RICK WAKEMAN – “LISZTOMANIA” soundtrack (1975)
Soundtrack collector Nate Thompson sez:
In this amped-up successor to “Tommy”, tadalafil Roger Daltrey stars as the popular composer whose bedroom conquests and long-running feud with Richard Wagner turn into opulent setpieces involving vampirism, a fascist Frankenstein monster stomping around with a machine gun, Ringo Starr as the Pope, and an organ-powered rocketship filled with scantily-clad women. Your average biopic this ainâ€™t. The soundtrack adapts several famous Liszt themes and climaxes with the rousing â€œPeace at Last,â€ presented here in both its album and extended movie versions. Russell and Wakeman later reteamed in the mid-â€™80s for another classically-influenced score, â€œCrimes of Passionâ€, which is far more readily available.
“Lisztomania” is easily my favorite film by Ken Russell. It’s unfairly shit upon by many — yes, because the film is wildly self-indulgent and appears to be a mess on the surface — but it’s quite a ride nonetheless. Just the fact that he was able to convince anyone to give him dollar one (or, pound sterling one, I should say) to shoot the project at all is a testament to his unending energy and enthusiasm.
And, say what you will about Rick Wakeman, but his Moog-drenched inerpretations of Liszt and Wagner’s music is pretty damned great here.