Russell Garcia’s superb score from The Time Machine is remastered and reissued for a whole new generation
Let me let you into a little secret. When I first saw the brilliant 1960 version of ‘The Time Machine.’, it scared the crap out of me. Ok, so I was a young boy when I first saw it. But the Morlocks gave me nightmares for days afterward. But George Pal’s movie, starring Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, and Alan Young is a personal favorite film of mine. And the score by the late, great Russell Garcia accompanied the film like a hand in a glove. It was an incredible symphonic score. And given the material it was accompanying, it ushered in a sense of enjoyable adventure along with a sense of wonder. Perfect for the film.
RECREATING A CLASSIC SCORE
Back in 1987, Russell Garcia teamed up with the Graunke Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Germany. The reason? To recreate his fantastic score for the film all over again. It was to become a landmark re-recording. The score never sounded as good. It was as breathtaking as it had ever been. It was Garcia’s personal re-recording of his terrific music. And he conducted it with a celebrated 60-piece orchestra. Now, thirty-five years later, the rescoring and conducting of the music to the film has returned. It is back and ready to enchant a whole new generation of music lovers.
Russell Garcia sadly passed away in 2011. Born in 1916, he was an accomplished and prolific composer and conductor. He worked on both film and television productions. And he worked with such legends as Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald. John Williams, Louis Armstrong. Charlie Chaplin, and Orsen Welles amongst others. With a track record such as that, you can guess he was a celebrated master at what he created. But his greatest work remains his score for ‘The Time Machine.’
THE TIME MACHINE: THE REMASTERED REISSUE
The score has been remastered from the digital stereo elements. And includes some previously unreleased tracks. These include the ‘Fight With The Morlocks’ as well as the ‘End Title.’ The CD also includes the suite from ‘Atlantis, The Lost Continent’ which Garcia also decided to rescore and again composed for George Pal and his epic movie. But it is for ‘The Time Machine’ that we are here for. And boy, does the CD deliver. The music is an incredible mix, full of dynamism and Romanticism. It is a sheer joy to listen to with its uplifting themes, its themes of loving friendship. And its terrifying themes of horror when we encounter the Morlocks. I still shiver today when we first see the creatures, alongside the music that accompanies their arrival. It is a perfect blend of sight and sound.
We present to you the full contents of the remastered reissue of this incredible score:
1. MAIN TITLE / CREDITS* 2:07
2. LONDON 1900 (FILBY’S THEME) 2:52
3. TIME MACHINE MODEL:49 4. THE TIME MACHINE* 2:19
5. QUICK TRIP INTO THE FUTURE 2:49 6. ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD:36 7. BEAUTIFUL FOREST / THE GREAT HALL 2:14 8. FEAR 1:53
9. WEENA (LOVE THEME) 1:54
10. RESCUE 2:22
11. REMINISCING 2:23
12. MORLOCKS 2:31
13. END TITLE (REPRISE) 1:21
14. FIGHT WITH THE MORLOCKS* 5l10
15. TIME TRAVELER 2:36
16. ESCAPE 3:52
17. PRAYER / OFF AGAIN 2:00
18. TRAPPED IN THE FUTURE 2:28
19. LOVE AND TIME RETURN 3:01
20. END TITLE* 2:37
21. SUITE FROM ATLANTIS, THE LOST CONTINENT 6:52
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 54:37
* Previously unreleased
THE CD DETAILS
The CD itself comes, as standard, in a jewel case. It contains a full-color twenty-page booklet that includes an interview with Russell Garcia himself. The cover and the graphic design are by Jim Titus. And also includes liner notes by the American Director, Producer, and screenwriter Arnold Leibovit, who produces this fantastic album. Arnold Leibovit has devoted over 40 years to the life of George Pal. And in 1985, he made the award-winning biopic ‘The Fantasy Worlds Of George Pal.‘ He certainly knows his stuff when it comes to the work of George Pal. And is the perfect producer for the reissue of Russell Garcia’s finest work.
He was also an executive producer on the 2002 remake of ‘The Time Machine.’ The CD has also benefitted by having the cooperation of the Garcia family. They are planning a tribute concert to Russell Garcia. This is to be held at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
‘The Time Machine: Remastered Reissue’ is available to order now!
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