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The Sunday Score: Heavy Metal (1981)


This week’s selection is from the 1981 animated bruiser (and personal favorite), “Heavy Metal.”

Perhaps best known as a conduit for a head-banging, impossible-to-license soundtrack with contributions from the likes of Sammy Hagar and Black Sabbath, the score was provided by Elmer Bernstein, the late, great composer of such classic pictures as “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Ten Commandments,” and a man who would assuredly be the last on any list of potential artistic connections to a movie like “Heavy Metal.”

Gently reworking a section of his lost “Saturn 3” score (rent it for some laughs and to ogle Farrah Fawcett in her spandex-clad prime), Bernstein finds ideal, unexpected balance with the brutal, unforgettable world of “Metal,” especially in this piece entitled “Taarna’s Theme.”

Unfortunately, the track offered here isn’t pulled from the original recording, but a cover album put forth by the honorable JV squad of movie music: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. They do one fantastic job recreating the tricky, ethereal score.    

Here's the home video trailer:


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