Thursday, February 05, 2009

TWO FOR THURSDAY: Alex North Edition

The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Gabor Szabo - Love Theme from Spartacus

A brace of themes today from film composer Alex North, born Isadore Soifer in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1910.

See here for the history of Unchained Melody. I would like to point out that the otherworldly strings on the bridge ("Lonely rivers flow...") make this arguably the greatest bridge in the history of recorded music. String arrangement by Jack Nitzche. Lyrics by Hy Zaret, born Hyman Harry Zaritsky in New York City, in 1907.

Gabor's account of the love theme from Spartacus is from the archives (originally aired 8/6/07), and it's arguably my favorite of all the songs I've ever posted here. Arranged and conducted by Nick DeCaro.


ib said...

Man. I agree with virtually al you say regards "Unchained Melody", but still... I firmly believe it's the Righteous Bros themselves who make it a thing of beauty; it has been massacred so many times in the wrong hands. And still.

My fave is "You've Lost That Loving Feelin'"; what does that say about me ? Optimist or Pessimist, the gig is up.

Gabor is otherwordly. The man was a quietly understated king.

Anonymous said...

Dude, listen to the strings on the bridge, beckoning you Siren-like into the Netherworld!

Eric Gardiner said...

How's the serendipity; I just found your comment on my blog from the post where I stole Gabor's theme, how fitting!

Keep up the good work art decade

- Eric

Emmett said...

Thanks for the comment, Eric. Keep up the good work over at The Sunset! (Love that name, by the way...)

Unknown said...

Love that bridge! (any chance Zaritsky might be a distant cousin of Elisa's?)
And the Gabor - wow. Am contemplating it as perhaps your favorite. Somehow perfect listening as predawn deep blue fills the NYC sky.