Release Date: July 14, 2015
Conducted by Bernard Herrmann
|9.||Goodnight / The Safari||1:06|
|13.||Defiance / Bakuba Boy||1:24|
|24.||The Three Doctors||0:33|
|25.||The Camp #2||1:14|
|28.||Terror / Recovery / The Finale||1:33|
|Total Album Time:||41:27|
For White Witch Doctor, Bernard Herrmann he delivered one of his greatest scores, yet not one that is known much these days. The film begins with the kind of main title that just propels you into the moviepervasive percussion and drums over exciting strings and brass, clanging bells, and winds run amokno one did this kind of main title better than Herrmann.
Much of the score is breathtakingly beautiful with Herrmann's amazing orchestral textures and colors. It also includes several appearances by the weird and ominous-sounding instrument the serpent to underscore suspenseful momentsan instrument he would also make great use of several years later for Journey to the Center of the Earth. Every cue is infused with Herrmann's unique and brilliant harmonic characterin fact, much of the score plays like a preview of scores he would do for Hitchcock and the fantasy films that came later. There was no one who did it like Herrmann and this is one of his all-time great scores.
White Witch Doctor's first release on CD was part of the big Bernard Herrmann at Fox box on Varese Sarabande. That set was a quick sellout and many fans missed out on its myriad pleasures, White Witch Doctor being among the best of them. It's presented in that wonderful Fox push-pull stereo and the score sounds absolutely splendid.
Limited to 1000 copies only.
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Released: December 27, 2011