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Monday, March 23, 2009
THE ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM ABC-TV'S "DARK SHADOWS"
The Robert Cobert Orchestra
Featuring JONATHAN (Barnabas) FRID and DAVID (Quentin) SELBY
"DARK SHADOWS", TV's first soap opera-horror show, went on air over the ABC-TV network in June, 1966. A Dan Curtis Production, the show is now the most popular daytime TV presentation, and commands an audience of almost 20,000,000 viewers.
The series is set in a small village in Collinsport, Maine, and evolves around the lives, loves and deaths of the Collins family. "Baranabas" is played by the noted Shakespearian actor, Jonathan Frid, and "Quentin" is played by the young actor from West Virginia, David Selby. The plots weave through different generations of the Collins family, with vampires, werewolves, warlocks, witches, phoenixes, gypsies, coffins, ghosts, secret rooms, and the world of the supernatural predominating.
The suspenseful background music, which has become as familiar to the viewers as some of the most popular songs of today, was composed, conducted and arranged by Robert Cobert, a Julliard graduate, who has scored more television shows than any other composer. His music encompasses the widest range of styles and sounds: electronic, rock, weird, dramatic, popular and classical. In the background music of "Dark Shadows", Cobert masterfully utilizes varied combinations of[sic] from two musicians to a full symphony orchestra in creating the many moods of the action at Collinwood.
ALL SELECTIONS IN THIS ALBUM PUBLISHED BY--GURNOR MUSIC CO. (BMI)
Arranged & Conducted by: Robert Cobert
ALBUM PRODUCED FOR CURTIS RECORDS INC. BY CHARLES R. GREAN (by arrangement with ABC Merchandising Inc.)
Cover photos by ABC-TV and Gloria Stavers, other photos by ABC-TV and Holly Cobert
Recording engineer: Hal Dreeben (Regent Sound Studios) Copyright 1969, Curtis Records, Inc.
OPENING THEME: 1.DARK SHADOWS 2. COLLINWOOD (R. Cobert) 2:44
I'LL BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS* (R. Cobert-C.Grean) 2:22
JOSETTE'S THEME (R. Cobert) 1:19
A DARKNESS AT COLLINWOOD (R. Cobert) 3:25
MEDITATIONS* (R. Cobert-L. Grean) 2:29
NIGHT OF THE PENTAGRAM (R. Cobert) 2:42
WHEN I AM DEAD* (R. Cobert) 1:42
NO. 1 AT THE BLUE WHALE (R. Cobert) 2:22
SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT**--Quentin's Theme (R. Cobert-C. Grean) 2:06
THE SECRET ROOM (R. Cobert) 2:29
EPITAPH* (R. Cobert) 1:56
SEANCE (R. Cobert) 1:18
I, BARNABAS* (R. Cobert-C. Grean) 2:12
BACK AT THE BLUE WHALE (R. Cobert) 2:10
THE OLD HOUSE (R. Cobert) 2:21
1. EPILOGUE 2. DARK SHADOWS (R. Cobert) 1:56
*NARRATION BY: JONATHAN FRID **NARRATION BY: DAVID SELBY
Editor's note: greatness prevails here! I've always wanted to see this series but can't find it to rent and am way too cheap to buy it. This only intensifies my wanting. Great mood music, cheesy poetic monologues and a general spookiness of creaking bones, instruments and your fat black heart into melodramatic darkness. Bwahahahahaha.Apparently the show was so big that there were stuffed heads of the favorite characters! For only $2.99 you could have had yourself a collector's item that hopefully no human still owns!
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!