Last month it was revealed that Death Waltz Records would be releasing the scores for FORBIDDEN WORLD and SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (check that out here), and now the full details for the former and MS. 45 have been revealed!
Both scores from composers Susan Justin and Joe Delia, have never been released since their respective films premiered back in the 80s, and are making their physical debut thanks to Death Waltz. Accompanying the releases will be brand new art from Alice X. Zhang and Kimberly Holladay, a poster, a booklet containing liner notes, and an immediate digital download of the full album! As a webstore exclusive for MS. 45, you’ll receive “not only 5 cues used in the film but not on the vinyl but a whole 65 minutes of unused elements from the original score recording sessions direct from Joe Delia’s personal vaults!”
Check out the full details below!
Incredibly this soundtrack has never been released in any format, we went back to the original master tapes and worked with composer Joe Delia to clean up the original elements.
Like Abel Ferrara, Death Waltz Recording Company are not prone to shying away from the more extreme corners of culture, and are delighted to be presenting a true underground classic for the first time ever. Ferrara’s pictures often tread the line between grindhouse trash and art-films with insightful social commentary – and unflinching realism – and MS. 45 is his most notorious film, with much of its power coming from Joe Delia’s grimy yet haunting music. A sparse piano motif initially creates a lonely voice for the (mute) heroine but it’s overshadowed by wailing trumpet, electric guitar, and menacing synths that paint a disturbing musical picture of the world she inhabits.
Delia’s music is so great at creating a vivid image in your head and you begin to imagine the grubby streets, the sleazy sex-shops, the leering onlookers, with it building and building until it reaches sensory assault. The instruments sound as violent as the acts on screen, as loud synth stings ring out like gunshots, edgy jazz beats unnerve you, and a repeating brass motif becomes a theme for violence and vengeance – even during the awesome ‘Dance Party’. You may need a shower after listening, but you’ll be right back to play it again and again
- 180 gm Bad Habit coloured vinyl (White & Black split) housed in a gatefold heavyweight tip on casebound sleeve.
- Includes a giant fold out poster and booklet featuring all new exclusive sleevenotes from composer Joe Delia.
- DEATH WALTZ DIGITAL WEBSTORE EXCLUSIVE:
To thank you for purchasing direct you will receive not only an immediate digital download of the score to Ms.45 as a further bonus we are giving you not only 5 cues used in the film but not on the vinyl but a whole 65 minutes of unused elements from the original score recording sessions direct from Joe Delia’s personal vaults!
Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to be unleashing one of the great unheralded electronic scores. Unavailable since the film’s release in 1982, Susan Justin’s music for FORBIDDEN WORLD – produced by the legendary Roger Corman – mixes the electronic influences of the time with splashes of new wave, creating a score that fuses the eerie tonalities and avant-garde sensibility of ALIEN with the straight-up funk of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Birthed from this is a cult classic score that deserves to be held up alongside the works of Richard Band and Alan Howarth.
What immediately stands out from the score is the amazing main theme, a melodic groove firmly embedded in the 80s synth movement, complete with creepy vocal effects overlaying its driving keyboard line. Originally a parody that Corman turned into a straight horror, the score is used typically to create tension with isolated piano and harsh electronic tones, acting as a stereotypical precursor to the horror moments. Amidst all this is also the ‘Blaster Beam’, a unique instrument famous for its use in Jerry Goldsmith’s STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE. A fantastic voyage amongst the stars full of offbeat melodies and alien tones, this is a musical world that demands multiple visits.
- 180 gm black hole vinyl (Blue black & white) housed in a heavyweight casebound tip on sleeve with exclusive artwork by Kimberley Holladay
- Poster and Booklet featuring exclusive all new liner notes from composer Susan Justin Director Allan Holzman and artist Kimberley Holladay.
- Original soundtrack by Susan Justin comes with an immediate download of the album when purchased exclusively through the Death Waltz website.