All good things come to those who wait. Fifty years after the release of Stanley Kubrik’s epic film, we finally have the ultimate release of Alex North‘s monumental score for SPARTACUS!
Varese Sarabande is releasing an astonishing box set–six CDs featuring all the remaining stereo tracks, the original soundtrack LP rearranged in film order, the entire score in mono, demos, alternate and unused cues, and two CDs of contemporary film composers interpreting the score’s beautiful love theme. I’m looking forward to hearing what composers like Dave Grusin, Alexandre Desplat and John Williams will do with the theme. In addition there’s a 109-minute DVD featuring conversations about North and the score.
SPARTACUS is arguably North’s finest score and has been a holy grail among film score fans for decades. The old MCA CD of the original soundtrack album was a lovely representation of the score (and has been played over and over in this household), but fans wanted more, and rightly so. The $109 price tag will be a bit steep for many fans (myself included), but I immediately ordered the set and can’t wait for its August ship date. Go to the Varese site to listen to audio clips.
Not only is this producer Robert Townson’s 1,000th album, but the release celebrates North’s centennial this year. I can’t think of a better celebration.