2015 August 28 • Friday

For the first time in over thirty years I read an Agatha Christie novel. I found it on the street and thought, what the hell. It was the first Miss Marple mystery, The Murder at the Vicarage.

Somewhat to my surprise, I loved it! You could make a case that it anticipates the work of Barbara Pym. It's also influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton and even drops the names of Sherlock Holmes and Chesterton. (There is a direct reference to the famous Father Brown story "The Invisible Man".)

P. G. Wodehouse came to mind as well. Wodehouse admired Christie and I would bet the feeling was mutual.

This kind of book was famously trashed by Raymond Chandler and Edmund Wilson but I suspect they were missing the point and perhaps irritated by Christie's unprecedented and still unsurpassed popularity.

The plot is neatly summed up in the title. Somebody is murdered at the vicarage. Pretty much everybody could have done it and nobody is sad that the victim has been killed. Complications and red herrings abound.

The story is told in the first person by the vicar himself while Miss Marple, his neighbor, is mostly off stage, popping up from time to time to offer her take on events. Like Father Brown, her innocence is contrasted with a brutal kind of wisdom, a knowledge of human nature that's based on unblinkered observations and experiences.

The first line is "It is difficult to know quite where to begin this story, but I have fixed my choice on a certain Wednesday at luncheon at the Vicarage".

The back cover of the edition I read makes several (minor) mistakes in its description of the book and features a blurb from Charles Todd that reflects more poorly on Todd than it does favorably on the book in question.


2015 August 26 • Wednesday

Stranger in a Strange Land is the first Robert Heinlein book I've read and it was a disappointment.

This is the original version, not the edited one that was published in 1961. About 60,000 words were cut out of it and it became a best-seller, apparently the first science-fiction novel to make the New York Times best-seller list.

The book begins strongly, beginning with an expedition to Mars that results in a human baby being born on Mars and raised by Martians. Apparently Heinlein's wife suggested that he do something along the lines of The Jungle Book but with Martians instead of wolves raising a child. The novel's first sentence nods to the children's tale element inherent in this idea: "Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith".

When Smith travels to Earth and has to navigate the completely alien world that is our own recognizable human world, projected into a fairly easy to imagine near future, the book is at its most satisfying.

Trouble begins with the appearance of Jubal, a character who appears to be Heinlein's fantasy alter ego, a rich and famous writer who, in addition to knowing everything and everybody and always being right about everything, is also a doctor and a lawyer and lives in stately splendor in a luxurious compound where he is the ultimate authority.

Heinlein insists that he wasn't trying to give answers to questions but there must be a hundred pages of Jubal monologues as he holds forth on art, religion, finance, politics, human nature, sex and whatever else. No other point of view is ever shown and everybody agrees with everything Jubal says.

Some of this is pretty entertaining though too often plodding and facile, not to mention sexist and homophobic.

Other characters are only slightly less garrulous. In fact this might be the talkiest book I've ever read. line.

Where does it all go? Into a dead end of neo-Christian/pagan/free-love/mind-expansion mumbo jumbo, and a dismayingly obvious climax.


2015 August 24 • Monday

It's my birthday month and the 385th Soundtrack of the Week is something I might have wished for as a present: a collection of music from the television show Mission: Impossible!

This is really amazing. It's also brand new. My copy, which I ordered the day it went on sale, arrived sometime last week when we were out of town. I've been listening to it off and on all day and haven't made it halfway through the six discs.

It comes with three booklets and while complete personnel isn't included, certain musicians are mentioned as making significant contributions (Larry Bunker, Plas Johnson, Al Hendrickson, etc.).

The composers who worked on the show were Lalo Shifrin (obviously), who wrote the famous theme and established the overall concept for scoring the series, Walter Scharf, Gerald Fried, Jack Urbont, Don Ellis, Robert Drasnin, Jerry Fielding, Richard Markowitz, Richard Hazard, Herschel Burke Gilbert, Rudy Schrager, Robert Prince, Hugo Montenegro, Benny Golson, Harry Geller, Kenyon Hopkins, George Romanis and Duane Tatro.

So far just about everything I've heard has been great. Much of it is familiar from watching the show, especially the first season. I'm pretty sure I put music from "Odds on Evil"—my source being a VHS tape of a rerun—on a mix tape at some point in my life.

It's worth keeping in mind that a project like this takes a huge amount of work and a lot of money. If you'd like to see more things like it, the best thing you could do is buy this box set.

Special thanks to La-La Land Records, who had already blown minds by putting out the complete music from Star Trek (the original series)!


2015 August 19 • Wednesday

Out of the Past has been one of my favorite movies for a long time. The combination of Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Jacques Tourneur and Nicholas Musuraca, who head the list of talent involved in this movie, is unbeatable.

It wouldn't amount to as much without a great story and great characters, however, and these were supplied by screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring, who attempted his own novel Build My Gallows High, which had been published under the pen name of Geoffrey Homes.

If a movie's really good and it's based on a book, I frequently seek out the book. While books usually deliver more than the movie version, or at least provide some nuances and depth that film adaptations have to shrug off, I've been surprised by the number of times a movie has improved on a book. Out of the Past is an example of this.

The biggest change is in the character played by Jane Greer. Named Kathy Moffett in the movie, in the book she's the ridiculous Mumsie McGonigle. She might as well just be named MacGuffin, for that's what she is, not so much a character as a device and a plot convenience.

The character names appear to have been picked with care and suggest archetypes: Guy, Kid, Red, Whit, Meta. This fits with the sense of fatalism or existentialism that runs through the pages. "What was going to happen would happen and that was that. When you came right down to it, it didn't matter much. It really didn't matter at all. Even if he was a worthy citizen full of good deeds and honors, it wouldn't matter."

The movie improves on the story's structure and transforms its slightly static nature into an inexorable magentic pull. There is much great atmospheric writing and attention to detail in the book, and these seem to have survived into the movie as well, such as "the sea an unruffled inland lake so smooth you could find stars in it" or "The shadows of her long lashes were like cob-webs on her pale skin".

Some characters are more memorable in the book than they are in the movie, such as Lloyd Eels. He's not important as a character. He's just there to be the main problem for the hero. The movie doesn't need him to do more than show up and speak his lines. The book can spend a little more time on him, though. "Lloyd Eels was a tall man who hadn't come off the assembly line. Somebody had found some spare parts lying around and had put them together carelessly, not bothering to get the bolts tight so that they seemed almost ready to come apart."

But Mainwaring (or somebody) came up with much snappier dialogue for the movie, and served the story well by streamlining the love triangle. While this is a more important aspect of the book, and brings with it considerable poignancy and complexity of character, it would have been less interesting in the movie, I think, and also a distraction. (In the book it also leads to a contrived and somewhat exasperating woman in jeopardy scene that feels patched in just to provide some titillation to sleazier-minded readers.)

Build My Gallows Highis a great read, no doubt about it, though the movie improves on it. You could think of the novel as a an earlier draft. While the way the movie ends the story is superior, the book does have a devastating last line. The first line is "Red Bailey didn't see her coming".


2015 August 17 • Monday

The 384th Soundtrack of the Week is a real classic, Miklós Rózsa's score for The Lost Weekend.

If you know Rózsa's work then you know what this sounds like for the most part. The score is well known for its use of the theremin, however, which Rózsa had just incorporated into his orchestra with his previous film score, for Hitchcock's Spellbound.

The music for Spellbound is quite famous on its own and while The Lost Weekend is similar in many ways, it's a stronger score which exploits the theremin's unique sound in a more effective way.


2015 August 14 • Friday

If you want to indulge in the more fantastical elements of The Beach Boys' story, if you want the dirt and the stardust and that well-worn tale of rise and fall and rise again, then by all means curl up with Peter Ames Carlin's Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall & Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson.

Carlin is good on the music and has a substantial collection of interviews at his disposal. Brian Wilson is the center of this story, as he tends to be, but I found myself becoming just as interested in Carl and Dennis as well as Mike Love, for whom I gained some sympathy. (I still regard him mostly with dislike snd suspicion, but I now have a few reservations about that, knowing a bit more about him and his life.)

Some of the staccato piano and snare drums work anticipates Goldsmith's First Blood score. Though this is a sci-fi movie, Goldsmith relies heavily on acoustic instruments, generating weird sounds through the use of unusual percussion and unusual writing for conventional instruments.

The first line is "Brian Wilson is sitting in a little room somewhere deep in the recesses of the Austin Convention Center, staring intently at the green linoleum floor".


2015 August 12 • Wednesday

If you're interested in The Beach Boys but want to side-step the various mythologies and heroes-and-villaining that follow them everywhere, then Luis Sanchez's Smile, a volume in the 33 1/3 series, is the book for you.

It's not actually about the record Smile, though that's in there. It's a breathtakingly lucid, coherent and sober examination of The Beach Boys and their music and why you might want to listen to it.

Usually the story people like to tell about The Beach Boys is something akin to Oscar Wilde's "The Nightingale and the Rose" with Brian Wilson in the role of the nightingale. Without diminishing in any way what Wilson accomplished, Sanchez refuses to be seduced by the fairy tale elements of the story.

Slender though this book is, at just over a hundred pages, it gets incredible mileage. When you finish it you will, I hope, have a healthy skepticism of other tellings of the story as well as a revitalized appreciation for American pop music and pop culture.

The first line is "It was meant to be funny".


2015 August 10 • Monday

John Barry's music for Indecent Proposal is the 383nd Soundtrack of the Week.

This might be one for the die-hard Barry fans. It could be fairly described as languid, even sappy. For many it will be dull and perhaps even insipid.

But for those of us who love John Barry, it's perfect for a rainy morning such as this one. It's a romantic and lush score, driven by tender and sensitive writing for piano.

It's also classic John Barry, in that his signature phrasing and voicings are present throughout.


2015 August 07 • Friday

1914 by Jean Echenoz is the opposite of most war novels. At just over a hundred pages it's quite short. And much to its credit it's understated, matter of fact, unsentimental and delicately, precisely crafted.

The story focuses on Anthime, who is brought out of a lovely summer day and into a brutal conflict when he, along with his brother and a few friends is drafted. While these men experience life on the front lines, with its attendant miseries and horrors, the character of Blanche, pregnant with a child whose father appears to be Anthime's brother's, allows the home front to stay in the picture.

Everything that happens to these charcters simply happens because something else didn't happen. In this sense the novel is fatalistic and, I guess, existential. Birth, death, terror, boredom, injury and everything else are events of equal significance or insignificance.

This approach won't be to everybody's taste but I prefer it. I think Confucius said something about how the more horrible something is, the better it is to speak of it dispassionately. To dress up slaughter and torture for some kind of performance while putting your own bleeding heart on stage with the literally bleeding can too often be tacky and narcissistic.

The first line is "Since the weather was so inviting and it was Saturday, a half day, which allowed him to leave work early, Anthime set out on his bicycle after lunch".


2015 August 05 • Wednesday

With Invisible Green John Sladek gave the world a brilliant and dizzying parody of and tribute to a certain strain of golden age detective fiction, the old locked room, serial murders, English country house, brilliant amateur detective sort of thing.

What better setting than the reunion of a group called The Seven Unravellers, whose members are devotees of mystery fiction? Each one is a startling character of some sort, all have things to hide and motives for murder. And of course they're getting killed off one by one.

Our sleuth is named Thackeray Phin and it's a pleasure to follow him around as the story grows more baroque and improbable. I'm pretty sure that Sladek doesn't break any rules, though. We have access to all the information that Phin does and we have as much of a chance to solve any of the murders.

But of course you're dealing with the kind of suspects who, to take one example, can see a wasp land on a glass of beer and quickly come up with the palindrome "regal wasp saw lager". And of course red herrings abound.

The first line is "'Look pleased, everyone,' said the photographer".


2015 August 03 • Monday

The 382nd Soundtrack of the Week is Bernard Herrmann's music for 5 Fingers.

The movie is a spy story, I think, something about a traitor getting secret documents out of an embassy. James Mason is in it. I saw it on television many years ago and don't really remember it.

My first encounter with the score was the Stromberg/Morgan re-recording. That was a great CD, pairing 5 Fingers with Herrmann's The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

But now we have the original soundtrack recording conducted by the composer, thanks to the 100th Anniversary Herrmann box set that Varèse put out.

5 Fingers doesn't come up much in conversation about Herrmann, but it's one of his most satisfying scores. It has the obsessively brooding cues, the strong use of orchestral color, the unabashedly romantic lyricism and beauty, the mesmerizing ostinati, even some colorful exotica in "The Old Street".

Herrmann wrote this music at just around the same time that he composed the celebrated music for The Day the Earth Stood Still, and the two scores are similar in many ways. There are no prominent electric instruments or special effects in the 5 Fingers score, though, which might account for its being overlooked.



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Soundtracks of the Week
385) Lalo Schifrin et al.:
Mission: Impossible

384) Miklós Rózsa:
The Lost Weekend

383) John Barry:
Indecent Proposal

382) Bernard Herrmann:
5 Fingers

381) Jerry Goldsmith:
Planet of the Apes

380) Tyler Bates et al.:
Guardians of the Galaxy

379) Terence P. Minogue et al.:
Roar

378) John Williams:
Raiders of the Lost Ark

377) James Horner:
Testament

376) Piero Piccioni:
Adua e le compagne

375) Florian Fricke:
Kailash: A Pilgrimage to the Throne of the Gods

374) Herschell Gordon Lewis:
The Eye-Popping Sounds of Herschell Gordon Lewis

373) Howard Shore:
Ed Wood

372) Manu Dibango:
Ceddo

371) Toshiro Mayuzumi:
Safari 5000

370) Quincy Jones:
The Lost Man

369) Marion Evans:
Race for the Wire

368) Various:
Gangland War: Bloody Territories 1966–1971

367) André Previn:
The Subterraneans

366) Various:
Yasujiro Ozu Music Anthology

365) Elmer Bernstein:
Staccato

364) Rolf Kuhn:
Perrak and Other Film Music

363) John Barry:
Peggy Sue Got Married

362) Geoffrey Burgon:
The Dogs of War

361) Hank Marvin:
Marvin at the Movies

360) Petra Haden:
Petra Goes To The Movies

359) Howard Shore & Ornette Coleman:
Naked Lunch

358) Jack Nitzsche:
The Hot Spot

357) Ennio Morricone:
L'assoluto naturale

356) Richard Einhorn:
Shock Waves

355) Lalo Schifrin:
Enter the Dragon

354) Asei Kobayashi:
Flower Action 009-1

353) Various:
Morning of the Earth

352) Harumi Ibe:
Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards!

351) The Denison/Kimball Trio:
Walls in the City

350) Ry Cooder:
Johnny Handsome

349) Grant Green:
The Final Comedown

348) Attila Zoller:
Jazz Soundtracks

347) Bill Frisell:
All Hat

346) Peter Thomas:
Der letzte Mohikaner

345) John Carpenter:
Assault on Precinct 13

344) Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter:
The Cosmic Man

343) Henry Mancini:
Nightwing

342)
Nico Fidenco:
Candido Erotico

341)
Leonard Rosenman:
Fantastic Voyage

340)
Francesco De Masi:
Ti-Koyo e il suo pesecane

339)
Wang Chung:
To Live and Die in L.A.

338)
John Barry:
Mister Moses

337)
Elmer Bernstein:
Themes for General Electric Theater

336)
Kunio Miyauchi:
Godzilla's Revenge

335)
Nakaido "Chabo" Reichi:
Serial Experiments Lain

334)
David Shire:
Norma Rae

333)
Quincy Jones:
The Italian Job

332)
Lalo Schifrin:
Les Felins

331)
Various:
Ketteiban!: TV Anime Main Theme Original Soundtracks 1963–1968

330)
Nico Fidenco:
Zombi Holocaust

329)
Eddie Sauter & Stan Getz:
Mickey One

328)
Piero Umiliani:
Agente X1-7: Operazione Oceano

327)
John Barry:
Raise the Titanic

326)
Takayuki Hattori:
Hero

325)
Various:
Come Spy With Us

324)
Hideakira Sakurai:
The Best of "Lone Wolf and Cub"

323)
John Harrison:
Day of the Dead

322)
John Corigliano:
Altered States

321)
Stu Phillips:
Knight Rider

320)
Various:
Run Lola Run

319)
Various:
My Rifle, My Pony and Me

318)
Kenyon Hopkins:
East Side/West Side

317)
Henry Mancini:
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

316)
Bruno Nicolai:
Geminus

315)
Sol Kaplan:
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

314)
Kenny Graham:
The Small World of Sammy Lee

313)
Jerry Goldsmith:
Psycho II

312)
Franz Waxman:
Crime in the Streets
&
Gerald Fried:
Dino

311)
Leith Stevens
and
Stu Phillips:
The Interns
&
Leith Stevens:
Hell to Eternity

310)
Dean Elliott:
College Confidential
&
Neal Hefti:
Syanon

309)
Alexander Courage:
Hot Rod Rumble
&
George Weiss and Frank De Vol:
Murder Inc.

308)
David Shire:
The Godchild

307)
Donald Fagen & Walter Becker:
You've Got To Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat

306)
Herbie Hancock:
Blow-Up

305)
Various:
Deutsch Krimi-Musik Vol. 1

304)
Nelson Riddle:
The Rogues

303)
Charles Bernstein:
Gator

302)
Jerry Fielding:
The Gambler

301)
Dimitri Tiomkin:
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

300)
Bernard Herrmann:
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

299)
Piero Piccioni:
7 cadaveri per Scotland Yard

298)
Masahiko Sato and Toshiyuki Miyama & New Herd:
Jaga wa hashitta

297)
John Lewis:
Odds Against Tomorrow

296)
Peter Thomas:
The Big Boss

295)
Henry Mancini:
Breakfast at Tiffany's

294)
David Whitaker:
Hammerhead

293)
Vangelis:
L'Apocalypse des animaux

292)
Georges Delerue:
L'Aine des Ferchaux
&
Michel Colombier:
Un flic

291)
Henry Mancini:
Condorman

290)
Carlo Rustichelli:
L'isola di Arturo

289)
Howard Blake:
The Avengers: Original Tara King Season Score

288)
Laurie Johnson:
The Avengers: Original Soundtrack Recordings

287)
Jerry Goldsmith:
Sebastian

286)
Toru Takemitsu:
Car Thieves

285)
Gianni Ferrio:
Gringo, getta il fucile!

284)
Cliff Martinez:
Only God Forgives

283)
Honk:
Five Summer Stories

282)
Henry Mancini:
The Days of Wine and Roses

281)
Ennio Morricone:
Arabian Nights

280)
Gino Marinuzzi, Jr.:
Planet of the Vampires

279)
Bud Shank:
Slippery When Wet

278)
Maurice Jarre:
Dreamscape

277)
Kazuyoshi Saito:
Fish Story

276)
Carlo Savina:
Ombre roventi

275)
James William Guercio:
Electra Glide in Blue

274)
Neal Hefti:
Duel at Diablo

273)
Kenyon Hopkins:
The Fugitive Kind

272)
Jo Hisaishi:
Kiki's Delivery Service

271)
Elmer Bernstein:
The Rat Race

270)
David Raksin:
Too Late Blues

269)
Georges Delerue:
The Conformist
&
Little Girl in Blue Velvet

268)
The Secret Agents:
Mission: Impossible and Other Action Themes

267)
Franz Waxman:
Career

266)
Various:
Monstrous Movie Music

265)
Various:
The Hellcats

264)
Dimitri Tiomkin:
55 Days at Peking

263)
Armando Trovaioli:
Rapporto Fuller, base Stoccolma

262) John Barry:
Ruby Cairo

261)
Ennio Morricone:
Agent 505—Todesfalle Beirut
&
Il Successo

260)
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth:
Escape from New York

259)
Jan Hammer:
Miami Vice

258)
Various:
Tokyo-a-Go-Go

257)
Carlo Rustichelli:
Milano Rovente

256)
Franco Micalizzi:
Napoli Violenta

255)
Albert Verrecchia:
Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire

254)
Basil Kirchin:
Primitive London
&
The Freelance

253)
Duke Ellington:
Paris Blues

252)
Phillip Lambro:
Los Angeles, 1937

251)
Jerry Goldsmith:
Chinatown

250)
Paul Motian:
Punishment Park

249)
Maurice Jarre:
El Condor
&
Villa Rides!

248)
Various:
Star Trek: The Original Series

247)
Various:
That Thing You Do!

246)
Vangelis:
Blade Runner

245)
Kunihiko Murai:
Akuma no temari-uta

244)
Maurice Jarre:
Topaz

243)
Franco De Gemini:
From Beat to Beat

242)
Jerry Goldsmith:
Warning Shot

241)
Stelvio Cipriani:
L'assassino e' al telefono

240)
Bernard Herrmann:
It's Alive

239)
Craig Safan:
Wolfen

238)
James Horner:
Wolfen

237)
Kunio Miyauchi:
The Human Vapor

236)
Masaru Sato:
The H-Man

235)
Sei Ikeno:
The Secret of Telegian

234)
Victor Young:
Johnny Guitar

233)
Henry Mancini et al.:
Rock, Pretty Baby

232)
Georges
Delerue: Rapture

231)
David Shire:
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

230)
Michael Kamen:
Road House

229)
Nino Rota:
Giulietta degli spiriti

228)
Kenyon Hopkins:
The Hustler

227)
Duke Ellington:
Anatomy of a Murder

226)
Basil Poledouris:
RoboCop

225)
Alex North:
Dragonslayer

224)
Huang Zhan & Lui Tsung-tak:
Green Snake

223)
Ennio Morricone:
Il serpente

222)
Augusto Martelli:
Il dio serpente

221)
Vladimir Ussachevsky:
Film Music

220)
Angelo Badalamenti:
Twin Peaks Music: Season Two and More

219)
Nico Fidenco:
I Miei Primi 50 Anni da Cantante e Compositore

218)
Fred Karlin:
Ravagers

217)
Various:
80's Television's Hits

216)
Various:
70's Television's Hits Vol. 2

215) Various:
70's Television's Hits

214)
Various:
60's Television's Hits Vol. 2

213)
Various:
60's Television's Hits

212)
Kanno Yugo:
SP (Security Police)

211)
Michiru Oshima:
Gokusen

210)
Jerry Fielding:
Straw Dogs

209)
Carlo Savina:
Malenka, la nipote del vampiro
&
I diabolici convegni

208)
Waldo De Los Rios:
A Town Called Hell
&
Savage Pampas

207)
Van Cleave:
Robinson Crusoe on Mars

206)
Percy Faith:
The Oscar

205)
Sally Kubota:
The Toyota 2000GT Documentary 1965–1970

204)
The Back-Wash Rhythm Band:
The Golden Breed

203)
War:
Youngblood

202)
Ennio Morricone:
Matchless

201)
Akihiko Matsumoto:
Bayside Shakedown: The Movie

200)
Bernard Herrmann:
White Witch Doctor

199)
Jerry Goldsmith:
The Swarm

198)
Nico Fidenco:
Agente Logan Missione Ypotron

197)
Henry Mancini:
99 & 44/100% Dead!

196)
Michael J. Lewis:
Theater of Blood

195)
The Reds & Michel Rubini:
Manhunter

194)
Elmer Bernstein:
Rampage

193)
John Williams:
Family Plot

192)
Bernard Purdie:
Lialeh

191)
various:
Faces

190)
Kunio Miyauchi:
Ultra Q

189)
Giuliano Sorgini:
The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue
&
John Cacavas:
Horror Express

188)
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino:
Il castello dei morti vivi (Castle of the Living Dead)

187)
Goblin:
Zombi

186)
De Wolfe Music Library:
Dawn of the Dead

185)
Capitol Hi-"Q" Production Music Library:
Night of the Living Dead

184)
Nico Fidenco:
2+5 Missione Hydra

183)
Stu Phillips:
A Time to Every Purpose, The Name of the Game Is … Kill and The Meal

182)
Laurence Rosenthal:
Requiem for a Heavyweight & A Raisin in the Sun

181)
Nora Orlandi:
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

180)
Frank Cordell:
Khartoum & Mosquito Squadron

179)
Popol Vuh:
Heart of Glass

178)
John Cameron:
Psychomania

177)
Don Gere:
Werewolves on Wheels

176)
Les Baxter:
Hell's Belles

175)
Max Steiner:
A Summer Place

174)
Luis Bacalov:
Summertime Killer

173)
Basil Poledouris:
Big Wednesday

172)
Les Baxter:
Beach Blanket Bingo

171)
Bernard Herrmann:
The Day the Earth Stood Still

170)
Bernard Herrmann:
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Volume 1

169)
Bernard Herrmann:
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef

168)
Bernard Herrmann:
On Dangerous Ground

167)
Chuji Kinoshita:
Mito Koumon

166)
Fukuda Yasuhiko:
Bakuhatsu! Sukeban Hunters: Sokatsu Nagurikomi Sakusen

165)
Yamamoto Naozumi et al.:
All Star Show: Atsumi Kiyoshi

164)
Isao Tomita and The Helpful Soul:
A Thousand & One Nights

163)
Takeo Yamashita:
Playgirl & Playgirl Q

162)
various:
Hawaiian Eye

161)
Morton Stevens:
Hawaii Five-0

160)
Henry Mancini:
The Hawaiians

159)
Elmer Bernstein:
Hawaii

158)
Shunsuke Kikuchi:
Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs

157)
Jerry Goldsmith and Morton Stevens:
Cain's Hundred

156)
Howard Shore:
Crash

155)
Henry Mancini:
Experiment in Terror

154)
Daniele Amfitheatrof:
Bird of Paradise

&amamp;
Hugo Friedhofer:
Lydia Bailey

153)
Francis Lai:
Jeune fille libre le soir (The Babysitter)

152)
Igo Kantor, Bert Shefter and Paul Sawtell: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
&
James Griffith and Hal Hopper: Lorna
&
Igo Kantor: Vixen

151) John Barry:
The Quiller Memorandum

150)
John Williams:
Black Sunday

149)
Gianni Ferrio:
Black Box Affair: Il Mondo Trema

148)
James Brown:
Black Caesar

147)
Jerry Fielding:
The Black Bird

146)
Gene Page:
Blacula

145)
Vasco Vassil Kojucharov:
Dio Perdoni La Mia Pistola & Anche per Django Le Carogne Hanno Un Prezzo

144) Joe Harnell:
The Bionic Woman: "Once a Thief", "Deadly Ringer: Part 1" & "Bionic Beauty
"
143) James Horner:
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

142) Nico Fidenco:
La Via Della Prostituzione (Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade)

141) Nico Fidenco:
Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali

140) Nico Fidenco:
Emanuelle Around the World

139)
Nico Fidenco:
Emanuelle in America

138)
Nico Fidenco:
Black Emanuelle Goes East

137)
Nico Fidenco:
Black Emanuelle

136)
Stelvio Cipriani:
Il triangolo delle Bermude, Bermude: La fossa maledetta & Uragano … Bermude l'ultimo S.O.S

135)
Taku Izumi:
Giant Space Monster Girara (a.k.a. The X from Outer Space)

134)
Kikuchi Shunsuke:
Edogawa Rampo Series: Akechi Kogoro

133)
Waldo De Los Rios: ¿Quien puede matar a un niño? (Who Can Kill a Child?) & La Residencia (The House That Screamed)
132) Il Reale Impero Brittanico:
Perché si uccidono

131) Patrick Williams:
Cuba

130) Yuji Koseki:
Mothra

129) Marcello Giombini:
Return of Sabata

128) Jerry Fielding:
The Big Sleep

127) Bronislau Kaper:
Home from the Hill

126) Lalo Schifrin:
The Wrath of God

125) Shelly Manne:
Young Billy Young

124) Bernard Herrmann:
Cape Fear

123)
Akira Ifukube:
The Three Treasures
122) Maurice Jarre:
Ma Période Française

121)
Chappell Recorded Music Library:
The Prisoner: The Complete Chappell Recorded Music Library Cues

120) Les Baxter:
Panic in Year Zero!

119) Charles Bernstein:
White Lightning

118)
Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan:
Film India

117) Toru Takemitsu:
Kawaita hana (Pale Flower)

116) Mario Migliardi:
A Come Andromeda

115) Elmer Bernstein:
Stri
pes
114) Antonio Carlos Jobim & Vinicius de Moraes:
Orfeu da Conceição

113) Sadao Bekku:
Matango

112) Mikis Theodorakis:
Z

111) Shelly Manne:
The Proper Time

110) Ennio Morricone:
Corleone

109) Henry Mancini:
The Pink Panther

108) Nino Rota:
Il gattopardo

107) Piero Piccioni:
Il bell'Antonio

106) Earle Hagen:
I Spy

105) Akira Ifukube, Isao Tomita, Kunihiko Murai, Shigeru Ikeno:
Zato Ichi: The Best Cuts

104) Ennio Morricone:
The Five Man Army

103) Joe Harnell:
The Bionic Woman: "Doomsday Is Tomorrow Part 2"
and "The Martians Are Coming, The Martians Are Coming"

102) Gil Mellé:
The Andromeda Strain

101) Kenyon Hopkins:
The Reporter

100) Quincy Jones:
The Deadly Affair

99) The Sandals:
Endless Summer

98) Shelly Manne:
Jazz Gunn

97) Bruno Nicolai:
La Battaglia del Deserto

96) Seitaro Omori:
Arashi o yobu otoko

95) Max Steiner:
She

94) Maurice Jarre:
Lawrence of Arabia

93) Gian Piero Reverberi and Gian Franco Reverberi:
Le Malizie di Venere

Carlo Savina:
Hypnos: Follia di Massacro

Piero Umiliani:
28 Minuti per 3 Millioni di Dollari

92) Yasushi Akutagawa:
Hakkodasan

91) Barry Gray:
UFO

90) James Horner:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

89) Jerry Fielding:
The Mechanic

88) Elmer Bernstein:
Cannon for Cordoba and From Noon Till Three

87) Ennio Morricone:
Città Violenta (Violent City)

86) Charles Bernstein:
Mr. Majestyk

85) John Barry:
The White Buffalo

84) Berto Pisano:
La Morte Ha Sorrsio all'Assassino
&
Stefano Liberati & Elio Maestosi:
La Mano Che Nutre La Morte & Le Amanti del Mostro

83) Eric Demarsan:
L'Armée des Ombres (Army of Shadows)

82) Alex North:
Hard Contract

81) Jerry Fielding:
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

80) Ernest Gold:
Exodus

79) Andre Previn:
Two for the Seesaw

78) Masao Yagi and Shunsuke Kikuchi:
Kensyu Takakura Shuen Sakuhin Best Selection

77) Marcello Giombini:
Sabata

76) Masaru Sato:
The Film Music of Masaru Satoh Vol. 11

75) Booker T and the MGs:
Up Tight!

74) Ennio Morricone:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

73) R. D. Burman:
The Train

72) Bernard Herrmann:
North by Northwest

71) Hajime Kubaragi:
Doberman Cop

70) Nico Fidenco & Gianni Dell'Orso:
Sharaz and Ragan

69) Erich Wolfgang Korngold:
The Prince and the Pauper

68) Roy Budd:
Get Carter

67) Laurence Rosenthal:
Who'll Stop the Rain

66) David Grusin:
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

65) Bernard Herrmann:
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

64) Angela Morley:
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City

63) Yugo Kanno:
Suspect X no Kenshin

62) Chuji Kinoshita, Takeo Watanabe and Taichiro Kosugi:
Junko Fuji Best Collection Volume Two

61) Piero Umiliani:
La Morte Bussa Due Volte

60) Barry Gray:
"Stand By for Action!"

59) Maury Laws & Jules Bass:
Mad Monster Party

58) Angelo Francesco Lavagnino:
L'Impero del Sole

57) Jerry Goldsmith, Harry Sukman et al.:
Dr. Kildare

56) Davie Allan & The Arrows:
Cycle Breed

55) Roberto Pregadio & Romano Mussolini:
Kriminal

54) various:
Ein Wigwam Steht in Babelsberg

53) Piero Umiliani:
Due Mafiosi Contro Goldginger and Due Mafiosi Contro Al Capone

52) Frankie Chan:
Ashes of Time

51) Mario Migliardi:
Matalo!

50) David Shire:
The Conversation

49) various:
Go! Cinemania Reel 4: Screaming A Go Go

48) Georges Delerue:
Day of the Dolphin

47) Goblin:
La Via Della Droga

46) Alfred Newman:
The Best of Everything

45) Akira Ifukube:
The Tale of Osaka Castle

44) Philip Green:
All Night Long

43) John Barry:
Starcrash

42) Bronislau Kaper and Heitor Villa-Lobos:
Green Mansions

41) De Wolfe Music Library:
Kung Fu Super Sounds

40) Dimitri Tiomkin:
The Thing from Another World
&
Take the High Ground

39) Nora Orlandi:
Il dolce corpo di Deborah

38) Peter Thomas:
Chariots of the Gods

37) Henry Mancini:
Silver Streak

36) R. D. Burman:
Sholay

35) Jim O'Rourke:
United Red Army

34) Ennio Morricone:
…e per tutto un cielo di stelle

33) Ron Grainer:
The Omega Man

32) Isao Tomita & Kunio Miyauchi:
Mighty Jack

31) Miklós Rózsa:
El Cid

30) Robby Poitevin:
Little Rita nel West

29) Hugo Friedhofer:
Boy on a Dolphin

28) David Shire: Farewell, My Lovely and Monkey Shines
27) Yukihiro Sawada:
Yukihiro Sawada's World

26) Bernard Herrmann:
The Kentuckian and Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot

25) Gladys Knight & The Pips:
Claudine and Pipe Dreams

24) Franz Waxman:
My Cousin Rachel

23) Edwin Astley:
Department S

22) Mikis Theodorakis:
Five Miles to Midnight

21) Bronislau Kaper, Daniele Amfitheatrof and Jeff Alexander:
The Naked Spur: Classic Western Scores from M-G-M

20) Trevor Dunn:
Four Films

19) Les Baxter:
The Dunwich Horror

18) Masaru Sato & Koji Izumi:
Jikiru to Haido

17) Elmer Bernstein:
Gangs of New York, The Journey of Natty Gann and The Scarlet Letter

16) Dominic Frontiere:
The Outer Limits

15) Bernard Herrmann:
Mysterious Island

14) Lalo Schifrin:
Kelly's Heroes

13) Masao Yagi:
Hiko Shojo Yoko (Delinquent Girl Yoko)

12) Albert Elms & Ron Grainer:
Man in a Suitcase

11) Ennio Morricone:
Giornata Nera per l'Ariete

10) Max Steiner:
Pursued

9) José Sola:
Jazz en el Cien Negro Español

8) Bruno Maderna:
La Morte Ha Fatto l'Uovo

7) Mina Aoe & Masahiko Sato:
Onna no Keisatsu

6) various:
Kosmos: Soundtracks of Eastern Germany's Adventures in Space

5) Jerry Goldsmith:
Alien

4) Jacques Loussier:
Dark of the Sun

3) Keiichiro Akagi:
Nikkatsu Collection

2) Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson, David Vorhaus and Dudley Simpson:
The Tomorrow People

1) Luboš Fišer:
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders


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Rob Price is on other CDs:


The Left Side
Dave Doobinin



Dexter Price
Alice Bierhorst



The Magic Lantern
Alice Bierhorst



Jubilee
Alice Bierhorst



Sonic Demons
Lucio Menegon



Smell the Glove
Mr. Dorgon



Da Whole Thing
Tooth



Dim Sum Clip Job
Harmolodic Jeopardy



Game of Death
Reprisal