Mark Of The Devil I & II Original Soundtrack LP

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Mark  Of The Devil was released in 1970 and is certainly a film that has  achieved a real cult status, it is notorious and known by many horror  fans for being given the first ever ‘V’ for violence certificate. A  sequel was also produced in 1973, both soundtracks are featured here on  this release.

Multi-talented  German singer, musician, songwriter, producer and composer Michael Holm  was hired to score Mark Of The Devil. Mr. Holm is primarily known as a  singer of traditional German music, with an almost constant presence in  the hit parade it is of no surprise that he is a million-copies selling  artist who has been presented with gold records on several occasions  during the seventies. Outside of Germany, he is best known for his work  as a member of the new age band CUSCO along with Kristian Schultze. They  produced 22 albums and semi-albums, and consistently charted near the  top of the New Age charts. A long time artistic collaboration and  private friendship also connects him with musician and producer Giorgio  Moroder. As a duo, they released several singles together.

The  musical score penned here by Michael Holm is surprisingly melodic for a  horror movie, but also contains dramatic and atmospheric compositions.  It has that sort of luxurious and haunting sound, very European and  romantically slanted and maybe a little pop orientated. His trademark  theme (Liebesthema) for this film was recently re-used in the 2011 flick  ‘Hobo with A Shotgun’ featuring Rutger Hauer.  Strings & the use of a spiteful and venomous Slavic sounding  electric violin on this score (which literally scratches out the jagged  and virulent variation of the romantic theme) has the effect of making  the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. 

The  second soundtrack included on this release is MARK OF THE DEVIL II,  which was released in 1973. The main music for this particular movie was  the work of Don Banks, John Scott and Sam Sklair. Don  Banks of course is familiar to many via his marvelous scores for Hammer  productions such as, THE MUMMY’S SHROUD, THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN  amongst others. John  Scott too contributed some music for the score, Scott who is now a  seasoned film music composer respected by many, began his career in film  scoring as a composer by writing the music for another horror movie A  STUDY IN TERROR, which was released during the mid 60s. John also had  another career as being the legendary sixties producer who recorded  several artists like Tom Jones, The Hollies, The Beatles, etc. John is  also known for his saxophone work on films like ‘Goldfinger’ and several  Henry Mancini projects. Mr. Scott won 3 Emmys through out his career.

One  Way Static Records proudly presents, for the first time on vinyl : The  Original Motion Picture Soundtracks to MARK OF THE DEVIL (AKA HEXEN) in  the original MONO recording from 1970 and MARK OF THE DEVIL 2 in STEREO  from 1973.

  • Black vinyl version limited to 1000 copies worldwide, comes with obi strip
  • Vinyl versions are packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with artworks by Silver Ferox
  • Comes with insert containing extensive & exclusive liner notes
  • $19.99
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