Dracula / The Curse Of Frankenstein - Original Score (James Bernard) (Tadlow Music/Silva Screen Records) (Red Vinyl) [UK]


Contributor Steels/Arrow
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Sep 10, 2012
Release date: September 3, 2021
Purchase links: Silva Screen - Amazon UK - The Sound of Vinyl - Juno Records
Price: €29.99 (Silva Screen) - £27.07 (Amazon) - £26.99 (The Sound Of Vinyl) - £24.76 (Juno Records)
Notes: Performed by City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - Red Vinyl re-issue was previously a Record Store Day release



Contributor Steels/Arrow
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Sep 10, 2012




World Premiere Recordings of the Complete Scores from Two Classic Hammer Films of the 1950s

  • THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN starred Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as The Creature. This outstanding 1957 horror film began a whole series of films starring these two great icons of terror and was one of the best movies from Hammer Productions.
  • DRACULA, made in 1958, also starred Peter Cushing (as Doctor Van Helsing) and Christopher Lee (as Count Dracula). It is difficult to overestimate the significance of DRACULA as it set the tone for Hammer’s movie output over the next two decades when British horror films were among the most admired and popular films. DRACULA created international stars out of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.
  • The music for both these films was composed by James Bernard, who created music for many more classic Hammer films including: SHE * THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT * THE DAMNED * DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS * THE DEVIL RIDES OUT * TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA * THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES
  • A distinctive trait in Bernard’s Hammer scores is their use of clashing harmonies, often created by doubling a motif a tone higher, as in his famous Dracula theme. His music is also frenzied and pacey at times, frequently making use of percussion such as timpani and snares. He could also write lush, romantic melodies, however. such as appear in Frankenstein Created Woman, Taste the Blood of Dracula and Scars of Dracula.
  • Newly Recorded in Stunning and Dynamic Digital Sound
  • Performed by the Acclaimed and Award-Winning City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Nic Raine
  • New Score and Bernard’s own Orchestrations Reconstructed by Leigh Phillips

Recording Produced by James Fitzpatrick for Tadlow Music

With Associate Producers Mark Bagby and Leigh Phillips

Vinyl release from Silva Screen Records
Transarent Red Vinyl

Previous Vinyl release in 2020 was a Record Store Day exclusive on Red and Green Vinyl

The re-issue both LP are Red Vinyl

Side 1
1."Main Title From Dracula" (1:56)
2."Arrival At Castle Dracula" (4:36)
3."Plan Revealed/Plea For Help/Dracula's Rage" (5:22)
4."The Mausoleum/Harker Stakes The Bride/Empty Casket" (4:54)
5."The Diary/Van Helsing Finds Harker" (2:05)
6."Sleep Well/Dracula Seduces Lucy" (2:04)

Side 2
1."Lucy's Second Encounter/Garlic Flowers" (2:37)
2."Aunt Lucy/Lucy Is Released" (3:29)
3."Mina Ensnared/It Was There" (1:08)
4."Allergic Reaction/Mina's Submission" (2:56)
5."Bloodstained Mina/The Cellar" (1:00)
6."The Final Battle" (4:34)
7."Rhapsody For Lucy (Lucie)" (4:07)

Side 3
1."Main Title From The Curse Of Frankenstein" (1:45)
2."A Brilliant Intellect/It's Alive" (4:31)
3."The Gibbet" (3:36)
4."An Offer Of Help/Goodnight Professor/The Professor's Brain" (4:54)
5."The Creature/He's Gone" (2:42)

Side 4
1."The Creature & The Blind Man/You Shoot Well/I'll Give You Life Again" (3:00)
2."Justine's Fate" (4:06)
3."Get Up/Final Confrontation/The Guillotine" (9:06)


Contributor Steels/Arrow
Premium Supporter
Sep 10, 2012
For those interested you can also purchase CD release from Tadlow Music
Released in 2019

Tadlow Music is run by James Fitzpatrick he used be the main producer at Silva Screen Records
A gentleman and fan of film music who gave film music fans some fantastic releases with Silva Screen Records over the years

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