Hammer Legacy Frankenstein Collection

July 16, 2011

Now available for digital download from iTunes, Amazon, and Napster among others there will be NO PHYSICAL CD’S.

SILED 4551 includes material from Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Evil of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Created Woman, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Horror of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell. All of the material was previously released by GDI (GDICD011) “Hammer Frankenstein Film Music Collection,” a CD that contains an additional 21 tracks and 32 minutes.

Curse of Frankenstein (1957) which was the first of the Frankenstein entries that was so wildly popular it turned Cushing into an international star. The Bernard theme offers an eerie melody from the lower strings relating the impending doom. Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) composed by Leonardo Salzedo, a genre he seldom composed for, is only a 46 second offering and is little more than underscore/filler material. He did write a few notable scores for 50’s Hammer noir. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) from Don Banks is a melody filled with biting brass and horn harmony that could have been written for any kind of drama. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) a Bernard composition opens with tympani and brass to set the mood for horror and then James offers a sad yearning theme from the strings. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) another Bernard composition is a classic one. Similar to his Dracula theme it has urgent strings brass staccato, snare drum, and pounding tympani. You just know what evil lurks ahead. 5 tracks are offered from this film. Malcom Williamson offers a different take for The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) with the flute carrying the melody with quivering strings providing the background. Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974) offer an opening violin sonata something you might hear in the rooms of 221B Baker Street. “The Monster Recovers” is a return to more familiar territory for Bernard as well as “Death of the Monster.” The final track “Finale and Closing” is again classic Bernard with that familiar tempo we’re so accustomed to. While this reviewer prefers the Vampire Collection (SILED 4550) there is enough material to make this one a keeper also.

Track Listing:

1…. Curse of Frankenstein (1957)-Opening Titles (1:42)

2…. Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)-Closing Credits (:46)

3…. Evil of Frankenstein (1964)-Opening Titles (1:26)

4…. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)-Opening/Closing (2:02)

5…. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)-Opening/Death of Anna (3:50)

6…. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed-Liberating Brandt (3:10)

7…. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed-Frankenstein’s Lust (1:29)

8…. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed-Brandt Awakens (3:44)

9…. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed-Finale/Closing Credits (4:07)

10…The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)-Opening Titles (1:40)

11…Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)-Helder Meets Other Patients (2:38)

12…Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell-The Monster Recovers (5:44)

13…Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell-Death of the Monster (1:56)

14…Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell-Finale/Closing (1:38)

Total Time is 35:52

One Response to “Hammer Legacy Frankenstein Collection”

  1. Alan Rogers Says:

    Tom, an interesting release. Could you tell me if these are original tracks?

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