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Gerald Fried 2CD Set: The Return of Dracula (1957-62)
Music by Gerald Fried
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Price: $18.71
Limited #: 2500
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: January 1999
Catalog #: Vol. 1, No. 4
# of Discs: 2

Gerald Fried has scored a variety of esteemed projects over his 40+ year career: famous television shows such as Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Gilligan's Island; the historic miniseries Roots; and such well-regarded features as Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Paths of Glory, and Robert Aldrich's Too Late the Hero. He is the only composer ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for a documentary score, Birds Do It, Bees Do It (1975). Throughout it all, his bold style has emphasized dynamic rhythms passed throughout the orchestra, dissonant, ambitious counterpoint, and gentle, effortless melodies.

In the late 1950s and early '60s, Fried scored multiple low-budget horror films primarily for United Artists. This jam-packed 2CD set compiles four of the best, each a distinctly Fried-ian effort but offering something different: The Return of Dracula (1958) is built around an adventurous use of the Dies Irae; I Bury the Living (1958, a creepy graveyard thriller) makes extensive use of harpsichord; The Cabinet of Caligari (1962, for 20th Century Fox) has a beautiful, romantic theme and elaborate, impressionistic cues for the various set-pieces; and Mark of the Vampire (1957) makes use of pulsing three-against-four rhythms and suspended chords in the style of The Killing.

These scores should thrill horror aficionados as well as connoisseurs of the "Chiller Theater"-type TV programs which have aired the films. Fans of Fried's Star Trek scores (like "Amok Time," "Friday's Child," and especially "Catspaw") will be delighted to find many similar passages and orchestrations. As a special bonus, at the end of disc two are rare demo versions of the jazz vocal of the theme from Caligari, "The Sounds of the Night," with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

This entire 2CD set (over two hours of music) is in mono and has been laboriously restored from the composer's personal collection, with each score presented in as complete a chronological form as possible. The Return of Dracula and The Cabinet of Caligari are from reel-to-reel tape sources; I Bury the Living and Mark of the Vampire have been transferred from barely played acetates and de-clicked using the Sonic Solutions program. In each case, the element used is believed to be the only surviving source in the world. The album overall is the result of several years' work.

The two discs are packaged in a single "slimline" jewel box. The 24-page booklet features copious photos, an introduction by Lukas Kendall, and essays on each of the films and scores by D.L. Fuller, Bruce Kimmel, Doug Adams and Jeff Bond.

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About the Composer

Gerald Fried (b. 1928) contributed scores to some of the most famous 1960s TV series including Star Trek ("Amok Time"), Gilligan's Island, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Lost in Space. His career began in the 1950s with several features for his Bronx friend Stanley Kubrick (The Killing, Paths of Glory) and has also encompassed classic '50s horror like The Return of Dracula and, into the '70s and '80s, landmark longform television such as Roots. His scores are distinguished by his distinctive rhythms and also colorful writing for woodwinds (he is an oboe player).

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I Bury The Living
Mark of the Vampire
The Cabinet of Caligari
The Return of Dracula

Leader (Conductor):
Gerald Fried

Violin:
Victor Arno, Robert Barene, Arnold Belnick, Blanche Belnick, Frances Berkova, Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, Benny Gill, Mort Herbert, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, William Miller, Erno Neufeld, Felix Slatkin, Albert Steinberg, Joseph Stepansky, Andor J. Toth, Leon Trebacz

Viola:
Phillip Goldberg, Virginia Majewski, George Raymond Menhennick, Robert Ostrowsky, Sanford Schonbach, Milton Thomas

Cello:
Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Justin DiTullio, Victor Gottlieb, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher

Bass:
Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio

Flute:
Arthur Hoberman, Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman

Oboe:
Norman Benno, William Criss, Gerald Fried, Bert Gassman, Joseph Rizzo, Gordon Schoneberg

Clarinet:
Merritt Buxbaum, Roy A. D'Antonio, Dominick Fera, Mitchell Lurie

Bassoon:
Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh, Gerold Schon

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, Fred Fox, Wendell Hoss, Sinclair Lott, James M. McGee, Richard E. Perissi

Trumpet:
W. Pete Candoli, Robert Divall, Robert H. Fleming, Maurie Harris, Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Raymond Linn, Albert Mancini, Uan Rasey, Cecil Read, Lester Remsen, Manny Stevens

Trombone:
Marshall C. Cram, James Henderson, Robert Marsteller, Richard "Dick" Nash, Richard Noel, George M. Roberts, Seymour "Cy" Zeldin

Tuba:
Sam Rice

Piano:
John Crown, Caesar Giovannini, Raymond Turner

Harpsichord:
John Crown

Harp:
Dorothy S. Remsen

Percussion:
Milton Holland, William Kraft, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Bernie Mattinson, Harry Neiderman, Lee Joe Perrin

Tympani:
Lee Joe Perrin

Orchestrator:
Gerald Fried

Orchestra Manager:
Lloyd Basham, Robert Helfer

Copyist:
Lloyd Basham, Robert Bornstein, Dan Franklin, Percival Goldenson, Percival Goldenson, Jack McTaggart

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