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Mob Ruler

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Date: May 8, 2008
HEAVY METAL The Score finally out on CD



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From ScreenArchives.com:

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 films video release until 1996), the film also benefited from an extraordinary symphonic score by Elmer Bernstein which did the lions 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 Bernsteins Star Warsa 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 Taarnathe latter adapting the composers 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 composers 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 LPmeaning 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 Bernsteins thematic material. The package is beautifully illustrated with stills from the film.

Heavy Metal: The Score
Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein


Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
With London Voices and Jeanne Loriod on the ondes Martenot

   1. Beginning 1:16
   2. Intro to Green Ball 1:18
   3. Discovery/Transformation (Den and the Green Ball) 3:15
   4. Den Makes Out (Den Makes It) 2:42
   5. Castrate Him/Searching for Loc Nar 2:04
   6. Queen for a Day (Den and the Queen) 2:54
   7. Pursuit (Dens Heroics) 2:51
   8. Fiste 1:27
   9. Getting Bombed 3:06
  10. Green Ball 2:15
  11. Dem Bones 2:44
  12. No Alarm 0:58
  13. Robot Love (Space Love) 1:32
  14. Harry 1:35
  15. The Next Morning 1:56
  16. End of Baby 2:43
  17. Council (Taarna Summoned) 2:49
  18. The Flight to Temple (Flight) 2:16
  19. The Sword (Taarna Prepares) 3:32
  20. Flight to Holiday Town 2:20
  21. Fighting 2:43
  22. My Whips!/Taarna Escapes Pit 4:57
  23. Finish (Taarna Forever) 3:34

Bonus Tracks
      
  24. Den Makes Out (film version) 2:49
  25. Bomber and the Green Ball (album edit) 4:35
  26. Harry and the Girl (album edit) 3:41
  27. Barbarians (album edit) 3:34

Total Time: 14:27

Total Disc Time: 72:40



Got my copy from amazon.com the other day for $19.98 US plus shipping.


If you are into classical symphonic movie soundtracks or if you just like the movie, this is very cool. Has extensive liner notes in the cd book.

A couple months ago I dug out my cd of the rock soundtrack and decided I would improve it by making a version more complete since it lacks 2 songs from the film, Sabbath's "E5150" which I have on Mob Rules and Devo's "Through Being Cool" which I had to acquire. While searching around I found a torrent of the original LP release of the Bernstein Score from back in the day in mp3. For some reason I got distracted with other stuff (like starting a Dio Message Board) and forgot about my improved HM soundtrack project.

Last week I decided to finish it and googled around to see if I could find the Score in lossless (arrmo made me a lossless snob) and found that the whole thing had recently been put out on cd with more stuff than the original LP.

So now I have my two CD complete Soundtrack and Score set. I even added two BÖC songs from Fire of Unknown Origin which were written for the movie but not used, "Vengeance (The Pact)" and "Don't Turn Your Back." Also threw in "Heavy Metal: The Black And Silver" for good measure.   biggrin



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artcinco wrote:


Got my copy from amazon.com the other day for $19.98 US plus shipping.


If you are into classical symphonic movie soundtracks or if you just like the movie, this is very cool. Has extensive liner notes in the cd book.

A couple months ago I dug out my cd of the rock soundtrack and decided I would improve it by making a version more complete since it lacks 2 songs from the film, Sabbath's "E5150" which I have on Mob Rules and Devo's "Through Being Cool" which I had to acquire. While searching around I found a torrent of the original LP release of the Bernstein Score from back in the day in mp3. For some reason I got distracted with other stuff (like starting a Dio Message Board) and forgot about my improved HM soundtrack project.

Last week I decided to finish it and googled around to see if I could find the Score in lossless (arrmo made me a lossless snob) and found that the whole thing had recently been put out on cd with more stuff than the original LP.

So now I have my two CD complete Soundtrack and Score set. I even added two BÖC songs from Fire of Unknown Origin which were written for the movie but not used, "Vengeance (The Pact)" and "Don't Turn Your Back." Also threw in "Heavy Metal: The Black And Silver" for good measure.   biggrin



That's cool project you got there, man. I had no idea you were into orchestral atmosphere music. I've been a soundtrack buf for years. My favorites are Basil Poledouris' massively bombastic Conan the Barbarian score, John Williams' Star Wars and Vangelis' Blade Runner.
If you compare Elmer Bernstein and Basil Poledouris style - they actually have a lot of weight and emotional impact to them. They work great with good books, World of Warcraft marathons or when you just want to bust out of your T-shirt and attack your sofa with a fork.





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That's cool project you got there, man. I had no idea you were into orchestral atmosphere music. I've been a soundtrack buf for years. My favorites are Basil Poledouris' massively bombastic Conan the Barbarian score, John Williams' Star Wars and Vangelis' Blade Runner.
If you compare Elmer Bernstein and Basil Poledouris style - they actually have a lot of weight and emotional impact to them. They work great with good books, World of Warcraft marathons or when you just want to bust out of your T-shirt and attack your sofa with a fork.


 



I have some of the Star Wars soundtracks but not much else. I like a number of film scores and at some point may get more into it.

 

I know Squidhammer was a purchaser of movie soundtracks back in the day.



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Ever get into Bernard Herrman? He was a Hollywood legend who did the music for Taxi Driver and a ton of others. Then there was Tangerine Dream also.

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Dusthead wrote:

Ever get into Bernard Herrman? He was a Hollywood legend who did the music for Taxi Driver and a ton of others. Then there was Tangerine Dream also.




I saw Tangerine Dream live once.



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artcinco wrote:

Dusthead wrote:

Ever get into Bernard Herrman? He was a Hollywood legend who did the music for Taxi Driver and a ton of others. Then there was Tangerine Dream also.




I saw Tangerine Dream live once.



Bernard's style suited well for thrillers. Tangerine Dream I remember from a vampire movie called Near Dark.



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