David Hess was an American actor, singer, and songwriter. After a career as a record company executive, including becoming head of A&R at Mercury Records (where he co-wrote the Grammy award winning 1970 rock opera The Naked Carmen) in New York and working with PolyGram Records’ German affiliate in the 1970s, Hess took on the role of actor, writer, director and producer in the movie industry. In 1972, his career split off into several new directions with his starring role in the Wes Craven horror classic Last House on the Left (1972), for which he also composed the soundtrack. David’s work here contains some truly beautiful songs, the discovery of which, for some, may be in stark contrast to the brutal displays of sadism and violence for which he was known to purvey onscreen. The fact that Hess could perform as both the poet, and the monster, is a testament to his skill as an artist. The soundtrack to Last House On The Left is a brilliantly unique and diverse mixture of farcical comedy, poignant, reflective folk music and instrumental experimentalism. Hess constructed a wonderful counterbalancing entity, which serves only to accentuate the impact of the movie.

Light In The Attic is offering this soundtrack, released on One Way Static Records (this is there first press!) for your listening and nostalgic pleasure! As you all know, LITA releases some of the best re-issues around, and as such, you should be the best record collector around, and buy one of these records!

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Now available for pre-order from our distribution catalog, David Hess – The Last House On The Left (Original 1972 Motion Picture Soundtrack)! One Way Static Records has just announced the release of this historical motion picture soundtrack in 4 different varying formats.

Limited special edition: COLOR VINYL (red & white variant, inserted randomly). Packaged in an old-school tip on gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve. Comes HAND NUMBERED #300 copies with a bonus FLEXI DISC containing the original 1972 radio spots for the movie. Bonus flexi exclusive to the special edition.

Regular vinyl edition: CLASSIC BLACK VINYL Packaged in an old-school tip on gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve. Limited to #1400 copies.

Compact disc edition: DELUXE DIGIPAK CD with 12 page booklet. Limited to #1000 copies. Contains 4 extra bonus tracks that did not make the movie’s original score, including a rare tribute version from David’s sons as heard during the end credits of ‘Cabin Fever’. These bonus tracks are exclusive to the CD version.

Also exclusively available on cassette for Cassette Store Day September 7th!

* CD and LP have extensive and exclusive liner notes from: RUGGERO DEODATO (Cannibal Holocaust, The House On The Edge Of The Park) ULLI LOMMEL(The Boogey Man, Zodiac Killer) FRANCO NERO (Django, Django Unchained, Die Hard 2) GIOVANNI LOMBARDORADICE (The House On The Edge Of The Park, Cannibal Ferox, City Of The Living Dead) MARC SHEFFLER (Happy Days, Who’s The Boss?, Charles In Charge) … and many more.

David Hess began his career when he recorded the original version of the Otis Blackwell composition “All Shook Up” under the stage name Dave Hill in 1956. The song became a Number 1 hit for Elvis Presley a year later and Hess became a songwriter at Shalimar Music. David went on to compose “Start Movin’” for Sal Mineo and “Rockin’ Shoes” for the Ames Brothers. He continued to write songs for Elvis throughout the ‘50s and ’60s, (including the Presley hit “I Got Stung” that was later covered by The Beatles). Other Hess tunes performed by The King include “Come Along,” and “Make Me Know You’re Mine” (first performed by Conway Twitty). “Your Hand, Your Heart, Your Love” became a 60s hit when it was performed by Andy Williams. In 1963 David wrote and recorded “Speedy Gonzalez,” which became a number one single for Pat Boone, selling more than eight million copies worldwide. David then recorded two solo albums for Kapp Records, again topping the charts, this time with a Top Ten folk hit called “Two Brothers.”

After a career as a record company executive, including becoming head of A&R at Mercury Records (where he co-wrote the Grammy award winning 1970 rock opera The Naked Carmen) in New York and working with PolyGram Records’ German affiliate in the 1970s, Hess took on the role of actor, writer, director and producer in the movie industry.

Writing the English language shooting scripts for such German directors as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, ReinhardHauff, Peter Schamoni,… and directing the 1980 slasher To All A Good Night were only a few of his many accomplishments.

Most of us will remember him as Krug Stillo, an unrepentant serial killer and leader of a gang in Wes Craven’s classic 1972 cult shocker The Last House On The Left (inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring), as well as portraying the villains in RuggeroDeodato’s House on the Edge of the Park (1980) and Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing (1982). Other movie roles include 21 Hours At Munich, Hitch-Hike, White Star, Body Count and Zodiac Killer.

Throughout his film career Hess’ love for music never waned. He continued to produce music, including several albums (Caught Up In The Moment and Live & Unplugged in Hollywood, 2002.). Some of his music can also be heard on more recent soundtracks, such as Cabin Fever (2002) and Manhunt (2008).

David Hess composed the soundtrack for Last House on the Left in collaboration with Steve Chapin (Let Time Go Lightly).

David’s work here contains some truly beautiful songs, the discovery of which, for some, may be in stark contrast to the brutal displays of sadism and violence for which he was known to purvey onscreen. The fact that Hess could perform as both the poet, and the monster, is a testament to his skill as an artist. The soundtrack to Last House On The Left is a brilliantly unique and diverse mixture of farcical comedy, poignant, reflective folk music and instrumental experimentalism. Hess constructed a wonderful counterbalancing entity, which serves only to accentuate the impact of the movie.

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