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Mark Of The Devil was released in 1970 and is certainly a film that has achieved a real cult status, it is notorious and known by many horror fans for being given the first ever 'V' for violence certificate (or was it a 'V' for vomit, since vomit bags were handed out at screenings of the film). A sequel was also produced in 1973, both soundtracks are featured here on this release.
Multi-talented German singer, musician, songwriter, producer and composer Michael Holm was hired to score Mark Of The Devil (released as 'Hexen' in Germany). Mr. Holm is primarily known as a singer of traditional German music, with an almost constant presence in the hit parade it is of no surprise that he is a million-copies selling artist who has been presented with gold records on several occasions during the seventies.
Outside of Germany, he is best known for his work as a member of the new age band CUSCO along with Kristian Schultze. They produced 22 albums and semi-albums, and consistently charted near the top of the New Age charts. A long time artistic collaboration and private friendship also connects him with musician and producer Giorgio Moroder. As a duo, they released several singles together.
The musical score penned here by Michael Holm is surprisingly melodic for a horror movie, but also contains dramatic and atmospheric compositions. It has that sort of luxurious and haunting sound, very European and romantically slanted and maybe a little pop orientated. The central theme evokes the feel of Riz Ortolani's theme for 'Cannibal Holocaust', which ironically was only written ten years later. Even spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s written by composers such as Morricone and Bruno Nicolai come to mind when experiencing this album.
Strings & the use of a spiteful and venomous Slavic sounding electric violin on this score (which literally scratches out the jagged and virulent variation of the romantic theme) has the effect of making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Almost in a similar fashion to that of composer Jerry Goldsmith in his more mischievous and threatening sections of GREMLINS and LEGEND.
The second soundtrack included on this release is MARK OF THE DEVIL II, which was released in 1973. The main music for this particular movie was the work of Don Banks, John Scott and Sam Sklair.
Don Banks of course is familiar to many via his marvelous scores for Hammer productions such as, THE MUMMY'S SHROUD, THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN and the excellent work that he did on THE REPTILE and RASPUTIN.
John Scott too contributed some music for the score, Scott who is now a seasoned film music composer respected by many, began his career in film scoring as a composer by writing the music for another horror movie A STUDY IN TERROR, which was released during the mid 60s. John also had another career as being the legendary sixties producer who recorded several artists like Tom Jones, The Hollies, The Beatles, etc. John is also known for his saxophone work on films like 'Goldfinger' and several Henry Mancini projects. Mr. Scott won 3 Emmys through out his career.
Today we bring to you the original Motion Picture Soundtracks to MARK OF THE DEVIL (AKA HEXEN) in the original MONO recording from 1970 and MARK OF THE DEVIL 2 in STEREO from 1973.
Available in the following versions:
DELUXE EDITION : LIMITED COLOR VINYL : packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with printed insert. Comes on ORANGE CRUSH SPLATTER VINYL and COKE BOTTLE GREEN VINYL. These variants are inserted randomly and are limited to #500 copies each worldwide. They come sequentially foil numbered (2 series of /500).
BLACK VINYL : limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Packaged in a deluxe Tip-On Gatefold jacket. Comes with a printed insert and obi strip.
CASSETTE EDITION : limited to 300 copies worldwide with alternate artworks. Static Club members with a cassette option will automatically receive the limited hand numbered edition (Lim. #150 copies). Left-overs will go to non Static Club members who order first.
All versions come with extensive and exclusive liner notes from: Michael Holm & Udo Kier. More liner note contributors to be announced.
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Title)
Michael Holm - Hexerthema
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Vanessa Verliebt Sich)
Michael Holm - Haut An Haut
Michael Holm - Hexerthema / Liebesthema
Michael Holm - Nachricht Vom Prinzen
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Das Grosse Glück)
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Überfall Auf Die Kutsche)
Michael Holm - Hexerthema (Johannas Kinder)
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Der Erste Kuss)
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Vanessa Trifft Christian)
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Am Bach)
Michael Holm - Liebesthema (Kuss In Freiheit)
Don Banks - Chase Sequence
Don Banks - Tense Moments
Don Banks - Empty Buildings
John Scott - Drama Heights
Eddie Warner - Devastation
Sam Sklair - Father Duffy
Sam Sklair - Father Duffy (Alternate Version)
Tony Tape - Space Station
As some records are available in different color variants or include random inserted color variants - we are unable to offer any specific styles or color variants as most records are sealed when they are shipped. This item is a special order item and may take a few extra days beyond our normal shipping turnaround before this item is shipped.
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