(2013) The Blob (1958 Film Score)

Ralph Carmichael

... read moreThis is an amazing body of music, and not just thanks to the presence of the complete orchestral underscore of The Blob (1958) -- though that's pretty impressive, in and of itself. The Blob (And Other Creepy Sounds) not only offers Ralph Carmichael's complete score as it appears in the movie, but...

35′:34″ 32 Songs

1
Ralph Carmichael
The Blob (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
2:38
2
Ralph Carmichael
Violence (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:37
3
Ralph Carmichael
Love Theme (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:16
4
Ralph Carmichael
Shooting Star (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
3:05
5
Ralph Carmichael
Violent Bridge (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:07
6
Ralph Carmichael
Hidden Pressure (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:34
7
Ralph Carmichael
Under Pressure (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:29
8
Ralph Carmichael
Empty Crater (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:33
9
Ralph Carmichael
House Of Trouble (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:02
10
Ralph Carmichael
Weird Menace (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:25
11
Ralph Carmichael
Horror Bridge (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:23
12
Ralph Carmichael
Barren Acres (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:25
13
Ralph Carmichael
Darkness (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:42
14
Ralph Carmichael
Fireball (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:19
15
Ralph Carmichael
Approaching Monster (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:16
16
Ralph Carmichael
Twilight Reverie (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:28
17
Ralph Carmichael
Closing The Trap (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:16
18
Ralph Carmichael
Love Theme, 1 (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:08
19
Ralph Carmichael
Stress And Strain (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:39
20
Ralph Carmichael
Upheaval (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:56
21
Ralph Carmichael
Dark Vigil (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:55
22
Ralph Carmichael
Over The Edge (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:23
23
Ralph Carmichael
End Of The Line (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:06
24
Ralph Carmichael
High Tension (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:36
25
Ralph Carmichael
Buildup (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:03
26
Ralph Carmichael
In Your Arms (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
1:29
27
Ralph Carmichael
Summer Garden (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:37
28
Ralph Carmichael
Climactic Curtain (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:31
29
Ralph Carmichael
46Th Street Stomp (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:42
30
Ralph Carmichael
Bar Fly (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
2:20
31
Ralph Carmichael
Timpani & Cymbal (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:07
32
Ralph Carmichael
Love Theme, 2 (From "The Blob", 1958 Film Score)
0:27
Released 04 January 2013, ℗ Classic Soundtracks

Review

This is an amazing body of music, and not just thanks to the presence of the complete orchestral underscore of The Blob (1958) -- though that's pretty impressive, in and of itself. The Blob (And Other Creepy Sounds) not only offers Ralph Carmichael's complete score as it appears in the movie, but includes the unused main title music (which was replaced, in the final release cut of the movie, by "The Blob" by the Five Blobs -- which is also included here); the latter is marvelously effective, and ought to have been salvaged in some form at the time, but it is great to finally hear it properly and intact, even 50 years late. The film score has, at long last, received the treatment that it deserves, in terms of fidelity and quality, and a serious presentation, and by itself would make this CD worth owning. But the producers have filled out the running time with "stock music" from the Valentino Production Music Library, an oft-used body of stock music that was heard in innumerable cartoons, marionette vehicles, commercials, and low-budget film and television productions from the mid-'50s through the end of the '60s. The composers represented include Mario Nascimbene and other European figures, but the most notable music here is by the renowned Roger Roger -- his "Whimsical Tale" will call to mind countless hours of children's television and feature films in which it was used, and is worth the price of admission by itself, and it's only one highlight of this section of the CD's programming. The audio quality is excellent, everything presented in full fidelity, and the material also comes with full and highly detailed annotation. This one is not only a keeper, but makes a superb gift as well, and not just for soundtrack enthusiasts -- any baby boomer's memories will resonate to large sections of this CD, and some of it is so closely tied musically to many fondly remembered TV productions, that the reactions could be very strong. ~ Bruce Eder