Serial (2-CD)

Lalo Schifrin, Kenny Ascher

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Quartet Records and Paramount Pictures are proud to present a 2-CD set with the world premiere release of infectious catchy score composed and conducted by legendary Argentinian-born composer Lalo Schifrin (Bullitt, Enter the Dragon, The President’s Analyst, Dirty Harry), including the also catchy unused score composed by Kenny Ascher (The Muppet Movie). 

Serial, directed by Bill Persky in 1980, satirized everything annoying and excessive about ’70s hippie culture. The film was adapted from a novel by Cyra McFadden, a picaresque story that centers on a middle-aged, middle-management type who is vexed and exasperated by the strange jargon and alien behavior infecting everyone around him—including his wife and daughter.

Lalo Schifrin provided a stunning melodic score, dominated by the song “A Changing World,” with lyrics by Norman Gimbel and performed by Michael Johnson. This tune is the key theme of a score in which you can find disco seventies music, hippie sitar sounds, jazz waltzes, frantic orchestral chases or a beautiful love theme. A hidden gem in the filmography of the composer!

Curiously, the Schifrin score was not the first choice for the film. Kenny Ascher (two-time Oscar nominated for The Muppet Movie) composed and recorded first a score that was rejected. Ascher’s music is charming and melodic. It is written in essentially the same style as Schifrin’s—in fact, both scores are perfectly interchangeable.

The album has been remixed and mastered from the well-preserved 24-channel multi-tracks, courtesy of Paramount Pictures; the package includes liner notes by Tim Greiving, who discusses the film and both scores.

Tracklist

DISC 1. THE LALO SCHIFRIN SCORE

  1. Main Title (A Changing World) (1:21)
  2. A Changing World (Bolero) (1:09)
  3. A Changing World (Kama Sutra) (0:35)
  4. Spenser’s Rock (0:46)
  5. A Changing World (3:18)
  6. Functional Music (0:44)
  7. A Changing World (Kama Sutra 2) (1:22)
  8. Flower Bblossoms (0:53)
  9. After the Procession (0:45)
  10. Weekend Freaks (0:52)
  11. Getting My Life Together (3:48)
  12. I Wanna Talk to You (1:36)
  13. A Changing World (2:01)
  14. House of Oriental Harmony (2:57)
  15. A Changing World (1:44)
  16. Mr. Magic (2:48)
  17. Have Fun Sam (1:11)
  18. Chamber of Venus (1:43)
  19. It’s Got to Feel Good (1:30)
  20. A Changing World (1:43)
  21. Road Reamers (0:32)
  22. A Changing World (Chase) (0:39)
  23. The Second Procession (0:38)
  24. Kate’s Waltz (1:11)
  25. Musicians (0:31)
  26. End Credits (A Changing World) (3:12)
  27. A Changing World (Single version) (3:30)
  28. Kate’s Waltz (Alternate) (1:12)
  29. Excerpt from Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, Op.3 (Vivaldi) (1:16)
  30. Excerpt from Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, Op.3 (Vivaldi) (1:15)

DISC 2. THE KENNY ASCHER UNUSED SCORE 

  1. Main Title (3:44)
  2. Born to Be Wild (4:25)
  3. Havey Goes to Work (0:41)
  4. Martha & Rachel in Car (1:23)
  5. Martha’s Wedding (0:48)
  6. Martha’s Weddingrecession (0:50)
  7. Wedding Reception (3:57)
  8. Joanie’s Rock (1:12)
  9. Harvey Moves Out (2:37)
  10. Original Harmony – Add. (0:50)
  11. Paco & Kate (1:09)
  12. The Hamburger & Marlene (1:17)
  13. Disco Dance Lesson (0:55)
  14. Sam Looks for Harvey (0:48)
  15. Piano Overlay (0:46)
  16. Hawaiian Lounge – Overlay (0:47)
  17. Drive to Oriental House (0:59)
  18. Church of Oriental Harmony (2:17)
  19. Disco Party Source (4:17)
  20. Chamber of Venus (2:28)
  21. Ferry Boat (1:32)
  22. Sam’s Funeral (1:30)
  23. Wedding Source (2:21)
  24. End Wrap (2:30)p
  25. 11M6 (0:36)
  26. We Love You, Conrad (C. Strouse / L. Adams) (0:37)
  27. The Hamburger & Marlene (Alternate) (1:16)
  28. Disco Dance Lesson (Alternate) (1:12)