Released by Varèse Sarabande Records, 2017
Disc 1 – 16 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 46 min.
Disc 2 – 17 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 42 min.
Music by W. G. Snuffy Walden
It has been years since I’ve seen Stephen King’s The Stand, but can remember there sitting in front of my TV when it first debuted, anxiously awaiting it to start, like millions of other King fans. But since it has been so long, I don’t recall much of the score, other than hearing Blue Öyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper in the opening minutes, so this was almost like listening to it for the first time. And I have to say, I am amazed that I don’t remember more of this highly entertaining set of music.
Right off the bat, this first track, Project Blue, we get a bluesy guitar track that drew me in right away. In fact, the score seems to have a strong southern blues feel to it. Track 4 on Disc 1, Trashman in Vegas, is another blues track, but with more of a rock influence to it, with a wailing guitar and some keyboards in the background. Great sound. Track 6, Lawrence and Nadine (The Rejection), is a number where you can just feel the sadness. Since the first part of this movie has a lot of people dying and not the most uplifting story, this style of music fits perfectly.
When you get to Disc 2, things change a bit, as well as the style, but it still retains that slow and bluesy sound to it that really permeates the feel of the score. We get a little other styles going on here, with a little rock influence here and there, as well as some tracks that are just atmospheric sounds. But then you get to tack 8 on Disc 2, The Funeral, and it goes right back into this amazing guitar playing the blues. Just love it.
If you are a fan of blues, then this is worth getting, even if you’ve never seen the movie or read the book. This style or take on the sound track was not one I was remember, or expecting when I started listening to them and it was a real joy to hear them. Walden is a very talented person and gives us close to 90 minutes of incredible music.