FRIGHT NIGHT

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 183
Date: 1985
Time: 1:01:39
Tracks: 11
Brad Fiedel horror score!

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  • Doug's Tech Talk
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  • 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!
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    Medley [From the 1/4" 15 i.p.s. Stereo Mixes]
    01. Fright Night (15:25)

    The Score [From the 1/4" 7 1/2 i.p.s. Stereo mixes]
    02. Window Watching (1:57)
    03. Jerry Takes Off (1:45)
    04. Drive To Evil and Bat Attack (2:07)

    05. Charlie's Cathedral, Charmed and Alley Bat (5:29)
    06. Evil Visitor (1:44)
    07. Charlie Begs For Help and Come To Me (Seduction Scene) (4:38)
    08. Vampire Killers and Your Dinner's In The Oven (9:44)
    09. Jerry's Time Is Up (7:28)
    10. The Basement (5:21)
    11. You're So Cool Brewster and Come To Me (5:44)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    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 challenges.

    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.

    —Douglass Fake



  • 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.

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


    VIOLIN
    Ross Levinson

    WOODWINDS
    Joe Soldo


    KEYBOARDS
    Brad Fiedel
    Paul Fox
    Peggy Sandvig

    ARRANGER
    Peggy Sadvig

    COPYIST
    Jeremy Thale


    J. GEILS BAND (title song)
    John W. Geils, Jr.
    Stephen Bladd
    Daniel B. "Dr. Funk" Klein
    Richard D. "Magic Dick" Salwitz