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Stalling, Carl – “Carl Stalling Project (Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons, The” – [Warner Bros.]

Carl Stalling composed the scores for Warner Brothers Cartoons from 1936 to 1958. He is one of three composers credited with the invention of the click track. He had the 50 piece Warner Brother Orchestra at his disposal and was encouraged to use the Warner Brothers back catalog in his compositions. He developed the surrealist “Looney Tunes” style of rapid-fire musical quotations, puns, and sound effects.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on July 5, 2017 at 6:11 pm
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  • Ghost Dog [coll] – [Razor Sharp]

    This movie is worth at least one or two watches. Produced by Rza from Wu Tang. FCC on A9, B5, End of B7, B9

    Songs in the film that don’t appear on either soundtrack album include From Then Till Now performed by Killah Priest, Armagideon Time performed by Willi Williams, Nuba One performed by Andrew Cyrille and Jimmy Lyons.

    The film has been interpreted by critics as an homage to Le Samoura??, a 1967 crime-drama by Jean-Pierre Melville starring Alain Delon. That movie opens with a quote from an invented Book of Bushido and features a meditative, loner hero, Jef Costello. In the same manner that Ghost Dog has an electronic “key” to break into luxury cars, Costello has a huge ring of keys that enable him to steal any Citro??n DS. The endings share a key similarity. Moreover, the peculiar relationship between the heroes of both movies and birds, as companions and danger advisers, is another common theme.

    The film contains a number of references to Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill, such as when a bird lands in front of Ghost Dog’s rifle scope, referencing the incident with a butterfly in Suzuki’s film. Ghost Dog shooting Sonny Valerio up the drain pipe is taken directly from Branded to Kill.

    Cartoons are used as a motif that parallels plot developments. Handsome Frank watches a cartoon featuring Betty Boop corralling her pigeons moments before Ghost Dog, a fellow pigeon raiser, arrives to assassinate him. Ghost Dog is later seen handling his pigeons in the same manner as Betty. Boss Vargo watches a Felix the Cat cartoon wherein the Professor voices his frustration at capturing the elusive Felix and his magic bag, mirroring the mafia’s inability to find and eliminate Ghost Dog, who carries his weapons and equipment in a black briefcase. Vargo and his daughter, Louise, watch a Woody Woodpecker cartoon in the car, immediately after Ghost Dog has been distracted by a woodpecker while sniping in the woods. The cartoon features a staring contest between Woody and the Grim Reaper. Vargo’s daughter watches an episode of The Itchy & Scratchy Show (in which Itchy and Scratchy threaten each other with increasingly bigger guns, before blowing up the earth) before the equally violent battle which concludes the film.

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on August 4, 2016 at 1:47 am
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  • Days With Jacques, The [coll] – [Sony Music Distribution]

    Recording of Japanese origin, apparently of the soundtrack to a documentary about or made by Jacques Cousteau. Music by John Lurie include piano, reeds. guitar, drum and more – very lovely, watery, and wistful. Jacques’ speaking tracks are inspirational. The tracks of whale sounds will work on their own or with layering – if the cats sitting with me are any indication, the whales will have an eager audience among our non-human listeners. Tracks marked M-1 through M-16 are instrumental music tracks.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on July 6, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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  • COVEN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [coll] – [Forever Midnight]

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    rank-stink cheese-grade horror movie soundtrack for COVEN (pronounced like woven not like oven) the legendary failed 1997 short film by Mark Borchardt (see: American Movie). the worst kind of pre-packaged cheap keyboard library music with hilariously creepy bone-chilling interludes. reviewers try to lure you with words like “ominous”, “dilapidated”, and “stark” but don’t be fooled, this shining example of creativity gone wrong is the most satisfying disappointment you’ll ever force yourself (and your listeners) to suffer through. perfect on any playlist and essential for our bulging library of blow-hard overpriced horror movie soundtracks. suck it Death Waltz

  • Reviewed by abacus on May 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm
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  • Schwinger, Silke & George, Fatty – “Trip” – [Zeitgeist]

    The Holy Grail for some, Fatty George (the king of Austrian jazz) and Silke Schwinger, librettist, created this pop psych opera for Austrian television. Televised in 1971, soundtrack recordings were made for radio and television stations only. Telling the tale of a black messiah coming to Austria in the 1970′s, “Trip” (no article, thank you), goes full force as only a 1971 TV popera could go. You want flutes? Lots. And sitar? Of, course. Wah wah guitar. Studio funky sounds with lots of horns. The voice of THe Man. It’s all here and all so groovy. SOOOO GROOVY. The center piece is “White Sand”. Sue Kramer BELTS out the vocals in such a funkified way. She rips it apart. It must have been a show stopper. She even pulls out what sounds like a German version of Sock It To Me. The drum beat that drops halfway through was heavily sampled for funk albums. Listen and you’ll hear why. This whole thing is so kick butt: Naysayer’s Two Thumbs Up.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on May 2, 2016 at 11:45 pm
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  • Gizzi, Claudio – “Flesh of Frankenstein” – [Dagored]

    Strings. Horror! Terror! Suspense… and Fucking!!!
    Composed by Claudio Gizzi, this is the 1973 soundtrack to Andy Warhol’s Flesh For Frankenstein, directed by Paul Morrissey and produced by Andy Warhol. Re-issued with great art, vinyl, and numerous alternate takes by Florence-based Dagored.
    Baron Frankenstein dreams of restoring Serbia to glory, so he builds male and female monsters whose children will become the new master race. Determined that they be fruitful, he aims to equip the male body with the brain of someone possessing a powerful libido. Thinking horny stable boy Nicholas (played by the Factory’s top hustler Joe Dallesandro) will be perfect, he mistakenly gets the head of Nicholas’ pious friend. Meanwhile, Nicholas seduces the baron’s wife. Rated X.
    Orchestral music for horny sluts. Admirably trashy. Great colored vinyl.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 6, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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  • Stein, Ronald – “Getting Straight” – [Colgems Records, Inc.]

    Ronald Stein is most famous for scoring numerous American International horror films. This soundtrack he composed was for the 1970 Richard Rush film starring Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen and Harrison Ford. It’s premise of a social activist and Vietnam war vet, returning to college to get his teaching degree, but stuck in the tumult of rising college campus aggression, fit in with many films of the early 70′s. The Hippie era is dissolving, thankfully, and a more aggressive time is on the rise where everyone is up in everyone else’s face. Everyone is a bit guilty in showing their prejudices and conceits. With this setting, Stein composed a score filled with the sort of folk Simon and Garfunkle sound which questions what is going on. Lyrics are filled with disappointment and a rising anger and rage. The orchestrations sometimes have that carnivalesque, isn’t this all crazy kind of sound. Three tracks with FCC’s are wonderful samples from the film. “Party Scene (Jan)” has Elliott Gould’s character shouting down Candace Bergen in a sexist barrage that is dated and unfortunately not so at the same time. “Vandenberg” is the anti-academy down with the man statement. The instrumental “Pigs Go Home” was sampled by Eminem. This is an interesting document of a soundtrack style that is very specific to this 1970′s period. And yet it still fits for today. The lyrics to “Getting Straight- Main Title” are uncomfortably as meaningful today as they were back then. A minor work of high interest.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on March 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm
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  • Jodorowsky’s Dune [coll] – [Light in the Attic]

    Not the soundtrack to the best movie never made, but rather the soundtrack to the documentary movie about the best movie never made. Easily worthy of the visionary Jodorowsky and the transcendent source material of Dune. Meditative, spacey, retro-futuristic, and grandiose. Features analog synthesizer mastery with one or two tracks including voice samples of the great spiritual warrior Jodorowky himself. Although each track is musically distinct the overall theme and instrumentation is consistent, with the exception of tracks “Feyd Rautha,” which features live percussion, and “Total Extermination,” which has some voice/chant work intermixed.

  • Reviewed by Muad'Dib on February 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Soundtrack
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  • [coll]: One Scythe Fits All – “One Scythe Fits All” – [Iron Lung Records]

    Indie college comedy slasher film soundtrack by local Oaklander Greg Wilkinson. Short pieces of dialog every once in awhile. Mostly cool synthy retro sounds.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on February 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Soundtrack
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  • May, Brian – “Thirst” – [XOZMIQ]

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    This is a re-release of May’s soundtrack to the 1979 Australian movie dealing with the bloody inheritance of Kate. All you need to do is read the track titles to know how she goes from human to vampire, and look at how Side A vinyl goes from red with white (depicting innocence) to a completely red Side B. The Main Title and End Titles are orchestrally beautiful and upbeat, mostly, belying the horror that follows as Kate undergoes her transition. The creepiness is tempered at times by the “ceremony” tracks (A6 and B5), which sound like Gregorian chants, but are actually just gory in the rituals they accompany. This is pretty great stuff.

  • Reviewed by humana on February 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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  • Chattaway, Jay – “Maniac” – [Varese Sarabande]

    1980 horror film about a scalping serial killer loosely inspired by the Son of Sam.
    There’s a fun part where there is a loud heart beating and it sounded like it was skipping to me for a second. Disturbing monologue on side a. Mostly creepy synthy goodness.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on February 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm
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  • Nekromatik [coll] – [One Way Static]

    Soundtrack to a 1980s German horror film about screwing dead bodies. Straight up orchestral and then suddenly screeching, also droney at times. And piano and strangling/choking sounds. Tribal rhythms and strings. Great to listen to before bedtime.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on February 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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  • Chamberlain, Don – “San Francisco Earthquake!, The” – [San Francisco Record Company]

    Recreation/interpretation of the news from the 1906 SF earthquake and fires. Two side longs. Fact checked by the California Historical Society. Sounds are rumbling trolley bells, news announcer, voices narrating, fire. Mostly actors recreating news interviews about damage looting fires and rescue efforts. Mention of actor John Barrymore and one guy pretending to be Jack London. Laughable and horrifying at the same time.
    – Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on January 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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  • Mancini, Henry – “Party, The” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

    I first saw this movie while frying on mushroom tea so it holds a VERY special place in my heart. Having the opportunity to review the album is a gift which I take very seriously. Brief movie storyline: Peter Sellars (in brownface, or orange depending on the scene) is an Indian actor trying to break into the Hollywood movie scene. Attending the ultimate groovy Hollywood party at the Most tripped out pad (sunken conversation pit, glass walls, sections of the living room that move up and down, the best swimming pool), Sellars literally destroys the place. The bathroom scene seemed endless, but that was when I was peaking so…. There’s a parrot (birdie num num), a painted elephant, go go dancing frug-a-delic, and Claudine Longet (before she shot her ski champion boyfriend but after she left Andy Williams. Longet was a fixture of sorts of the A&M label, Herb Alpert’s project. Anyway…)
    The music, composed by Henry Mancini, is a master class example of what the, then god, of film composition did. Swerving from glorious cheesy bachelor pad orchestrations (you can almost hear the martini glasses tinkling), to straight up no nonsense senior masters of jazz compositions (with the help of greats like Jimmie Rowles, Shelly Manne, Jack Sheldon among others), this thing is so smooth and the example of perfection. “Elegant” starts out with Mancini’s superb piano solo which moves into the rich orchestra work (think Breakfast at Tiffany’s), then Larry Bunker’s vibes and back to solo piano. There are some choice group vocal pieces which have the singers la la laaaing along. “Party Poop” pops in with the vocalists suddenly singing “Jimmie Rose, Jimmie Rose, Jimmie Rose”. So sixties. There is also sitar work and light psych dance tunes. (“The Party”, both vocal and instrumental are a must.) My only disappointment is that the Claudine Longet version of “Nothing to Lose” is not included. Those curious to hear her sing “nothing to wooose” will have to search. Enjoy this exceptional example of white 60′s grooviness.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 3, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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  • Dark Moon [coll] – [PIAS]

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    Set in the year 2067 Dark Moon#1 is a Music Soundtrack to accompany the observer who may be getting trapped on a journey to a harsher climate of the “Dark Moon” Through the magic of Multi-Media and theoretical physics, experience San Francisco and subsequently KFJC be destroyed by an asteroid that has veered from its course. Transport into the Manga-esque Dark Moon world and be one of the first humans to break the speed of light barrier while the sounds of this soundtrack transfer the data thousands of times that speed via quantum computing. Break down and discover advanced alien technology. All tracks are FCC FREE :) Produced by Freematik except for track 11 which has a dubstep/ digital glitch electronic produced by J.D. Keiser. Key Tracks: (Hip Hop) #’s 2 and 19 featuring Myka 9 of Freestyle Fellowship. (Rap) #4 Featuring AD Kapone, Chunk & Lasro. (Elecectronic) #1 & 8 by Freematik.

     

    1. Dark Moon Theme
    2.This Dark Moon ft. Myka 9
    3.Galactic Interloper
    4.Stranded On This Dark Moon ft. Ad Kapone & Chunk
    5.On The Moon
    6.Dark Frontier
    7.When Fear Sparks In Your Hear ft. Mad Shad
    8.Inn3rspace
    9.Ancient Gears
    10.Turbulence
    11.The Creatures Attack
    12.Faster Than Light
    13.Signs of Life
    14.Blasting Off ft.Three Dimensional Crew
    15.Dark Energy
    16.Alien Invasion
    17.Artifacts
    18Trapped ft. Agent 216
    19.Synthetic Intelligence ft. Myka 9
    20.Requiem

  • Reviewed by Arcanum on December 10, 2015 at 5:49 am
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  • Carlo Rustichelli – “Seduced and Abandoned” – [CAM]

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    From the 1964 Italian comedy Seduced and Abandoned, we get that fun European mix of musical styles by composer Carlo Rustichelli (who also did Divorce Italian Style and Four Days in Naples) Some of it sounds very much like you’d expect from an Italian comedy, and you also get some spaghetti western sounding stuff, and even some cues that sound like they should be from a war film – ah, those crazy Italiano’s! Some of the tracks are incredibly short.
     
     

  • Reviewed by Sir Cumference on December 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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  • Dankworth, John – “The Idol” – [Fontana]

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    From 1966, we get some good stuff composed by legendary jazz saxophonist Sir John Dankworth. I had only really known his work from the early series’ of the Avengers (the pre-Peel era episodes). Good mix of tracks: You get some jazzy ones, some swinging stuff, some rocking songs, even one of those cheesy vocal tracks where the don’t use words. Cleo Laine (Dankworth’s wife) sings on a couple tracks, though only credited on the first one which doesn’t actually appear in the film! Not sure if the film is any good (despite staring an Academy Award winning actress) but the music’s fun to listen to!
     
     

  • Reviewed by Sir Cumference on December 6, 2015 at 6:33 pm
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  • Strange, Billy – “De Sade” – [Tower/Capitol]

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    This is not what I was expecting when I picked this up. I was thinking a big guitar sound from Billy Strange, but what I got was a fantastic score to a 1969 film about the Marquis de Sade – written by Twilight Zone writer Richard Matheson, starring 2001′s Keir Dullea, and even partially directed by Roger Corman! There’s some standard big orchestral stuff (Main Title), some ’60s jazz kind of feeling tracks (Wine, Women And Jam), and a couple of trippy things to make you just go “what?” (Bacchanlia) I think most people can find a little something for their likes…

     

  • Reviewed by Sir Cumference on December 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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  • Dance of The Reality, The [coll] – [Real Gone Music]

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    Imagine writing and performing the soundtrack music to your father’s autobiographical film. This is exactly what Adan Jodorowsky has done, and he has done it with such lovely finesse that it alternately lifts you with its whimsically happy songs and tugs at your heartstrings with the nostalgic and sadder songs. Not a one on here isn’t a winner in its own way. I really want to see this movie now, but I know I have felt it first through the music. Think lovely orchestration with piano, strings, and up and down transporting through the emotions.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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  • Cipriani, Stelvio – “Gli Orrori Del Castello Di Norimberga” – [Dagored]

    Two disc soundtrack for one of Mario Brava’s least popular films, title translated as Baron Blood. Italian horror film came out in 1972, has castles, woods, resurrecting dead, fog, etc. Side A starts off with normal strings and drums and horn soundtrack, it’s super cheese. Even has some “lalala” vocals. Gets slower and then darker.
    B is more piano and darker and “ooooh ooooh” vocals and skronky horns and then faster piano. Perhaps this is the chase scene? Side c is hand drums and wailing guitar like a hippie jam. Then it’s back to upbeat cheery horns and lalala. D is quiet hand drums and horns chilled out then an organ comes in and gives us some old tymey chills and a line of dialog in Italian I can’t make out.
    Fun story from wikipedia: “The Well to Hell hoax is an urban legend that circulated the Internet and American tabloids in the late 1990s. The hoax was an audio recording of the sounds of Hell, recorded by seismologists in Siberia. The sounds in the nine-mile deep pit included yells and haunting screams for help from sinners supposedly sent to Hell. The recording, however, was later revealed to have been a cleverly remixed portion of the soundtrack of the movie Baron Blood, with various effects added.”

    –Billie Joe Tolliver

  • Reviewed by billiejoe on November 4, 2015 at 5:56 pm
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