STRANGE INVADERS

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 212
Date: 1983
Time: 0:54:45
Tracks: 21
World premiere release of fanciful John Addison soundtrack for Michael Laughlin fun sci-fi tale with Paul LeMat, Nancy Allen, Louise Fletcher, June Lockhart. Fast pace inspires Addison to write energetic music, quasi-50's roots inspires him to deliver it with dramatic flourish. Addison anchors score with dynamic outer space march, then builds layers of suspense, excitement. Touches of small town Americana add scope, alien motifs keep everything other worldly. When film ends, Addison brings score to dynamic close. Oh, the joy of composers who finish what they start! CD made possible through courtesy of MGM plus efforts of BYU film music archives, where complete session elements survive. Analog to digital transfers of 1/4" 7 1/2 ips two-track stereo tapes owned by composer plus stereo cassette safeties (of opening cue) allowed us to assemble complete score, including music truncated in finished film. Slow speed of masters introduces minor tape hiss but audio remains crisp, vibrant. Two covers wrap package in nice bow. John Addison conducts. SOLD OUT!

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  • World premiere release of fanciful John Addison soundtrack for Michael Laughlin fun sci-fi tale with Paul LeMat, Nancy Allen, Louise Fletcher, June Lockhart. Fast pace inspires Addison to write energetic music, quasi-50's roots inspires him to deliver it with dramatic flourish. Addison anchors score with dynamic outer space march, then builds layers of suspense, excitement. Touches of small town Americana add scope, alien motifs keep everything other worldly. When film ends, Addison brings score to dynamic close. Oh, the joy of composers who finish what they start! CD made possible through courtesy of MGM plus efforts of BYU film music archives, where complete session elements survive. Analog to digital transfers of 1/4" 7 1/2 ips two-track stereo tapes owned by composer plus stereo cassette safeties (of opening cue) allowed us to assemble complete score, including music truncated in finished film. Slow speed of masters introduces minor tape hiss but audio remains crisp, vibrant. Two covers wrap package in nice bow. John Addison conducts.
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    01. Centerville (1:39)
    02. Mother Ship & Main Title (3:20)
    03. Bugs (0:42)
    04. Journey To Centerville (3:37)
    05. Nasty Newman (0:46)
    06. Dog Howls (1:54)
    07. Blow Up Car (1:14)
    08. Coach Party (0:50)
    09. Room Service (2:08)
    10. Alien Professor (3:18)
    11. Earl Struck (2:39)

    12. White Moth (3:36)
    13. Fire Escape (0:56)
    14. Kidnap (1:55)
    15. Train Talk (7:08)
    16. Don't Move (0:53)
    17. It's Time (3:00)
    18. Project Leader (1:41)
    19. Runaways (1:48)
    20. Return To Saucer (4:08)
    21. Escape From Spaceship & End Credits (7:21)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    John Addison created perhaps the most strikingly effective and exciting score of his career when he tackled Strange Invaders. In keeping with the challenge of writing music for a science fiction tale that tips its hat to both ’50s fodder and ’70s class, Addison composed a score that acknowledges both the dramatic sensibilities of the movie and the smiles in between. Not an easy feat for a composer but one Addison accomplished with seeming ease, courtesy his background in scoring assignments both comedic and dramatic. This is lively, fun music, offering both melodic interest and tones of serious intent. The film producers apparently were quite happy with the end result, too. In a rare turn for film scores, they used almost all of the music Addison wrote for the picture and almost always in the places he intended.

    To present the complete score for the film, Intrada embarked on a search beginning at the MGM vaults and ending up at Brigham Young University, where the composer’s film music materials are archived and where the only suitable master elements could be obtained. With their invaluable assistance, we were able to secure analog-to-digital transfers of the composer’s personal 1/4” 7 1/2 i.p.s. 2-track stereo copies of the scoring sessions—containing every print take in reasonably clean stereo sound. These were transferred in analog cassette format as well as on CD data discs. The audio was clean, albeit with some hiss evident from the slow speed analog source tapes originally made by the composer. While the dynamic range was adequate it was still somewhat pinched due to the slow-speed copies. As such, we elected to leave the hiss alone and not utilize noise reduction circuitry or other audio processing devices that would further limit the sound.

    Now it’s space time, alien time and music time—all John Addison style.

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by John Addison.
    Recorded at The Burbank Studios, Burbank, California.

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


    CONTRACTOR
    Patti Zimmitti (De Caro)

    VIOLIN/VIOLA
    Gerald Vinci
    Assa Drori
    David Schwartz
    Israel Baker
    Thelma L. Beach
    Arnold Belnick
    Jeanne Clausen
    Herman Clebanoff
    Isabelle Daskoff
    Robert Dubow
    Ronald Folsom
    Michelle E. Grab
    (Zivahl-Fox)
    Gwenn Renee Heller
    William H. Henderson
    Reginald Hill
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Ezra Kliger
    Robert C. Lipsett
    Gordon H. Marron
    Jack L. Pepper
    Constance Pressman
    Linda Rose
    Jay Allen Rosen
    Sheldon Sanov
    Anton Sen
    Jack Shulman
    John J. Wittenberg
    Meyer Bello
    James Dunham
    Roland Kato
    Myra S. Kestenbaum
    Louis Kievman


    CELLO
    Edgar Lustgarten
    Robert Lee Adcock
    Douglas L. Davis
    Ernie Ehrhardt
    Glenn E. Grab Jr.
    Selene Hurford
    Carolisa Lindberg
    Judy Perett
    Daniel W. Smith
    Gloria Strassner

    BASS
    Stuart Alan Brotman
    Peter A. Mercurio
    Milton E. Nadel

    WOODWINDS
    Terry Harrington
    Ronald Langinger
    John E. Lowe
    Wilbur Schwartz

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent N. De Rosa
    Arthur N. Maebe
    Todd Miller
    Henry Sigismonti

    TRUMPET
    Stuart Blumberg
    Oscar Brashear
    Robert H. Findley
    Warren Luening
    Malcolm McNab
    Anthony Clifton Plog
    John J. Rosenberg


    TROMBONE/TUBA
    Ernest Carlson
    Gilbert M. Falco
    Francis L. “Joe” Howard
    Dick Hyde
    Charles C. Loper
    Lew McCreary
    James M. Self
    Donald G. Waldrop

    HARP
    Catherine Gotthoffer
    Katie Kirkpatrick

    KEYBOARDS
    Ralph E. Grierson

    GUITAR/BASS
    Dennis M. Budimir
    James D. Hughart
    William A. Mays

    PERCUSSION
    Larry Bunker
    Gary L. Coleman
    Steven Schaeffer
    Kenneth E. Watson

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Charles Bernstein
    Leonard Niehaus
    Bill Byers
    Robert G. Hartley

    COPYIST
    Barbara Franklin
    Joel Franklin
    Dan Franklin
    Eric Lee Stonerook
    Alvin L. Sanders
    John Gus Donahue
    Arthur J. Freeman
    Beth Anne Ertz-Lee
    Bill Williams