Howard Blake

Flash Gordon/Amityville 3D

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Two soundtracks from composer Howard Blake in their original studio recordings, by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonia of London, respectively, conducted by the composer. The music for both movies is more serious than the movies themselves, and make for better listening than the movies do for viewing. Blake knows all of the conventions of the science fiction and fantasy genres, and throws the whole arsenal of effects -- stings and misteriosos, trilling instruments etc. -- and the orchestras know their business. So the music here is entertaining and serviceable, if not exactly revelatory. There's nothing here that would delight one of the level of, say, John Williams' work on Star Wars (a movie that clearly influenced this Flash Gordon film) or Jerry Goldsmith's work on Poltergeist, but it's all eminently listenable and well-mastered on this CD which, apparently, existed both as a commercial release and a promo-only CD.