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The Time Machine (1960)
Music by Russell Garcia
The Time Machine The Time Machine
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: August 2005
Catalog #: Vol. 8, No. 13
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

The Time Machine (1960) is one of the most memorable cinematic signposts of author H.G. Wells and filmmaker George Pal. The film stars Rod Taylor as George, a Victorian era-inventor (presumably Wells himself) whose time machine takes him through the turmoil of the 20th century to a distant future where mankind has been reduced to sheep-like Eloi harvested by cannibalistic Morlocks. The film boasts a winning performance by Taylor, imaginative visual effects, and one of the most distinctive props in the history of science fiction: the sled-like time machine.

The score to The Time Machine was by Russell Garcia, whose earlier sci-fi concept album Fantastica had attracted Pal's attention. Garcia was a veteran of the Universal music department who scored two films for Pal at M-G-M: The Time Machine and the subsequent Atlantis: The Lost Continent.

The Time Machine is by far Garcia's most famous work, a thrilling symphonic score bursting with the film's sense of wonder and adventure. Two themes stand out: the majestic main title theme for the story as a whole, and the heartfelt, British Isles-flavored melody for the relationship between George and his best friend, Filby (Alan Young). The score features full-blooded action music (for the terrifying Morlocks), a romantic variation on the main theme (for George's relationship an Eloi woman, played by Yvette Mimieux), and sound effects-styled but distinctly musical passages (influenced by the Fantastica album) for the operation of the time machine.

This CD marks the premiere release of the original soundtrack recording for The Time Machine. (An earlier recording—released on CD by GNP/Crescendo—was a 1987 re-recording conducted by the composer in Germany, except for three brief tracks from the film itself.) The complete symphonic score is presented in stereo, with "effects" passages (which Garcia himself supervised and considered part of his score) interpolated in mono.

Russell Garcia Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Russell Garcia (b. 1916) had an extensive career as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, songwriter and bandleader prior to his film and work primarily in the 1950s (much of it uncredited at Universal) and 1960s (including TV). His concept album for Capitol Records, Fantastica, led him to his two assignments for George Pal, both released by FSM: The Time Machine and Atlantis: The Lost Continent.IMDB

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George Pal's SF classic, The Time Machine, needs no introduction. Russ Garcia, who is primarily known in the halls of jazz and for his space age exotica classic Fantastica, penned the lovely score to TTM. Mr. Garcia re-scored his classic score for an earlier GNP Crescendo re-recording. Although I was pleased to have this re-recording, I was always disappointed in the re-scoring as it left out the electronic, i.e. tape effects, that were integral to his original scoring. I'm sure this was done out of necessity from not having those tape elements available.

In any case, FSM's release of the original score, with all the electronic elements included, has restored this classic in all its glory. Hearing the orignal recording reminds me why I loved the score in the first place. The tape effects are so integral to the uniqueness of parts of the score and were major elements in creating the atmosphere of time travel and a future earth in the film. For me the score is whole again and is itself a time machine that takes me back to when I saw this film as a small boy. Thank you FSM for this precious gift of time!

Ditto

I've had this for a while, a fine score, but it doesn't do much for me. I'll continue giving it a try every six months.

I have it and think is pretty good. However not among my favorites.
The movie however is one can endlessly watch.Superb work.

Ditto

"Ditto?! You provincial putz!"



Ditto

"Ditto?! You provincial putz!"



LMAO!

Great score and one of my personal FSM favorite releases. I played it last on New Years day, seemed rather appropos. In fact, I think I'll play it now.

In one of my upcoming Scoreside Chat blogs I plan on reprinting an e-mail I got through my dad, a friend of Russell Garcia's son, his comments as a kid about his dad and the Time Machine.

Keep those rings spinning!

Hey why did this post twice? Doh!!!

One of my favorite all-time favorite film scores!

Probably because I originally saw the film as a sneak preview, accompanying, of all things, LET'S MAKE LOVE, which I saw only that one time and have no intention of ever seeing again...

TIME MACHINE captured my 11-yr.-old spirit and sent it soaring, not only for its concepts, which were entirely novel to me, but for its handsome hero, Rod Taylor, for whom I have harbored, in varying degrees, a crush ever since.

Have since discovered a few other Garcia albums, most notably a vocal set he orchestrated, with a female vocalist doing the songs(!) from both TIME MACHINE and ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT.

ATLANTIS is another of my favorite scores from that time, though the movie, in retrospect, has seemed progressively more execrable.


ATLANTIS is another of my favorite scores from that time, though the movie, in retrospect, has seemed progressively more execrable.


A friend sent me the ATLANTIS DVD about the time I bought the soundtrack, so I was really excited to be able to pop that one into the DVD player for a first viewing. Yow! Almost (but not quite) destroyed my appreciation of Garcia's fine score! The film's a dog, but the soundtrack (FSM Vol. 8, No. 2) is a definite hit, with the interesting (if not exactly primo) Rozsa score for THE POWER as a bonus. I really like Garcia's music for both ATLANTIS and THE TIME MACHINE, and wish he had done more work in the film biz.

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Russell Garcia

Violin:
Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Arnold T. Jurasky, Bernard Kundell, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Albert Saparoff, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Michel Penha

Bass:
George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Arthur Shapiro

Flute:
Arthur Gleghorn

Oboe:
Arnold Koblentz

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Alex Gershunoff, Alan Harding, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Herb Taylor

Piano:
Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Drums:
Frank L. Carlson, Mel Pedesky

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