Spartacus Soundtrack - Alex North (1960)
KHCD-ST001 (STEREO) Spartacus - Soundtrack Album - Music by Alex North - North's "Spartacus" score has a truly pagan flavor, as does the film itself. Arming his orchestra with a wonderful array of percussion and an early electronic instrument called an ondioline, North captured the decadence, fantastic excesses, and especially the military precision of the Romans. He also composed a love theme of such delicacy that jazz musicians adopted it as a near-standard. Certainly, "Spartacus" is classic movie music, in a class with the best "modernist" scores by Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Toshiro Mayuzumi, Ennio Morricone, even Prokofiev. Derived from a near-mint Decca (US) early pressing red label LP in the deluxe gatefold album complete with booklet found in first releases, the pomp, savagery and tenderness of the film is brought to life in this transcription.