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SATAN BUG, The: Archival Edition

価格(税込): ¥3,663

レーベル: FSM
品番: FSM-VOL10-NO06
発売日:
フォーマット: 1CD

ジェリー・ゴールドスミス初のSF作品「サタンバグ」(1965年度作品)がついにCDリリース!60年代のゴールドスミス作品の中で、最も想像力あふれる作品。トータル61:21収録の内、30:34は音楽(ステレオ・マスターテープから収録)のみ、他は効果音(SE)入りとなります。限定盤。
強力な殺傷能力を持つ細菌“サタンバグ”が何者かによって研究室から強奪された。米CIAはこの緊急事態に対処するためにエージェントに細菌の奪回を命じ、謎の組織との熾烈な争奪戦が開始される。だが“サタンバグ”によって世界を破滅させようとしている真犯人は、意外な人物だった……。この頃隆盛を極めたスパイ物として製作された作品だが、争奪の対象が細菌兵器になっているのが当時は実に斬新で、その後幾つか亜流を生んだ程である。活劇の名匠ジョン・スタージェスの手腕はここでも冴え、冒頭からジェット・コースターのように突っ走る展開が快感。クライマックスの、飛行するヘリコプター内での細菌アンプルの奪い合いがスリリング。原作はイアン・スチュアート名義のアリステア・マクリーンによる『悪魔の兵器』。

The Satan Bug (1965) is one of the first science fiction scores in Jerry Goldsmith's career, the predecessor of such landmarks as Planet of the Apes, The Illustrated Man, The Mephisto Waltz, Capricorn One and Alien.

It is also a recording long thought to be lost, and that is in some ways still true -- please see below.

The Satan Bug was a techno-thriller (as it would be called today) about a top-secret virus -- capable of ending all life on earth -- stolen from a secret government installation in the Southwest U.S. George Maharis plays the government agent assigned to retrieve it, with Richard Basehart, Ed Asner, Anne Francis and Dana Andrews among the supporting cast. Based on a book by Ian Stuart (a pseudonym for Alistair MacLean) and directed by John Sturges, the film features hidden identities, cloak-and-dagger intrigue, and chases galore.

Jerry Goldsmith's score to The Satan Bug was an important stepping stone, featuring snaking, snarling atonality and avant garde suspense as a kind of bridge from his television work (such as on The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) to feature classics like Planet of the Apes. Goldsmith wrote for an orchestra devoid of high strings -- only cellis and bass -- with a battery of brass, percussion, woodwinds and two early synthesizers, the Hammond Solovox and Novachord. Utilizing 12-tone serial techniques, Goldsmith concocted an eerie, malevolent sound world of astringent action and seething creepiness.

The master tapes to The Satan Bug were thought to be long destroyed (along with most of United Artists' original soundtracks), but two reels turned up miraculously in the collection of Bob Burns, a beloved industry figure who has archived countless movie props and artifacts. The two units of the 1/2 inch three-track stereo masters -- recorded on the Samuel Goldwyn scoring stage in terrific sound quality -- represent around 40% of the score, though none of the large-scale action cues. The only other source for the Satan Bug recording is a monaural music-and-effects track which was isolated on a 1996 laserdisc of the film.

Because, in our opinion, all Jerry Goldsmith music is worth preserving, this premiere archival edition of The Satan Bug combines the music-only tapes with the music-and-effects source (newly retransferred) for a chronological presentation of the complete score. (Fortunately, the main and end titles are free of sound effects, as they appear that way in the film.)

By sound effects, please note, we mean sound effects: car noises, helicopters, gunshots, doors slamming, grunts and groans, air conditioners, monkey chirps, telephones...it is not pretty. But it is all that there is.

The surviving music-only sections total 30:34, and our original intention was to release this material only. We then decided to add the music-and-effects cues as a bonus. It simply happened to work out that the music-and-effects cues cleaned up better than we had hoped (due in large part to the transparent way Goldsmith wrote the music), and that the cues were best presented chronologically. The CD liner notes (by Jeff Bond) provide programming instructions for making a music-only sequence.
*FILM SCORE MONTHLYより抜粋

トラックリスト

Main Title/The Base 3:04
Tired Doctor* 1:40
The Bottle Snatcher* 2:55
No Answer 1:14
Dockside 0:46
The Deal 3:11
Chemistry Lesson 2:16
The Vault* 2:10
Empty Box 0:41
The Telegram/The Killers at Home 2:11
The Skin Diver 2:46
His Master's Voice/The Phone Call 1:18
The Investigator 0:55
The Box 1:00
The Captives 1:45
Escape Route 2:27
The Getaway* 6:19
Lock Up 2:09
Instant Death* 1:26
The Hitchhiker* 1:31
End of the Line* 2:17
Road Block* 3:10
The Clue/Traffic Jam* 1:31
The Hidden Bottle*/Bail Out*/End Title 5:25

Total Time: 55:02

Bonus Tracks:
Bongo Blues* (Jack Costanzo)/Dockside 1:45
Source Music 2:52
The Clue 1:01
End Title 0:27

Total Disc Time: 61:21

*Contains Sound Effects!