'THE HORN OF PLENTY' Theme MP3 "Airwolf" Teaser

(26 March 2013)

Udi Harpaz' magnificent start to Airwolf's 3rd Season with the bombastic, military and creepy score to introduce John Bradford Horn as the nemesis of the Airwolf universe, with this medley of four cues from 'THE HORN OF PLENTY', performed by Mark J.Cairns from the Airwolf Extended Themes soundtrack.

The Teaser MP3 file (4-part suite):
Airwolf 'THE HORN OF PLENTY' 3rd Season Airwolf episode Image 01 with Jan-Michael Vincent being brain-washed by Richard Lynch' character out at Vasquez Rocks, Callifornia
One of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen in any show, let alone Airwolf was when Jan-Michael Vincent as 'Hawke' had his eyelids taped over for a brain-washing sequence by the show's new recurring nemesis, John Bradford Horn (played wonderfully here by the late actor, RICHARD LYNCH) in the Airwolf 3rd Season opening episode, 'THE HORN OF PLENTY'. The 2nd Unit filmed most of it out at Vasquez Rocks (emulating the first scene in the show's 'PILOT' episode).

Two very memorable Guest Star performances from the late RICHARD LYNCH (playing 'John Bradford Horn') and the beautiful CATHERINE HICKLAND as Horn's daughter, 'Angelica', in Airwolf's 3rd Season premiere episode, 'THE HORN OF PLENTY'.

This is arguably one of Udi Harpaz' wildest and most bombastic works for the show with this wonderful military-based, and sometimes creepy (mainly) orchestral score mixed with big FM synth sounds from the Yamaha DX7, that created one of the strangest soundscapes from the musical repertoire of the entire series.

But then it's definitely the creepiest episode of the entire series with the jaw-droppingly shocking deaths of both main leads (Hawke and Dom)... Hawke killed Dom (although it turns out they're tranquilizers) and then Caitlin thinks she's killed Hawke with the experimental serum to correct his brain-washing. Obviously it's all designed to shock the viewer, and boy, it does! There's really nothing quite like it (Alex Cord had two goes at the brain-washing over the series run ['FALLEN ANGEL' / 'FORTUNE TELLER'], but this was the most creepy of all of them) and it's definitely one of the most "Adult" scripts from the show's run; beautifully filmed and Directed too with wonderful lighting (despite the grey Autumn skies at Vasquez Rocks) and unique camera angles by director, Sutton Roley.

I picked four different musical sequences for this medley including where Dom lands Airwolf in exchange for getting Hawke back only to be shot by him (Udi titled this "Good Luck, Kate"; then a little Easter egg with an unused alternative cue (that I knew Udi did in the original recording session) when Hawke was taking off in Airwolf at dawn; the third cue is when Archangel, Dom and Cait are in the back of the limo with Archangel briefing them on the experimental serum and Plan B, and the final one is the wonderful capture of Horn's Volvo 740 by Airwolf at the end, only to have the shocking reveal that Horn and Angelica have escaped and the Volvo was a decoy, all leading in to the final motif coda to end titles.

ERNEST BORGNINE and JEAN BRUCE SCOTT as 'Dom' and 'Caitlin' look on as Airwolf blows up Horn's base and neutralises his forces. CATHERINE HICKLAND playing 'Angelica Horn' looks back after ensnaring 'Hawke'.
The wonderful film location of Vasquez Rocks in California was the eerie setting for Horn's base and actually for the entire 2nd Unit shoot. Actress CATHERINE HICKLAND (above right) is basically looking at the field where Hawke shot Dom, and also where Airwolf stopped Horn's Volvo 740 at the very end. This was the second outing for the show's 2nd Unit, the first time being for the 'PILOT' episode in Sept 1983.

JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT's performance in Airwolf's 3rd Season premiere episode, 'THE HORN OF PLENTY' was very emotional, and the rest of the Airwolf Cast had plenty to do as well
JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT was brilliantly on form at the start of the season putting in an emotional performance for the 3rd Season's premiere episode, 'THE HORN OF PLENTY'. The other three lead actors of ERNEST BORGNINE, ALEX CORD and JEAN BRUCE SCOTT all got to put in great performances too.

I think this is a wonderful occasion to show you what a Music Cue Sheet from the original scoring sessions looks like. I've only got a few of these in my collection but this episode is one of them:


(9 March 2013) - updated 4th March 2014

"ECHOS FROM THE PAST" - Final Cabin Theme scene
from the Airwolf Extended Themes soundtrack 2CD
Some Airwolf fans have labelled this the 'Holy Grail track with no name' from Airwolf's 1st Season episode 'ECHOS FROM THE PAST', which is the final orchestral theme playing in the cabin when Hawke returns home after "dumping his helicopter out the back of a cargo plane".

The "ECHOS FROM THE PAST Final Cabin Theme" Teaser MP3 file:

updated FINAL Teaser (4th  March, 2014):

"He dumped his helicopter out the back of a cargo plane!' - the late MICHELLE NICASTRO as 'Nurse Susan' explains to Archangel (played by ALEX CORD) how she really didn't see where they landed (and keep Airwolf hidden securely).
Airwolf ECHOS FROM THE PAST 1st Season episode with JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT, DEBORAH PRATT and ALEX CORD at Hawke's Cabin
"You don't have a home of your own? Of COURSE we do! And offices in a half dozen locations." Archangel (played by ALEX CORD) and Marella (played by DEBORAH PRATT) start Hawke's debrief after letting themselves in, and then realise that Hawke & Dom have had Nurse Susan with them the entire time and worry about the security of her knowledge of the top-secret helicopter.
I personally think that this is the best "tag ending" of any of the episodes of the Airwolf series' entire run with a quick epilogue of how Hawke got home and the debriefing that Archangel and Marella thought they were going to get at the cabin, but instead had a tired, cranky and weary Hawke just wanting to unwind, enjoy a brandy and get to bed.

So the intrusion of the CIA agents leaves a sour taste in his throat at the start of scene. This quickly progresses into Archangel's shock that an outside person accompanied them on the mission and the subsequent wind-up of Archangel quizzing them all on whether Susan knows where their top-secret asset is kept (for the sake of National Security of course). But Hawke and Dom don't miss the opportunity to wind him up, which Susan then gets in on the joke by denying all knowledge... "Sorta!"
"So she knows where Airwolf is hidden? Is THAT what you call his helicopter? Uh, we didn't tell her the name... we thought we'd keep that FROM her!" - the wind-up is played from all sides on Archangel.

So, the reason fans thought the accompanying orchestral background music theme for this scene was the Holy Grail was that they didn't know if it was an existing classical piece or whether Sylvester Levay created it.

As far as I'm aware (I've still to confirm this with Sly as when I asked him in Munich last month he couldn't remember but would check) it's completely Sylvester's creation as it is actually heard in the background of a previous Levay work, a 1984 TV Movie called 'TIME BOMB'.

He laughed when I reminded him the track was in that production too from the same year and he immediately replied with "yeah, it probably saved me time!"  :)

So one more to go...

'THE HORN OF PLENTY' suite's mix will be the last full mix I'll be working on and then a tweak to ;KINGDOM COME to finish the entire album. Then the souvenir cover booklet's design and packaging and we're done.