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By James Whittington, Wednesday 5th April 2017
Silva Screen Records has released the details for their Record Store Day 2017 releases which will be available in record shops on Saturday 22nd April. The first off the blocks is to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of a true classic, Quatermass and the Pit. The 12" LP will come with printed inner sleeve and insert and will be available in four different transparent colour (red, green, blue and yellow) each with a run of 300 copies. This expanded vinyl edition is the first time on vinyl.
Originally a BBC serial, Quatermass and the Pit (released in the US as Five Million Years To Earth and a favourite here on Horror) was made by Hammer Film Productions in 1967 as a sequel to their earlier films The Quatermass Experiment and Quatermass 2. The film, hailed as an early classic of the sci-fi genre, begins when excavating workers discover five million year old skeletal remains in the London Underground tunnels, followed by a metallic object they believe to be an unexploded bomb. When rocket scientist Professor Bernard Quatermass examines the finds they conclude that the object must also be five million years old and Quatermass suspects the skeletons originate from Mars. Events take a sinister turn when the object begins to emit a powerful telekinetic force causing those affected to go on a violent rampage in the streets of London.
Composer Tristram Cary (1925-2008), had previously scored Ealing Studios' The Ladykillers amongst other films and went on to write another soundtrack for Hammer, Blood From The Mummy's Tomb (1971). His interest in electronics began during his time in the Royal Navy operating radar equipment and he established several early electronic studios, including the Electronic Music Studio Ltd. which created the first commercially available portable synthesiser, the VCS 3.
This vinyl release features the full soundtrack to the film, a tense and atmospheric score for full orchestra. The electronic cues from Quatermass and the Pit are available on a separate release.
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