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 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   buysoundtrax   (Member)

HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES - MUSIC FROM THE CANTERVILLE GHOST AND AMITYVILLE 3-D


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HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES - MUSIC FROM THE CANTERVILLE GHOST AND AMITYVILLE 3-D is presented as a limited edition of 500 units.

LISTEN TO A SOUNDCLIP FROM “THE CANTERVILLE GHOST"
https://tinyurl.com/y6q8yope

LISTEN TO A SOUNDCLIP FROM “AMITYVILLE 3-D"
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CD includes Digital Download-24 Bit Wav, MP3, Digital PDF

Dragon’s Domain Records, to be distributed through buysoundtrax.com, presents HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES featuring music composed and conducted by Howard Blake for THE CANTERVILLE GHOST and AMITYVILLE 3-D, two films from his filmography that both have a common theme. Ghosts.

Based on the Oscar Wilde story, THE CANTERVILLE GHOST has been filmed several times. This particular version was a television film broadcast in 1986 and starring Sir John Gielgud as the eponymos ghost. THE CANTERVILLE GHOST has to do with an American family who inherit an old castle haunted by Sir Simon Of Canterville, the ghost of a dead English nobleman who was walled in and starved to death after killing his wife, Lady Eleanor, whose only memory is a bloodstain on the carpet which is impossible to clean up. Ayoung Alyssa Milano plays the young daughter who befriends the cranky ghost. Even though this was a made-for-TV movie, the composer treated it as if it were a feature film and used a classical 32-piece orchestra performed by The Sinfonia of London, conducted by the composer and subtly enhanced by synthesizer.

Released in 1983, AMITYVILLE 3-D tells a ghost story with a harder edge, as a reporter (Tony Roberts), moves into the notorious Long Island house to debunk a pair of phony spiritualists but then finds himself besieged by the evil manifestations which are connected to something sinister lurking in the basement. His estranged wife (Tess Harper) is against their daughter (Lori Loughlin) visiting the house but her friend Lisa (Meg Ryan, in one of her earliest roles) talks her into taking her for a tour, which causes havoc to stir within the haunted house. To score the film, producer Dino De Laurentiis recalled the exceptional work Blake had done for his FLASH GORDON film, even though much of his music had been replaced by Queen’s synths. De Laurentiis insisted that the assignment be given to Blake. His score for AMITYVILLE 3-D features a female vocalise with a piercing ghostly resonance, designed to build anxiety. While his score is presented primarily for acoustic orchestra, Blake added some subtle synth effects to augment some of these vocalise moments.

Howard David Blake was born in the London borough of Enfield in 1938. At the age of eighteen, he was awarded the Hastings Festival Scholarship and attended the Royal Academy of Music where he studied piano and composition. His interest in the cinema led him to a number of outside jobs and he worked as a projectionist at the National Film Theatre. Turning down a second scholarship from the British Film Institute, Blake instead became a piano session player, arranger and orchestrator at Abbey Road and other studios for several composers, including Stanley Myers, Quincy Jones and Bernard Herrmann. It was Herrmann who introduced Blake to Laurie Johnson, staff composer for THE AVENGERS, leading to his first television scoring assignment in 1967. His work in television and advertising music continued and his frequent collaboration with celebrated commercials director Ridley Scott led to his scoring of the director’s debut feature THE DUELLISTS in 1977.

Blake’s most prolific film composing period followed with a string of features including THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, S.O.S. TITANIC, FLASH GORDON, THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE. In 1982, Blake accepted the invitation to write the music and lyrics for an animated film, THE SNOWMAN. Instantly hailed as a classic, the score topped the British pop charts and the concert work is still regularly performed around the world each Christmas.

In 1989, he won the BFI Anthony Asquith Award for Best Musical Score for A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY. Since the mid-1980s, Howard Blake has been the Musical Director of the Sinfonia of London, a leading film session orchestra. The composer was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1994 for his artistic contributions in music.

Dragon’s Domain Records presents HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES, featuring music from THE CANTERVILLE GHOST and AMITYVILLE 3-D. THE CANTERVILLE GHOST is presented for the first time on this release and AMITYVILLE 3-D includes previously unreleased music. The music has been remasterd by James Nelson at Digital Outland. The booklet contains liner notes written by noted author Randall Larson, including insights by composer Howard Blake on the creation of these ghostly scores.

HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES is a limited edition release of 500 units and is expected to begin shipping the week of October 5th, 2020.

The first 50 copies sold through our website will include an autograph by the composer.

THE CANTERVILLE GHOST(1986)
1. The Canterville Ghost Opening Credits (UK Version) (1:39)
2. Castle Ride (1:51)
3. Entering the Castle and Sir Simon Enters(4:02)
4. Tarantula and the Green Blob(4:56)
5. Dying is All I Live For / The Dinner Party (3:30)
6. The Graveyard and the Bed(3:13)
7. No Problem and Lady Eleanor (4:12)
8. This Is My Home(2:24)
9. The Shutters Slam and Lucy Leaves(4:17)
10. Angel of Death (3:45)
11. The Tombstone (2:04)
12. The Canterville Ghost End Credits (UK Version) (1:32)

AMITYVILLE 3-D(1983)
13. Amityville 3-D Main Titles (2:36)
14. Fake Seance and Gateway to Hell (2:18)
15. Sander’s Death (2:58)
16. Moving In and Strange Happenings (4:17)
17. Red Hot Steam and Melanie’s Car Death (6:47)
18. Susan’s Death (3:41)
19. Basement Nightmare (2:16)
20. Susan’s Bedroom and Ghostly Appearance (3:23)
21. Demon From The Well (1:47)
22. Finale and End Credits (3:51)
TOTAL TIME: 72:14

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   McCrutchy   (Member)

Interesting, I just made my first purchase on buysoundtrax for this. I'm especially liking the samples for The Canterville Ghost.

I'm sorry if this has been asked ad nauseam, but is there any way to know if I've gotten an autograph? Not a big deal if I didn't make it, as I'm sure the first 50 copies go quickly, but I'm curious all the same.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Terrific release! Thanks!!

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

2 great scores, was not familiar with Canterville Ghost but enjoying it very much.

Amityville 3-D now totals 34 min. (12 more than the previous 22 min. release). I wonder if it is the complete score - have to watch the movie again (terrible movie but with lot's of "pop out" effects that are fun if you watch the 3-D version).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

2 great scores, was not familiar with Canterville Ghost but enjoying it very much.

Amityville 3-D now totals 34 min. (12 more than the previous 22 min. release). I wonder if it is the complete score - have to watch the movie again (terrible movie but with lot's of "pop out" effects that are fun if you watch the 3-D version).


This is all of the music Howard Blake wrote for this film.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)


Amityville 3-D now totals 34 min. (12 more than the previous 22 min. release). I wonder if it is the complete score - have to watch the movie again (terrible movie but with lot's of "pop out" effects that are fun if you watch the 3-D version).

This is all of the music Howard Blake wrote for this film.

Ford A. Thaxton


Thanks for the clarification. And it sounds great.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2020 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Terrific release! Thanks!!

We hope you it, we're working on some Howard Blake for 2021


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2020 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Terrific release! Thanks!!

We hope you it, we're working on some Howard Blake for 2021


Ford A. Thaxton


My wallet will always be there smile. Thanks -

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2020 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Canterville   (Member)

I never thought this day would ever come. I’ve loved The Canterville Ghost from the moment I saw it aged six and it’s really had a strange hold over me I can safely say it’s my favourite movie. I spent years looking for the movie and finally my family and friends tracked it down over ten years later and surprised me with it.

I fell in love with movie scores probably because if this film, I used to hum the main title all the time. I tried to order it from a high street store not knowing back then that not all music was available.

I am absolutely delighted. I have only just discovered buysoundtrax the digital copy they offer is fantastic I live in the UK and hated having to wait for things to arrive so it’s a fab bonus. I will definitely be switching my allegiance. Thank you so much for offering this wonderful release.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2020 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   martyn.crosthwaite   (Member)

Terrific release! Thanks!!

We hope you it, we're working on some Howard Blake for 2021


Ford A. Thaxton


Brilliant release ........more please from Mr Blake as soon as possible . Thanks.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2020 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I never thought this day would ever come. I’ve loved The Canterville Ghost from the moment I saw it aged six and it’s really had a strange hold over me I can safely say it’s my favourite movie. I spent years looking for the movie and finally my family and friends tracked it down over ten years later and surprised me with it.

I fell in love with movie scores probably because if this film, I used to hum the main title all the time. I tried to order it from a high street store not knowing back then that not all music was available.

I am absolutely delighted. I have only just discovered buysoundtrax the digital copy they offer is fantastic I live in the UK and hated having to wait for things to arrive so it’s a fab bonus. I will definitely be switching my allegiance. Thank you so much for offering this wonderful release.


It's a delightful effort that I'm happy to see available.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

SHIPPING UPDATE:

After a bit of a delay we are now shipping out the orders with Conrad Pope’s LLOYD score and THE DON DAVIS COLLECTION Vol #1 with the autographed booklets.






However, HOWARD BLAKE: GHOST STORIES is running a bit behind due to the fact we are waiting for the autographed booklets to arrive from the UK. One they do all orders containing this items will ship out ASAP

The Staff of BSX

 
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