Monday, June 26, 2006

Les Baxter Swings

A while back some rare isolated music and effects (M&E) tracks for a handful of AIP and Filmways titles fell into my hands; here's the first of those forbidden fruits for your listening pleasure: Les Baxter's freaky, atonal score for Roger Corman's Pit and the Pendulum (1961), one of the best (and scariest) Vincent Price/Edgar Allan Poe outings. Here's every note (53 minutes' worth) of Baxter's original score off the isolated track; you'll hear an odd sound effect here and there (creaking feet, closing doors), but hopefully that will just add to the ambience. Track titles are my own, assigned to give you some idea of the music's chronology.

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Anonymous boris said...

One of my absolute favourites! Thanks so much for sharing this.

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Stephen said...

Many many thanks for this! I've searched for this for years. If you ask me: One of the best horror soundracks ever! Pity it isn't out on CD. Thanks again for sharing this!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Toby Roan said...

A thousand thanks for putting this up. I've wanted this soundtrack since I first saw the movie a thousand times back in the 70s.

The clinks and clanks and squeeks and screams are great.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

These were great....but when will you have the others available you said you had? BTW....were any of these AIP isolated tracks made available on the DVD releases?

5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much.
I have seen that the track 17 is missing.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous owain said...

a very good score;an CD should be welcome ;the score for House of Usher is also very interesting;may be you will have the opportunity to have the tapes from AIP.At the time of the film release ,a LP was planned ;it was mentio ned on the end credit at the very end but later on , this information no longer appeared and of course is not on the DVD

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool blog, interesting information... Keep it UP »

12:07 PM  

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