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Heavy Metal: The Score (1981)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Heavy Metal: The Score Heavy Metal: The Score
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: N/A
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2008
Catalog #: Vol. 11, No. 2
# of Discs: 1

Premiere CD release made possible through the courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company, Elektra Entertainment Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Irving Azoff, the estate of Elmer Bernstein, the University of Southern California Cinema-Television Library, and the Loc Nar.

One of the great ironies of soundtrack collecting is that one of the most fantastic symphonic scores ever written is for a movie entitled “Heavy Metal.” The 1981 animated feature Heavy Metal (adapted from stories published in the magazine of the same name) was an adult-oriented anthology with copious amounts of sex and violence. Sporting a hit soundtrack of contemporary pop-rock songs (licensing of which delayed the film’s video release until 1996), the film also benefited from an extraordinary symphonic score by Elmer Bernstein which did the lion’s share of the musical storytelling. (Bernstein was, at the time, the regular composer for producer Ivan Reitman.)

To put it simply, Heavy Metal is Elmer Bernstein’s Star Wars—a rich, vital, thunderingly symphonic work bursting with melody and drive. The anthology nature of the film allowed Bernstein to write distinct melodies for the disparate segments: from the heroic anthem of “Den” to the moody film noir stylings of “Harry Canyon,” and, especially, the soaring chorus and ondes Martenot of “Taarna”—the latter adapting the composer’s rejected love theme from Saturn III (1980).

Heavy Metal: The Score has long been desired by soundtrack collectors. FSM releases not only the original LP but the complete score remastered from the composer’s personal 1/4” stereo tapes (in excellent sound quality). The cues are presented in chronological order, with bonus tracks of selections edited for the 1981 Asylum Records LP—meaning listeners can, if so inclined, program a recreation of the original album sequence.

Liner notes for this historical and long-anticipated CD are by Paul Andrew MacLean, drawing from interviews with Bernstein and including new comments from orchestrator David Spear, who adapted two of the cues from Bernstein’s thematic material. The package is beautifully illustrated with stills from the film.

Elmer Bernstein Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004) had a Hollywood career that lasted over a half a century; invented and reinvented himself as a composer across several genres (jazz, epics, westerns, comedies and adult dramas); and scored more than a few Hollywood classics—The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape and Airplane! to name but five. FSM has released a dozen of his scores and counting, but the most popular may be Heavy Metal (1981)—don't be fooled by the title, it's Elmer's "Star Wars." In addition to his prolific work as a composer, Bernstein was a tireless champion of film music as an art form, serving on the boards of several professional organizations and in the 1970s recording his own LP series of classic Hollywood scores, Elmer Bernstein's Film Music Collection, released by FSM as a 12-CD box set. IMDB

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Listening to FSM's Heavy Metal for the first time and have fond memories of the score. Love the theme at 1:17 in Discovery and favorite cue has to be "The Flight to Temple". Also like the similar eerie sound he used in Ghostbusters. Stunning score!

Great back cover! :)

Great score! Thanks to FSM!

This is the score that changed my buying habits. I'd never heard it, but heard so much about it & it was Bernstein, so I bought it...& I didn't like it! No criticism of the score, you can't like everything, but I'd spent the best part of £20 & sent all the way to America for it. So now I just buy the scores that I know I like.



Great back cover! :)

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Yes sir.

Here are my scans:

1400 x 1400:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=180362&q=heavy+metal+scott+h.

1000 x 1000:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=154313&q=heavy+metal+scott+h.

600 x 600:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=154314&q=heavy+metal+scott+h.

Scott H. -

Your album covers on AAX are much appreciated. I don't suppose you take requests? :)

As for the Heavy Metal score, it was a blind buy for me. I admit I didn't like it as much as I thought I would but there are a handful of tracks I enjoy ("Getting Bombed," the jazzy "Harry" and "The Next Morning," etc.). It's been a while so perhaps another listening is in order. Some scores take time to grow on me.

Also like the similar eerie sound he used in Ghostbusters. Stunning score![/endquote]

That's the Ondes Martenot, a fascinating instrument (loathed by some, but loved by me personally)...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aflcF0-ys&feature=related[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdL-vbOwvL0[/youtube]

Scott H. -

Your album covers on AAX are much appreciated. I don't suppose you take requests? :)

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Sure.

I'm super busy with work this time of year but feel free to pm me at AAX.

If it is something I have laying around, I can certainly do it.

I have a huge box of cds I want to scan. So many I sometimes can't decide what to do next.

You can help. :)

BTW, be on the look out for COOL WORLD, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and some nearly NSFW Italian erotica/comedy covers ;) coming soon.

Scott H. -

Your album covers on AAX are much appreciated. I don't suppose you take requests? :)

[/endquote]

Sure.

I'm super busy with work this time of year but feel free to pm me at AAX.

If it is something I have laying around, I can certainly do it.

I have a huge box of cds I want to scan. So many I sometimes can't decide what to do next.

You can help. :)

BTW, be on the look out for COOL WORLD, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and some nearly NSFW Italian erotica/comedy covers ;) coming soon.[/endquote]


How do I PM you on AAX? Are you the same Scott who moderates the board over there?


How do I PM you on AAX? Are you the same Scott who moderates the board over there?[/endquote]

I am not Scott. I am Scott H.

Scott, the site owner, is a very nice and helpful fellow.

To pm, log in. Go to Forums. Click on new messages. Somewhere on the lower left hand side you will see a compose message option.

This is a score I really like from the old LP programme, but I don't like the C&C presentation as much.
It's a lovely job from FSM, a thing of beauty, but I've only played the CD about twice and it's overlong for me.
I maybe need to re-edit it back to the LP programme or trim off some of the fat.

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