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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    Via FSM user CLaFong99:

    "Sad to report that British composer David Whitaker passed away today (Jan 11) at the age of 81. He was best known for his scores for "Vampire Circus", "Scream and Scream Again", "Hammerhead", "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde", "Run Wild, Run Free", and more recently, "With a Friend Like Harry"."

    I only knew his score to the fantasy/adventure film The Sword and The Sorcerer, which is a spectacular score that needs a desperate remastering or re-recording! Have a look at THIS. Skip to the 18:23 mark to hear the glorious finale and end credit cue!

    Anyone else have any thoughts?

    -Erik-
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  1. I am only familiar with his score to the fantasy/adventure film The Sword and The Sorcerer as well. A great piece of music.

    Sounds like there could potentially be some titles of his that would be worth hearing?
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    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    Oh noooooooooo!!!!! slant sad

    If anyone ever noticed I have long championed this excellent composer, it's unfortunate that it takes his death before he gets his own composer thread but it's understandable too considering how little of his work is preserved on CD, hence I never started a thread for him myself.

    I still have very high hopes his superbly romantic/gothic score to Doctor Jeckyll and Sister Hyde still gets a release eventually, it's been announced at least twice but nothing ever came of it.

    Very sad day.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012 edited
    I'm afraid I've never heard anything of him, but I know him by name. Sad to hear that he's gone. I'll check out some samples to get a better grip of what he's about.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    Never much of fan of The Sword and The Sorcerer, but I did really like Vampire Circus.
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012 edited
    Thor wrote
    I'm afraid I've never heard anything of him, but I know him by name. Sad to hear that he's gone. I'll check out some samples to get a better grip of what he's about.


    You'll have heard this, REMEMBER? wink

    He worked on the original too.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    Martijn wrote
    Never much of fan of The Sword and The Sorcerer, but I did really like Vampire Circus.


    Vampire Circus is great as is my mention above, Jeckyll & Hyde.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    Timmer wrote
    Thor wrote
    I'm afraid I've never heard anything of him, but I know him by name. Sad to hear that he's gone. I'll check out some samples to get a better grip of what he's about.


    You'll have heard this, REMEMBER? wink

    He worked on the original too.


    Ah, yes. Didn't know he worked on that.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    Timmer wrote
    Oh noooooooooo!!!!! slant sad

    If anyone ever noticed I have long championed this excellent composer, it's unfortunate that it takes his death before he gets his own composer thread but it's understandable too considering how little of his work is preserved on CD, hence I never started a thread for him myself.

    I still have very high hopes his superbly romantic/gothic score to Doctor Jeckyll and Sister Hyde still gets a release eventually, it's been announced at least twice but nothing ever came of it.

    Very sad day.


    My sentiments too
    Tom
    listen to more classical music!
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      CommentAuthorsdtom
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2012
    I listened and I'm impressed. All I have in my collection is his horror material.
    Tom
    listen to more classical music!
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012 edited
    BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents the original soundtrack to THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER, featuring music composed and conducted by David Whitaker (VAMPIRE CIRCUS, DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE) for the 1982 fantasy film directed by Albert Pyun (CYBORG, DOLLMAN, KNIGHTS) and starring Lee Horsley (MATT HOUSTON), Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale (MANIMAL), Richard Lynch (INVASION U.S.A), Richard Moll (NIGHT COURT), George Maharis (THE SATAN BUG) and Reb Brown (YOR, UNCOMMON VALOR).

    THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER tells the story of Talon, a young prince whose parents, the king and queen of Edhan are killed at the start of the film by evil warlord Titus Cromwell (Lynch), whose victory in battle has been assured by a pact he made with a dark sorcerer named Xusia (Moll). After his triumph, Cromwell quickly destroys the sorcerer to ensure his uninterrupted reign over the kingdom, unaware that Talon, the prince of Edhan has escaped. Armed with his father’s tri-bladed sword, Talon grows into a mighty warrior, gleefully played by Lee Horsley.When he is conned into aiding the beautiful Princess Alana (Beller) rescue her brother, Prince Mikah (MacCorkindale), who has been imprisoned by Cromwell, Talon rediscovers his royal heritage. Meanwhile, Xusia, believed to be dead, returns to wreak his own vengeance on Cromwell for his betrayal, which puts Talon and his army of mercenaries right in the middle, pitted between sword and sorcerer. Released in 1982, a month before CONAN THE BARBARIAN, the film was quickly eclipsed by the box office might of CONAN but it has maintained respect as a cult classic and considered one of its director’s best films.

    To compose the score for his ambitious first film, director Albert Pyun brought on board David Whitaker, a British composer well versed in scoring films of dark fantasy, having worked both for Hammer Films, on VAMPIRE CIRCUS and DOCTOR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE and Amicus Films, on SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN. David Whitaker’s score for THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER is a full-blooded late 19th Century-styled orchestral score, built around a handful of primary themes and the composer’s own eloquent orchestrations.

    Born in Surrey in 1931, David Sinclair Whitaker received his formal music education at Guildhall, studying piano, composition and conducting. In 1962, after having spent some time in the service, he began marketing his tunes around London’s Denmark Street and found some success when he met producer Andrew Oldham, who was producing the Rolling Stones at the time. Whitaker was engaged to do arrangements for some of Oldham’s pop acts of the day. Whitaker also began recording albums of his arrangements. One of these albums caught the attention of the Beatles’ film producer, Walter Shenson, who hired Whitaker to score the 1968 Jerry Lewis comedy DON’T RAISE THE BRIDGE, LOWER THE RIVER. Established by his association with Shenson, Whitaker scored a number of films in quick succession for producer Irwin Allen, including the spy thriller HAMMERHEAD and the Western THE DESPERADOS. Whitaker then scored SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN for Amicus Films, which brought him to the attention of Hammer Films, where he would produce two of his more memorable scores for VAMPIRE CIRCUS and DOCTOR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE. Later in his career, he collaborated with rock star Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin on the score to DEATH WISH II. Following THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER, Whitaker slowly moved away from the business, returning in the 2000s to score three dramas. Whitaker died in England on January 11, 2012, shortly after his 81st birthday. He is best known for his dynamic work for Hammer films and this mighty adventure score for THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER.

    Released on compact disc in 1999 as a limited edition release, BUYSOUNDTRAX Records now presents the world premiere soundtrack release of THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER in time to celebrate the film’s 30th Anniversary, featuring music composed and conducted by David Whitaker, performed by the Graunke Symphony Orchestra, newly remastered by James Nelson of Digital Outland. The booklet contains liner notes written by noted author Randall D. Larson and also includes comments from the composer.


    BSXCD-8910

    Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The Sword and the Sorcerer

    Music by
    David Whitaker

    $15.95

    Ships 5/21/12





    1. The Sword and the Sorcerer
    Overture (3:13)
    2. Main Title / Tomb Island / Xusia Stabbed (6:57)
    3. Tavis' Death / Battlefield (2:33)
    4. Black Sorcery / Kingdom of Edhan (3:33)
    5. Young Talon's Fight (3:22)
    6. Talon and the Mercenaries (1:29)
    7. Xusia's Cave (1:57)
    8. The Innkeeper (1:12)
    9. Rebel Headquarters / Alana's Rape (4:01)
    10. Alana's Theme (1:42)
    11. Skull Cave / Red Dragon / Fire (4:19)
    12. The Rat Attack (1:11)
    13. Castle Chase Parts 1 & 2 (2:47)
    14. Talon vs. Cromwell /
    The Fight in the Water (1:52)
    16. The Bordello (3:41)
    15. Elizabeth's Death (1:06)
    18. The Feast (1:36)
    19. Vows Exchanged / Talon on the Cross /
    The Rebellion Begins (5:03)
    17. Round Room Fight (2:19)
    20. Transformation (3:26)
    21. Talon Kills Xusia (Not Used in Film) (1:02)
    22. Fight to the Death / Aftermath (4:50)
    23. Love Theme / Epilogue / End Credits (6:12)
    Total Time: 60:09
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2012
    ^
    Do yourself a favour and get yourself this quality fantasy score, it makes a mockery of most of the recent crap we're hearing.

    Now if only some label(s) would release more of his gems.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
  2. I've listened to the clips and while the music itself isn't bad, the major turn-off is the poor performance by the orchestra. It's pretty obvious. sad
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    I've had this score for ages, but I could never really get into it.
    It's not that I don't appreciate the effort and soul going into the composition....but it just doesn't gel with me: the main theme grates, and, like Gilles suggests, the performance isn't the best. Got rid of the LP long ago, and won't be buying it on CD now (and yes, I did check the clips for "historical bias" on my side: many a score from yore I disliked then I have found new appreciation for. But this is not one of them.)
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    DreamTheater wrote
    I've listened to the clips and while the music itself isn't bad, the major turn-off is the poor performance by the orchestra. It's pretty obvious. sad


    Never stopped me enjoying poorly performed but great music ( CONAN anyone? wink )
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    Martijn wrote
    I've had this score for ages, but I could never really get into it.
    It's not that I don't appreciate the effort and soul going into the composition....but it just doesn't gel with me: the main theme grates, and, like Gilles suggests, the performance isn't the best. Got rid of the LP long ago, and won't be buying it on CD now (and yes, I did check the clips for "historical bias" on my side: many a score from yore I disliked then I have found new appreciation for. But this is not one of them.)


    Fair nuff' I vaguely recall this reaction from you on this score some time ago.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
  3. Timmer wrote
    DreamTheater wrote
    I've listened to the clips and while the music itself isn't bad, the major turn-off is the poor performance by the orchestra. It's pretty obvious. sad


    Never stopped me enjoying poorly performed but great music ( CONAN anyone? wink )


    Conan isn't performed poorly any longer. Makes all the difference. cheesy
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    True but there's something about the original that makes it, I dunno....more visceral?
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorErik Woods
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    I perfer to OST of Conan to the re-recording myself! However, I prefer the re-recording of Destroyer over the OST. dizzy

    -Erik-
    host and producer of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO | www.cinematicsound.net | www.facebook.com/cinematicsound | I HAVE TINNITUS!
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    I'm not so sure, I'm rather partial to those keyboards Basil was forced to compensate with, perhaps it's a nostalgic and what I'm used to thing for me!?
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    It's highly unlikely I'll ever go back to the originals. The rerecordings knock it out of the ballpark for me!
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
    They do indeed and I haven't played the originals for awhile now but I know I'll go back and listen soon.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2013 edited
    I wish someone would release the album to HAMMERHEAD.

    HOOD EXPLORES THE TRITON

    A strange choice of images to go with this uhm ....I do like the one at 1:32 lick
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2013
    Going through some old WHO shows, I've frequently encountered the writer David Whitaker and couldn't remember where I had the name from. Now it occurred to me -- it's this composer.
    I am extremely serious.