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THE CURSE OF DRACULA (TV SCORE / 2CD) (CD)
Composed by: Les Baxter, Various, Joe Harnell

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Dracula’s Theme 01
Dracula Theme / Opening Narration/ Kurt Jumps Clear of the Flaming Car 05
The Needle of Doom 08
The Offer of Immortality 12
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THE CURSE OF DRACULA
Music from the Television Serial
Composed by Joe Harnell, Charles R. Casey, Ira Hearshen and Les Baxter

THE CURSE OF DRACULA, featuring music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell and additional music composed by Charles R. Cassey, Ira Hearshen and Les Baxter from the 1979 television anthology CLIFFHANGERS, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson (THE BIONIC MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, V – The Original Mini-Series) starring Michael Nouri (THE HIDDEN, FLASHDANCE, DAMAGES) as Count Dracula, along with Stephen Johnson and Carol Baxter.

Written, produced and directed by television veteran Kenneth Johnson, THE CURSE OF DRACULA was one of three segments that played on the TV series CLIFFHANGERS in 1979. The show was inspired by and emulated the movie serials of the 1930s and 1940s. Under the umbrella title CLIFFHANGERS, three separate serialized made-for-TV movies would be told simultaneously, shown in separate 20-minute segments during each of the series’ hour-long episodes. THE CURSE OF DRACULA was designed as an original horror serial starring Michael Nouri as Count Dracula, living undercover in modern day San Francisco, weary of immortality and seeking a woman to share a mortal life with.

To provide the music for CLIFFHANGERS, Kenneth Johnson turned to Joe Harnell, his longtime friend and collaborator, a relationship that includes fondly remembered television projects from the 1970s such as THE BIONIC WOMAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, V – The Original Mini-Series and ALIEN NATION. Harnell’s gift for melody had been honed during the 1950s as a pianist and music director for such popular singers as Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, and Peggy Lee. He turned to writing advertising jingles in New York during the 1960s and became the musical director of THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW in 1969. Harnell was also a successful easy listening composer and arranger, releasing nearly 20 record albums. Joe Harnell has been nominated for an Emmy Award on three occasions for Best Dramatic Score. During his career, Harnell composed over 400 hours of original music for motion pictures and television. His scores for THE BIONIC WOMAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK heavily influenced the scoring of all Universal television programs in the late 1970’s. His scores used a traditional orchestral approach (influenced by his Jazz roots) using a 32 piece orchestra. He frequently conducted scores from the piano during recording sessions and he performed all the piano and keyboard solos in all of his scores.

Harnell gave CLIFFHANGERS its signature main and end title music, composed the main themes for each of the individual serials, and wrote the music for the first two chapters of THE CURSE OF DRACULA. Composer Les Baxter, noted for his work for Roger Corman and American International Pictures during the 1950s and 1960s, also came on board to score five episodes. With Baxter and Harnell as the series’ primary composers, others came in to assist when deadline pressure became too great. Chicago-born Charles R. Cassey, who had contributed scores to NBC’s MRS. COLOMBO and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, composed CLIFFHANGER’s fourth episode. Ira Hearshen, who would become a veteran orchestrator for feature films had come in to assist Harnell with orchestration on both INCREDIBLE HULK and CLIFFHANGER shows and was asked to write the score for the show’s sixth and eight episodes. Recorded on the Universal scoring stage, the music for THE CURSE OF DRACULA was chiefly orchestral, performed by a small-sized ensemble but orchestrated in such a way to sound reasonably rich and full.

Original television soundtrack recording to THE CURSE OF DRACULA, mastered by Digital Outland, with liner notes by author Randall Larson. An early compact disc release of Joe Harnell’s music included a short suite from THE CURSE OF DRACULA but this release contains all the music composed for the anthology segment for the first time, presented on 2 CDs, in loving memory of composers Joe Harnell and Les Baxter.

THE CURSE OF DRACULA is limited to 1000 units.

CD ONE

LIFEBLOOD (Joe Harnell)
1. Dracula’s Theme / Escape from the Burning Barn (3:33) 2. Night School with the Dracula / Tailing Dracula / Kurt Searches for Mary (2:52) 3. I Loved Your Mother (0:44) 4. Mary Trapped / Flaming Car / Episode Credits (4:21)

BLOOD STREAM (Joe Harnell)
5. Dracula Theme / Opening Narration/ Kurt Jumps Clear of the Flaming Car (4:48) 6. Mary’s Story (1:29) 7. The Crow / Coffin Time / To The Hospital / Mary Thinks of Dracula (2:18) 8. The Needle of Doom / Episode Credits (2:36)

DEMONS IN& THE DARK (Les Baxter)
9. Dracula’s Theme / Opening Narration (1:06) 10. Unused Cue / C.H.i.P Pulls Over Dracula / C.H.i.P Snack / Mary Alone (6:12) 11. The Phone Call / Kurt Shows Up (1:32) 12. The Offer of Immortality / Dogs Attack Mary (2:36)

DEPOSITORY OF DEATH (C.R. Cassey) SEPULCHRE OF THE UNDEAD (Les Baxter)
16. Dracula’s Theme / Opening Narration / Kurt Falls / Mary Resists (2:32) 17. I’m One of Them! / Dracula Calls Mary (2:08) 18. Enter Mary’s Mom / Kurt Drugged / Kurt Entombed / Tune In Next Week (3:56)

Total Disc Time: 57:39

CD TWO

THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY (Ira Hearshen)
1. Dracula’s Theme and Opening Narration / Amanda Rescues Kurt (4:06) 2. Dracula and Mary / Mary Gives Herself to Dracula (5:24) 3. Kurt Breaks In / Mary’s Bloodlust / Tune In Next Week (2:26)

WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (Les Baxter)
4. Dracula’s Theme and Opening Narration / Mary and Her Mom’s Reunion (4:50) 5. Kurt and Mary Kiss (0:49) 6. The Crow Returns / Dracula Wants You to Kill Mary / Coffin Awakening (2:03) 7. Dracula and Amanda / Deathtrap for Dracula / Tune In Next Week (4:43)

SEALED IN BLOOD (Ira Hearshen)
8. Dracula’s Theme and Opening Narration / Dracula Escapes (5:12) 9. Attempt on Mary’s life and Escape (2:18) 10. The Girl is in Great Danger / Dracula Finds Mary / Tune In Next Week (3:09)

THIRST FOR DEATH (Les Baxter)
11. Dracula’s Theme and Opening Narration / Mom to the Rescue (2:51) 12. The Treatment Goes On / Mary Fakes Out Kurt / Mary Escapes / Mary is Saved (3:09) 13. A Mother’s Choice / Tune In Next Week (5:30)

PLEA FOR THE DAMNED (Les Baxter)
14. Dracula’s Theme / Amanda’s Death (3:00) 15. Dracula Sleeps / Dracula's Journal / Destroying the Coffins (4:28) 16. Final Confrontation (2:00 17. Dracula’s Death / The End (3:40)

Total Disc Time: 61:12

  
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