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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces Les Baxter's HOUSE OF USHER
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:30 pm 
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HOUSE OF USHER
Composed and Conducted by LES BAXTER
INTRADA Special Collection Volume 159

Les Baxter was well known for writing in a diverse set of styles. And while probably most famous for his classic lounge music albums, his work on the AIP Edgar Allen Poe films is probably equally famous. Few of Baxter's original session tapes survive from this period. “We went in a hurry, monaurally recording directly to the soundtrack,” Baxter recalled in 1981, “and nobody really thought of or took much interest in running off a quarter-inch protection. Neither did anyone think of preserving the original tapes for any sort of purpose. As soon as the film was recorded and the music tracks dubbed in, then they were erased or dumped into the garbage can." A true tragedy, which until now seemed to have also applied to his most famous AIP/Poe effort -- the 1960 adaptation of the Poe tale House of Usher (alternatively known as The Fall of the House of Usher).

Nonetheless, a music editor's cut of the music surfaced, in pristine, mono sound quality. While the sources presented the music as assembled in the film, with some volume adjustments to allow for dialogue (many of which were removed during the restoration for this album), it is none the worse for wear and presents a glorious listen to this classic score. The score features an elegantly multifaceted theme that binds the film together, and the score squeezes every possible bit of the Gothic scale, haunted hallway suspense, macabre terror, and melodramatic romance out of the horror genre. The most overtly ghostly presence on the score belongs to the vibrato wailings of an adult chorus—the cursed spirits of the Usher dead. “[James Nicholson] gave me absolute carte blanche,” Baxter fondly reflected. “I had an old castle, and Vincent Price with a strange disease where he hears things from the dungeon and is sensitive beyond belief to touch and sound...What more could I ask for? It was a composer’s dream...Usher was very sensitive for a horror film...The music was very much on the sensual side—in some scenes, almost to the point of passionate.”

This release is limited to 1200 units.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 159
Retail Price: $19.99
AVAILABLE NOW
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.6926/.f


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 Post subject: Re: INTRADA Announces Les Baxter's HOUSE OF USHER
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:31 pm 
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Holy moly! I thought this was lost forever!

Will check out momentarily...


EDIT: Yes, I am definitely ordering this. Normally I'm not into Golden Age film music, but Les Baxter grabs at me somehow. Fantastic release.


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Wow, what a nice surprise, top class again Intrada, ordered! Goodnight everybody! :D


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Ordered! Thank YOU!!!! Intrada is flat out the best there is. :mrgreen:


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ORDERED! Love the Baxter stuff for Corman. Great cover!


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Excellent release! Thanks Intrada!


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Ordered. What a great day for releases. Between Intrada and Kritzerland there is something for everyone.

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Definitively ordered! :wink:
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What a find! This is tremendous. My absolute favorite Baxter score.


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Never saw a film. Moreover, to my shame, never heard Les Baxter music :( .
But when I woke up early in the morning and have heard only fragments from 7 tracks, I have understood that I SHOULD order it immediately. Once again I find myself thinking that despite the fact that Golden Age sometimes sound the same, I still love its powerful and expressive sound. Thank you, Intrada - I discovered a new composer with you!

ps Besides, I've always loved horror/thriller films and Edgar Allan Poe's books ;)

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I'm looking forward very much to hearing this marvelous release, just wondering as to who wrote the liner notes ? Thanks Intrada folks! :)


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One of my top grails. Never thought this would happen. Thank you Intrada!


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