“THE APPLE” soundtrack: 2 versions (1980)
From Nate Thompsonâ€™s now-defunct soundtrack blog 7 Black Notes:
After officially buying Cannon Films from its British founders in 1979, Menaham Golan stepped behind the camera again for a colorful, widescreen musical spectacular, shot in Germany with a bizarre international cast including newbie Catherine Mary Stewart (â€™Night of the Cometâ€™), future BBC staple Grace Kennedy, Joss Ackland (â€™Lethal Weapon 2â€²), and the wonderfully hammy Vladek Sheybal (â€™From Russia with Loveâ€™) as Mr. Boogalow, a satanic record producer who controls the world of pop culture in the futuristic year of 1994.
The end result, â€˜The Appleâ€™, appalled audiences worldwide with its glam-rock fusion of biblical symbolism, dirty disco, and dieties descending from the sky in pimpmobiles, though it has more recently become a perpetual revival house and midnight movie favorite. The, uh, unique songs are the brainchild of Israeli popster Coby Recht and American composer George S. Clinton (who also appears onscreen as a mind-controlled reporter), later known for much bigger titles like â€˜Austin Powersâ€™, â€˜Wild Thingsâ€™ and â€˜Mortal Kombatâ€™. â€˜Xanaduâ€™ ainâ€™t got nothinâ€™ on this one, baby.
Before it enjoyed its current midnight-movie revival and late night cable TV status, â€œThe Appleâ€ languished at the video store I’ve worked at for ages, on the “musicals” shelf, thoroughly unwatched until one day, a fellow employee noticed its colorful cover box, and popped it in, unaware of what he was in store for. Needless to say, he was instantly bowled over, and proceeded to hound every last co-worker until weâ€™d all seen it. I quickly became infatuated with the filmâ€™s jaw-dropping lyrics and faux futuristic inanities, and cobbled together a homemade soundtrack CD by ripping the audio from our old VHS rental tape. Eventually we tracked down an LP copy of the official version, probably the only album to have ever been released by Cannon Records! In comparing the two, I was disappointed by the LP versionâ€™s tendency to bathe every note of every song in a torrent of phase and flange effects, whereas in the video version, those effects are absent. Also, the LP version does not contain every song, bit of extraneous dialogue or extended music cue that the video version does.
Later, I thought of re-recording the video version when â€œThe Appleâ€ finally came out on DVD, but decided against it. I guess I like that thick layer of tape hiss too much; it reminds me of that bygone era when VHS was king. Here, I offer both versions for download. You decide which one you like best.