Original Soundtrack

Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1971 LP]

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes is primarily a curio from the era in which soundtrack albums were a marketing medium as well as a representation of the music from movies. Composer Leonard Rosenman re-recorded his music from Ted Post's 1970 science fiction film for this album, using a somewhat smaller but nearly equally effective orchestra. In conceiving the album, the producers intermingled speeches and dialogue from the movie with Rosenman's music, for what amounted to a hybrid musical/dramatic summary of the movie. In that it works at all, it's surprisingly effective, despite the advent of home video having made creations like this obsolete. Apart from a few regrettable changes made in the instrumentation to make parts of the score sound more contemporary (most strangely, loud drums and guitars added to the "March of the Apes" and, even more so, "Mass of the Holy Bomb," in which it sounds like a trio of Cream imitators walked in on the session and started playing), the listening holds up well; and even the rocked-up tracks constitute a kind of blast-from-the-past all their own. The pressings were very noisy and the art was cheesy -- oddly enough, at the time and for many years this album was at least easier to find than Jerry Goldsmith's (admittedly better) soundtrack for the original Planet of the Apes, but it has since become an extremely rare piece of vinyl. [Note: re-released on the 2003-vintage FSM complete soundtrack CD.]