RAVAGERS

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 164
Date: 1979
Time: 0:46:13
Tracks: 18
World premiere release of powerful Fred Karlin soundtrack for Richard Compton post-apocalypse sci-fi tale with Richard Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Turkel. Karlin creates dry melodic material with tinge of melancholy to begin with, then moves into dramatic territory as tale moves into initial conflict between Harris, Borgnine. Soon after, Karlin brings score to vivid life with arguably his most exciting action music of his career! Lengthy ship battle ("Ravagers Attack Ship") is a riveting highlight. Intrada presents complete score from only surviving 1/4" scoring session safety masters in mono as recorded for film, transferred immediately after sessions for composer, available courtesy Sony Pictures and Ichiro Koji of Reel Music Down Under (associates of late composer). Karlin was fond of fierce, intense score and felt it included some of his most dynamic work. Liner notes by Tim Greiving spotlight details about obscure film, dramatic score. Fred Karlin conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 1000 copies! SOLD OUT!

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  • World premiere release of powerful Fred Karlin soundtrack for Richard Compton post-apocalypse sci-fi tale with Richard Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Turkel. Karlin creates dry melodic material with tinge of melancholy to begin with, then moves into dramatic territory as tale moves into initial conflict between Harris, Borgnine. Soon after, Karlin brings score to vivid life with arguably his most exciting action music of his career! Lengthy ship battle ("Ravagers Attack Ship") is a riveting highlight. Intrada presents complete score from only surviving 1/4" scoring session safety masters in mono as recorded for film, transferred immediately after sessions for composer, available courtesy Sony Pictures and Ichiro Koji of Reel Music Down Under (associates of late composer). Karlin was fond of fierce, intense score and felt it included some of his most dynamic work. Liner notes by Tim Greiving spotlight details about obscure film, dramatic score. Fred Karlin conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 1000 copies!
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    The Album
    01. Military Installation No. 1 (5:11)
    02. Ravagers Attack Falk (3:59)
    03. Miriam Dead (3:33)
    04. Falk Kills (3:28)
    05. New Home (3:02)
    06. Cabin (2:38)
    07. Military Installation No. 2 (3:34)
    08. Ravagers In Pursuit (2:20)
    09. Ravagers Kill (2:05)
    10. Ravagers Inside House (3:05)
    11. Ravagers Attack House (1:50)
    12. The Ship (2:01)
    13. The Fish (2:16)
    14. Ravagers Attack Ship (5:19)
    15. End Credits (1:25)
    Total Album Time: 46:13

    The Extras (Source cues by Fred Karlin)
    16. Folk Dance (5:37)
    17. Piano Solo (2:39)
    18. Polka Dot Rag (3:31)
    Total Extras Time: 11:52












  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Ravagers gave Fred Karlin an opportunity to write in an idiom far and away from his typical assignments. Known for composing haunting music, beautiful melodies and effective dramatic underscoring, Karlin turned 180 degrees and created a powerful symphonic score, at times dense and moody, at other times ferocious and exciting, reflecting the violence and horror of a post-apocalyptic story.

    The only known suitable master elements that survived for this impressive work were ¼” 7½ ips full-track safeties made for Karlin after the recording sessions in 1979. Though the mono tapes were somewhat harsh and brittle sounding, they fortunately survived in good shape and were complete, including all of the orchestral music as well as three Karlin-penned source cues recorded in separate sessions for small folk and rag ensembles. In the mastering of this CD, we have added a slight amount of stereo reverb to enhance the dry room sound of the recordings. No attempt has been made to artificially “stereo-ize” the cues, rather we simply tried to add a little space to the overall sound.

    In assembling this CD, we have included everything recorded, ostensibly in the order in which the cues were intended. However, a literal recreation of the picture sequence was impractical since considerable editing and re-positioning of numerous cues occurred during post-production. Making things even more difficult, studio paperwork sometimes differed from the verbal slates present on the masters and running times for many cues were inconsistent.

    Happily, Karlin showed amazing foresight when he wrote the score. Though he wrote a considerable variety of material, his primary thematic device was actually less a melody than a brief chord progression, simple and direct. It consisted of just two chords: a minor one followed by a major one a half-step higher, then moving back down to the minor. It gives the entire score a stark but emotionally moving tonal center in which numerous other ideas can be attached while staying within the confines of a limited harmonic palette. In addition, many cues were written in identical keys so they could be altered or joined during post-production and other cues started or ended with a somewhat “neutral” tonality, allowing further flexibility. If it wasn’t intentional, it worked out well for our album assembly purposes.

    Enjoy now this dramatic, forceful—and rare— side of Fred Karlin’s musical artistry. His score for Ravagers is an arid, moody, restless, violent and pulse-pounding experience!

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by Fred Karlin.
    Recorded on December 14 and 15, 1978, at CBS Studio Center, Studio City, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.


    LEADER
    Fred Karlin

    CONTRACTOR
    Marion L. Klein

    VIOLIN
    James Getzoff
    Marshall Sosson
    Robert Sushel
    Jennifer Small
    Norman Carr
    Doris Carr
    Harry Bluestone
    Nathan Ross
    Dorothy Wade
    Josef Schoenbrun
    Sheldon Sanov
    Israel Baker
    Stanley Plummer
    Daniel Shindaryov
    Kathleen Lenski
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Glenn Dicterow
    Alfred Lustgarten
    Byron Berline

    VIOLA
    Janet Lakatos
    Pamela Goldsmith
    Samuel Boghossian
    Robert Ostrowsky

    CELLO
    Edgar Lustgarten
    Gloria Strassner
    Kathleen Lustgarten
    Selene Hurford
    Nino Rosso
    Ronald A. Leonard


    BASS
    James Atlas
    Arni Egilsson

    HARP
    Gayle Levant

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent DeRosa
    Arthur Maebe
    Richard Perissi
    Gale H. Robinson

    TRUMPET
    Warren Luening
    Graham Young
    Anthony Terran
    Malcolm McNab

    TROMBONE
    Richard Nash
    Richard L. Noel
    Lloyd Ulyate
    Thomas M. Shepard
    George M. Roberts

    TUBA
    John T. Johnson

    WOODWIND
    Ronald Langinger
    Donald Ashworth
    Ted Nash
    Gene Cipriano
    Jack Nimitz


    PIANO/KEYBOARDS
    Lincoln Mayorga
    Craig Hundley
    Clark Spangler

    ACCORDIAN
    Frank Messina

    GUITAR
    Dennis Budimir
    Alton Hendrickson

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Emil Radocchia
    Larry Bunker

    ARRANGER/ORCHESTRATOR
    Fred Karlin

    LIBRARIAN
    H. Warren Baker

    COPYIST
    Leonard Wolstein
    David Rhodes
    Harriet Crawford
    Gene Bren
    Wayne Robinson
    Barrett O'Hara
    Virgil Evans
    Michael D. Rogers
    Harold Garrett
    Nancy Beach
    Barbara Caton