composer for a violent English film done in Hollywood style and set in Africa? The 1960s, of course. And you can find the soundtrack CD on Film Score Monthly’s Silver Age Classics.

Dark of the Sun (1968) starred Rod Taylor and Jim Brown as mercenaries (the film is also known as The Mercenaries) on a mission in war-torn Congo of the early 1960s to retrieve refugees and a valuable cache of diamonds before they can fall into the hands of Simba rebels. The film becomes a ‘Heart of Darkness’-style tale accentuated by violence, betrayal and murder – and it has a corker of a score by French composer Jacques Loussier, famous for his “Play Bach” jazz albums and largely French film and TV assignments such as the theme to Thierry la Fronde.

Loussier’s score to Dark of the Sun matches the offbeat melodic invention of Ennio Morricone and the brassy inflections of John Barry’s James Bond scores while remaining the very personal work of its composer. The main theme consists of three layered ideas: a plucked pulse; a jazzy, syncopated bass line for piano and harpsichord; and a distinctly European minor-mode melody often voiced by strings. The score expresses the tragedy and subtext behind the violence of the on-screen images, while acknowledging the action explicitly in several jazzy action cues.

The Dark of the Sun score somewhat defies description except that it abounds with the kind of invention and melody that marked 1960s film scoring (such as that of Morricone, Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Michel Legrand, and Jerry Goldsmith, among others) and has long been a favorite of soundtrack collectors. Loussier never again scored this kind of mainstream adventure film, but he provided a winner in this premiere effort.

FSM’s definitive CD of Dark of the Sun features the complete score in stereo (less one brief cue which was lost), containing all of the music from the previous MGM Records LP and Chapter III CD – and much, much more – in improved sound quality. The detailed liner notes by Didier C. Deutsch, Alexander Kaplan and Lukas Kendall incorporate new comments by the composer himself.

Check it out at http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=8554

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   soop   (Member)

very very cool. I look forward to listening to this.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

...and more than complete. No more pesky naysayers for this one!

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Cool deal! I love this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)



WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! I've been waiting for
this one for a long, long time!
Definitely ORDERED! THANKYOU, LUKAS!

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   steve jongeward   (Member)

same goes for me...totally ordered!
I've only seen this film once, back in '77 or '78 on TV...blown away and loved it!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

FSM even used the cool "chainsaw fight"
poster, which was the main image used
for nearly all the theatre posters.
I bet the LP cover showing the three
main characters - Curry, Ruffo, and
Claire, on top of the train - is on
the back of the booklet.

Now all we need is an remastered,
uncut DVD of this terrific film!

Den

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Hmmm, I wonder what that "native source" is about.

As I said in the other thread, if his scoring is as good as his jazz-classical fusion...then I'm all over this.


-Joshua

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

To FSM,

Can you fix an error: all music clips play the main theme?
Thanks in advance.

Yours.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Damn what wonderful temptation...
but I must be frugal for the SUPERBOX...

February is close though...
Must be strong (and patent) to afford this and more... big grin

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Well, that Main Title is cool, but I'd sure like to hear some other clips...

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Katie @ SAE   (Member)

I don't handle the FSM content pages, but looks like I was able to fix the sample track links so they should all be correct now.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   laurent   (Member)

Great score ! first time i heard this main title i was thinking about Morricone's score !!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Yes, the cover is fabulous. I've raved about this great score earlier this month, so not much more to say except thanks for an exceptional title.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Very very VERY happy about this!

My profound thanks to the good people at FSM!


 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   Stephen Lister   (Member)

I too hope that FSM have used THIS art as the back of the booklet:



But even if they haven't, this is a tremendous release and I'm all over it like a rash smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 12:22 PM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

I too hope that FSM have used THIS art as the back of the booklet:

But even if they haven't, this is a tremendous release and I'm all over it like a rash smile


Oh yeah, the classic cover is on the back. That art sold a lot of albums...(just ask Doug Fake.)

---Art Director Joe

And, maybe get yourself some Desitin for that rash.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   soop   (Member)

Oh, Yvette...

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Spectacular.

I will possess it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Stephen Lister   (Member)

Oh yeah, the classic cover is on the back. That art sold a lot of albums...(just ask Doug Fake.)

Great news. I have to admit the artwork is one of the reasons I've hung onto the Japanese LP all these years.

And, maybe get yourself some Desitin for that rash.

I prefer Germolene smile

 
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