SSS01 - Stu Phillips - Step into my web said the spider, etcetera.

Seeing as summer could be bothered to turn up to the party, we've created the Summer Soundtrack Series - far from a stab at any kind of critical appreciation, consider these posts as an introduction to some magic music that you might have missed. 

Much of the time, scores and soundtracks are reduced to being the runt of the film litter (often deservedly so), but occasionally you get some pieces that are pitched so perfectly that they 
become inextricably linked to the film itself. One such example is Stu Phillip's easy-psyche/70s rock soundtrack for Russ Meyer's mad kitsch masterpiece, 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'. Check out the unsettling saccharine goodness of the main theme and Lynn Carey's incredible pipes on Sweet Talking Candyman below. She provided the vocals for Dolly Read's Kelly MacNamara character and 'The Carrie Nation' singles, which wouldn't have been out of place in the actual charts of the 70s. Unfortunately the royalties dispute beast reared its ugly head and vocals from a session singer called Amy Rushes replaced Carey's on the original vinyl soundtrack...

Phillips was a prolific producer and composer, working in the studio with Nina Simone and on themes for popular TV series in the 80s like Knight Rider and The Amazing Spider Man. He was also a skilled arranger, working with symphony orchestras on pieces by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. This aptitude shines through his score work, like the lush string composition for the opening of cult surf classic 'Follow Me' included below - it drips sunshine and summer...

If you ever have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, we suggest purchasing a CD alarm clock and waking up to the 'Battlestar Galactica' soundtrack...you'll be able to achieve anything...

 

 

 

Next week: SSS02 - Joe Hisaishi - Better than a Boar-Demon

Words: Stefan Ferguson

 

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 09:15

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