Black Francis to Release “Golem” DVD



Due Nov. 16  via his website.


By Blurt Staff


Black Francis is keeping plenty busy right now – earlier
this year he released his NonStopErotik album,
he’s been doing production work as well, there’s been the ongoing Doolittle tour from the Pixies, while just
the other day word arrived of his Bluefinger rock opra set to premiere Nov. 12 in Houston.
Now he’s announced a DVD release, The
Golem Rock Album
, en route also in November.


Often regarded as the height of German expressionism, the
silent, black and white film The Golem (also known in it’s German
form, Der Golem) was the last of a series of three films by director
Paul Wegener and was released in 1920.


Set in the 16th century, The Golem: How He Came Into
The World
tells the story of the persecution of the Jews of Prague. The
towns Rabbi (Rabbi Loew), foreseeing these events, constructs a giant
“Golem” out of clay in order to protect his people. Mayhem ensues
when the creature rebels and begins to destroy the ghetto. The highly
expressionistic imagery seen in the film was captured by legendary
cinematographer Karl Freund, who went on to do the classic Metropolis in 1927. 


Groundbreaking as it was, the film sat ‘silent’ for nearly
88 years until the San Francisco International Film Festival requested Black Francis score the film and perform it live for
their annual film festival in April 2008. Despite the sold out show at San Francisco’s Castro
Theatre (with a line stretching around the block) the score has never been
performed live since. However, BF recorded the resulting double album in a
matter of days in SF at Hyde Street Studios, with help from longtime
collaborator/producer Eric Drew Feldman. The album features Black Francis on vocals/guitar, Duane Jarvis (who
has since passed away) on lead guitar, EDF on keys, Joseph Pope on bass,
Jason Carter on drums and Ralph Carney on horns.


In early 2010, the double album, along with recordings
from the live performance in 2008 and a DVD, were compiled into a special,
limited edition booklet. Only 500 copies were released and sold exclusively
through the Black Francis web store. 


However, November 16th will see the release of The
 Rock Album: a one-hour ‘rock opera’ derived from the
original 2-disc album. To accompany the album, the DVD with complete score
(both housed in simple & elegant, eco-friendly packaging) will also be
available through the Black Francis web store.



Tracklisting : 


1. Miriam and Florian theme (version 2)

2. Makanujo

3. Bad News

4. The Flower Song

5. (Oh How I Wish I Could) Stay

6. The Word

7. Astaroth

8. The Obedient Servant

9. The Maharal

10. Little Stars Theme

11. Miriam and Florian

12. The Conjuring

13. Meet Me at the Ghetto Gates

14. Stars

15. Custom All the Way

16. You’re Gonna Pay

17. The Word (reprise)

18. The Maharal (reprise)





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