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Intrada Premieres Scores to “Ravagers,” “Stay Tuned”

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Some small but significant premiere releases have bowed from Intrada this week: a dynamic sci-fi score from the ’70s and a comedic action romp from the ’90s.

Ravagers was a brooding post-apocalyptic film featuring Richard Harris as a vigilante safeguarding against the titular band of marauders hell-bent on killing any survivors they can find. Art Carney and Ernest Borgnine co-starred in this forgotten thriller, and the score was composed by Fred Karlin, a jazz arranger who gained prominence in the ’70s for film work including scores to Yours, Mine and Ours, the Emmy-winning TV-movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and the Oscar-winning “For All We Know,” which hit the Top 5 in the U.S. when recorded by The Carpenters in 1971. His intense score for Ravagers, considered by Karlin to be one of his best, is presented complete (including several source cues) from 1/4″ scoring session safety masters in mono – the last surviving copy of the music! It sells at $19.99 and is limited to 1,000 copies.

On the other side of the scale, Stay Tuned featured the late John Ritter as a TV-addled suburban dad who has to fight for his family – and his life – when a devilish salesman (Jeffrey Jones) traps him inside a wacky and dangerous television world. While the film was not a critic’s favorite, it has earned cult status for its silly riffs on pop culture touchstones of the age, a particularly inspired sequence featuring the legendary animation of Chuck Jones and one of the funnier examples of a television actor satirizing his most famous character (Ritter’s meta-anguish when stumbling on a replica of the Three’s Company set is consistently humorous). Morgan Creek Records released a soundtrack largely devoted to pop and rap songs from the film (including the ridiculous “Start Me Up” by Salt-N-Pepa), which also featured two tracks of score by noted composer Bruce Broughton; Intrada brings his whole score to life, complete and in stereo, including a series of funny mini-suites for the television shows Ritter journeys through. That set, also priced at $19.99, is limited to 1,500 copies.

Order links and track information are, as always, after the jump.

Fred Karlin, Ravagers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 164, 2011 – original film released 1979)

  1. Military Installation No. 1
  2. Ravagers Attack Falk
  3. Miriam Dead
  4. Falk Kills
  5. New Home
  6. Cabin
  7. Military Installation No. 2
  8. Ravagers in Pursuit
  9. Ravagers Kill
  10. Ravagers Inside House
  11. Ravagers Attack House
  12. The Ship
  13. The Fish
  14. Ravagers Attack Ship
  15. End Credits
  16. Folk Dance (Source Cue)
  17. Piano Solo (Source Cue)
  18. Polka Dot Rag (Source Cue)

Bruce Broughton, Stay Tuned: Original Motion Picture Score (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 167, 2011 – original film released 1992)

  1. Main Title
  2. Meet Darryl
  3. The Dish
  4. A Bumpy Ride
  5. Sayonara, Mrs. Seidenbaum
  6. Field Work
  7. Gordon Bashing
  8. It Ate My BMX
  9. Wolf Attack
  10. That’s My Bike!
  11. Offering to Help
  12. You Have Tits
  13. Aim the Dish
  14. Off With Your Wig
  15. Darryl Breaks Through
  16. Redemption
  17. Roy Goes Back
  18. The 3:10 to Yuma
  19. Roy Gets Shot
  20. Crashing In
  21. The Big Sword Fight
  22. Turn It Off!
  23. So What Can I Tell You…The Game Show
  24. TV Theme Medley (Northern Overexposure; Thirty Something to Life; Meet the Mansons; My Three Sons of Bitches; Strokes; Star Track; Driving Over Miss Daisy)
  25. Roy Knable, Private Dick
  26. We’re Cartoons
Portions previously released on Morgan Creek CD 20012-2, 1992

Written by Mike Duquette

April 19, 2011 at 09:25

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

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