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Mysterious Island - Complete Score - Limited Edition - Bernard Herrmann

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Although he is primarily remembered for his scores for Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, Bernard Herrmann was also extremely effective writing for films in the fantasy-adventure genre. The most satisfying of these are the quartet of pictures Herrmann scored for the team of producer Charles H. Schneer and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Although it isn't the best known of the four, Mysterious Island (1961) remains one of the freshest entries of the series; although it does not have the familiarity of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958), it is a little known gem that proves captivating upon discovery. One reason for Mysterious Island's high level of artistic success is the wallop of a score that Bernard Herrmann wrote for it. Composed in close proximity to Psycho (1960), Mysterious Island features Herrmann firing on all cylinders, in cues ranging from pounding intensity to soaring lyrical themes, all retaining the strong air of mystery and impending doom indicated by the title; it is one of Herrmann's best.
Track Listing
  1. Prelude (1:34)
  2. The Battle* (1:21)
  3. The Gates (0:38)
  4. The Stairs (0:24)
  5. The Tower (0:31)
  6. The Escape (0:38)
  7. The Balloon 1 (1:18)
  8. Introductions (0:29)
  9. The Clouds A (1:06)
  10. The Clouds B (0:55)
  11. The Clouds C (0:47)
  12. The Clouds D (0:41)
  13. The Clouds E (1:03)
  14. The Balloon 2 (2:09)
  15. The Island (0:39)
  16. The Rocks (0:36)
  17. Exploration (2:27)
  18. The Giant Crab (3:02)
  19. The Volcano* (1:18)
  20. The Crater (0:31)
  21. The Beach (1:46)
  22. The Stream (0:46)
  23. The Cliff (1:34)
  24. The Cave (2:30)
  25. Narration (1:38)
  26. R. C. [Robinson Crusoe] (0:15)
  27. Elena (0:34)
  28. The Shadow (0:40)
  29. The Bird (2:43)
  30. Duo (1:52)
  31. Honeycomb (1:02)
  32. The Giant Bee 1 (1:59)
  33. The Sail (0:29)
  34. The Giant Bee 2 (0:51)
  35. The Flag (0:52)
  36. The Fire (0:38)
  37. The Nautilus* (1:38)
  38. The Bridge (1:14)
  39. The Pirates (1:32)
  40. Gunsmoke (0:42)
  41. Attack++ (0:53)
  42. The Sinking Ship (1:05)
  43. Captain Nemo (0:41)
  44. The Bottle (0:31)
  45. The Pipeline (1:18)
  46. Underwater (1:28)
  47. The Smoke (1:39)
  48. Danger A (0:20)
  49. Danger B (0:23)
  50. Lava Flow (1:16)
  51. The Octopus* (1:31)
  52. The Raft (0:26)
  53. The Rock (0:39)
  54. The Sub Deck (0:35)
  55. The Tentacles (0:31)
  56. The Fight (2:50)
  57. The Divers (1:17)
  58. The Air Hose (0:51)
  59. The Ship Rising* (1:19)
  60. The Earthquake (1:04)
  61. Finale* (1:26)
  62. Surprise Bonus Track (2:10)
Total Disc Time: 71:27
*includes music cut from the film
++ entire cue cut from film