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Caldera Records: "THE BABY" Music by Gerald Fried

Caldera Records is proud to present the score for the motion picture “The Baby” from 1973, directed by Ted Post, featuring music by Gerald Fried.  The motion picture, marketed as a horror film, tells the story of a dedicated social worker takes on a case involving a grown-up man still in diapers. It doesn’t take long for the disturbed social worker to figure out that ‘Baby’s’ family deliberately keeps the retarded man-child from maturing. There are even more disturbing facts to note: the disappearance of previous social worker being the most unsettling. But lo and behold, the new social worker finds herself confronted with the ‘Baby’s’ family who, so it seems, is out to silence her. 

Gerald Fried’s music provides a phonic reminder that things may not be as presented; a harmonic harbinger of hidden dread. Fried’s resonantly descriptive dissertation is centered around a somber and melancholy etude, offered first in cello solo (performed by the esteemed Edgar Lustgarten), and expanded into a dreamlike lullaby, which sustains the film’s emotional capital throughout. This forlorn, needful melody acts as a guiding constant with the netherworld atmosphere created by Gerald Fried’s eerily sublime orchestration – a creepy and unsettling realm of threatening rattles, hypnotic chimes, and nightmarish music box tinkling. []

I remember seeing this film and before coining the phrase "WTF" well here is this film "THE BABY" [1973]. Wow I thought here is the one of those things you watch and then quickly shield your eyes. If I am going to take anything away from this film, it's going to be the score by composer Gerald Fried, who took us inside the head of the baby. Scaring us without being scared, showering us with chimes and a dabble of bells. A car seat to baby carriage... innocence takes a backseat, when you close your eyes and hearing this piece it will be in your heart. I think that made sense, if not then just listen to this score it's really worth it.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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