Friday, October 27, 2006

The Last Music on Earth

Richard Matheson's classic apocalyptic sci-fi/vampire novel I Am Legend has been adapted for film twice so far, first with Vincent Price as the 1964 Italian-American AIP production, The Last Man on Earth. The film suffered a bad reputation for many years due to awful public domain prints and chopped-up TV screenings, all of which demolished its careful pacing and scope photography; however, in recent years (primarly thanks to DVD and laserdisc) it's finally being appreciated as a chilling, potent visualization of one of Matheson's strongest works. Incidentally, the second adaptation was 1971's cult classic The Omega Man with Charlton Heston, featuring a dynamite score by Ron Grainer (available elsewhere if you check around a bit). A third version is currently in the works, but don't get your hopes up since it already has three huge strikes against it thanks to the star (Will Smith), screenwriter (Akiva Goldsman), and music video-based director (Francis Lawrence). The moody and often striking score for the original film is by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter, a pair who, in various combinations, also underscored Vincent Price in The Fly series.

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Blogger gspeedlace said...

WOW!!! One of my all-time favorites. Where do you FIND all this gold?

Another fantastic share - thank you!

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second that WOW! What a great film and I have 2 DVD versions now (the 2nd one is coupke with Panic in Year Zero - that's a great pairing). I Am Legend is a short read too and worth searching out. The Italian locations really add to the atomsphere. Thanks so much for this wonderful share!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous mixwolf said...

This is an excellent surprise! I like this movie, and agree it's gotten a bad rap. Thanks for the great share!!

11:45 AM  
Blogger My Name Is Nobody said...

Just wanted to drop a line and say thanks for all the great stuff. Been catching up over the past few days and I'm overwhelmed. =)

Thanks again. And you should check out my blog and see if there's anything you'd like there.

1:11 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Glad you all like this one; you can't beat that vintage AIP sound, eh?

Thanks for the Penny Tray link -- you're added to the links list; some great stuff on there!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Drazen said...

fantastic blog
and thanks for this, I love this movie too, I love the opening shots of Vincent Price dragging himself around his pad, a 3rd remake
seems to have been in the works forever and from what you've said
seems like it will be a disappontment.
Great book too.

9:06 AM  
Blogger 2000evils said...

Many thanks for this score.

Could someone please tell me where I can get hold of Ron Grainer's score for the Omega Man?

4:46 AM  
Anonymous Honored General said...

Omega Man is from FilmScoreMonthly. It is OOP. Some copies show up on E-Bay, but are way too high priced. If I could, I would put it up here, but I'm in the middle of a household move, and all my cds are packed. Maybe in time, unless someone else can do it.

Looking at Soundtrackcollector, this title does not even show up. Thanks for posting this little jewel! ^__^!!!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for this! I'm making rips of stuff like this from tape - it's slow going, and the quality is not so great.

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Lacey said...

You rock!

I saw Omega Man on TV, found the book at the SciFi book club and tracked down the original as a local video store. I NEVER knew they had a soundtrack.

Bravo Black Notes, Bravo.
Keep it up.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Stickman said...

Lovely, wonderful! You've been posting some tremendous stuff over the last few months; keep it up! And, since we're on the subject of Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter, does anyone have a link to Percepto's woefully limited edition "The Fly Trilogy" CD? Need this desperately!

11:05 AM  
Blogger nomwl1 said...

Hi 7!

What everybody else said! What a great share. This is fantastic! Keep up the great work!

7:21 PM  
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