The Last House on the Left [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The Last House on the Left [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by David Hess

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The Last House on the Left [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

In 1972, Wes Craven released his first feature film, the infamous horror opus The Last House on the Left, a brutal and effective tale of revenge that became a massive hit on the drive-in and grindhouse circuit. Cast as lead villain, Krug was an unlikely candidate for screen villainy: David Hess, a musician who had flirted with pop stardom both under his own name and as prospective teen idol David Hill, had written a handful of tunes recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, and Pat Boone, and worked as an A&R executive at Mercury Records. Hess proved he could be convincingly creepy in Last House, but he served double duty on the film: he also composed and helped perform the film's score, which ran the gamut from soft '70s-style pop to faux-ragtime irony and spooky synthesizer noodlings. Divorced of its visuals, Hess' music for The Last House on the Left for the most part doesn't sound like the score to one of the founding documents in '70s splatter cinema; many of these tracks are gentle stuff that typify the folk-rock and soft rock that dominated the charts in the day, and the jaunty "Sadie and Krug" was clearly meant to contrast sharply against the ugliness on screen. It's only on tracks like "Phyllis Spills Her Guts" (dominated by atonal synth patterns), "The Chase" (similar, but played with more conventional instruments), and "The Road Leads to Nowhere" (a dark-hued ballad) that one really gets a sense of how grim the film could be; horror fans might find this to be a curious listen, given how benign most of this material is, but with a bit of editing this could pass as a tribute to David Hess, forgotten hero of '70s soft rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: One Way Static
UPC: 0095225395307
catalogNumber: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Hess   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Specs Powell   Percussion
Tom Chapin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Steve Chapin   Bass,Piano,Kazoo,Vocals
Kash Monet   Drums
Romeo Penque   Flute,English Horn
Doug Walker   Electric Guitar
Manny Vardi   Synthesizer,Viola
Jesse Hess   Vocals
Bo Hess   Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Chapin   Producer,Additional Music
David Hess   Composer,Executive Producer,Text
Greg Hilfman   Engineer
Ruggero Deodato   Liner Notes
Franco Nero   Liner Notes
Eli Roth   Producer
Ulli Lommel   Liner Notes
Sebastiaan Putseys   Concept,Reissue
Sara Hess   Liner Notes
Mike Baronas   Liner Notes
Marc Sheffler   Liner Notes
Jesse Hess   Liner Notes
Jeramie Rain Dreyfuss   Liner Notes
Graham Langley   Soundtrack Music Clearance
Giovanni Lombardo Radice   Liner Notes
Gina Hess   Liner Notes
Angelica Lincoln   Liner Notes

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