GIL MELLE – “THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN” soundtrack (1971)

Besides being a prolific jazz saxophonist and painter, tadalafil Gil Melle was also a pioneering electronic musician. His work for film and TV was important because he was one of the first to use electronic sound palates, sickness and, sales according to Wikipedia, “He was the first to compose a main theme for a television series arranged entirely for electronic instruments (Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery”).)

His sensibility was a perfect match for Robert Wise’s film adaptation of “The Andromeda Strain”, an uber-paranoid sci-fi biological thriller. This is eight tracks of pure electro-gurgle. Also according to Wikipedia:

The film had a soundtrack release, but it was a limited edition of 10,000 records released by Kapp Records in 1971 under the supervision of director Robert Wise (at a cost of $20,000). The records were hexagonal and came in hexagonal record sleeves. The album was re-released shortly afterward as a conventional 12″ LP in a regular square sleeve.

Here’s another mention of the hexagonal 10″.

Gil Melle – “The Andromeda Strain” soundtrack LP (ZIP file)

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152 Responses to GIL MELLE

  1. Edward says:

    This is fantastic!
    I’ve been looking for a recording of this album for years. I have two copies of the LP, but they’re not in good enough shape to record off. The only track that I’ve found is a single track from Rhino’s “Brain in a Box” set, released a few years ago.

    I can always count on this site to give a jump start to my day, keep it going!
    (Postpunkjunk, was incredible too).

    - Ed

  2. James says:

    One of the two Incredibly Strange Music books published by Re Search included a photo of the hexagonal jacket, fully unfolded. It looked very neat.

  3. Amp says:

    Gil Melle is the shit. so is this film. Thanks for sharing!

  4. e*rock says:

    There was a great CDR bootleg reissue of this by Creel Pone which replicated the hexagon cover. I picked it up a couple years ago though, really good but maybe gone now.
    got it here:

  5. swarez says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I’ve been looking for this soundtrack for years now. I stumbled to this site by chance and after looking around decided to do a search and BAM! it’s there.
    Again thank you so much for sharing this.