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Music Conducted By
Jerry Goldsmith

Orchestrations By
Arthur Morton

Recorded By
Robin Gray

Performed By
Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Produced By
Jerry Goldsmith

Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 310

Previous Release(s)
Intrada MAF 7003D
Silva Film CD 038

Year Of CD/Film Release

Running Time

Normal Release (also available as a 2 LP Vinyl Set)

Cues & Timings

01. The Sentence (4:12)
02. Ill Wind (2:11)
03. Time Warp* (1:33)
04. The Ring (2:32)
05. Like A Father* (2:06)
06. The Trance** (6:19)
07. Old Age (4:14)
08. The Rope* (0:51)
09. Growing Pains (5:48)
10. He Was Here* (2:57)

11. The Weather Vane (5:09)
12. Nails (4:32)
13. The Terminal* (1:28)
14. A Witch Among Us* (4:13)
15. The Uninvited (5:01)
16. The Headstone* (2:39)
17. Salt Water Attack (8:52)
18. The Salt Flats (7:25)

* previously unreleased
** contains previously unreleased material

Soundtrack Ratings









A very odd 'plinky-plonky' score indeed for Steve Miner's enjoyable sorcery adventure. Not at all what was expected when fans heard about this movie and the composer's involvement. For a start the score has a curious tonality about it and a rather dull recording. This might be to do with the orchestration and what Goldsmith assembled, though you're never quite sure whether the recording venue is to blame.

The score to Warlock is essentially built around two themes. Firstly, a rather stately sounding religious theme for Richard E Grant's Redferne, played predominantly by strings but instigated and supported by a plodding synth beat and an 'organ like' melody. Secondly, for Julian Sand's Warlock, you have unworldly synth effects and orchestrally, low end brass with an echoing xylophone effect, reminiscent of a metronome tick.

Goldsmith never overstates his themes and much like the remainder of the score, his music never dominates the visuals. Initially it seems odd to see a name like this writing rather unassuming, and some might say, bland music for such a movie, but yet again his instincts are correct. Warlock the movie never quite goes for big budget thrills, it keeps to its B movie agenda, with humour, some scares and excitement too. Take the The Weather Vane for example, the highlight of the score, as Redferne almost traps and captures the Warlock. Goldsmith's lengthy cue of stop/start action begins ominously before a chase ensues which doesn't spur Goldsmith into making much noise. There is a little percussion, some muted brass - utilising Rosenman's famed 'pyramid of brass', but electronics and strings carry the sequence adequately. Anything more and it would have drawn attention to itself.

The body of the score is made up of a series of eerie pieces for a wild array of electronic sounds for sequences involving the evil Warlock. Effective scoring and interesting but some might find them a difficult listen separated from the visuals. The score closes though on two good lengthy cues. Salt Water Attack plays out the final battle between good and evil and it's here we get to hear more orchestra, due to the fact that the synth work was toned down or removed just before the album was pressed. Of note is a gorgeous melancholy theme for Redferne as his spirit is whisked back to his own time, a wonderful contrast to the music that has come before. Salt Flats encompasses the end credits and builds to an exciting coda before the credits crawl up the screen. Not surprisingly Goldsmith doesn't quite go out with a bang. There is a flourish of orchestral colour but it's not over stated as the demonic slow tempo of the Warlock theme is reprised.

Warlock remains an interesting score and quite a contrast to the composer's usual style. It was written at the height of his synthesiser experimentations and shows a composer thoroughly fascinated by their impact with orchestra. But I can't help but think the orchestral parts could have sounded quite impressive as the more I listen to this score, the more I feel there is something wrong with the recording.