At last! World premiere CD release of the Brad Fiedel score for popular Tom Holland horror movie starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall. Fiedel creates terrific themes anchoring picture in reality, then takes off in wild directions with florid, intense material as vampire horor elements transpire. CD is presented from 1/4" two-track stereo master elements courtesy of both Sony Pictures and composer Fiedel. Some elements were drawn from actual 15 ips mixes, others were from slightly noisier 7 1/2 ips tapes. Rather than meld the two, we are presenting the surviving 15 ips cues as an opening suite, followed by the full score from the 7 1/2 ips tapes. Brad Fiedel performs. A scary addition to the Intrada Special Collection!
While the songs
from Fright Night were released on
album in 1985 to coincide with the
film’s theatrical premiere, the score by
Brad Fiedel has remained unavailable
until now. Preparing a score album for
release presented several considerable
Upon obtaining a license from
Sony Pictures, we initially discovered
the master elements to be missing.
Sony was able to locate a single ¼” 15
ips two-track scoring session master
containing approximately 16 minutes
of music. Fortunately, the reel included
engineering slates, allowing us to
identify the cues therein. Sony also
supplied session paperwork and cue
sheets, making it possible for us to
identify correct cue titles for the music
so far located.
Further search led us to a DAT
transfer of the ¼” 7 ½ ips two-track
stereo safeties of the remaining cues.
Though the audio quality was slightly
less than of the above-mentioned
master reel, we now had a composite
of most of the score in stereo. Because
of the slight differences in quality, we decided to present all 16 minutes of the score from the higher qual- l e c t ion | Vo l ume 1 8 3
ity session master as a single suite to start the CD. The individual
session slates making up the suite include in order: 3M1, 7M1, 11M1
& 12M1. All of them also appear in the subsequent score presentation
of the CD.
Interestingly, virtually all of the master elements exhibit some
changes in levels throughout the cues. While these changes are
not as sharply defined as “potted” tracks (typically generated in
post-production dubbing to accommodate dialogue and effects)
the changes remain noticeable. Since these variations in levels were
present not only on the DAT transfer of the safeties but also on the
actual stereo session mixes with slates, it suggests that some tweaking
of levels to reflect dialogue was done at the mixing sessions by
composer and engineer after initial recording.
The score, as heard in the film, includes a considerable number
of edits and repeated bars from selected cues throughout. While
we are presenting the music in chronological order as per the
session paperwork, we have not attempted to duplicate all of the
post-production changes. And where possible, we are including
cues only where they are first heard in the film, though they may be
truncated and repeated later in the movie.
This CD contains only music written by Brad Fiedel. While the
first 13 minutes of film features nearly wall-to-wall music, the cues
are mainly source pieces scored by other authors.
Finally, the cue entitled “Charmed” (see track 5) includes a different
take of the music present on the safeties as opposed to what
is heard in the film. There was no further information as to which
version was the original and which was the alternate.
It’s time now to curl up in the safety of your home, with the
lights on, of course… and listen to the music Brad Fiedel wrote for
this funniest of scary horror thrillers.
Music by Brad Fiedel.
Recorded on May 24 and 28, 1985, at BDSM Recording, Studio City, California, and on June 10, 1985, at Suma Studios.