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CHRISTINE SOUNDTRACK COMING TO LP THIS MONTH
Just recently I was talking to our music reviewer, Richie, about how criminally underated John Carpenter is as a musician. When people outside of the horror genre think of musicians who make scores for film, the usual suspects of the likes of John Williams, Howard Shore, and Danny Elfman come to mind, but since horror rarely gets any respect, those who make their living in it don't get the recognition they deserve.
Don't get me wrong, anyone who has even just a pinky toe dipped into the genre knows Carpenter's talent. I just wish more people did.
Thankfully, there are companies like Varèse Sarabande, who is releasing the soundtrack to Carpenter's Christine on LP later this month. Check out the specs and covers, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Varèse Sarabande will release John Carpenter's classic score for CHRISTINE on LP available September 29, 2017. The CHRISTINE- Original Motion Picture Score has been fully remastered and is being released on blue vinyl. The album features fantastic new art from award-winning movie poster artist Gary Pullin ("Ghoulish Gary").
In the past few years, there has been a tremendous upsurge in interest for John Carpenter's signature score compositions following the success of the Carpenter's Lost Themes and Lost Themes II albums, and subsequent tours. The rare director-composer combo, Carpenter's scores for his classic horror films are a favorite of electronic music aficionados.
Chris Alexander of ComingSoon.net rated Christine as #3 of the top 10 John Carpenter scores, saying, "Pulsing, moody, dread-filled, this is a car-centric and pop-tinted progression of the Halloween score and it's probably this writer's favorite of all the Carpenter soundtracks."
Fact Magazine says Christine, with "its soundtrack is another synth-heavy masterclass, and again finds Carpenter teaming up with Alan Howarth. 'Obsessed With The Car' is one of the score's most low-key cues, and is noteworthy simply because of its beautiful, unhurried simplicity."
She was born in Detroit on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine, a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek rounded chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath. John Carpenter brings Stephen King's best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller.
To complement the remastered audio, Award-winning artist and leading designer in the world of alternative movie posters, Gary Pullin was commissioned to create original artwork for the packaging. "I've always loved Stephen King's novel and the cover is a stunner - a stylized hood ornament with a screaming skull, Christine in chrome as it blazes across the hard cover," he explained. "For the films' score, I wanted to feature the Plymouth Fury logo front and centre, in a simplistic and new way. The shape of the V reminded me of devil horns - she's the car from hell! The blue glow represents the supernatural force living under the hood and inside her evil grinning grill. I often go for atmospheric designs when creating artwork for movie soundtracks and the art seemed like a perfect fit for the electronic score that Carpenter and Howarth created to drive the film's suspense and bring the fury of Christine to life."
1. Arnie's Love Theme
2. Obsessed With The Car
3. Football Run / Kill Your Kids
4. The Rape
5. The Discovery
6. Show Me
7. Moochie's Death
9. Buddie's Death
1. Nobody's Home / Restored
2. Car Obsession (Reprise)
3. Christine Attacks (Plymouth Fury)
4. Talk On The Couch
6. Darnell's Tonight
9. Moochie Mix Four
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