HUSH... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE
Label: Intrada Special Collection 26
Time = 70:58
World premiere release of original soundtrack from Robert Aldrich horror thriller with Bette Davis and Olivia De Havilland. Major success for 20th Century Fox garners numerous Academy Award nominations including two for composer Frank DeVol (Best Original Score, Best Song). DeVol anchors involved score with warm main theme, setting trend to come for scary movies with lullaby themes playing before shrieks appear. In addition to orchestra, DeVol creates complex sequences with layers of then-state of the art electronics within orchestra plus ghostly female chorus. Harpsichord, piano add further spooky elements. Central to story is haunting theme song by DeVol with Mack David lyrics. Intrada is proud to present 70 minutes of music in stereo from original scoring session masters. Typical for aged 35mm magnetic elements, some deterioration is evident but good news in balance: all individual electronic effects, choral layers, harpsichord tracks, sweeteners and overlays plus all vocals have actually survived the years! Not always the case with restorations of this nature! This allows us to present setpieces like Bette Davis's harrowing nightmare ("The Storm"), Joseph Cotten's creepy return from the dead ("Off Rocker"), main title meld of music box with taunting children's chorus over harmonica theme plus lullaby vocals, more! Even with occasional deterioration, stereo presentation affords rewarding premiere of sixties spook masterpiece! Frank DeVol conducts. Intrada Special Collection Volume 26 limited to 1200 copies! Excellent used CD.