Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
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Ape Shit

Although I have owned every incarnation of the soundtrack album from Planet of the Apes, culminating in the superb Varese Sarabande release of the complete score (which also contains an extended suite of music from Escape from the Planet of the Apes), I only recently caught up with FSM's releases of Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of/Battle for the Planet of the Apes. It was then announced that the music from the television series was being released by Intrada. With this enormous wealth of simian tunes, I went to work putting together the harshest and most challenging mix I've ever made.

Don't get me wrong, I had a great time assembling this one, but the nature of the music itelf doesn't lend itself to being very accessible. While most film music is designed to communicate and emphasize story and character elements, Jerry Goldsmith's score for Franklin J. Schaffner's Planet of the Apes was instead very alienating in order to convey the strangeness of the situation that Taylor (Charlton Heston) finds himself in. The music is non-tonal in nature, with bizarre percussion and exotic sounds that would mimic the vocalizations of apes. This set the tone for the entire franchise.

Leonard Rosenman's follow-up score for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Goldsmith could not return as he was creating his next masterpiece for Schaffner, Patton) was similarly harsh and unyielding. Goldsmith would return for Escape from the Planet of the Apes, for which he would face the opposite challenge: he had to make the very familiar landscape of the United States in 1971 sound as alien as it must seem to the chimpanzee travellers, blending material from his original Apes main title with rock elements. He also provided a very pretty love theme for them, as heard in track 16. Jazz musician Tom Scott was tapped to score Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and he created a strange soundscape of not-quite-tonal orchestral passages and African percussion. Rosenman would finish off the film series with his tense music for Battle for the Planet of the Apes. The franchise would have another, brief incarnation on television, where it failed to find an audience, but the music created by Lalo Schifrin was bold, reminiscent of both Goldsmith and Rosenman's styles. Earle Hagen followed suit with his introspective episode as well.

In all, while there is great variation, the whole comes together because the otherworldly sound created by Goldsmith in the first film was so indelible that it established the approach to the series that all of the composers involved would follow. The music is therefore rarely ever tonal, prone to sudden breakouts of harsh brass and percussion. The album is unpredictable and slippery.

The selection process was very straightforward. There isn't much editing on these tracks, a nip here and a tuck there. I decided not to include "Hail the Bomb," the twisted mass for the Holy Bomb the mutants perform in Beneath the Planet of the Apes despite its brilliance because it didn't really fit in with the rest of the album. As usual, I arranged it with a "Side One/Side Two" idea, feeling that such a delineation, even if there isn't an audible break, is helpful in the creative process.

"Side One" opens with the 1953 recording of the Alfred Newman's 1933 Fox fanfare, which opened all of the Apes features. This is followed by Roddy McDowell's reading from "The Sacred Scrolls," (which was on the original Beneath the Planet of the Apes LP, replicated on FSM's release) then the main title from Planet of the Apes. McDowell appeared in all of the represented Apes films but Beneath, although the above voice-over is heard in that film. "Side One" closes with three of the more sensitive cues from the franchise, the aforementioned love theme from Escape from the Planet of the Apes, a quietly moving recorder from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and the sad flute piece for Nova's death in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The latter track contains some damage, but I felt it a worthy inclusion.

"Side Two" opens with "A Bid for Freedom" from Planet of the Apes, and closes with a series of tracks that reflect the ultimately tragic underpinnings of the Apes storyline, finishing off with one of the most defining Apes musical moments ever, "No Escape" from Planet of the Apes. This track closed the original Project 3 soundtrack LP as it was the only resolving moment in the score, when Taylor memorably snarls, "Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"




1. Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare
Alfred Newman (0:15)

2.
The Sacred Scrolls from Planet of the Apes
Michael Wilson/Rod Serling (0:26)

3.
Main Title/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (2:08)

4.
Urko and Galen/Escape from Tomorrow
Lalo Schifrin (3:58)

5.
Underground City/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (3:41)

6.
The Hunt/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (5:06)

7.
Main Title/Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Tom Scott (3:57)

8.
The Soldiers/The Legacy
Earle Hagen (2:27)

9.
Planet of the Humans/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (3:27)

10.
Through the Binoculars/Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (1:22)

11.
Apes/Escape from Tomorrow
Lalo Schifrin (2:39)

12.
The Search Continues/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (4:52)

13.
Civil Disobedience/Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Tom Scott (2:20)

14.
Ape Soldiers Advancing/Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (3:44)

15.
Riding for Urko/The Good Seeds
Lalo Schifrin (1:43)

16.
Zira and Cornelius/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (1:05)

17.
Caesar Sneaks Off/Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Tom Scott (0:25)

18.
Nova Dies/Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (0:54)

19.
A Bid for Freedom/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (2:33)

20.
March to the Dead City/Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (4:05)

21.
Knowledge Hunts/The Legacy
Earle Hagen (3:07)

22.
The Escape/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (2:07)

23.
Mutants March/Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (0:40)

24.
The Warp/Escape from Tomorrow
Lalo Schifrin (2:00)

25.
The Revolt Begins/Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Tom Scott (2:16)

26.
The Chase/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (1:01)

27.
Fight Like Apes/Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (0:56)

28.
Prison Guard/Escape from Tomorrow
Lalo Schifrin (1:54)

29.
The Searchers/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (2:23)

30.
Ape Soldiers Continue/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (0:40)

31.
Trouble/The Gladiators
Lalo Schifrin (2:18)

32.
Intelligent Creature/Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (0:33)

33.
Caesar Speaks/Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Tom Scott (0:20)

34.
The Revelation Finale/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (1:14)

35.
Ape Has Killed Ape/Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Leonard Rosenman (1:55)

36.
No Escape/Planet of the Apes
Jerry Goldsmith (5:39)


Credits

Planet of the Apes (1968) - Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith


Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1970) - Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Composed and Conducted by Leonard Rosenman


Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1974)
Composed and Conducted by Tom Scott


Planet of the Apes television Series (1974)

Escape from Tomorrow - The Gladiators - The Good Seeds
Composed and Conducted by Lalo Schifrin

The Legacy
Composed and Conducted by Earle Hagen


Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare (1953)
Composed and Conducted by Alfred Newman


The Sacred Scrolls
Written by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling - Spoken by Roddy McDowell
Tags: film music, jerry goldsmith, lalo schifrin, leonard rosenman, my mixes
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