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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – High Spirits – Vinyl Record

 

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – High Spirits – Vinyl Record

The original motion picture soundtrack for High Spirits is linked to the 1988 comedy film directed by Neil Jordan. The movie, which blends elements of comedy and supernatural themes, features a score that captures the film’s light-hearted and whimsical spirit.

The soundtrack for High Spirits was composed by George Fenton, an acclaimed composer known for his work on various films across different genres. Fenton’s score for “High Spirits” is characterized by its lively and orchestral approach, which suits the film’s fantastical and comedic narrative. The music often employs traditional Irish musical elements, reflecting the movie’s setting in a haunted Irish castle.

Fenton’s compositions feature themes that range from spirited and playful to mysterious and enchanting, matching the movie’s tone shifts. The use of Irish folk instruments like fiddles and flutes adds a local flavor and authenticity to the setting.

The film “High Spirits” itself received mixed reviews and has somewhat of a cult following. The soundtrack, while not widely renowned, is appreciated within the context of the film for enhancing the comedic and mystical ambiance. George Fenton’s work is generally well-regarded in the film music community, and this soundtrack is a testament to his versatility and ability to match his music to the film’s thematic elements.

Soundtracks like that of “High Spirits” often gain appreciation from film buffs and soundtrack collectors, particularly those with an interest in 1980s cinema or in George Fenton’s diverse body of work. The soundtrack contributes to the film’s atmosphere and plays a crucial role in establishing the whimsical and eerie setting that defines the movie.

For those interested in a blend of comedy, the supernatural, and the use of traditional Irish music in a cinematic context, the “High Spirits” soundtrack offers a charming musical experience that complements the film’s unique appeal.

George Fenton (born October 19, 1950) is a British composer best known for his work writing film scores and music for television, although he also writes music for the theater. He was born George Richard Ian Howe in London and attended St Edwards School in Oxford.

Initially Fenton worked as an actor, getting an early break with a part in Alan Bennetts play Forty Years On. He had some minor success appearing in the film Private Road, the soap opera Emmerdale Farm and in Alan Bennetts first television play A Day Out directed by Stephen Frears and broadcast in 1972.

Often asked to play a musical instrument in productions, Fenton decided on an early career switch to composition. In 1974 he got his first major commission, composing and musical directing for Peter Gills theatre production of Twelfth Night by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. This led to further work in British theatre, composing for productions at: The National Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Royal Court, The Riverside Studios, and further compositions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Brand new, never played and still sealed in the factory plastic seal with clipped corner on jacket

GNP Crescendo 1988

Track Listing
HIGH SPIRITS OVERTURE (04:37)
PROLOGUE & MAIN TITLE/CASTLE PLUNKETT (05:00)
PLUNKETTS LAMENT/PRAYERS FOR FREEDOM (02:16)
GHOST BUS TOURS (03:36)
GHOSTLY REFLECTIONS (01:04)
SHE IS FAR FROM THE LAND (01:39)
BUMPS IN THE KNIGHT (03:42)
MARY APPEARS/WINDSTORM/A NIGHT FOR LOVERS (05:27)
I COULD LOVE YOU, SIR JACK/SHOWER SURPRISE (02:37)
KNIGHT TIME AT CASTLE PLUNKETT (03:27)
THE WEDDING NIGHT/JACK SAVES MARY (02:34)
RESTLESS SPIRITS/THE SEASTORM (06:12)
MADNESS ON ALL HALLOWS EVE (04:41)
FALLING IN LOVE (04:22)
THE LOVERS DANCE (FINALE) (01:32)

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