We’re only a few weeks into 2015 and already it’s been a kick-ass year for vintage film scores all thanks to a single monumental release. One of the last remaining “holy grails” on my personal wish list has been Craig Safan’s nostalgic masterpiece The Last Starfighter. This week Intrada Records launched an expanded album of this magnificent score to the delight of Starfighters recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.
The Last Starfighter has always been one of the glaring omissions from my personal collection. Southern Cross Records released the first LP of Safan’s music in 1984 and followed with a CD in 1987. Both are unicorn-rare. Intrada then released a slightly expanded version of that album on CD in 1995 but that soundtrack has also been sold out for many years.
Intrada’s latest album features the complete score mastered from the original 2-inch 24-track masters and debuts almost fifteen minutes of never-before-released music. I’ve had it playing on a near-continuous loop since i got it yesterday and I have to say the experience of listening to this music again with such pristine sound quality is a royal gift to my ears. There were so many fantastic scores scribed in the 1980s and this is certainly one of the best.
To help celebrate the new album, Intrada Records is sponsoring an autograph signing with the composer, Craig Safan! The event will take place on January 17th from 1:00PM until 2:30PM at the Creature Features Emporium, 2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506.
Can’t make the signing in person? No worries, you can still purchase an autographed CD which will be shipped out after the event. For more information check out Creature Features web site. For more information regarding the album itself including a track list and release notes visit Intrada Records web site.