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Blacula Soundtrack (180 gram)

   Artist: Gene Page
Label: RCA
Orig. Released: 1972
Catalog No.: LPRCA4806
Condition: Sealed-Reissue
Format: LP (1.3)

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Description
* Blaxploitation epoch featuring the almighty ARP, Echoplex, Fuzz & Wah.
Track Titles

A1. Blacula (The Stalkwalk) (ASCAP 2:40)
A2. Heavy Changes (ASCAP 2:50)
Vocal by The 21st Century Ltd.
A3. Run, Tina, Run! (ASCAP 1:28)
A4. There He Is Again* (BMI 2:48)
Vocal by The Hues Corporation
A5. Movin' (ASCAP 1:32)
A6. Main Chance (ASCAP 3:08)
A7. Vocal by The 21st Century Ltd.

B1. Good to the Last Drop (ASCAP 2:20)
B2. Blacula Strikes! (ASCAP 1:24)
B3. What the World Knows (BMI 3:46)
Vocal by The Hues Corporation
B4. I'm Gonna Catch You* (BMI 3:13)
Vocal by The Hues Corporation
B5. The Call (ASCAP 3:10)
B6. Firebombs (ASCAP 1:32)
B7. Finding Love, Losing Love (ASCAP :40)
B8. Wakeeli (Swahili Farewell) (ASCAP 2:40)


 

Liner Notes
THE BLACULA SOUND IS SOMETHING NEW. FAMED COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR GENE PAGE ADDED TO HIS RICH MUSICAL VOCABULARY WITH THE NEW SOUND COMBINATIONS HE CREATED FOR THE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM. THEY ARE UNIQUE. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE "BLACK" THEY ARE MODIFIED IN PAGE'S OWN WAY TO APPEAL TO GENERAL AS WELL AS SPECIAL AUDIENCES. DRACULA'S LEGENDARY TRAPPINGS AND APPETITES HAD TO BE TRANSLATED TO ENGAGE THE EAR. PAGE DID IT BY USING OLD INSTRUMENTS IN NEW WAYS, NEW INSTRUMENTS IN NEW WAYS AND SOMETIMES NON-INSTRUMENTS TO PRODUCE EFFECTS. PAGE WAS ALWAYS CONSCIOUS OF THE CHARACTER OF BLACULA HIMSELF, DEPICTED BY THE NOTED SHAKESPEAREAN ACTOR WILLIAM MARSHALL, WHOM MANY CONSIDER TO BE THE GREATEST LIVING OTHELLO. THROUGH A SORT OF ENNOBLED RHYTHM AND BLUES HE REFLECTED THE DIGNITY AND THE AGONY OF THE MAN. IN COMPOSING FOR BLACULA, PAGE AND HIS BROTHER BILLY, WHO ASSISTED IN COMPOSING SOME OF THE MUSIC, HAD IN MIND THAT THE MELODY HAD TO SPEAK OF LOVE AS WELL AS TERROR. WHENEVER POSSIBLE THE LOVE THEME WAS REINTRODUCED. SELDOM HAS SUCH AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF INSTRUMENTS BEEN USED FOR A FILM. A STRONG PUMPING EFFECT IS ACHIEVED THROUGHOUT, DESPITE THE MIXTURE OF THINGS USED TO PRODUCE THE MUSIC. PAGE CONDUCTED AN ORCHESTRA WHICH INCLUDED A YAMAHA ORGAN, MARIMBAS, THREE SETS OF VIBES, BELLS, WIND CHIMES, CONGAS AND BONGOS, TYMPANI, BASS DRUMS, PICCOLO SNARES, GUITARS WITH LESLIE SOUND EFFECTS, GUITARS WITH AN ECHOPLEX AND WITH FUZZ AND WAWA ATTACHMENTS. PLUS CONVENTIONAL INSTRUMENTS. TO ACHIEVE AN ESPECIALLY EERIE FEELING EIGHT CRYSTAL GLASSES WERE FILLED WITH VARYING AMOUNTS OF WATER AND THEN VIBRATED. ALSO HEARD ARE AFRICAN WATER DRUMS, A HARPSICHORD AND AN OPEN PIANO WITH THE HARP PLUCKED BY HAND. STRANGE VARIATIONS WERE ADDED WITH AN ARP, THE SYNTHESIZER THAT SIMULATES ALMOST ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT'S SOUNDS AND PROVIDES UNCONVENTIONAL ONES TOO. MUSICIANS WHOM PAGE CONDUCTED WERE ALL PERSONAL FRIENDS OF HIS, AND HE FEELS THEY CONTRIBUTED SOMETHING HIGHLY CREATIVE. LISTENING TO THESE BLACULA COMPOSITIONS BRINGS MANY DESCRIPTIVE WORDS TO MIND, INCLUDING, AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, RICH, LOOSE, FREE, SQUAWKING, MELODIC, UNINHIBITED, MULTI-LEVELED, FAST, JUNGLE BIRD-LIKE, TALKING MUSIC, SUSPENSEFUL, CRASHING AND "PEOPLE SHARING AN EXPERIENCE." EVEN PATENTED SOUND EFFECTS WERE BLENDED INTO THE BLACULA SCORE. PAGE AND HIS FELLOW MUSICIANS USED A WORLD OF SOUNDS, THE FULL WORLD OF SOUNDS, FOR THE SOUNDS OF BLACULA. �JULIAN F. MYERS
Musicians
PRODUCED BY NORM RATNER AND WALLY HOLMES ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY DON PEAKE RECORDING ENGINEERS: ANDREW BERLINER AND STAN ROSS
 
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