Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Expose soundtrack released

Can't remember much about the music, to be honest (just a lot of grunting and groaning, oh, and shotguns) but thought I ought to let you know that the soundtrack for 70s sleazeathon (and let us not forget, Britain's only homegrown video nasty) Expose is now available. Never really saw it with Miss Richmond, to be honest, but Linda Hayden, that's a different story.

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This exciting Vocalion release brings together the original soundtracks from three classic 1970s British soft-core sex films, each of which starred 1970s glamour-puss Fiona Richmond, the then girlfriend of self-proclaimed King of Soho, Paul Raymond. This X-rated trilogy was directed by library music legend James Clarke, the man responsible for some of the finest – and funkiest – compositions in the catalogues of publishers such as KPM, Amphonic Music and Bruton Music. The disc kicks off with James’s beautiful, colourful score for 1977’s ‘Hardcore’, which purported to tell the lascivious life story of Fiona Richmond. The music ranges from the most exquisite romantic orchestral material (Tale of Two Girls, Tricky Hand) to Fender Rhodes-laden jazzy funk (Heavy Keyboard, Fruity and On Stage), all performed by a star-studded line-up of British session musicians including Barry Morgan (drums), Herbie Flowers (bass guitar), Steve Gray (keyboards) and Tristan Fry (percussion). The disc is completed by various cues from Steve Gray’s hauntingly beautiful score for 1975’s ‘Exposé’, which also starred Udo Kier and Linda Hayden, and a suite of music drawn from James Clarke’s lush, orchestral score for 1977’s ‘Let’s Get Laid!’, which paired Fiona Richmond with sex comedy star Robin Askwith.

This is the first time that any of this music has been commercially released, and all of it has been expertly remastered from the original analogue stereo tapes, for that trademark Vocalion crystal-clear sound. The accompanying booklet contains fascinating liner notes by James Clarke, as well as rare unseen photographs and original promotional material connected with the films.

Conducted by Syd Dale, Music composed and arranged by James Kenelm Clarke, except* 
Recorded at CTS Studio No.2, Wembley, England, 25 October 1976

Girl in the Picture
Tight for Time
Norfolk Pastorale
Heavy Keyboard
Bicycle Girl
Open Tourer
Tale of Two Girls
Showbizz Town
On Stage – Part One
Typewriter Tune
Photoplay – Part One
Photoplay – Part Two
Tricky Hand
Driving Home
Stately Style
Train Time
Home Again 
Beautiful View
Off in a Hurry
Fiona Butterfly* (James Montgomery; Graham Hurley arr James Kenelm Clarke), James Montgomery (vocal)
Home Again - Alternative take, not used in film
Fiona’s Theme (1) - Not used in film 
Fiona’s Theme (2) - Not used in film

Music composed and arranged by Steve Gray
Recorded at KPM Studios, London, England, 8 September 1975

House of Straw - Short version
House of Straw
House of Straw - Reprise
Suzanne Comes Back - Short version
Suzanne Comes Back
Drinks on the Terrace

Conducted by Johnny Pearson, Music composed and arranged by James Kenelm Clarke, except** 
Recorded at CTS Studio No.2, Wembley, England, 30 June 1977

The Tension Mounts
You Turn My Legs to Water band version** (Steve Gray; Michael Robson)
You Turn My Legs to Water piano solo** (Steve Gray; Michael Robson)

On Stage – Part Two (James Kenelm Clarke) Barry Morgan’s drum solo from “Hardcore”

CDSML 8450

More info available here

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