Wicker Man's Music is Found

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Oh my Goddess. This has got to be the most exciting news in music that I've heard in ages.

It's a shame that this wasn't found earlier in time for the film's remixed dvd release, but nonetheless, it shall be wonderful to finally have a great quality recording of this beautiful soundtrack.:1roll:



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Just pre-ordered this cd now myself. Smile
But not thorugh Amazon. Through the site from Silva records themself.

All the info is here
And here.

On the 2nd link you can listen to an mp3 from Willows Song.
Direct link to the mp3

It sounds amazing...:1roll:



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It is really great news!I think that the music in The Wicker Man is really amazing...I wish that I can order this marvellous soundtrack somewhere...



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Well, if you can't use a credit card or don't have one, maybe you could send them a check or cash.
There might be a distributor in Finland who will release the cd over there .

You can contact Silva Screen Records at:



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Now, this is definitely news to die for. The only thing better would be an announcement that the lost footage had been found.



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Every now and then I see WICKER MAN sountracks on eBay. These are 33 1/3 LP record albums. Are these things bootlegs? Or are they just poor quality authorized releases? Anyone know?



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Every now and then I see WICKER MAN sountracks on eBay.  These are 33 1/3 LP record albums.  Are these things bootlegs?  Or are they just poor quality authorized releases?  Anyone know?

No, this is not a bootleg.
I got a copy on vinyl myself and it's as far as i know quite rare.
At that time i paid 65 guilders for it. ( About $29 or 19 Pounds.)
There were not that many copies pressed to vinyl and was released on Trunk records.
http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/wickerman.htm

The same version was and is still available in the UK on cd.

I don't know what they sell for on e-bay...never looked. Wink



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I don't know what they sell for on e-bay...never looked. Wink

This is one of those few times when you can actually get a genuine deal on eBay. I got mine for less than $20.00, and I've known people who paid $10.



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I have somewhere in my collection a soundtrack of THE WICKER MAN which was lifted right from the film mix .....

it unfortunately is missing one or two songs--

Just listening to the WILLOW SONG clip shows me that the SILVA release already is a superior mix...

I look forward to getting it ....



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it unfortunately is missing one or two songs--

Right. Most noteworthily Gentley, Johnny. Which many consider the most beautiful song in the film.



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Yes, lovely song.. as someone who has heard many lovely ballads over the years at Renfaires, this is one that always has stayed in my mind--

will it also have Mr Lee's poem over it , or seperate??

It is a shame that Giovanni never got to see the release of this work- & that his wonderful play,CRUCIFER OF BLOOD ,is not revived ( there is a tv version starring CHARLTON HESTON,which many criticise, but is fairly faithful to the source.... though imagine Lee or Jeremy Brett(who played Watson to Heston on stage )would have been .....



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Thank for the advice,Jacob.I have no Visa or Mastercard on my own and I think that here,in Finland,this soundtrack will never get released.I must contact Silva Screen Records right away...



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One of the things I do love about the internet is that you can share passions & thoughts with people from all over the world....

The US ,Canada,UK,France, and Finland...wow...



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... and Germany, by the way ...Wink

Uwe



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<... and Germany, by the way ...Wink >

My fax paus --
& any other wonderful country I may have overlooked..



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Well according to the website from Silva records, this cd should be out on the 30th of this month.

It's now the 17th, and guess what was laying in my mailbox?
This cd. Laughing out loud

The packaging is excellent. Jewel case with card board sleeve around it.
Within that sleeve there's a great looking 20 page booklet with info about the movie,
the recordings of this soundtrack and a note from Lord Summerisle (Forword by Mr Lee.)

Also included is a 'free' small poster, which is in the jewel case.

And on the cd itself is ofcourse the original soundtrack of all the songs in stereo *.
Including 'Gently Johnny' and a slightly longer version (compared to the old soundtrack) of 'The tinker Of Rye' with Mr Lee and Diane Cilento on Vocals.

We couldn't ask for more.

This cd release is essential for any Wicker fan!

* Also playable on mono cd players. Tongue



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Well, that is on my list of must haves-

Im glad that they have a full version of the Tinker song---
Thanks for update!

Kevin

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I listen to a lot of celtic and new age type music it sounds similar to the wicker man songs.
Then again you can find that type of music anywhere now days.
I'm greatful for Kazaa when it comes to rare music



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Now that I can listen to the music independantly from the film I've noticed something . A lot of the melodies are very similar to folk music that we used to sing at primary school ( first grade )
It has a subliminal quality which , for Celts like me , is quite comforting . I'd better put on a Sinatra album before I yield to my Pagan desires .:1devil:



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yes , lots of people do Celtic, but never as well integrated into a story .... and the songs by themselves stand out too,,,,

I would have loved to have heard GENTLY JOHNNY or THE TINKER SONG at a Renfaire..



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Just received the cd yesterday. Very enjoyable. Particularly the duet sung by Mr. Lee and Diane Cilento...."The Tinker of Rye." The song is only a minute and 50 seconds long, but it's still a great one to have.



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i better order mine-- getting jealous of you all!



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... there's a great looking 20 page booklet with info about the movie, the recordings of this soundtrack and a note from Lord Summerisle (Forword by Mr Lee.)
... on the cd itself is ofcourse the original soundtrack of all the songs in stereo *. Including 'Gently Johnny' and a slightly longer version (compared to the old soundtrack) of 'The tinker Of Rye' with Mr Lee and Diane Cilento on Vocals.

In addition to the DVD, well, I MUST have this. In fact, in view of the matter of NOT owning a DVD player, I believe I would more than likely enjoy this CD a great deal more! Laughing out loud

Can you tell us some more about the other performers? (non-soloists, etc.)



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It has a subliminal quality which , for Celts like me , is quite comforting . I'd better put on a Sinatra album before I yield to my Pagan desires .:1devil:

For some of us, even Sinatra doesn't help...

:devil:



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In addition to the DVD, well, I MUST have this. In fact, in view of the matter of NOT owning a DVD player, I believe I would more than likely enjoy this CD a great deal more! Laughing out loud

Can you tell us some more about the other performers? (non-soloists, etc.)

You can allways buy the VHS tape from this movie if you don't have a dvd player. Wink

The other performers are, in random order (vocals, backing vocals and different instruments ):
Paul Giovanni, Gary Carpenter, Andrew Tompkins, Ian Cutler, Peter Brewis,
Miacheal Cole, Bernard Murray, Waister Kerr, Micheal Frye, Rachel Verney, Sally Present and
someone uknown as stated in the booklet.



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The other performers are, in random order (vocals, backing vocals and different instruments ):
Paul Giovanni, Gary Carpenter, Andrew Tompkins, Ian Cutler, Peter Brewis,
Miacheal Cole, Bernard Murray, Waister Kerr, Micheal Frye, Rachel Verney, Sally Present

Was there actually a group called "Magnet/Lodstone" as appears in the film's credits or were these musicians simply brought together for this one project?



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THe Wicker Man - Settling the Score

Alfonso, I think the website above should answer your questions quite handily. Gary Carpenter, of course, was the associate music director for the film, and the site appears to be quite well done, though rather harsh on the eyes. Of course, it also presented me with another quandary: I want for Christmas - or at least for my birthday, which just happens to occur nine days before Christmas: The book, The Wicker Man - Settling the Score by Gary Carpenter. Shock

One BIG shocker - that Paul Giovanni could not read one NOTE of music...makes me wonder if I wasted a lot of time in the long run...
Tongue



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Alfonso, I think the website above should answer your questions quite handily. Gary Carpenter, of course, was the associate music director for the film, and the site appears to be quite well done, though rather harsh on the eyes. Of course, it also presented me with another quandary: I want for Christmas - or at least for my birthday, which just happens to occur nine days before Christmas: The book, The Wicker Man - Settling the Score by Gary Carpenter. Shock

One BIG shocker - that Paul Giovanni could not read one NOTE of music...makes me wonder if I wasted a lot of time in the long run...
Tongue

Hey thanks, Alyss. Fascinating article. But I didn't get the impression that Mr. Carpenter had written a book. Rather isn't that the title of the internet article? The book he mentions is Inside the WICKER MAN by Brown.



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Only two short observations:

1. Paul Giovanni also wrote the Sherlock Holmes play THE CRUCIFER OF BLOOD (wich was offered to Peter Cushing in the Seventies; and Jeremy Brett played Watson to Charlton Heston's Holmes finally)

2. Irving Berlin could neither read nor write notes of music. He did some of the must marvellous musicals nevertheless and also composed "White Christmas" ...

Uwe



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For the the people, like myself, who love vinyl...

This soundtrack has been released on 180 gram vinyl on great looking yellow vinyl. I didn't knew it was out, but by coincidence i bought myself a copy yesterday afternoon. Limited to 500 copies worldwide in a great looking gatefold sleeve.

It's worth getting...even when you do not have a record player!  Wink

http://www.musiconvinyl.com/releases/OST/Wicker_Man

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