Rare and OOP soundtracks from the Golden Age.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The cities that mocked the very name of God...The vengeance that tore the Earth asunder!

SODOM AND GOMORRAH - Miklos Rozsa (1962)

Here’s one that’s sure to please everyone! Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the last Rozsa epic scores and I think it’s great, very much in the vein of his earlier efforts in the genre: modal writing giving it an exotic touch (even more so than his other epics), great catchy themes and a big sound. The film was an Italian production and wasn’t as prestigious as the ones Rozsa had been used to work on at MGM, maybe that’s why he was so harsh with it in his autobiography:

Sodom and Gomorrah was a super production costing seven million dollars, with the biblical story decked out with all sorts of absurd and gaudy extras. The director had left already [I believe the film was finished by Sergio Leone], so we never met. The film was like a parody of the genre: a wretched script, bad acting, some passable battle scenes, some interesting photography; but I was stuck with it, and with close to two hours of music. However, the producer was a friend, the studio was paying me well, and I hoped I might be able to help a bit; but the cards were stacked[…] The film was a sad flop, and the studio closed down. However, the record album of my music is again available.

This is the expanded two disc release from the Italian label Legend. It was issued as a 2-LP set and someone (not me) made a 2-cd boot from it. It sounds rather good in stereo (although not as good as the more recent reissue of the original album on Collectables records). One thing that we still miss is the complete Main Title: one of the best cue of the score: on this release, it just fades out before it’s finished!



At 1:50 PM, Blogger Cineaste said...


I'm sorry I haven't invited you to join the OST Hub yet. There are so many great soundtrack blogs, it's taking me a while to visit them all.

That's why I created the "OST Hub." It provides a daily roundup of recently-updated soundtrack blogs around the net. I'd love to put you on the list! Check it out and see what you think.


At 11:10 AM, Blogger nomwl1 said...

Hi Archer!

Another great share!! Keep up the great work! :))

At 12:57 AM, Blogger Steff35400 said...

Great blog and great post, i just found you after few weeks off...
Too bad the link for Helen of Troy is not working anymore, i was searching for this one since so long. :( Any chance for a reupload, please?

Breton Girl

At 3:08 AM, Blogger Ian_in_budapest said...

Hi Archer,

Would you be so kind to re-upload,
THE SANDPIPER - Johnny Mandel (1965)? A dear friend has been searching for it for ages and I was very happy to discover it on your blog. Then I reaslised that it had expired on Rapidshare.

If you could re-upload I would be very grateful.

Let me know if there's anything you need - I have a huge collection of music and lots of odd Brazilian, Jazz and Soundtrack material.

All the best, Ian

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Sallie said...

I hope everything is okay, I have been enjoying your classic score posts.

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great reviews and thoughtful analysis - music blog done right!

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At 9:32 AM, Blogger Lv99 Slacker said...

Dear Bullseye:

I am posting this very same message in the comment section in the latest post in music sharing blogs that I visit. In the following below, I detail what precautions to take to minimize the chances of your uploads being removed from the file hosting site(s) of your choice.

1) Name your files something less obvious, or something completely unrelated, like "podcast#32"

2) Password protect your files.

3) Don't use the following file hosting sites: Mediafire, Divshare, and Rapidshare. These sites frequently scan their servers for illegal content and if they identify such a file by its title/name, they will delete it. Mediafire goes down now and then. Divshare has a lame bandwidth cap. Lastly, Rapidshare sucks because of its 100MB file size limit and the 1hr+ download queues.

4) Don't use file hosting sites that give download links that expose the type of file it is (i.e., .zip, .rar, .7z, etc). Rapidshare and Gigasize, for example, do this. Zshare, Megaupload, Flyupload do not.

Good: hxxp://www[dot]flyupload[dot]com/?fid=8299305

Bad (bad portion in parenthesis):

5) This is the most important. When it comes to the actual download links, I recommend doing either of the following: A) Change the link a bit. Instead of "http://" change it to "hxxp://" or


www [dot] blahblahblah [dot]com

Why? Because file hosting site administrators can check to see where a download link is posted, if the link can refer back. By "corrupting" the link, they won't be able to do this.

B) This is what I would personally do if I were to start my own music sharing blog. Use downloadable flash paper. Take a look:


A person can download that document either as a .pdf, a Microsoft Word document or a plain Notepad .txt document. Also you can embed the document into your blog which will include the download buttons for the document. You'll have to register at Scribd to use flash paper, but registration is free. If you don't want to use flash paper, post your "corrupted" download link in the comment section.

However, none of these precautions will do you any good if some copyright advocate or an employee of the RIAA or what not find your blog and report every link.

Thanks for taking the time and effort anyway ;)

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