First CD release of Pino Donaggio soundtrack from David Schmoeller horror thriller with Klaus Kinski as serial killer acting as landlord, peering into private lives of female occupants. Renter Talia Balsam proves to be tough adversary. 1986 film, shot in Italy, is product of Charles Band film production company Empire Pictures which later evolves into horror specialty film group Full Moon Productions. Pino Donaggio steps into his comfort zone, creates music with slashing strings, zigzag figures over pulsating rhythms, other scary musical trademarks. He balances with very attractive themes underscoring lives of occupants. Unusually interesting color is elegiac Hebrew lament, representing landlord Kinski's family ties to Nazis and designed in director Schmoeller's own words to "remind the viewer of the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust". Album originally appears on Varese Sarabande label in 1986, prepared by composer at time of film's release. Intrada CD premiere comes from pristine 1/4" two-track stereo album master made at KM record manufacturing facilities, originally engineered by Michelle Stone. CD retains composer's LP sequencing and audio preferences, including split-second pauses between certain tracks. Graphic booklet design by Joe Sikoryak includes informative liner notes by Andy Dursin plus Flipper artwork that allows you to choose your favorite cover. Natale Massara conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
CD release of Pino Donaggio’s
chilling horror score for Crawlspace
was mastered from the original ¼” 15 ips two-track stereo album master
prepared at KM Records and engineered by Michelle Stone for the Varèse
Sarabande label in 1986. The master tape was vaulted in pristine condition.
Happily, the boxes included all of the original vinyl mastering session
logs and paperwork—indicating the exact level and equalization settings
and other choices made by the original engineer. The pauses between bands
on the LP were extremely tight, indicated by white leader (non-magnetized tape inserted between the
album cuts) and particular reverb
settings were made frequently
to carry the decay of
ending chords right up against
the next incoming piece.
While we have remastered
our CD using current
we have largely reproduced
the original 1986 engineering
settings, including the exact
same pauses between the 16
Although running just 35
minutes, Pino Donaggio’s vinyl
LP for Crawlspace made a
great listening experience for
fans of the horror genre and
aficionados of good, scary music.
It still does, thanks to this
new presentation on CD. And
you, dear listeners, can play it
all in one sitting without having
to flip over the record!