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 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I just saw this at Screen Archives:

THE WICKED LADY (CD)
Composed by: Stanley Black, Tony Banks
Discovery Records

• First time ever on CD – music composed by former Genesis keyboard man Tony Banks for the 1983 film The Wicked Lady, directed by the late Michael Winner

• Composed at the same time as he was recording his solo album The Fugitive, the main scene was originally meant as an instrumental for this record but was not used – instead it proved instantly suitable for the film

• Original Soundtrack played by the National Philharmonic Orchestra plus the second half of the CD has Tony playing the original demos

THE WICKED LADY
Music from the film
1. The Wicked Lady 3:47
2. Portrait of Jerry Jackson 5:01
3. Caroline's Theme 3:06
4. Scherzo 2:44
5. Pastorale 4:02
6. Prelude to the Wicked Lady 4:06
7. Kit’s Theme 3:16
8. Finale 2:06

TONY BANKS PLAYS
Variations on themes from The Wicked Lady
9. Barbara 4:53
10. The Chase 3:29
11. Spring 2:36
12. Kit 3:04
13. Repentance 2:09
14. Caroline 3:12
15. Jerry Jackson 2:33
16. The Wicked Lady (Custom version) 3:59

Total time: 54:05

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

Thanks man, sweet!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Despite the listing of Stanley Black as "composer," I don't believe that he composed anything for the film. He did conduct the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the recording of the score.

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Holy crap! eek Thanks for the heads up. So ordered!
Edit: Anyone know anything about Discovery Records? Is this a remastering, or an LP rip?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Holy crap! eek Thanks for the heads up. So ordered!
Edit: Anyone know anything about Discovery Records? Is this a remastering, or an LP rip?



This appears to be a personal release from Tony Banks.

http://www.tonybanksmusic.co.uk/cddetail.php?cat_number=TB001

Here are his comments:

"I was well into the writing and recording of my second solo album, The Fugitive, when I was approached to write the music for the film The Wicked Lady. Initially I thought of turning it down, as I felt I would not be able to give the project enough time. However I came round to thinking I couldn’t really not do it, as writing music for films was something I had always wanted to do. I saw the film as it was at that stage and despite the rather negative way it was received when it came out, I quite enjoyed it and it did have a great cast. I had an instrumental piece written for possible inclusion on The Fugitive, that I had decided not to use, having gone for a couple of quirkier pieces instead and I thought that this had a theme that would work well for the film. I sent a demo of it to Michael Winner who was the film’s director and his response was very enthusiastic. He wanted an orchestral score, which was quite exciting but a new experience for me, consequently he brought the arranger Christopher Palmer on board to assist me.

As Michael wanted a lot of music in the film I thought it would be easiest to get together a few themes, prepare demos and then draw from them to create the score. Tracks 9 to 15 on this album are those demos, including the main theme. The way I worked with Christopher was to send him piano sketches of each of the cues, which he would then arrange. As time was sometimes a little short, some of the cues he did on his own, mainly drawing from my themes but occasionally using one of his own. One of his themes did make it all the way through, that is the second more swashbuckling theme on Jerry Jackson, it works OK but I am keener on my brass fifths.

Tracks 1 to 8 are rerecorded composite versions of all the cues relating to the various characters etc. It means some are perhaps a little bitty, and I would have liked to have done orchestral versions of each of the themes more fully but it was felt the extra time and money could not really be justified. The only time we really had a bit of space in the film to do the main theme justice was during a somewhat gratuitous soft-porn sequence in the middle of the film which was unfortunately heavily cut for the cinema release. I have used this as the opening track for this album. Finally there is track 16, a version of the main theme recorded with synths and relentless drum machine, some nice sounds but rather dated. During the time it has taken to put this album together, Michael Winner has died. We always got on well; he was obviously a man who liked to offend but could also be surprisingly kind. I am grateful he gave me the opportunity to do the music for The Wicked Lady, I just wish as a film it had fared a little better!"

© 2013 Anthony Banks Ltd

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

From the Tony Banks website:


THE WICKED LADY
Music from the film

TONY BANKS PLAYS
Variations on themes from The Wicked Lady

Tony Banks' soundtrack to the film The Wicked Lady is divided up into two halves. The first section consists of demos for the score recorded by Banks on his home eight-track. The second features the symphonic versions used for the film orchestrated by Christopher Palmer. The Banks half bares a close resemblance to the instrumentals he recorded for A Curious Feeling, consisting of dense layers of keyboards and the rare drum machine. There is also a similarity to that album in the bittersweet yet grand nature of several of the songs such as "Barbara" and "Caroline." Often switching between minor and major keys within songs, Banks has always shown a proclivity to classical stylings which helps the transitions of his pieces here to their orchestral versions. While the music on the symphonic half of the album is more complex and dramatic, it also sounds like classic film music and will probably not be of interest to the casual Genesis or progressive rock fan.



 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Holy crap! eek Thanks for the heads up. So ordered!
Edit: Anyone know anything about Discovery Records? Is this a remastering, or an LP rip?



This appears to be a personal release from Tony Banks.

http://www.tonybanksmusic.co.uk/cddetail.php?cat_number=TB001


Thxs. That would explain the generic looking cover. But I can live with that. The music is gorgeous.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2013 - 5:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Great news, if you check my 100 favorite scores, this one is on it. A wonderful beautiful score of a bunch of great themes. I would recommend this to any person who likes a traditional film score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2013 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Just discovered this, and it IS a great, very rich and lush score. Been listening a lot over the past week. Very British; In fact the orchestral writing here reminds me a great deal of Carl Davis' own voice.

On Banks' site it sounds like he gave Christopher Palmer pretty 'liberal' use of the music in orchestrating, so who knows how much here is, erm, Banks' own "voice" at work. Who cares though really... Terrific music, regardless.

Sheerly out of curiosity, I found the film on Youtube. There is, as one might expect of a re-arranged LP album presentation, a TON of missing music. I especially like the main and end titles.

Figured I'd share for those who're curious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FDbGXJFszg

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2013 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

I love Christopher Palmer's orchestrations of the Banks score, it invites a "spot the composers Palmer worked for" game. As for Bank's original material, well ...

At least it's not as tedious as Bank's horrible "classical" works "Seven" and "Six" (Can't wait for "Zero"!).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq45KAK1Uik

 
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