THEY WON'T STAY DEAD! Music from the soundtrack of NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD
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In 1967, a group of talented Pittsburgh-area filmmakers and actors led by director George A. Romero joined forces in order to break into the feature film business. Produced for just over $100,000, the resulting production, Night of the Living Dead, has since become widely recognized as the birth of the modern horror film.
Since their meager budget did not allow for an original music score, producer Karl Hardman selected cues from the Capitol Hi-Q production music library which Romero masterfully edited into the film. The end result was spine-chilling. Although this same music had been used more than a decade earlier in low-budget efforts such as Teenagers from Outer Space, The Hideous Sun Demon and The Killer Shrews, it would become forever known as the soundtrack to Night of the Living Dead.
Featuring all-new digitally restored audio from original library LPs and reels, this is the most comprehensive music score ever released in any format for the modern horror classic that just won't stay dead!
FilmMusicMagazine.com: "Original music wasn t one of the luxuries George Romero could afford when he made his ultra-low budget zombie film. Instead, his undead would be propelled by a vast, chilling selection of tunes culled from the Capitol Hi-Q production library. And we aren t talking about the reading kind.
Sure, new music would ve been nice for NIGHT OF LIVING DEAD. But there was something very appropriate about the over-the-top orchestrations and eerily shimmering strings and electronics that filled its soundtrack. These tunes also fleshed out the impoverished musical coffers of the likes of TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE, the kind of grade-Z exploitationers that would influenced Romero to make his own A picture here. While the director would continue to use library music (more out of self-referentialism than necessity) alongside John Harrison s score for CREEPSHOW and Goblin s progressive rock tunes in DAWN OF THE DEAD, Romero s tasteful tracking of malefic stock music in NOLD remains unequaled.
There s a lot of love in that farmhouse from album producer Jim Cirronella, who has truly spruced up the sound of DEAD s choice cuts into music worth sonically fearing again. Better yet, it all works as one rampaging, moaning musical voice- further proof of Romero s eccentric musical tastes. One can only imagine Cirronella s formidable task of tracking this library music down, let alone remastering over 40 tracks into a very nice package that does the LIVING DEAD proud, especially with informative liner notes that describes how Romero re-animated this all-purpose stuff into one of the creepiest unoriginal soundtracks of all time. You even get the pristine audio from the NOLD trailer to put the last nail in it soundtrack coffin."
--Daniel Schweiger / Film Music Magazine
RUE MORGUE.com: "This debut release from new label Zero Day Releasing is actually meant to compliment the label s NOTLD documentary, Autopsy of the Dead (2009), and is the most exhaustive representation of the actual library cues to date. A prior LP from Varese Sarabande was comprised of fifteen cues, and while that platter ran approximately 48 minutes, it included a few brief bits of dialogue preceding music for the opening cemetery scene, the shooting of Ben, and the funeral pyre. Two other tracks also began with the electronically processed music stabs designed by Karl Hardman, and one cue began with Helen s processed death screams as her daughter kills with an implement in the basement.
The Zero Day CD offers up superior sound, and producer Jim Cirronella s dogged research yielded better source materials. Cirronella also contributed lengthy liner notes, with a detailed overview of the Capitol Hi-Q library that was used in many TV shows, and films such as The Incredible Petrified World (1957) and Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)." --Mark R. Hasan / RUE MORGUE
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This is a first rate cd. I've listened to it 6 times already and the sound quality is perfect!
The digipack is awesome! The liner notes are great! The design and appearance are fantastic! I love the cover art!
The only fault I can find is no track listing. If anybody is interested in a track-by-track comparison of the CD with the old Varese Sarabande LP you can go here:
Over all rating, I give it 10 Stars
I encourage eveyone to buy this cd while you can. I JUST LOVE IT!!!
"Their Coming To Get You, Barbra" :)
The simmering and bellowing strings create the creepiness and fear. The 1960s electronic swiggles actually work better than would modern sounds: that grainy, primitive spaciness adds a remote nuance, actually giving you a sense of the doomy isolation the seven victims in this film must have felt, set upon by killer dead radiated cannibals in that long ago farmhouse. Listen to the off kilter echo these stone age effects end with. They keep you off balance, right where you should be watching a film like this, or hearings its music.
The composer could not have known how strange these sounds would sound to 2011 ears, but hearing this now exposes you to unintended genius.
Brilliant! Get it.
The format gets 5-stars as well. The package is one of those nice cardboard booklet styles with the half-eaten upstairs corpse on the cover, and (apparently) original illustrations of Ben and other characters throughout. A nice slip-out book is included with detailed notes about the music, which also notes that copyright issues prevented Romero and Hardmann from retitling these tracks to coincide with concurrent moments in the movie, but the book gives provenance AND movie pertinence for each piece, which makes it easy to follow along as you imagine the classic story unfold. Overall, the sound transfer is SUPERB, considering that these pieces are 60-70 years old and were not recorded with the best technology ever.
This is an absolute must for NOTLD fans, trust one of your fellows! Also, don't miss the NOTLD trade paperback comic story of the immediate events leading up to the film, written by John Russo himself.