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  • Sorcery (USA, Los Angeles) - Stunt Rock: Original Soundtrack of the Motion Picture (1978)

    http://www.sorcerymusic.com/images/stuntrockcover3.jpg

    (cheers2) not to be confused with the USA, Chicago Sorcery
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    Type: Full-Length
    Original Release date: 1978
    Label: Movin Image / Groovy Records (digipak) - this is the official CD issue (year 2000) with the 11th track "Power Mad".

    Source: Ripped from my CD at 320 CBR bitrate using dBpoweramp

    Tracklist:
    01. Sacrifice
    02. Wizard's Council
    03. Talking To The Devil
    04. Burned Alive
    05. Book Of Magic
    06. Stuntrocker
    07. Mark Of The Beast
    08. The Bird Song
    09. Wicked City
    10. Woman City
    11. Power Mad (extra track)

    Quite strange early "proto-metal" - sort of like a cross between early BOC, Alice Cooper, Frank Zappa, it's kind of strange stuff. I have never seen the movie - I should check it out sometime.

    Here's some additional info, from Wikipedia, their web-site, and a review of the DVD edition of the movie:
    SORCERY'S "StuntRock" (SORCERYMUSIC INT'L). Originally conceived to accompany the motion picture of the same name, the soundtrack far out lived the cheese-ola flick. This 70's-era metal (recorded in 1978, so it's the real deal ! ) like a more metal-minded Blue Oyster Cult (compare to B.O.C's "Wings Wetted Down" to Sorcery's "Wizard Council"; the bands are surely proto-metal peers).

    Very esoteric in spots, as their name suggests, (and not to be confused with the Illonios-based Sorcery, who chugged out some pretty dunderheaded early metal at the exact same time). Anthem after anthem, classic song after classic song, this kicks more ass than the combined Ted Nuggent catalog, and isn't near as insulting to the intelligence!

    This is surely one of the main albums the NEW WAVE of BRITISH HEAVY METAL legends must've been copping riffs from.

    SEARCH IT!!!! Seek and Enjoy!!!....---Jeff Wagner (METAL MANIACS MAGAZINE AUGUST 2000*)

    Sorcery (band)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The rock band Sorcery were from Hollywood and Los Angeles, California[1][2][3][4][5] circa 1976 to 1987 and recognized around the world for their live stage show, which incorporated a magic theme, along with their music and films they appeared in.

    Sorcery's stage show was created and first seen in 1976. The live stage show consisted of two master magicians, Paul Haynes playing the part of "Merlin" and Curtis James Hyde playing the part of the "Devil" in the on-stage battle of "Good vs. Evil". They were also honorary members of the "Magic Castle" in Hollywood Ca. Band members are Perry Morris (drummer and band leader), Lead guitarist Richard Taylor, and bass player Richie King. The first and original lead singer for SORCERY was Greg McGee. Their live stage show was known as "The King of the Wizards against the Prince of Darkness" and played only a small number of "gigs" before they were signed in 1978.

    They were signed to appear in the film Stuntrock and to provide the film's soundtrack. In addition to Stuntrock, the musicians in Sorcery did other motion picture soundtracks, appeared on a number of "Dick Clark" TV specials and did "TV Bumper music". They also did TV background music, and commercial jingles in the L.A. studios. The band headlined every gig they ever played including gigs with Van Halen, and whose members were endorsed by major musical instrument manufacturres, such as the Ludwig Drum company, the Gibson Guitar Company and the B.C. Rich Guitar company. They were members of S.A.G, AFTRA and the Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood Ca.
    [edit] Musicians

    Sorcery's drummer, Perry Morris, was an L.A. session drummer who played with many artists in the 1970s and 80s. Some of the artists Perry played with are Harry Nilsson, John Denver, the Coasters, Jimmy Webb, Joanie Mitchell, Tim Bogart, Jay Williams and Rare Earths keyboard player, Mark Olson, just to name a few. Perry Morris also did T.V. background music work, commercial jingles and movie soundtracks as well as background music work at many L.A. studios such as; MGM Studios,Culver City Ca. The Universal Studios in N. Hollywood Ca. the Warner Bros.studios in Burbank Ca. and recorded at NBC Studios,Burbank,ABC Studios in Hollywood and CBS/Television Studios in L.A. Many recording dates were at the original "Gold Star" studios(on Santa Monica & Vine St) in Hollywood, The Record Plant, the "Baby-O" studios on Sunset Blvd. Walley Heiders in Hollywood and "Sound City" in Van Nuys Ca, just to name a few. He was also sponsored by the Ludwig Drum company. Sorcery's lead guitarist,Richard Taylor, was also a member of S.A.G. and AFTRA, and the Musicians Union Local 47 in Hollywood Ca. Richard Taylor played with the groups "Leggs Diamond" and the band "BOA' and also did session work as well. The bass player for Sorcery was Richie King, a great bassist and a member of AFTRA, S.A.G. and the Musicians Union,Local 47. Richie King was an L.A. session Bass player and endorsed by B.C.Rich guitar company. The B.C. Rich guitar company made a custom bass guitar in Rickie King's honor as they were fans of Richie and the Sorcery band as well. Note: See link (link item 1 is top of page) on details from Vintage Guitar magazine on that bass guitar.

    Over the years Sorcery had three lead singers. The first lead vocalist for Sorcery was Greg McGee, who was in the band from 1976-1979. Greg McGee appears in the film "STUNTROCK" and on the movie soundtrack LP. The second lead vocalist for "Sorcery" was David Glen Eisley from 1979 to 1983. David is on the "SORCERY 2" LP/cd and the "Sorcery Live" LP/cd. Sorcery also did Dick Clark T.V. specials in 1982 and 1983 that David Eisley appears on. The third vocalist for the group was Nigel Benjamin. Nigel previously sang with the bands "Mott the Hoople" and the band "London". Nigel's vocals were used for the "Rocktober Blood" movie soundtrack.(Except for the track "Rainbow Eyes" sung by Susie Major).[6]

    Sorcery band members Perry Morris, Richard Taylor and Richie King also appear in the film Rocktober Blood as the Headmistress Band, as well as recorded most of that movies soundtrack in 1984. The "Rocktober Blood" movie LP was recorded in part at the "Baby-O" studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood Ca.

    The film "STUNTROCK" was first available on DVD in 1997 and re-released on DVD in 2009 by Code-Red. The film has also been playing over recent years in theaters around the world. It has become a "midnite movie cult classic" in many circles.[7] Showing at the Alamo Draft House in Austin, Texas, to the NEW BEVERLY CINEMA in Beverly Hills Ca. and around the country. The film has brought renewed interest in the group and its music some 32 years after the picture was made. Additional information is available on the web on this L.A. based group from the 70's and 80's.

    http://www.sorcerymusic.com/

    DVD Review - Stunt Rock

    STUNT ROCK fire

    Oh, what a bizarre film “Stunt Rock” is, but its oddity is a gift. More of a bruising cinematic experience than a narrative-driven feature film, “Stunt Rock” is the 1970s packaged up to near perfection, combing the hurricane forces of daredevil filmmaking and shtick-laden heavy metal. Brian Trenchard-Smith’s masterpiece of stackable-amp cinema is such a carefree, tinted-shades delight, it’s nearly impossible to convey its widescreen enthusiasm on the page. It’s a shapeless experience, but an exceptional ride that offers thrills, grins, and an impressive argument for the supremacy of Australian cinema during the 1970s.

    Stunt man extraordinaire Grant Page has come to Los Angeles to help out a feature film starring a nervous leading lady, Monique van de Ven. Invited to the set is reporter Margaret (Margaret Gerard), who takes a keen interest in Page and his lifestyle of near-death experiences, all captured on film. Following Page around as he works and plays in L.A., Margaret also meets the rock band Sorcery, who employ their mastery of metal and magic to wow audiences. With Page as her guide into the intricacies of stunt work, Margaret digs deeper, educating herself on Australian stuntmen and their extremely hazardous accomplishments.

    STUNT ROCK - Grant Page

    The above paragraph is somewhat misleading since “Stunt Rock” doesn’t contain much of plot at all. Trenchard-Smith seeks out a bronzed you-are-there momentum, deploying Margaret as a surrogate for the audience, discovering the daily business of danger and performance. The casual feel works outrageously well for the film, which displays a wild set of images and sounds without the burden of connection, leaving the sheer amazement and peculiarity alone to sink in naturally. Trenchard-Smith isn’t here to pound the viewer with misguided structure, he just wants to throw a party, and we’re all invited.

    Admittedly, “Stunt Rock” fatigues long before it’s over, but the initial blast of images and derring-do carries the film all the way to the end. Meeting Page as he prepares a harrowing zip-line cliff dive (you can see the smoke wafting off the burning rope), “Stunt Rock” introduces our hero in a grand style befitting a king. Granted, a king perhaps a vast majority of viewers have never heard of before, but that’s the idea of the film: to highlight the efforts of the daredevils that step in front of the bullets, jump off the buildings, and ride on top of the cars. This being 1978, there’s no CGI to help out here, and wires are in short supply. Page takes to land, sea, and air armed only with his wits and experience, and he’s a marvel to watch. Trenchard-Smith rouges up the footage with a liberal use of split-screen and slow motion, but the primal awe of watching Page plummet and burn is preserved. It’s a thrilling display of grandiose bodily endangerment that doesn’t come around nearly enough anymore.

    STUNT ROCK Sorcery

    How Sorcery factors into matters is a little confusing, but for fans of magic and thundering arena rock, these guys are quite entertaining. It’s a band comprised of long-haired rockers, a keyboardist in a mask, and two members dressed up at Satan and Merlin. Conducting battles between good and evil onstage, Sorcery is a mix of KISS and Doug Henning, using the art of illusion and the intensity of pyro (fire is the unofficial sponsor of the film) to underline the Tolkienesque lyrics. The performance sequences arrive indiscriminately throughout the film, but the blast of wizard-sleeve hellfire and teeth-rattling metal sludge is irresistible, further thickening Trenchard-Smith’s bubbling cinematic stew.


    THE DVD

    Visual:

    The good news is that “Stunt Rock” is presented in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1 aspect ratio), preserving all of Trenchard-Smith’s amazing visuals. The bad news is that the transfer here is a muddy mess, lacking a proper restorative effort to offer DVD consumers a clean viewing experience. Code Red’s limited coin and the film’s obscurity easily explains the image quality, and I feel the scruffy appearance adds to the undiscovered gem quality of the picture. However, with smeared colors, blobby black levels (low-light sequences turn into a radio play), and a slightly out-of-focus sensation to the presentation, it’s hard to give the DVD a passing grade. It’s wonderful to have the film finally released to American audiences, but more work was needed to bring “Stunt Rock” up to the extraordinary standards of DVD exhibition.

    Audio:

    A 2.0 Dolby Digital mix provides the necessary thump to the film, with Sorcery tunes taking on a delightful power that shakes the entire film. Dimensionality is not on the menu here, but more of a frontal assault of thick, bass-happy songs and dialogue exchanges. Crowd atmospherics add to the cacophony, creating a wall of sound that works for the motion picture (again adding to the drive-in feel of the film), but might keep audiophiles in a cold sweat

    Extras:

    The first feature-length audio commentary brings director Brian Trenchard-Smith and actors Grant Page and Margaret Gerard to the microphone. What a wonderful track this is, led by the filmmaker who carefully explains background information and motivations for nearly every sequence. Trenchard-Smith remains delightfully conversational with Gerard (who loves to point out her own screen awkwardness) and Grant (offering technical insight), lovingly deconstructing his own film. Few dead spots are present, and the chat remains on target the entire time. Amen.

    Some highlights:

    - “Stunt Rock” was shot over 15 days.

    - A young Phil Hartman cameos, part of a larger group of Groundlings cadets that filled in as extras.

    - The film’s ample use of split-screen was a necessary tool to fit in various 16mm footage into the scheme of things.

    - Foreigner was the original choice for the band role. Trenchard-Smith is eternally grateful his first choice didn’t work out. Later on the disc, he mentions Van Halen was offered to him as well.

    A second track features Trenchard-Smith, producer Marty Fink, and actor Richard Blackburn. The lesser of the two commentaries, much of the info here is repeated from the first chat. While somewhat more political and sedate, it’s purely for “Stunt Rock” completists.

    “On-Camera Interviews” sits down with Brian Trenchard-Smith (32:33), Smokey Huffs (26:47), Richard Blackburn (5:41), and Marty Fink (3:21) for a further exploration of “Stunt Rock” history. Huffs, the guitarist for Sorcery, is perhaps the treasure of this supplement, discussing the band’s origins, influences, and appearance in the film.

    “Perry Morris” (22:00) is an audio-only interview with Sorcery’s talkative drummer, providing a different look at the band’s participation in the picture and how the guys got together. Morris is spirited and informative, still marveling over the cult success of the film.

    “The Stuntmen” (48:40) is a documentary short directed by Trenchard-Smith in the early 1970s, used as inspiration for “Stunt Rock.” For stunt enthusiasts, this is a pure delight, putting focus solely on the harrowing work of the men who eat danger for breakfast.

    “Evening at the Alamo Drafthouse” (24:45) showcases Trenchard-Smith during various onstage Q&As, collected in September 2008, during the Fantastic Fest genre film festival. There’s a lot of geek love and geek questions, and the filmmaker takes all the adoration very well.

    “Original Cannes Promo Reel” (18:43) is a diverse collection of sequences used to help sell the film, topped off with overtly energetic voiceover work.

    And a Theatrical Trailer is included.

    STUNT ROCK - Mag cover
    FINAL THOUGHTS

    “Stunt Rock” offers some history on Australian stuntmen and famous crash-intensive movies, and, for those able to appreciate such things, there’s a dune buggy sequence to show off Page’s rowdy private side. Scored to Sorcery’s bottom-heavy music (the anthem “Stunt Rocker” is superbly woven throughout the picture), the film has no difficulty creating an explicit atmosphere of peril, and Trenchard-Smith’s direction, while easily distracted, is stunningly evocative and blissfully obsessed with the fine details of destruction. “Stunt Rock” is an acquired taste, no doubt, but the mood is a convincing mess of spills and ear-splitting metal, capturing a special moment in entertainment history when the two pastimes felt naturally joined at the hip.
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    Great upload and share!! I actually already have this although it is not a digipack. Mine was released on Sorcery records. I have been looking for Sorcery live (released on dvd also) with Eisley for many years along with a skip free 320 kbps burn of Rocktober Blood. If anyone has these they need to upload them!! HUGE Sorcery fan over here!! (witch)
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    Oh yeah and the movie is as amazing as the album!! You MUST get it witchcross!!!! Magic and spells, Wizards and devils!!! Good versus evil to the death!!!! (hehe1)
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    I got mine (Stunt Rock digi-CD) from a store in Germany - I live in the USA but I visit Germany on business sometimes. I definitely want to check out the movie, metalman - one of the things on my list, trouble is, my list of things-to-do seems to get longer instead of shorter ... (hmm)
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    VHS scans, thanks to KITTE =)

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    Thanks! STUNT ROCK rules...

    Please enjoy a review I did of the movie here...

    http://bleedingskull.com/stunt-rock-1978/

    (Sorry. It won't let me do a direct link. Cutting & Pasting is the order of the day!)
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