The Sender/Trevor Jones

July 30, 2011

La-La Land Records (LLLCD-1137) is offering in a Limited Edition of 1500 units an older score from Trevor Jones to the paranormal film The Sender (1982) a film starring Kathryn Harrold, Shirley Knight, and introducing Zeljko Ivanek as the sender. Jones delivers a score that complements the unusual activity you see on the silver screen in such a way that he never resorted to shrieking violins, ear blasting dissonance, and other common practices by some of today’s composers. His sound was partially accomplished by the use of a waterphone (new to me), an instrument which is a resonator bowl with a circle of brass rods.


On my very first listen I was immediately taken with the melody in the “Main Title,” one that could easily have been written for a romantic or drama genre were it not for the creepy background.  It begins with a disturbing opening, leading the listener into the haunting theme first from the recorder then lush strings. A lonely trumpet plays the theme with a clocklike background before the track returns to its creepy style along with a bit of dissonant string work. This soundtrack is a monothematic one so you’ll hear the main melody in tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is mostly written in a minor key except during some circumstances when Dr. Gail Farmer (Harrold) is on the screen. There are subtle references to Psycho in track eleven, Dies Irae in track one and other tracks. Summing this one up is simple. There are a lot of horror statements that work around a beautiful main theme. The well written liner notes by John Takis give a great cue by cue analysis far better than what I could do. He did his usual excellent job and adds to the release. The mastering is mono coming from a source at Paramount that is really unknown. Speculation that it could have been for an LP is one explanation. The score was performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and it is done nicely. Remember that 1500 units are only half of what La-La Land usually puts out so it is better to act sooner than later on this one. Recommended.

Track Listing:

1…. Main Titles (5:24)

2…. The Intruder (5:06)

3…. Attempted Suicide (0:51)

4…. Gail and the Sender (Main Theme) (2:22)

5…. The Necklace is Found (1:07)

6…. Night Time Medication (1:30)

7…. Journey to the Clinic (1:29)

8…. The Parting (1:18)

9…. Gail Returns Home (1:25)

10… Gail Encounters Jerolyn/Night Pursuit/Car Chase (6:21)

11… The Cabin (8:16)

12… End Credits (3:08)

Total Time is 38:17

La-La Land CD# is LLLCD1137


One Response to “The Sender/Trevor Jones”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Just read your Sender review… does it say in the liner notes how much music is missing from the CD? Thanks!

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