Sunday, 19 August 2007

Kenyon Hopkins part 2

Και όταν λέω οτι ο κύριος Hopkins είχε την τιμητική του όλο αυτό τον καιρό,το εννοώ...αλλά τέσσερα εξαιρετικά άλμπουμ στην διάθεση σας... (Τα σχόλια και η κριτική για κάθε άλμπουμ είναι απο το

Lilith [Kenyon Hopkins] (Colpix Records 1964)

Vincent Bruce (Warren Beatty) is a Korean War veteran who becomes an occupational therapist in a private mental hospital that cares for wealthy, schizophrenic clientele. He slowly begins to fall for Lilith Arthur (Jean Seberg), a patient who is mentally locked in her own little world. Vincent eventually begins his own psychological disintegration over his feeling for the woman and asks for help. This depressing psychodrama was the final film for the gifted director Robert Rossen, who died in 1966.

This Property is Godemned [Kenyon Hopkins] (Verve Records 1966)

Alva (Natalie Wood) is a beautiful woman living in a small Mississippi town in the 1930s with her manipulative mother Hazel (Kate Reid), the owner of a boarding house. Hazel wants Alva to marry the well to do Mr. Johnson (John Harding), but Alva has fallen in love with a good-looking stranger from New Orleans, Owen Legate (Robert Redford), who is in Mississippi to lay off railroad workers. Hazel is opposed to their love affair and when Owen is beaten to a pulp by a gang of workers, he decides to leave town and take Alva with him. But Hazel fools Owen into thinking Alva is engaged to Mr. Johnson. In retaliation, Alva marries Hazel's loutish lover J.J. (Charles Bronson). The next day, she abandons J.J. to meet Owen in New Orleans. Her mother, incensed at Alva's betrayal, sets out to ruin her daughter's reputation by exposing her marriage to J.J. to the world.

Panic,The Son of Shock [Kenyon Hopkins & The Creed Taylor Orchestra] (ABC Paramount 1959)

Nightmare! [Kenyon Hopkins & The Creed Taylor Orchestra] (MGM Records 1962)

This trilogy of atmospheric horror albums could be purchased from ads in monster magazines and combined Kenyon Hopkins familiar jazz beat with spooky sound effects, gasps, groans and blood-curdling screams. These are the most well known and collectible records he made appearing as a "limited edition" (bootleg) CD several years ago on a label called "Fear."


mandustrian said...

I didn't know of your blog, just discovered it the other day.. - Many Many Many thanx for all great Hopkins' works!!!

mandustrian also said...

...although THE HUSTLER, EAST SIDE WEST SIDE & NIGHTMARE!! links are dead, by now..

Nightmare is badly wanted...