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- The Dance of the Vampires by Krzysztof Komeda
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This is the first ever release of Polish Jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda’s score for Roman Polanski’s 1967 camp horror classic ‘Dance of the Vampires’. The music consists of terrifying choirs and rising and falling bass motif’s giving a generally chilling atmosphere. Yet it sometimes slides into really sweet spots, such as ‘Krolock on Sledge’ which is a pleasant oboe piece utilising the recurring melodic theme of the project.
‘Vampire Comes’ does possibly what you may expect from the title using soft choral vocals moving up and down scales. The sound strips way back on ‘Shagal Leaving’ to just a lone voice sounding uncannily like a theramin. My favourite track is the ‘Main Title’ piece which is built around an undulating choir of voices moving and twisting around a complex but distinctive melody, powered by thumping drums and pounding harpsichord. Its a tremendous forward thinking piece which sets the mood for whats to come. Vinyl comes with bonus CD version.
9/10 Nike Customer review, 23rd January 2014
Funny soundtrack. This could be a Finders Keepers release but it's not. More Komeda on vinyl please!
7/10 matt Customer review, 13th January 2014
So, at long last we meet. I've been waiting a good few years for this to surface. I first saw Fearless Vampire Killers on DVD on my work computer on a hotel room bed in Amsterdam. I was there for work a few years ago and although the pull of discount looking hookers and hydroponic weed was strong I was presenting to an account the next morning and decided to do the sensible thing and opt for an early night with Polanski sandwiched between the gaudy covers of an over-soft bed. Fearless Vampire Killers isn't a bad film, it's good looking but it's very confused. It veers from Carry On up the Nurse territory in the direction of Andy Warhol's Frankenstein without ever really getting there. The one thing that stood out for me was the soundtrack. Ithadn't even finished playing and I was busy searching the virtual marketplaces of the internet for a copy - None existed. Finally this has arrived. Lovely cover art, nice pressing, bit thin on sleeve notes but still well worth a punt if you are into or part of this Soundtrack revival storm that seems to be gripping the vinyl buying world. I'd almost say it's worth it for the opening or title track alone. A little about the music - It's mixed, schizophrenic and uneven but when it's good it's very, very good. It veers from libraryesque audio-farce: Tracks that might be at home in a Streisand caper about a missing suitcase to neo-spaghetti western Morricone territory. If I was being harsh I'd say It never really succeeds in sounding sinister to the extent that it might benefit from a touch of drone or high end piano string plucking. There isn't as much harpsichord as I remember but what there is is great and it get's across the films baroque overtones. Fearless Vampire Killers isn't an epic soundtrack, it's not as large sounding as it might be but this release is a lot more welcome than some of the current flurry of coloured vinyl, hand numbered beautifully presented utter kack that's doing the rounds at the moment.
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