40 years after movie audiences began singing along to such hits as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit Janet,” THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW fans can own a piece of history with the newly re-mastered ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack. Due out July 31 on Ode Sounds & Visuals and distributed by The Orchard, the soundtrack will be available as a limited-edition red vinyl two-disc set, and CD and as a digital release, which includes a bonus track will be available on August 21.
The red vinyl was created to honor the film’s legacy and the devotion from fans to create something unique to celebrate this historic occasion. “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW has always had a mind of its own fueled by the insight and direction of its fans,” says producer, Lou Adler.
The influence of the cult classic, which has been entertaining movie audiences since its debut, now spans four generations. “I recently heard a story about a man who went to see Rocky in the early 70’s,” says Adler. “He later had a daughter who went to see Rocky in the 90’s, and she now has a son, who just turned 15, and is seeing Rocky in the 2000’s. Proves that what I always said: ‘Rocky Horror is a family film.’ Because THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is generally screened at midnight, age is a factor. But as tweens become teens, they come to be the next generation of fans. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is in a way a right of passage.”
The digital release of ABSOLUTE TREASURES will include the movie’s vocal version of “The Sword of Damocles.” According to soundtrack producer Richard Hartley, “There were two artists who recorded ‘The Sword of Damocles.’ Director, Jim Sharman and I were looking/listening for the ‘Glam’ rock sound of a Bowie and or a T. Rex. We wanted a falsetto voice for Rocky, because after all he was just born. The vocal performance in the film is that of an Australian singer. It was recorded live on the set–I think on the 19th of December 1974. And that’s the version that’s in the film. The one that has been included on soundtrack albums is the alternate take by one of the backing singers, which was used as something for the actor playing Rocky to mime to.”
**”The Sword of Damocles,” movie version, digital bonus track will be available on the ABSOLUTE TREASURES soundtrack at iTunes, Amazon and all digital stores, as well as available free of charge on The Rocky Horror Fan Club SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/rockyhorrorfanclub.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW–the longest distributed theatrical release in motion picture history–debuted as a London theatre production in June 1973. The show came to America in 1974 with nine months of performances at Adler’s Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. On September 26, 1975, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW held its U.S. premiere at the UA Westwood Theatre in Los Angeles.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW ABSOLUTE TREASURES track listing is as follows:
Science Fiction/Double Feature
Over At The Frankenstein Place
The Time Warp
The Sword of Damocles
I Can Make You A Man
Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul
I Can Make You A Man (Reprise)
Touch-A,Touch-A, Touch Me
Once In Awhile
Planet Schmanet Janet
Planet Hot Dog
Rose Tint My World
A. Floor Show
B. Fanfare/Don’t Dream It
C. Wild And Untamed Thing
I’m Going Home
Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)