The Master Would Approve
Ship to Shore PhonoCo. announced today that - as decreed by their god of primal darkness - they have pressed the original soundtrack to Manos: The Hands Of Fate onto glorious vinyl and are now taking pre-orders for the LP, which is to be released mid-September!
"The score to Manos: The Hands of Fate was a complete and magical surprise. Away fromits charmingly inept Poverty Row cinema origins, Russ Huddleston and Robert Smith, Jr's score is revealed as a maddening vortex of incessant light jazz - trapping you inexorably in the dubious company of Torgo and his punitive Master. It comes over like killer Krzyzstof Komeda cues for an early Polanski short, or an early 60s Chico Hamilton session... Ship to Shore have clearly seen Manos with better ears than the rest of us who have relegated / elevated it to lazy "Worst Movie" status for the last half century, and as a listening experience they have finally revealed it to be as much fun as a Russ Meyer soundtrack or a truly demented stream-of-consciousness radio play."
- Scott Johannsson, Damn Fine Podcast/Ondes Positives Recordings.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
1. Family Vacation
2. Love Inside This Magic Circle
3. Baby Do A Thing With Me
4. Adrift in a Sea of Madness
7. Portrait of Evil
8. Dog of Death
9. Perversion, Ignorance, Apathy
10. Tomb of Darkness
11. Torgo's Lament
12. The Search Continues
13. Prayer to Primal Darkness
14. A Strange Gait
1. Uncontrollable Passion
2. A House Divided
3. Manos, Thy Will is Done
5. An Unfulfilled Desire
6. The Servant Fails the Master
8. The Futility of Fighting Fate
9. Manos Has You Now
10. The Circle of Fate
11. Forgetting You (Love Theme from Manos: The Hands of Fate)
This limited edition release features exclusive liner notes on a 4 page booklet insert by VideoScope columnist Tim Ferrante and "Manos" vocalist Nicki Mathis, and will be presented on three different vinyl formats: red & black "Master Edition" swirl, only available through the Ship to Shore PhonoCo. webstore here (600 pressed, retailing at $23); brown "Torgo Edition" available in the U.S. from Light In The Attic and in the E.U. from One Way Static (600 pressed, retailing at $23); and a standard black vinyl edition available from all good record shops (800 pressed, retailing at $21). The album will be released mid-September and is available to pre-order right now!
Manos: The Hands Of Fate captured the hearts & minds of B-movie aficionados everywhere since its legendary treatment by Mystery Science Theater 3000 got it the attention it sorely missed on its initial cinema release in 1966. The wonderful lo-fi jazz score by Russ Huddleston and Robert Smith Jr. is an integral part of the movie's charm and Ship to Shore PhonoCo. are proud to announce this release as part of their roster. "Thou hast taught us, O Manos, and we hath listened! Give ear to our words, O Manos, and hear us! Hear us! Hear us!"
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