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Number: TADLOW029

Composed by: Jerry Goldsmith

Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff’s Thriller) is an American anthology television series that aired during the 1960–61 and 1961–62 seasons on NBC. The show featured host Boris Karloff introducing a mix of macabre horror tales and suspense thrillers re-runs now currently air on various classic TV networks.

Thriller was an early milestone in Goldsmith’s career, one of the television steppingstones en route to big-screen fame. Goldsmith would ultimately score 16 episodes of Thriller (about a third of all those with original music) including some of the scariest and best-remembered hours.

Includes suites from some of the most memorable episodes:


Plus Bonus Track
“Terror in Teakwood – Nocturne for Violin and Piano” By Caesar Giovannini featuring Lucie Svehlova and Jaromir Klepac

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 & Orchestration Reconstructed by Goldsmith Expert, Leigh Phillips

1. GOD GRANTE THAT SHE LYE STILLE – Prologue / Roll Call (1:46)
2. GOD GRANTE THAT SHE LYE STILLE – Suite (13:53) Silly Dog / The Search / Apparition / Locked Doors / Historical Records / I’ve Won
3. THE BRIDE WHO DIED TWICE – Prologue / Roll Call (3:14)
4. THE BRIDE WHO DIED TWICE – Suite (6:46) Consuelo / Respect / Bad News / Wedding Guests / Shot
5. LATE DATE – Prologue / Roll Call (2:09)
6. LATE DATE – Suite (8:58) Aftermath / “It Was You” / The Plant / Confession
7. THE WEIRD TAILOR – Prologue / Roll Call (2:05)
8. THE WEIRD TAILOR – Suite (10:03) Finest Material / “Leave Me Alone” / Late Work / Delivery / The Freezer / “Not So Idle Hans”
9. MASQUERADE – Prologue / Roll Call (1:53)
10. MASQUERADE – Suite (10:38) Up the Stairs / Every Man for Himself / Spoil Sports! / Honeymooners / The Cellar / Escape / A Coffin Made for Two
11. TERROR IN TEAKWOOD – Prologue / Roll Call (2:18)
12. TERROR IN TEAKWOOD – Suite (5:09) The Box / Ground Plaster Cast / Fist Fight
13. TERROR IN TEAKWOOD – Nocturne for Violin and Piano (4:30)
Composed by Caesar Giovaninni - Violin: Lucie Svehlova / Piano: Jaromir Klepac

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Posted by jay woelfel on May 18, 2018 12:45 PM
Even better follow up re-recording from the series. I think the suites are a little better done this time and the music remains excellent. This company and orchestra have gotten much better and "doing" Goldsmith than a very early compilation or film music that is lowly regarded. Thriller is a key and great early Goldsmith music though I still feel a full recording of the episodes is worthy, this volume features some of the best music Goldsmith did for the series and, yes, there remains enough to do a volume three-especially if they'd record a full score for an episode and or include Goldsmith's friend and fellow composer Mort Stevens work for the series.

My quibbles with these new recordings a relatively minor, one being which scores they've chosen as they don't follow any chronology or bring out the best first. But as I say this volume, to my ears, does bring out some of the best music for some of the best episodes. If you didn't buy volume one I'd actually recommend this one over that one--though frankly both should really be on any Goldsmith fan's shelf or spinning in a player.

The thing about this show is Goldsmith really reshaped the series musically and contributed more music to more episodes than any of the other TV work he did. Since the show was an anthology show it also demanded and he provided a variety of type of music--yes the show is horror so they overall genre frames the music, but of course Goldsmith thriller and horror music is, for many, his best, and as he himself said, thanks to television he never got a job later on that he hadn't already had experience in scoring thanks to his education in television. Education to him is a master class to most others so here's a master's class level compositions available in clear stereo and at times flawless re-recordings.

Buy it.

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