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John Carpenter Revives Classic Movie Scores for Greatest Hits Album

This Halloween season just got way cooler.

In the wake of two original albums that saw John Carpenter create ’80s-style tracks for nonexistent movies, the horror master is now releasing a greatest hits album that will collect some of his most iconic movie scores!

Coming in October, John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 brings together 13 classic themes from Carpenter’s illustrious career together on one volume for the first time. Each theme has been newly recorded with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.

“Anthology is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie, the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star, to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween’s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.”

“We also get vital new recordings of the themes to ’80s classics and fan favorites Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Christine, and They Live, along with the romantic Starman. The collection is rounded out by the menacing, heavy themes to Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness, the latter a Metallica-inspired riff originally played for the film by Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, and now played by his son Daniel.”

Here’s the full track list:

1. “In the Mouth of Madness”
2. “Assault on Precinct 13”
3. “The Fog”
4. “Prince of Darkness”
5. “Santiago (Vampires)”
6. “Escape From New York”
7. “Halloween”
8. “Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)”
9. “They Live”
10. “The Thing”
11. “Starman”
12. “Dark Star”
13. “Christine”

Pre-order your copy today from Sacred Bones Records on Standard LP, Limited Edition LP, Deluxe Limited Edition LP, or CD, and expect it October 20!



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COMMENTS

16 Comments
  • Charles Parr

    How about some updates on the New Halloween!? Ugh…

    • Bryano

      In my opinion this is much better news than anything about a Halloween remake… but that’s just me.

      • Charles Parr

        It’s not a remake

    • Hack Snyder

      David Gordon Green’s Halloween film won’t be coming out until October of 2018 so we probably won’t get any major updates on it for a while. They’ll probably begin filming at either the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

  • Mightygil

    sounds promising and we can never have too much John Carpenter 🙂

  • Alex

    Track number 7 is the greatest movie score of all time.

    • Don Peterson

      Track 8 is the score to the greatest movie of all time.

      • Alex

        F*CK OFF! Scrub!

        • Don Peterson

          It’s all in the reflexes

  • biff

    Love it, love it!

  • Necro

    What no ‘Ghosts of Mars’?! Other than that it’s very cool! Also in my opinion I love that ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ is track #1! I know it doesn’t mean anything.

  • Rick-Taylor

    I love this! He is touring and from what I understand, just playing his remastering of his classic themes. I really hope I get to see him live, this time.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Love the Vampires soundtrack.

  • Edgar Pinecone

    “Coming in October, John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 brings together 13 classic themes from Carpenter’s illustrious career together on one volume for the first time” — Boo! What a waste of time…

    “Each theme has been newly recorded with the same collaborators that Carpenter worked with on his hit Lost Themes studio albums: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies.” — Oh shit, I’m in! Re-recordings I’m totally down for. Already got all the originals, so it’s cool to get new versions. Hopefully they’re noticeably different too.

  • drew


    My favorite

  • No Nose Nosferatu

    I loved Lost Themes I and II; can’t wait to get this new set as well. Here’s hoping Carpenter makes a Lost Themes volume III.

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