WOLFEN

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 185
Date: 1981
Time: 0:46:29
Tracks: 13
Wow! Early James Horner soundtrack for sensational Michael Wadleigh horror thriller finally gets released! Riveting tale stars Albert Finney as detective on trail of serial killer which turns out to be not human! James Horner creates intense, exciting score, introduces numerous musical devices that become trademarks, including magnificent fortissimo punching motif played by low trombones, tuba in octaves. Every note of score recorded by Horner is included, mixed and mastered from mint-condition complete 1/2" three-track stereo session masters courtesy Warner Bros. Incredibly crisp audio details unusually complex string passages, ferocious brass performances. In balance are several delicate passages featuring piano. Actual film seamlessly tracks music from (slightly) earlier Horner picture THE HAND due to additional scoring needs. Though that music was not available for this release, entire score Horner did compose for WOLFEN is here, including pair of alternates not used in finished film. Entire production was supervised by the composer. James Horner conducts. SOLD OUT!

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  • Doug's Tech Talk
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  • Wow! Early James Horner soundtrack for sensational Michael Wadleigh horror thriller finally gets released! Riveting tale stars Albert Finney as detective on trail of serial killer which turns out to be not human! James Horner creates intense, exciting score, introduces numerous musical devices that become trademarks, including magnificent fortissimo punching motif played by low trombones, tuba in octaves. Every note of score recorded by Horner is included, mixed and mastered from mint-condition complete 1/2" three-track stereo session masters courtesy Warner Bros. Incredibly crisp audio details unusually complex string passages, ferocious brass performances. In balance are several delicate passages featuring piano. Actual film seamlessly tracks music from (slightly) earlier Horner picture THE HAND due to additional scoring needs. Though that music was not available for this release, entire score Horner did compose for WOLFEN is here, including pair of alternates not used in finished film. Entire production was supervised by the composer. James Horner conducts.
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    01. Main Title (2:25)
    02. Van Der Veer's Demise (7:13)
    03. In The Church (3:15)
    04. Wolfen Run To Church (1:15)
    05. Whittington's Death (1:47)
    06. Shape Shifting (2:13)
    07. Rebecca's Apartment (1:24)
    08. Indian Bar (6:54)

    09. Wall Street And The Wolves (2:58)
    10. The Final Confrontation (3:33)
    11. Epilogue And End Credits (5:41)

    The Extras

    12. Rebecca's Apartment [Original W/Trumpet] (1:24)
    13. Epilogue And End Credits [Original Version] (5:51)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    James Horner had very little time to write and record his music for Wolfen. A prior score by Craig Safan was dropped from the production and Horner was brought in at the last minute. As such, a significant portion of the final picture contained music by Horner, but ironically tracked in from another picture he had just scored called The Hand. Our world premiere release of his original soundtrack for Wolfen contains just the music he composed and recorded for Wolfen.

    As the finished film frequently cut between the original cues written for it and cues taken from the master tapes for The Hand, a number of sequences Horner composed for Wolfen were trimmed or attached to unrelated cues. For this CD, we have assembled every cue composed and recorded specifically for Wolfen, presenting them in their original sequence as per the studio paperwork. We have not attempted to re-create any of the post-production editorial cuts and repeats used in the film and have stayed with what the composer intended.

    For our release, we have mixed and mastered every cue from the original ½” 15 ips Dolby A-encoded three-channel stereo session elements vaulted at Warner Bros. in mint condition. The entire recording, made by Dan Wallin at Filmways/Heider Recording in Hollywood is crisp and dynamic.

    For devoted fans, we have also included two outtakes. During the sessions, Horner recorded “Rebecca’s Apartment” initially with a solo trumpet playing the main melody. He then recorded it again without the trumpet and the latter version is used in the film. We are presenting the film version in the body of the CD and the unused earlier version as an “extra.”

    The other outtake is the first version of “Epilogue and End Credits.” While largely identical to the final film version, it is actually ten seconds longer. After recording the initial take, Horner elected to go back and record the sequence again, dropping several bars of transitional material in the Epilogue portion. As with the other “extra,” we are presenting the film version in the body of the CD and the outtake at the end.

    James Horner wrote one of the most frightening and intense scores heard in films during the 1980’s. It remains today a powerful example of what film music can do in the genre of horror. Brace yourself and enjoy.

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by James Horner.
    Recorded on June 16, 17, and 23, 1981, at Filmways/Heider Recording, Hollywood, California.

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


    CONTRACTOR
    Nathan Kaproff

    VIOLIN
    Endre Granat
    Paul Shure
    Murray Adler
    Israel Baker
    Alfred Breuning
    Stuart V. Canin
    Oscar Chausow
    Ron Clark
    Franklyn D’Antonio
    Bonnie Douglas
    James Getzoff
    Clayton Haslop
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Brian Leonard
    Marvin Limonick
    Joy Lyle
    Stanley Plummer
    Nathan Ross
    Sidney Sharp
    Haim Shtrum
    Marshall Sosson
    Polly Sweeney
    Vicki Sylvester
    Dorothy Wade
    Arthur Zadinsky

    VIOLA
    David Schwartz
    Pamela Goldsmith
    Samuel Boghossian
    Gail Earn
    Allan Harshman
    Roland Kato
    Myra Kestenbaum
    Janet Lakatos
    Virginia Majewski
    Cynthia Phelps
    Joseph Reilich
    Raymond J. Tischer


    CELLO
    Armand Kaproff
    Robert Adcock
    Barbara H. Badgley
    Ronald B. Cooper
    Douglas Davis
    Marie Fera
    Paula Hochhalter
    Selene Hurford
    Robert Martin
    Nancy Stein

    BASS
    Buell Neidlinger
    Tim Barr
    Drew Dembowski
    Jay R. Grauer
    Bruce Morgenthaler
    Meyer Rubin
    Robert K. Stone
    Margaret Storer

    HORN
    Vincent De Rosa
    David A. Duke
    Robin Graham
    Arthur Maebe
    Richard Perissi

    WOODWIND
    Mark Carlson
    Louise DiTullio
    Dominick Fera
    Patricia Kindel
    Kenneth Munday
    Kathleen Robinson
    David Shostac
    Sheridon Stokes

    TRUMPET
    Malcolm McNab
    Graham Young


    TROMBONE
    Richard T. Nash
    George M. Roberts
    Robert Sanders
    Lloyd Ulyate

    TUBA
    John T. Johnson

    HARP
    Katherine Gotthoffer
    Lou Ann Neill

    KEYBOARDS/
    SYNTHESIZER

    Ralph Grierson
    Craig Huxley
    Judd Miller
    Ian R. Underwood

    DRUMS/
    PERCUSSION

    Larry Bunker
    Gregory Goodall
    Peter Limonick
    Emil Radocchia

    SOUND
    CONSULTANT

    David Newman

    ORCHESTRATOR
    James Horner

    COPYIST
    Vince Cole
    Tony Humecke
    Suzie Katayama
    Michael Kibbe
    Zan Overall
    Laury J. Woods