Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Schifrin's Voyage

By request, here's another Lalo Schifrin from the dusty vaults -- 1976's Voyage of the Damned, a somber, all-star period piece featuring Orson Welles, Faye Dunaway, Malcolm McDowell, Lee Grant, Katharine Ross, and tons of other folks who weren't busy working on an Airport movie at the time. Excerpts from this score have turned up on various compilations over the years, but here's the whole thing from a promo-only vinyl edition circulated by Schifrin's reps in '76 to encourage an Academy Award nomination. (It worked.) The subject matter (based on the true ordreal of a cruise ship filled with German Jews sent on a fake propaganda voyage to Cuba) dictates a serious score, so Schifrin alternates darker orchestral music with a few upbeat source music cues (notably "Hotel Nacionale") to vary the mood.

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Blogger ISBUM said...

Smooches, 7!!
A friend had some reel2reels that he got in a Goodwill that turned out to be some session recordings of Lalo's "Four Muskateers".
I returned them to Lalo. He called to thank me. I sure hope he plays Catalina's (Hollywood) again.
Only missing the 4 and that boot from Coogan's Bluff that I had back in the late 70's.

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool choice. Yet again its another obscure score from a composer I love. I'll look forward to listening to it. So glad I've found this site. Will be checking regularly to see what new treasures appear!

2:23 PM  
Blogger pooter said...

Hi all...
You guys have inspired me to make my own mp3Blog featuring obscure TV and Film scores:

I'd appreciate if some of you might visit the blog and A: see if it is working and B: let me know if anyone is into it?


5:34 PM  
Blogger nomwl1 said...

Another great share!

8:45 PM  
Blogger pooter said...

May I link to your site from mine and vice versa?

I've been really enjoying "Voyage of the Damned". Nice to get to hear it.

2:04 AM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Thank you very much for posting John Barry's The Dove. It's beautiful and exciting, heck, the song is a delight too! Love how Barry just keeps playing when she's done singing, like she's left the studio and getting in a cab. He he! Cool.

2:11 AM  
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6:27 AM  
Blogger pooter said...

"Hotel Nacionale" is such a fun little track! Great post.

8:39 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Hey Pooter, no problem -- your link has been addded. Cool idea for a blog; I've been sort of working on a similar idea, slowly doing a homemade compilation of unreleased Euro themes for a mix to post sometime down the line. Keep it up! Also, may I suggest tackling some music from Night Gallery or The Alfred Hitchcock Hour? Some pretty incredible stuff there.

You're welcome, ISBUM -- you can't really beat '70s John Barry, can you?

10:19 AM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Re: The Dove
You sure got that right 7!
The theme is very european, reminds me of Delerue's A Little Romance.
Do you like Georges Delerue?
I would love to hear "Viva Maria!" again.

12:09 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Love me some Delerue! I've been meaning to grab that import soundtrack of Viva Maria, but it's a tad pricey.

3:44 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

I see we are mates of the same ship. Voyage of the Damned Broke!
How about that Melina Mercouri flick "Promise at Dawn"?
I have a duo by noted Frenchy Maurice Jarre that you would be welcome to post. The Damned and Una Stagione all'Inferno.

4:23 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Promise at Dawn - good one. 2 of my favorite Delerues are probably Our Mother's House and, believe it or not, Joe vs. the Volcano. Great stuff.

Those are 2 nice Jarre scores; if anyone wants you could just post the links for 'em right here.

10:37 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Better late than ..

The Damned and Una Stagione all'Inferno by Maurice Jarre.

Track list as disc 1 from "Maurice Jarre Trilogy" enjoy!

11:56 AM  

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