THIS NOVEMBER 2021… ALL SCORE GERMANY PRESENTS.
PETER THOMAS SOUND ORCHESTER
WINNETOU AND OLD FIREHAND.
Released back in 1966, Winnetou and Old Firehand aka. Thunder at the Border put an end to the Karl May film adaptions by Horst Wendlandt’s Rialto Film company. Alfred Vohrer (Perrak…), a “genius” according to legendary director Quentin Tarantino, brought the film away from comfy German Western towards a more violent form of Spaghetti Western. Critics and fans alike shared a rather ambivalent opinion at the time, with verdicts ranging from “explosive” to “the lowest point of the series”.
The soundtrack went down an altogether different path, too: Peter Thomas replaced Martin Böttcher in his role as “Winnetou composer” although it should remain the only Karl May movie with music by Peter Thomas. And no wonder: He was in high demand at the time, scoring Edgar Wallace thrillers as well as Jerry Cotton action flicks. It was not until 1980 that he returned to the franchise with his music to the TV series Mein Freund Winnetou.
The result was a soundtrack that can be seen as a missing link between Böttcher’s typical Karl May strings and the decidedly more experimental music of Italo Western from the likes of Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani and others.
This soundtrack has never before been released on vinyl. All the 42 (!) tracks, of course, were remastered.
The CD version even boasts three previously unreleased tracks that have been found in the vaults of the
Peter Thomas estate as well as a bonus track with the composer himself on piano where he is presenting
his first themes and ideas to the film‘s producer (recorded 1966 at Bavaria Tonstudios in Munich).
After Peter Thomas Sound Orchester – Bruce Lee: The Big Boss (CD/LP ASM 048, Allscore 2020), this release
marks the second Vinyl/CD instalment in a new Allscore series exclusively dedicated to legendary
composer Peter Thomas who died on May 17th, 2020 in Lugano.
Illustrations on the Gatefold cover as well as the CD digipack are once again courtesy of ingenious
Adrian Keindorf. The 180g vinyl is pressed in black and, limited to 300, in transparent turquoise.
This is a landmark release and a recording that every film music fan should own, the stunning art-work is alluring and fitting for such an interesting and innovative soundtrack, this is a classic score from a bygone age of film music, where films had themes that were memorable. Available soon on vinyl and CD digipack.
ALSO ARRIVING ON NOVEMBER 26TH 2021, FROM ALL SCORE GERMANY.
Rosso come la notte
Barbara, a taxidermist from Milan, travels to a tranquil village in the Black Forest area on a devoted museum assignment. Soon after her arrival she vanishes without a trace. Her sister sets out to find her and discovers not only a mysterious series of ill-defined murders, but also a dark secret revolving around her own persona…
Hell is closer that you think. With ROSSO COME LA NOTTE, MONDO SANGUE dare to approach the epitome of all Italian genres: GIALLO. With intense colouring, paranoid imagery and a phantasmagoric undertow, it not only started a whole new chapter of cinema history in the mid-sixties; but especially with its musical idiosyncrasies, GIALLO became the very essence of European cinema, making Italy the birthplace of the contemporary Horror genre. From track one, MONDO SANGUE enthral with a nightmarish, psychedelic aura, slowly building up a fascinating yet uncanny psycho drama at the gruesome end of which the protagonist is not the only one losing her mind…
Brimming with references to the Italian genre film, the band evokes a disturbing balance between cinematic instrumentals and catchy songs. And while ROSSO COME LA NOTTE will most certainly thrill and delight genre pros and cineastes, it’s also working as both an imaginary soundtrack and an intense sonic journey akin to legendary concept albums of the past.