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 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   buysoundtrax   (Member)

SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT - ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JOE HARNELL


https://tinyurl.com/u48drue
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SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT - ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JOE HARNELL is presented as a limited edition of 500 units.


LISTEN TO A SOUNDCLIPS FROM "SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT - ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JOE HARNELL”

Santa Barbara
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Naughty Girl
https://tinyurl.com/whjvx5m

CD includes Digital Download-24 Bit Wav, MP3, Digital PDF

Ships the week of April 13th



Dragon's Domain Records, to be distributed by buysoundtrax.com, presents SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT, featuring music composed by Joe Harnell for the soap opera series that ran on NBC daytime television from July 1984 through January 1993. The show was created by Dobson Productions and New World Television—the Dobson family was known for creating GENERAL HOSPITAL and were head writers for GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS prior to the debut of SANTA BARBARA; the show was the first TV co-production for the television arm of Roger Corman’s New World Pictures.

SANTA BARBARA’s storyline followed the lives of several prominent families at odds with one another, set in the Southern California mission town of Santa Barbara. One of the show’s interesting angles was centering one of its major plots around the murder of a prominent citizen, with various characters being accused of the crime, allowing for an ongoing plot thread around and through which many other subplots would intersect across the nine-year arc of the story. The serial became quite popular, winning 24 Daytime Emmy Awards, 18 Soap Opera Digest Awards, and was broadcast in more than 40 countries around the world.

In 1984 Joe Harnell was hired to compose a music library for the SANTA BARBARA series. Due to the daily schedule of soap operas as well as their long duration, original music wasn’t composed for each episode; rather composers like Joe would compose and record a variety of music—pieces that could be used for all manner of situations and circumstances anticipated to be needed for the show’s storyline, which could then be inserted throughout the whole series for various sequences as needed.

Harnell scored a main title theme and approximately four hours of music to give SANTA BARBARA’s music editors plenty of material to cover the serial’s hoped-for duration. He conceived, composed, and orchestrated a wide-ranging musical landscape that could be used for the kinds of situations the producers expected scripts to demand. The music was then recorded by a 40-piece orchestra with emphasis on rhythm section, with Joe himself playing the keyboards. Before the series premiered, however, the producer who hired Joe left and was replaced by a number of new producers; as happens in Hollywood, these new producers wanted to bring in their own people, so Harnell’s entire music library was tossed out and a team of new composers were brought in to write and record their own music library. With one exception: the executive producers loved Joe’s main title theme and insisted it be used as the main title music throughout the serial’s duration.

Joe Harnell was born in 1924, in the Bronx. He began studying piano at the age of 6. His professional career started at age 14 as jazz pianist playing with name bands while continuing serious musical studies. In high school, he began arranging and studying orchestral instruments. He received a scholarship to the University Of Miami for piano and trombone. In 1943, he entered the Air Force, where he soon began touring with the Glenn Miller Air Force Band, serving both in the United States and Europe. While still in the service, he attended composition classes with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, then later with William Walton in London at the Trinity College Of Music. He returned to the United States and was discharged from the Air Force in 1946. During the summers of 1949 – 1951, he continued his studies in composition with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood. He also held the post of musical director with Grey Advertising in New York City for three years. Joe resumed his professional career as a pianist and arranger and began a new career as musical director for many celebrated singers. Shortly thereafter, he took on a new role as recording artist himself and, to date, recorded 18 albums – among them his Grammy winning “Fly Me To The Moon”.

From 1967 to 1973, Joe was the musical director for THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW. Following his success with THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW, Joe came to California, where he began his career as a composer of film and television music. Joe composed music for numerous television movies and series including CLIFFHANGERS, HOT PURSUIT, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, V – THE ORIGINAL MINI-SERIES and ALIEN NATION. He has been nominated for an Emmy on three separate occasions for Best Dramatic Score. In his lifetime, he composed over 400 hours of original music for television and motion pictures. His scores for THE BIONIC WOMAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK heavily influenced the scoring of all Universal television programs in the late 1970’s. His scores used a traditional orchestral approach (influenced by his Jazz roots) using a 32 piece orchestra. He frequently conducted scores from the piano during recording sessions and he performed all the piano and keyboard solos in all of his scores. Joe remained active composing and performing until his passing on July 15th, 2005 from heart failure at the age of 80.

Dragon's Domain Records presents the world premiere soundtrack release of SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT in loving memory of the great Joe Harnell. SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT is limited to 500 units and professionally mastered by James Nelson at Digital Outland, including liner notes written by author Randall Larson.



Ships the week of April 13th



1. Santa Barbara (2:43)

2. Arrival in Santa Barbara (4:34)

3. Lost Love (3:05)

4. Slow Dance (2:55)

5. It Was You (2:26)

6. Light and Happy (2:13)

7. Naughty Girl (2:57)

8. Big Band Boogie (2:07)

9. Young Love (3:15)

10. Lurking In The Basement (3:39)

11. Dinner Music (1:42)

12. Memories of the Past (2:29)

13. Wine & Kisses (2:18)

14. Stalker (3:11)

15. Guitar Source (1:54)

16. South of the Border (1:09)

17. Mexican Band (2:02)

18. Life Choices (2:25)

19. Shopping Time (2:05)

20. The Dark Side (3:18)

21. Things to Do in Town (1:27)

22. Young Lovers Kiss (1:30)

23. High Heels and Stockings (1:53)

24. Running Late (1:58)

25. Wavecrest (1:21)

26. Dreams of Santa Barbara (1:31)

27. Heading Out (1:46)

28. The Killer: Final Case (4:41)

29. Lovers Reunited (3:28)

30. The Sun Sets on Santa Barbara (2:00)

31. Santa Barbara (Reprise) (1:19)

Total Time: 76:37

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I remember buying this
https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00004SMAG?tag=wunschliste&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1&ascsubtag=f0221
And being very disappointed...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

The other 3 hours will come later? wink

Just kidding, of course!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

By the way, Roger Corman had sold New World by this point. Outside Chance was Corman's TV debut...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=WeI-PMuEf5g&feature=emb_logo

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

By the way, Roger Corman had sold New World by this point. Outside Chance was Corman's TV debut...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=WeI-PMuEf5g&feature=emb_logo



Joe's music reverted to him (except the title theme) when they decided not to use it.

Ford A. Thaxton


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 12:24 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

The other 3 hours will come later? wink

Just kidding, of course!


While he did do a lot of music for the show, the stuff we didn't use was either short cues or different takes with slight changes such big endings, soft endings, portions of cues that could be used to dovetail with other cues, etc

It was a music library

We used all of the full versions of the cues as well editing together some short cues to make a longer track.

This album represents the best music he did for the show.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)


Joe's music reverted to him (except the title theme) when they decided not to use it.

Ford A. Thaxton


That German album mentioned above credits the theme to "New World Television"!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)


Joe's music reverted to him (except the title theme) when they decided not to use it.

Ford A. Thaxton


That German album mentioned above credits the theme to "New World Television"!



Joe wrote a lot of good much for this library and some wonderful themes.

I hope you enjoy it

Ford A Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

SB I don't know it this show wouldn't interest me its yuppie soap out of this planet, however its Harnell's music it sure does please me his Liberators had that lovely folksy reference of melodies its very-slick, & Hulk - V other great TV series of JH always flatter me, I will not pass SB up, Thanks DD great-stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 9:18 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

SB I don't know it this show wouldn't interest me its yuppie soap out of this planet, however its Harnell's music it sure does please me his Liberators had that lovely folksy reference of melodies its very-slick, & Hulk - V other great TV series of JH always flatter me, I will not pass SB up, Thanks DD great-stuff.

Joe was a very good friend and whenever we can release something of his it makes us very happy.

This album has a number of really good themes that I hope you enjoy


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 2, 2020 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   crazydiamond   (Member)

Dear Ford,
First of all, thank you very much for this wonderful surprise! As an avid investigator into and collector of the soundtrack of Santa Barbara it was nice to see my suspicions confirmed that Joe Harnell actually did more for the show than only the theme music!

I bought the album last weekend and listened to the digital tracks right away. In the accompanying text it is said that Harnell's music library was tossed out before the show began. It is true that Dominic Messinger was the staff composer of the score from the start. But I can assure you that many of the Harnell tracks on the album were used in the early episodes of Santa Barbara. Most of them phased out after the 1984 episodes, but some lasted up until 1988, for instance segments of the 'Arrival in Santa Barbara' piece!

Listening to the style of some of the music, I figure that there are many more Harnell compositions for Santa Barbara. I have several rips of these directly from the episodes (thus with dialogue). It would be great if one day these compositions could be released as well. Personally I think they can compete with the pieces that are on this wonderful album.

I also noticed that some pieces of music had an alternate version or at least an alternate mix on the show. The guitar in 'Dinner Music' is for instance far more prominent in the show's version. The show version of 'Young Lovers Kiss' has a string section. The end piece of 'Dreams of Santa Barbara' lacks the addition of the leader melody (but it can be heard very vaguely in the mix). I know that production music often offers different versions of a track, so that is probably the case here. I can send some samples from the show from my Dropbox, but I don't know if that is allowed on this forum?

Anyway, thanks again for this great release. I'll look forward to receiving the physical copy in a couple of weeks! And let's hope that it will inspire the other Santa Barbara composers to release their compositions as well!

Kind regards from the Netherlands!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 2, 2020 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Joe Harnell's bossa LPs are pretty good, and are readily available for a buck a throw at a thrift store near you.

 
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