1996 release featuring the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Cracow, conducted by Masatoshi Mitsumoto. The highlights are TARANTULA and THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS but all the music is pleasing and worth having. TARANTULA is as good as any horror score of the 1950s and this orchestra and conductor really do it justice. Being early Mancini helps too. The recorded sound is as near perfect as could be hoped for with very close miking, good separation and lots of clear detail. There are not many re-recordings which sound this fabulous; it's as if the OSTs had been done in a modern studio. Very nice.
Tarantula (Herman Stein, Henry Mancini) - 13 tracks (18:42) The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (David Buttolph) - 11 tracks (18:46) The Monolith Monsters (Irving Gertz) - Main Title only (1:03) Gorgo (Angelo Francesco Lavagnino) - 12 tracks (19:43)
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