Nothing says British Sci-Fi quite like quite like anything that the legendary duo of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were involved in and they’ve definitely produced some of my favorite shows to air on the small screen including the beloved series Spacee 1999. Another legend in his field that needs not introduction is iconic composer Ennio Morricone who has scored more than his fair share of films and is highly regarded as the greatest of all time. Unbeknownst to myself until most recently, the two worked together during Space 1999’s run and in Italy, they cut three episodes of the British Sci-Fi television show together and released it to theatres as a full-length film, and the legendary Morricone composed the score in all its full-on Jazz skronk awesomeness which is finding its way to vinyl for the first time!
Death Waltz Recording Company is ready to whisk you far into the future – to the end of the 20th Century – with the truly out-of-this-world Ennio Morricone score to SPAZIO: 1999, starring the late, great Martin Landau. Produced by the legendary Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the feature was constructed out of three episodes of the revered SPACE: 1999 television show to introduce Italian audiences to Commander Koenig and his crew. It thrilled audiences with nuclear explosions, parallel universes, and space opera thrills, all coming out of Moonbase Alpha. While the Italian show still featured the brassy sound of Barry Gray, legendary maestro Morricone was employed to bring a decidedly different feel to the theatrical film.
From the opening, the score launches into wild space jazz with piano and trumpet interspersed with all kinds of noise before it descends into a creepier vibe. Morricone uses unsettling violins and atonal music together with electronics to simulate the void of space and the danger faced by the intrepid heroes. What emerges is a mix of sci-fi and horror that will not only thrill you, but also scare the living daylights out of you. Human decision required.
– Charlie Brigden, Creator, The Sound of Fear Podcast