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 Posted:   May 30, 2021 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Just wanted to share word of the existence of this large-scale, ambitious and exotic-tinged orchestral effort for a pretty trashy and irrelevant 80's adventure picture - penned by composer Mort Garson, a name totally unfamiliar to me. I discovered the film for its Rifftrax inclusion but was so gob-smacked by the music from the onset that I had to seek out more information, and to hear the music more 'cleanly' minus the riffing.

In the first ten minutes alone, we're treated to not only a lengthy main title with its robust, driving main theme, followed by a nice suspense/action cue and then a terrific "flying" theme for Bradford Dillman's character and his plane. It all only gets more colorful from there; throughout the film we're treated to adrenal action music, sunny exotica-type material a la Baxter, suspense cues and varied statements of that great main theme. Even for 1985, the score sounds like something from an earlier era, like a cross between a 50's jungle adventure score and the aforementioned lush exotica sound. I just love the bucolic, joyous spin Garson puts on the main theme for the last few minutes of the film, before bookending what he started with a bombastic reprise of the main title music.

The full film can be seen at the below link:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x242ohi

A little internet research reveals that Garson is apparently otherwise best known as an arranger/bandleader and for a series of electronic compositions from the early 70's (as well as scoring "Beware! The Blob"); if this effort is any indication, the man had some serious symphonic chops as well - this is BOLD scoring, clearly designed to bolster the scope and excitement of an undeserving picture.

Reminds me of a similar situation with "Tarzan, The Ape Man" from 1981 - another sadly-unreleased, ravishing jungle adventure score from a composer (the late Perry Botkin Jr.) otherwise totally unassociated with this 'sound'.

Any enterprising labels care to look into the whereabouts of this one?

- BB

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2021 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Agreed 100% with your eloquent writing about this score. I watched the first ten minutes and all of the music is excellent. A real hidden gem. Will watch the rest, eventually, but just from the cues I've heard I know this would be an absolutely fantastic release.

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2021 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

...penned by composer Mort Garson, a name totally unfamiliar to me.

His late-1960s Moog albums are essential.



And his Zodiac album would surely make my top 100 LPs of all time list, were I foolish enough to indulge in such a project.

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2021 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   rcashill   (Member)

The film is coming soon on Blu-ray. https://vinegarsyndrome.com/products/the-cardona-collection-volume-one

(Rene Cardona Jr.'s SURVIVE! brought in Gerald Fried and his subsequent TINTORERA was an early effort by Basil Poledouris.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2021 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I listened to the first five minutes, and it is pretty cool. The film itself looks to be terrible. Would there be any market for a score like this, assuming the tapes even exist?

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2021 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

I think there's an audience for it. I would assume that anybody into 1950s and '60s scores would like or love this. For 1985 this was quite a "throwback" score.

Of all the labels, this seems particularly perfect for Dragon's Domain.

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2021 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Agreed about this being prime for Dragon's Domain, and I hope Ford sees this post. The film credits nor IMDB gives any additional clues as to a recording venue, and the composer has been deceased for more than a decade. I guess starting with the extant rights holder would be a good place to start in trying to track the music down?

I just love the sunny variation on the main theme written for the finale - partially tracked in (briefly and poorly) around 11:04 in that above link as well. Those joyous string harmonies and festive percussion are truly infectious.

- BB

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Bumping this in the hopes that Ford or a similar enterprising label might see this and find it worth pursuing.

I'd pay full admission for that fabulous main title alone. What a grand and adventurous overture!

- BB

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Calls for a DRAGONSDOMAIN Releasewink

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I found two copies on YouTube, but one had a knock-off bad "Mystery Science Theater 3000" commentary over it (with knock-off black cut-outs in a theater), and the other was in another language like Czechoslvakian; the guy reading the opening credits paragraph is so lazy and bored. It sounds like he woke up from a drunken blackout to go pee and somebody told him right as he got off the couch he had to, "Here -- read this before you piss."

I'm listening now. Terrific opening credits.



EDIT:
The "Good guys" of our film are introduced by flying around and murdering birds with a plane in the sky, for shits and giggles...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

...one had a bad "Mystery Science Theater 3000" commentary over it...

Thanks! That might make the film more bearable.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

EDIT:
The "Good guys" of our film are introduced by flying around and murdering birds with a lane in the sky, for shits and giggles...


Basically every character in the film is reprehensible. Kind of amazing, really. At least we get a fun (almost bouncy) flying cue to accompany the hijinks.

You seeing this, Ford? Take my money already!!!

- BB

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

And some bouncy boobies. Those and the score … probably the only things that will be good about it when I'm done skimming it for the score.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2021 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Just finished going through it. Awful awful awful film. Even the "Happy" ending is, as you might say, reprehensible.

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2021 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Editing audio now. It'll take two suites since I am limited to fifteen minute limits.

 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2021 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Suites up:
https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=142699&forumID=1&archive=0&pageID=2&r=568#bottom


No need to watch that awful reprehensible film now.

 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2021 - 8:31 PM   
 By:   MusicUnite   (Member)

Editing audio now. It'll take two suites since I am limited to fifteen minute limits.

Since when did YT limit you to 15 min. vids?

Jay

 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Editing audio now. It'll take two suites since I am limited to fifteen minute limits.

Since when did YT limit you to 15 min. vids?

Jay


If you don't verify your account with a phone number or some such thing, there is a fifteen-minute limit. This was imposed somewhere about ten years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Editing audio now. It'll take two suites since I am limited to fifteen minute limits.

Since when did YT limit you to 15 min. vids?

Jay


If you don't verify your account with a phone number or some such thing, there is a fifteen-minute limit. This was imposed somewhere about ten years ago.


Does most or all of the music collectively clock in at 30 minutes?

 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

You can see the lengths by clicking on the videos.

 
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