2003 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Gary S. Dalkin
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
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Available on Trunk Records (JBH 002 CD)
Running Time: 44:58
Back to the quirky 1970s for a delectable dose
of gothic pop and rock. With a story-line featuring bikers returning from the
grave as the living dead, this very off-beat 1971 horror production was something
of a one-off in terms of atmosphere and style and despite its many shortcomings
has always held a fond place in my memory. But there is no doubt in my mind
that the single biggest factor in creating such an individualistic identity
is the wonderfully progressive rock score by John Cameron. A distant cousin
perhaps to Ron Grainer’s exceptional work on The Omega Man (1971), there
is a darkly poetic undercurrent to the electric guitar, keyboard, bass and drums
based music that is very difficult to pin down. It just has that special ‘something’.
What’s easy to identify is the uniqueness of it all, very much a time capsule
of those years spanning the transition from the sixties to the seventies. Some
may find this passé and unappealing, but for myself there is an endearing,
inventive ambience that is irresistible and the oddball matching of seventies
bikers and the occult, played out against this slinky, enigmatic rock score
just brings a satisfied smile to my face.
A very big round of applause to
Trunk Records for tracking this almost forgotten gem down and making it available.
Now how about Chuck Cirino’s 976 Evil II or David Gibney’s amazing Superstition
(AKA: The Witch)!