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Record Store Day (Drop 1) releases from Silva Screen announced!
By James Whittington, Monday 24th August 2020
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Record Store Day 2020 is, as you'd expect, a little different this year. Split into three different "Drop" days across August, September and October and all on the last Saturday of each month, the first event is this Saturday.

Silva Screen Records has announced their titles and it includes three limited releases which will appeal to lovers of classic cinema and cult TV.

First up is one for Hammer film fans, James Bernard's Classic Hammer Soundtracks for Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein. Unleashed on red and green vinyl this is the first vinyl release for both scores. Hammer Films has long held a special place in the hearts of horror fans, defining the British genre during the 1950's with classics such as Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein. Composer James Bernard scored both and went on to compose the music to a host of horror films for Hammer during the Sixties and Seventies. His distinctive clashing harmonies, often doubling the musical theme a tone higher, raise the on-screen action to a frenzied pitch, terrifying 20th Century cinema goers to the degree that his scores have become synonymous with the titular monsters.

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Next is the critically acclaimed HBO/BBC joint production based on the first book of Philip Pullman's bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy hit UK TV screens on the 3rd of November. The eight episodes enjoyed the biggest budget the BBC has ever lavished on a series and didn't disappoint, bringing the strange parallel worlds of the trilogy sharply into focus, overcoming complexities of plot that the film The Golden Compass (2007) failed to do. Composer Lorne Balfe has assembled a superb, diverse, and devoted cast of performing artists for this concept driven release, including K T Tunstall, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), cellist Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer Live and The World of Hans Zimmer), post modern composer-cellist Peter Gregson, steam punk influenced violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling, classical horn player Sarah Willis, BAFTA award winning composer, multi instrumentalist Richard Harvey and Vanya Moneva's Ethnic Bulgarian Choir to present exquisitely crafted musical themes based on his soundtrack for the series. For RSD 2020 this double black vinyl release comes with Frameable Double-Sided Art Print.

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The seminal output of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop has delighted fans of electronic music and soundtracks over the decades and Silv Screen Records has boxed together some of their finest: BBC Radiophonic Music (known as The Pink album), The Radiophonic Workshop, Fourth Dimension and Through A Glass Darkly have been released extensively on vinyl, but only the first two of these have been released commercially on a CD format. They include works from composers Delia Derbyshire, David Cain, John Baker, Dick Mills, Roger Limb, Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell amongst others. The bonus discs of The Changes (Paddy Kingsland, 1975) and The Stone Tape (Desmond Briscoe/Glynis Jones, 1972), TV soundtracks to BBC series of the same names, make their debut on CD to complete the set, which represents the legacy of one of the UK's most respected and ground-breaking musical institutions. This set comes complete with a booklet.


Related show tags: DRACULA, THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
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