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Several of you have requested soundtracks to films released by Hammer Film Productions, and I'm pleased to be able to present an excellent collection of music from three of the four Quatermass films released by Hammer during the '50s and '60s. The Quatermass films were part of a science-fiction horror series that revolved around the aftermath of a lethal extraterrestrial fungus brought back to Earth by the sole survivor of an outer space expedition. These films helped to put Hammer on the map, and many consider them to be among the best films that Hammer ever produced. The Hammer Quatermass Film Music Collection contains both Tristram Cary's original electronic scores, as well as James Bernard's orchestral scores composed for the following Hammer films: The Quatermass Experiment (1956) Quatermass II (1957) and Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
The music from the films is introduced in reverse chronological order, with Tristram Cary's electronic score for "Quatermass & The Pit" up first. The music from this film makes up the bulk of the collection, while only a few minutes of music from "Quatermass II" and "The Quatermass Experiment" are presented. This is my only complaint regarding the collection, as the quality of the music more than makes up for the lack of equal representation. James Bernard's orchestral score to "Quatermass II" is the second to appear, with three tracks which clock in at just over two minutes in total length. It is followed by another score from James Bernard for the film "Quatermass II". Again, most of the cues are very short, and the seven tracks total slightly less than three minutes in length. "Quatermass & The Pit" appears once again, with various electronic music sessions from Tristram Carry finishing off the collection. All of the tracks featured in the collection have been digitally restored from their original recordings and sound fantastic.
I had intended to wait until I had both the FLAC and 320kbps mp3 versions uploaded before I created this post. I uploaded the FLAC version last night, and the plan was to start the 320kbps upload before I left for school. As luck would have it, my computer froze up, so I had to just leave without starting the upload. I will upload the 320kbps version as soon as I get home from school this afternoon, and post the download link as soon as it finishes uploading.
Year of Release: 1999 Label: GDI Records (UK) (GDICD008) Genre: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Science-Fiction Bitrate: FLAC & 320kbps
Quatermass and the Pit (1967) 1. Opening Credits 2. Bones 3. Unexploded Bomb 4. Discovery 5. More Discoveries 6. Poltergeist? 7. Hob's Lane 8. Mysterious Happenings 9. Pentacle 10. Hideous Dwarf 11. Demons 12. Dissecting and Preserving 13. Terror 14. Alien Force 15. Panic 16. Mayhem 17. Power of the Horned Demon 18. Finale and End Credits (Unused) 19. End Credits
Quatermass 2 (1957) 20. Opening Credits 21. Things in the Domes 22. End Credits