The Wicker Man

Composer: Paul Giovanni
Silva Screen
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It is 30 years since The Wicker Man was first released at the cinema. And it has taken until now to release a full, stereo soundtrack of the music tracks from the movie - they were originally believed lost.

Based on the themes of fertile pre-Chrisian practices of Pagan Britain, The Wicker Man did not follow the predictable formula of 1960's British horror movies. The equally non-formulaic music score was provided by the late songwriter Paul Giovanni and Gary Carpenter.

From the comical The Landlord's Daughter to the haunting Sunset, this collection of music caters for many tastes and brings together a number of styles which helped set the mood for the movie.

Although I personally I am not a big fan of some of the now much dated tracks from the movie a lot of the incidental music is still as fresh today as when it was first composed.

This CD will probably only appeal to soundtrack fanatics and those that still watch the movie on a regular basis. The best of the music is fantastic, but the worst is painful to listen to - including Christopher Lee's singing.

This collection also comes with a booklet and the CD sleeve turns into a movie poster.

Nick Smithson


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