H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space and "Themes From Hell" #2 now on sale
Cadabra Records has just started sales on an extraordinary production of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space as a deluxe 2 X LP set along with an even more limited edition 7” record of select instrumental themes from my soundtrack as the second title in the “Themes From Hell” series! I’m incredibly proud of these releases and am excited for people to experience them on every level.
Andrew Leman’s reading of one of my favorite stories by Lovecraft is perfect! Karmazid’s visionary art is one for the record books in how well it captures the imbued and psychedelic cosmicism of the tale. Josh Yelle’s calligraphy compliments the art and overall aesthetic in such an ideal way as it is fully integrated into the overall design and layout that Jonathan Dennison so beautifully put together! Lovecraft scholar and leading authority, S.T. Joshi has written spectacular liner notes shedding important light on one of Lovecraft’s best works.
For this score, I played a wide assortment of polyphonic and monophonic synthesizers, both digital and analog, as well as electric guitar and even some backwards piano. There were numerous essential collaborations on this soundtrack. Barry Knob immaculately produced all of the music heard along with contributing awesome electronic bass and Mellotron parts. Dave Barbaree added gorgeous and haunting string arrangements along with some fierce electric bass guitar parts. Stephen Quaranta laid down some magnificent drum programming, piano and marimba.
Jonathan Dennison has gone to incredibly great lengths to make every aspect of this release just right and I am deeply humbled to be a part of it.
More details about the 2 X LP set below from the Cadabra Records press release:
"West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut."
H. P. Lovecraft's The Colour out of Space 2x LP set - Read by Andrew Leman, score by Chris Bozzone.
RED AND BLUE SWIRL OVER CLEAR VINYL VARIANT
100x COPIES AVAILABLE
* Limited pressing on 160 gram vinyl
* Printed on a deluxe heavy weight tip-on gatefold jacket
* Includes insert with liner notes by Chris Bozzone
* Essay by weird fiction scholar S. T. Joshi
* Includes a 24" x 36" poster
* Newly commissioned art by Karmazid
From Joshi's essay:
“The Colour out of Space” is one of Lovecraft’s greatest ventures into cosmicism—the depiction of the spectacular gulfs of space and time and the consequent insignificance of human life and history—and is perhaps exceeded in this regard only by At the Mountains of Madness. It is one of his great stories of regional horror at the same time that it is his first and perhaps greatest tale of pure science fiction. There has long been confusion as to whether Lovecraft submitted the story first to Weird Tales, and only sent it to Amazing Stories after it was rejected by Weird Tales. But we now have definitive evidence that Lovecraft submitted the story first to Amazing. After sending it on the rounds of his various colleagues, he wrote to Clark Ashton Smith (June 24, 1927): “Hurrah! ‘The Colour out of Space’ has just been accepted by ‘Amazing Stories’!” In a follow-up letter (July 15, 1927), he writes to Smith: “As for ‘The Colour out of Space’—[Donald] Wandrei tells me that Amazing Stories doesn’t pay well, so that I’m sorry I didn’t try Weird Tales first.” Lovecraft was all too correct about the magazine’s rate of payment: the editor, Hugo Gernsback, paid him a mere $25.00 for it, and then only after Lovecraft had sent him three dunning letters; this paltry remuneration essentially closed off that market to Lovecraft, and he never submitted anything to Amazing again. But he always considered “The Colour out of Space” his most successful experiment at depicting the boundless “outside.”