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http://www.quartetrecords.com/the-bride-wore-black.html   Re-recording of an intriguing late Herrmann thriller. 

I received my copy of The Italian Job yesterday, less than three days after ordering.  Quartet Records certainly gotta bloomin' move on, didn't they?

One more Williams would be great. And no astronomic shipping fees for me! 😛

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Looks like Mike has taken some of his Universal catalog work to Quartet



Quartet Records is proud to present expanded, ultimate editions of Philippe Sarde's masterful scores for two horror tales:


Music Composed by PHILIPPE SARDE
Produced, Remixed and Mastered by Mike Matessino
Liner notes by Jeff Bond
Limited edition of 3000 units

Quartet Records, Universal Pictures, Universal Music Group and Geffen Records present the long-requested expanded release of the masterful score by Philippe Sarde (THE TENANT, TESS, QUEST FOR FIRE, LES CHOSES DE LA VIE) for GHOST STORY, directed by John Irvin in 1981. Based on the 1979 novel by Peter Straub, the film stars Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Craig Wasson and Alice Krige. It follows a group of elderly businessmen in New England who gather to recount their involvement in a woman's death decades prior when one of them suspects her ghost has been haunting him.

One of the most outstanding features of GHOST STORY is the classic, evocative score by Philippe Sarde, without a doubt one of his most important works and one of the best soundtracks of the eighties. Using a melancholy, haunting main theme, a beautiful and obsessive love theme, and a gothic orchestration with some touches of Bartók and Stravinsky, Sarde was able to build a solid and coherent “symphony of horror.” The music was recorded with a large orchestra at Universal Studios Recording Stage, under the baton of Peter Knight, who also provided the orchestration.

This CD has been carefully produced, remixed and mastered by Mike Matessino from the original multi-track elements, courtesy of Universal Pictures. This new edition follows the composer’s original album concept as a “symphony of horror,” expanding the program with almost 20 minutes of unreleased music, including some key passages not included in the original MCA album. The package comes with a 24-page full-color booklet including detailed liner notes by film music writer Jeff Bond.

01. Ghost Story (3:08)
02. Accidents (4:12)
03. Mansion (2:58)
04. Cemetery (1:27)
05. Old Photograph (1:15)
06. Milburn (2:24)
07. Dreaming (1:45)
08. Love Suite (4:23)
09. Dementia (3:12)
10. Strange (2:21)
11. Fright (2:58)
12. Regression (2:33)
13. Picnic (2:14)
14. Demise (4:12)
15. Old Mirror (2:58)
16. Death (2:11)
17. Found (2:06)
18. Release (3:24)
19. End Credits (3:26)


Music Composed by PHILIPPE SARDE
Album Produced by Neil S. Bulk
Remixed by Michael McDonald
Mastered by Doug Schwartz
Additional restoration by Chris Malone
Liner notes by Stéphane Lerouge
Limited edition of 2000 units

Quartet Records and Paramount Pictures present the expanded, remastered edition of the iconic score by Philippe Sarde (GHOST STORY, LORD OF THE FLIES, PIRATES, CÉSAR ET ROSALIE) for a Roman Polanski horror tale THE TENANT. Based on the popular novel LE LOCATAIRE CHIMERIQUE by Roland Topor, the film was directed by Polanski, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his usual partner, Gérad Brach. It co-stars Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Shelley Winters and Jo Van Fleet. Although the film was given a cold reception at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976, over the years it has become a cult film, and one of the most valued in the career of the famous and controversial Polish director. THE TENANT was also Polanski's third production with Paramount after the classics ROSEMARY'S BABY and CHINATOWN.

One of the most important aspects of THE TENANT is that it was the first collaboration between Polanski and composer Philippe Sarde—who was only 28 years old when he composed the score. The music featured a complicated orchestration that required an unusual arrangement of the orchestra. The use of crystal harmonica gives the score a disturbing and bleak character.

Although the music was acclaimed and long desired by collectors around the world, it was necessary to wait until 2000 to have the score released by Universal Music France as part of its collection Ecoutez le cinema!, where it was paired with Tess, the second and brilliant collaboration between Sarde and Polanski. Now, thanks to the discovery of the original multi-track elements in the Paramount vaults, with access to the complete recording sessions at CTS, London, under the baton of Carlo Savina, the score of THE TENANT can be released in its entirety, including tracks not used in the final edit of the film, alternates, as well as the album-specific montages prepared by the composer for an MCA album that never materialized.

This CD has been produced by Neil S. Bulk, remixed by Michael McDonald at Private Island Sound, and mastered by Doug Schwartz, with additional restoration by Chris Malone, and approved by the composer. The package includes a 16-page full-color booklet with detailed liner notes by Stéphane Lerouge.

Note: THE TENANT is now available on CD, but it will be released also in vinyl by Quartet Records in October 2019.


01. Main Title (2:20)
02. The Church (1:11)
03. The Tooth (2:15)
04. Delirium (Film Version) (3:08)
05. Empty Window (0:25)
06. The Bouncing Ball (1:53)
07. They’re After Him (0:42)
08. To Stella (0:53)
09. Solitude (1:20)
10. Running Away (1:07)
11. Hotel Room (0:37)
12. The Tenant (1:04)
13. They Tried To Kill Me (3:07)
14. The Audience Is Ready (1:51)
15. I’ll Show You Blood (1:37)
16. The Final Scream (1:10)

Additional Music
17. Epsilon (0:42)
18. Letter (0:32)
19. Cigarettes (0:21)
20. Epsilon (Alternate Mix) (0:42)
21. The Park (1:14)

Source Music
22. Dance At Robert’s (3:08)

Album Versions
23. L’appel du verre (2:27)
24. Apparitions (3:43)
25. Conspiration (3:41)
26. En souvenir de Madame Choule (1:33)
27. Final (2:27)

Both releases are now available on pre-order, they will be dispatch from 08/19. For more info and listen audio samples, please visit www.quartetrecords.com





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Quartet Records, Universal Music Group and Paramount Pictures celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic caper movie The Italian Job with the expanded edition of Quincy Jones explosive original score! The original album produced by George Martin at Abbey Road Studios appears freshly remastered, and the CD also includes the previously unreleased film tracks, demos, alternates and bonus material. The Italian Job is a 1969 British comedy caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. It tells the story of Charlie Croker (Michael Caine), the leader of a cockney criminal gang released from prison with the intention of doing a "big job" in Italy to steal gold bullion from an armoured security truck. It's soundtrack was composed by Quincy Jones, and includes "On Days Like These" sung by Matt Monro over the opening credits, and "Getta Bloomin' Move On" (usually referred to as "The Self-Preservation Society", after it's chorus) during the climactic car chase. Lead actor Michael Caine is among it's singers. Packaging includes a superb 24 page full colour booklet, housed in a jewel case.

  1. On Days Like These (3:40) Vocal: Matt Monro
  2. Something's Cookin' (2:32)
  3. Hello, Mrs. Beckersman! (1:04)
  4. Britannia and Mr. Bridger, If You Please (2:02)
  5. Trouble for Charlie (1:49)
  6. On Days Like These (Instrumental) (3:13)
  7. It's Caper Time (Self Preservation Society - Instrumental) (3:16)
  8. Meanwhile, Back at the Mafia (1:26)
  9. Smell That Gold! (1:34)
  10. Greensleve and All That Jazz (2:09)
  11. On Days Like These (Reprise) (1:15)
  12. Getta Bloomin' Move on! (Self Preservation Society - Vocal) (4:01)
  13. On Days Like These (Fim Version) (2:41) Vocal: Matt Monro
  14. Altabani's Footsteps (0:39)
  15. Something's Cookin' (1:29)
  16. Bosso-Angelia (Coming Our Party) (1:41)
  17. Hello, Mrs. Beckerman! (1:04)
  18. Too Loo Two Procession and the British Grenadiers / Britannia and Mr. Bridger, If You Please Nº1 / Rule Britannia (2:42)
  19. Greensleeves and All That Jazz (0:58)
  20. Britannia and Mr. Bridger, If You Please Nº2 / God Save the Queen (1:07)
  21. Arrange a Funeral (0:50)
  22. Convoy to Mafia (2:20)
  23. Trouble for Charlie (1:49)
  24. Smell That Gold (1:34)
  25. Meanwhile, Back in the Mafia (1:23)
  26. It's Caper Time (3:17)
  27. Bang Bang (Getta Bloomin' Move on!) (4:05)
  28. Coach to Fatal Skid / End Title (1:53)
  29. On Days Like These (Alternate) (3:32) Vocal: Matt Monro
  30. On Days Like These (French Version) (3:19) Vocal: Lou Reizner
  31. Getta Bloomin' Move on! (Self Preservation Society - Vocal) (Single Version) (4:05)
  32. On Days Like These (Single Version) (3:24) Vocal: Lou Reizner



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Why create such a click-baity post?  Weird.


I'll save everyone else the click



Our Christmas batch will be announced next Monday, December 9th. We’re very excited about these end-of-the-year titles, with eight releases, including a couple of 2-CD sets, some anniversary celebrations, an 11-CD box set and two vinyls. See you on Monday!


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Koray forces everyone to click to an outside website to obtain information; I included the information directly in my post so no one has to... and I'M the rude one?

What upside world have I woken up into today?  Did this morning's Korean spambots wreck your brains?

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You have a long standing tendency to nitpick about things like this. Like the way you point out spelling or punctuation errors.


Koray was sharing soundtrack related info relevant to the thread he posted it in. The fact that it required people to click really should be something he should be called out for, imo anyway.


It has nothing to do with the Korean stuff. 

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Wonderful news about the expanded The Italian Job!  It's one of my favourite films (as an England football supporter, how could it not be?) and I love Quincy Jones's score.  I had always thought that the original film tracks were lost, so this is a great surprise.  It will be great to have the film version of On Days Like These too, as the album version is slightly different.


You may not know that the England band regularly plays Self-Preservation Society at England football matches.  The only other piece of film music that they play sometimes is Elmer Bernstein's The Great Escape.



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10 hours ago, Jurassic Shark said:


That's a great song! Is it used in The Italian Job? I can't remember.


Yes, not only used in but written for.  Quincy Jones had to take a crash course in cockney rhyming slang from Don Black when it came to the lyrics.


A fun fact is that Quincy Jones and Michael Caine were born on exactly the same day - 14th March 1933.

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7 minutes ago, Omen II said:


Yes, not only used in but written for.  Quincy Jones had to take a crash course in cockney rhyming slang from Don Black when it came to the lyrics.


Ops, I mixed up the title with The Kinks' The Village Green Preservation Society! :lol:


7 minutes ago, Omen II said:

A fun fact is that Quincy Jones and Michael Caine were born on exactly the same day - 14th March 1933.


Even funnier, they had the same mother!

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Quartet records can be really proud of their Goldsmith catalogue. They've mostly made definitive editions of already expanded scores, but the important point is: their releases are definitive! Their quality standard doesn't need to hide from La-La Land or Intrada.


My favourite release is Papillon. Truly a blessing, but the low circulation is a shame! I would like to see Leviathan next! Maybe they're also able to redo other Intrada titles like "The Boys from Brazil" and "The Mummy".

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Dear customer:


These are difficult and harrowing times for almost all of us. This pandemic is global, and we are all scared. In our case, we have been forced to temporarily suspend our activity because all non-essential businesses must be closed in our country, as in many other parts of the world.


In April 2020 Quartet Records will celebrate its 10 anniversary, and we had prepared—with great effort and a lot of work—what we think would be an impressive line of releases through the end of the year. But although we need to delay many of these releases, and come up with some great ones for 2021, we are sure that together—in unity with the whole planet—we will overcome this crisis. These releases will see the light someday, and everything will return to normal—even though our lives might look very different.


Music may be a “non-essential” business, but it's essential to our souls and minds—indeed, to our very lives. That's why we have advanced our usual big summer 30% sale to now. It's a time when many people need music to overcome these days of isolation (however long they may last), and for this reason we have put our entire catalog at 30% discount for the next three weeks. As usual, if you buy 7 products or more, you will have free shipping worldwide.


As we have done with previous summer offers, we will start sending all the orders when the sale ends within three weeks. We really hope and pray that the world goes back to normality then, so please be patient and understanding. Not every country has the same restrictions right now, and, of course, we don't want to endanger anyone's life in these moments when food and medical products are the most necessary. But we can assure you that you will receive your order, and that you can trust us, as always. If there are delays, we will contact you, and of course you can always contact us at info and order email address.


Please note that we will only be working on a very reduced-hour basis for the next few weeks.


In these moments, where there will no new Quartet releases for at least two months, we are infinitely grateful for your support. These hard times are impacting everyone, but in business terms they are especially hard for small independent companies like ours.


Please be safe, stay home and take this time to listen good film music!




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