When I was a kid, Space: 1999 was the coolest sci-fi show on TV and its influential SFX from the legendary Brian Johnson (Alien, The Empire Strikes Back) were state-of-the-art in its pre-Star Wars day.
Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson of Thunderbirds fame, the captivating British series starred Martin Landau and Barbara Bain and premiered on September 5, 1975. It only ran two imported seasons until November of 1977 and chronicled the crew of Moonbase Alpha as they drifted through outer space after a devastating nuclear explosion cast our moon out of Earth's orbit.
Part of the show's serious tone and stirring content was the epic opening score and episode music courtesy by Barry Gray (Season One) and Derek Wadsworth (Season Two).
But it's the rare third score by the Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The Mission, The Thing) written for the Italian feature film release of Spazio: 1999, that's being offered on premium vinyl for the very first time tommorow by Mondo. This film was cut together using three series episodes and delivered as a 1976 theatrical movie in Italy, home to one of the first season producing partners, RAI.
It's never been captured on vinyl and this new two-disc, deluxe presentation contains Morricone's Space: 1999 - Original Motion Picture Score, artwork by Chris Bilheimer, liner notes by Nick Williams (Fanderson), and is pressed on orange and black (Disc 1) and orange and white (Disc 2) on 180 gram vinyl for $30 at Mondo's site starting at noon CST on Wednesday, August 9.
Here's the official press release:
Death Waltz Recording Company is ready to whisk you far into the future, to the end of the 20th Century, with the truly out-of-this-world Ennio Morricone score to SPAZIO: 1999, starring the late, great Martin Landau. Produced by the legendary Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the feature was constructed out of three episodes of the revered SPACE: 1999 television show to introduce Italian audiences to Commander Koenig and his crew. It thrilled audiences with nuclear explosions, parallel universes, and space opera thrills, all coming out of Moonbase Alpha. While the Italian show still featured the brassy sound of Barry Gray, legendary maestro Morricone was employed to bring a decidedly different feel to the theatrical film.
From the opening, the score launches into wild space jazz with piano and trumpet interspersed with all kinds of noise before it descends into a creepier vibe. Morricone uses unsettling violins and atonal music together with electronics to simulate the void of space and the danger faced by the intrepid heroes. What emerges is a mix of sci-fi and horror that will not only thrill you, but also scare the living daylights out of you. Human decision required.
- Charlie Brigden, Creator, The Sound of Fear Podcast