Album Review

Baxter, Les – “Cry of The Banshee and Edgar Allan Poe Suite” – [Varese Sarabande Records, Inc.]

Thurston Hunger   10/23/2014   12-inch, Soundtrack

Wow., *unquiet* village here, from Les Baxter. The sidelong
“Cry of the Banshee” piece is a jarring, unsettling piece of
music to push you to the edge and over. Feels like a modern
classical madhouse, with no simple melodies to hold on to
for a moment’s security. The flip side has shorter pieces for
Poe (but alas there is not a drop of Vincent Price or spooken word
to be found anywhere, it’s all music). Some electronics and other
malevolent forces conspire. Scarier than any Halloween.
Razor blades in the orchestra pit… 1970 era, Gordon
Hessler directed. It’s a shame no film clips are included
but youtube is just….over………there.

-Thurston Hunger

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