Thebaby Art Presentation



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.
The 29th CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet-text by David Fuller and Stephan Eicke and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas as well as an exclusive audio commentary by Gerald Fried. The CD was produced by Stephan Eicke and John Elborg.

Music Composed and Conducted by Gerald Fried
Album Produced by Stephan Eicke
Executive Producers for Caldera Records: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke

The Baby
1. Main Title (2:49)
2. Meet the Baby (0:37)
3. Sitter (0:54)
4. Evil Eye (0:55)
5. Hatchet Wielders (0:37)
6. Slides (1:39)
7. Maloche (0:30)
8. Germaine (1:06)
9. Anne’s Closeup (0:53)
10. Ruth Complains (0:32)
11. Anne and Baby Gone (1:17)
12. Baby Dressed Older (1:11)
13. Night Approach (2:28)
14. See You in Court (0:57)
15. Knife Job (0:44)
16. Sneak Racy/DOA (6:30)
17. Second Hatchet (0:39)
18. Excavation (1:44)
19. Pool Games (1:41)
20. The Baby (Guitar) (1:49)
21. The Baby (Piano) (3:51)
22. Party Music (2:52)
23. Dance Music (4:32)
24. Dennis (4:39)

25. Audio Commentary by Gerald Fried (7:14)

Listen to a 5 min clip here:

Buy the CD here:
Screen Archives (US)
Music Box Records (France)
Intrada (US)

“Built around a disturbing theme, which recurs several times in the form of a lullaby, the score sometimes evokes a western rather than a thriller (including the theme of the guitar at the end of the program). It is very well written and orchestrated, and Caldera gives us the opportunity to discover a composer too little known. I adhere!”

“Central to the score is a single, strikingly provocative melodic main theme played on cello and on woodwinds and contrasted against a number of sonic colors in its journey through the film; set against this pleasing melody is a chiming music box motif played by a celeste and the use of percussive rattles which are both associated with the titular adult infant. Gradually, the score takes on an unsettling creepiness as the story descends into stranger and more dangerous sonic ground, while remaining a captivating listen throughout. The interaction between the cello and violin – played by renowned musicians Edgar Lustgarten and Anatole Kominsky, respectively – is especially striking here in suggesting the psychological struggles of the main characters. The 46-year old music tracks are nicely remastered, preserving a fine sound despite the inherent smallness of the performing ensemble.”

“The composer’s work is typical for the 70s; it’s a mix of symphonic music and pop melodies, warm and light. The score revolves around a main title that evokes a lullaby, bringing tenderness to the story. It also has a more sinister undercurrent which evolves throughout the film, while there is always an ambiguity between pure horror and black humor. It’s fill of powerful themes.”

“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.”

“Ah, wonderful, wonderful Caldera Records. They never disappoint. Gerald Fried’s music for The Baby represents a sublime score and an unusually sweet one, considering the movie was marketed as a horror. While it’s a monothematic score, having really only one main theme that is revisited throughout the tracks, Fried has the decency to dress it up and present it in numerous ways so that the listener never tires of it. There are plenty of other minor themes which weave in and out of the tracks too, all of which are worthy of your attention.”

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