Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Psychopathia Musicalis

In the 1960s, the popularity of psychotherapy revived a number of influential books including Richard von Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis, an 1886 study of aberrant sexual behavior. Swiping the title and little else, exploitation veteran Albert Zugsmith (Sex Kittens Go to College, Dog Eat Dog), who's far better known now for producing Touch of Evil and High School Confidential, decided to write and direct a 1966 "case study" involving the history of a nutball whose shooting spree on a highway is linked back by his girlfriend's testimony to a strange floral fetish. Due to copyright considerations, the film's title was changed to On Her Bed of Roses in many territories and remains its name on the soundtrack, a wild beat-influenced concoction by composer/songwriter Joe Green ("And Her Tears Flowed like Wine") that also reveals occasional hints of the approaching psychedelic music wave.

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Blogger ISBUM said...

Now here's a gal who was a quick study when it came to playing in the rose garden.
Laurence Rosenthal's American Beauty
"The Miracle Worker"


mind your table manners!

(cover in file)

12:19 PM  
Blogger Omega said...

You really are the king of obscure soundtracks.

Some nice tracks are available on my page, too:



6:49 AM  
Anonymous bob trombetta said...

I was hoping this might turn up on your amazing site. I taped some of this off a radio show yeara ago and always prized it, but I haven't heard the whole thing.

Thanks so psychedelically much again!


4:49 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks everyone! Glad you like!

Omega, your blog's been added to the link list - great job!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Albert Zugsmith used "Mother's Blues" off this soundtrack in another of his films, The Chinese Room (next to impossible to find). I'm extremely happy to finally have a quality version of that song (instead of my crappy ol' "taped off the tv" version). Thanks!

3:41 PM  

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