MORE MONSTROUS MOVIE MUSIC

More Monstrous Movie Music artworkMORE MONSTROUS MOVIE MUSIC” contains an 18-minute suite from Ray Harryhausen's first solo animation epic, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, which was based on a Ray Bradbury short story.  David Buttolph's powerful score for this 1953 Warner Brothers release covers all the important musical moments of the film, including the eerie sounds of the Arctic environment, the destruction of the lighthouse, the diving bell sequence, the Rhedosaurus' attack upon New York, and the fiery finale at the amusement park. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms influential score helped define the sound of giant monsters on the loose in the '50s! The Beast Music Scores At Warner Brothers Music Library

Also on “MORE MONSTROUS MOVIE MUSIC” is an 18-minute suite from TARANTULA, Universal-International's 1955 entry in the “GIANT BUG” genre.  The studio boasted one of the strongest film music departments in the industry, and Herman Stein's and Henry Mancini's contributions to Tarantula augmented the memorable images with equally -exciting musical accompaniment.  (NOTE:  Tarantula’s sequence featuring Clint Eastwood in a bit part did not have any music in it, so the actor’s fans should not be expecting any Italian harmonica solos in our suite.)Herman Stein, 1963Mancini at Hollywood Bowl reviewing Creature score

Universal was prone to re-use music from their earlier films, and Tarantula  is an excellent example of how breathtaking a composite film score can be when it borrows from the finest moments of previously-written cues. The score is a skillfully-woven tapestry of music written specifically for Tarantula as well as pieces originally composed for This Island Earth, Dawn At Socorro, Six Bridges To Cross, Tanganyika, Smoke Signal, and other Universal genre films.  Tarantula’s score is guaranteed to give you the creeps, but it’s a good kind of creeps! Monolith Monsters score

Next up is the Irving Gertz’s startling and memorable “Main Title” from THE MONOLITH MONSTERS. This cue is from Universal-International's 1957 opus about giant killer rocks from space, and it uses similar musical material from Gertz’s score for The Deadly Mantis.  A sensational contribution to the art of film scoring, the music from The Monolith Monsters is "rock music" at its very best!

Finally, MORE MONSTROUS MOVIE MUSIC contains a 19-minute suite from the 1961 dinosaur film GORGO, featuring a colorful score from the master of Italian film music, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.  The 21 cues range from a gorgeous 'Main Title' featuring accordion to the dynamic music heard when Gorgo's  colossal mother invades London to rescue her captured child. Though relatively unknown in the States, Lavagnino is considered a film music giant in international circles, and this score will transport you to a world of musical invention.

The 32-page liner book features eye-popping cover art by Robert Aragon, 13,000 words of information about the films, their scores, and the composers who wrote them, as well as a healthy dose of humor.  The book also contains 25 photos (many in color), including never-before seen-copies of the music manuscripts.  Not to mention pictures of composer Herman Stein before and after he lost his hair!

The liner book text includes timings that match the digital read-out on your CD player -- so you can follow along with the music while you read.  You’ll become a monstrous movie music expert in less time than it takes a dinosaur to trample a major metropolitan area!

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MMM-1951          Total Time: 59:03
 

Tarantula  (1955)
  (Herman Stein, Henry Mancini)  [18:42]

  1. Introduction  (Stein)  (:11)
  2. Main Title  (Stein)  (1:11)
  3. Gruesome Corpse  (Stein)  (1:15)
  4. Radioactive Research  (Stein)  (1:05)
  5. Spider On The Loose  (Stein, Mancini)  (3:05)
  6. Burying The Evidence  (Stein)  1:35)
  7. Side Effects  (Stein)  (1:15)
  8. Big Bunnies  (Stein, Mancini)  (:56)
  9. Agar to the Rescue  (Stein, Mancini)  (1:23)
10. Evening Snack  (Stein, Mancini)  (1:33)
11. Bringing Down The House (Stein)  (2:51)
12. Blasted Arachnid (Stein, Mancini)  (1:50)
13. End Title (Stein)  (:32)

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms  (1953)
  (David Buttolph)  [18:46]

14. Main Title  (1:11)
15. Far North/Expedition/Monster  (2:06)
16. Lost Scientist/Beast Sighted  (2:20)
17. Chord  (:09)
18. Extinguishing The Lighthouse  (:57)
19. Diving Bell  (1:13)
20. Bell And Octopus  (1:54)
21. Absent Professor  (1:31)
22. Monster Does Manhattan  (1:57)
23. Herald Square/Germs  (1:14)
24. Up The Coaster/Finale  (4:14)

The Monolith Monsters  (1957)
  (Irving Gertz)  [1:03]

25. Main Title  (1:03)

Gorgo (1961)
  (Angelo Francesco Lavagnino)  [19:43]

26. Main Title  (1:48)
27. Restless Sea/Underwater/Tidal Wave  (2:21)
28. On The Island/Inner Room  (2:08)
29. Gorgo Sighted/Gorgo Surfaces  (1:48)
30. Fire Fight  (1:23)
31. Making A Plan/Ocean Voyage  (1:35)
32. Gorgo Escapes/Mama Rises  (1:14)
33. Jet Alert/Battleship Barrage  (1:07)
34. Military Might/Torpedo Attack  (2:05)
35. Big Ben Demolished  (:56)
36. London Trampled  (1:09)
37. Return To Sea/End Title  (2:09)

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