The album includes selections from ‘Escape From New York’, ‘Big Trouble in Little China’, ‘They Live’, ‘Assault on Precinct 13’, ‘Prince of Darkness’, ‘The Fog’, ‘Halloween’ and more.
Iconic filmmaker and composer John Carpenter, along with his musical collaborators Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies have confirmed the October 6th arrival of a comprehensive compilation album in Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988).
The collection of compositions pools selections spanning a variety of films from Carpenter’s cannon. Among the films with music featured in the anthology features enduring movies like Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13, Prince of Darkness, The Fog, Halloween along with the sequels in the Halloween franchise.
Additionally, Anthology II also features three unreleased compositions from the 1982 classic, The Thing – of which have now been re-recorded and included in this latest release. The Thing is pivotal in Carpenter’s filmography in that he recruited Ennio Morricone to handle the score – an especially rare move given Carpenter’s hand-on approach to everything, including the film score.
To mark the beginning of the campaign towards the fall release date, Carpenter has unveiled an initial preview from the album with “Chariot of Pumpkins” from Halloween III.
Showcasing signature synth and eerie, pulsating melody, the track underscores the stylistic MO that has become synonymous with Carpenter’s brand. He explains, “This piece was made for someone else’s movie, the Tommy Lee Wallace directed Halloween III. I don’t remember what his specific direction for me was for the main titles, but I wanted to reflect a kind of science fiction feel. The sound has been updated and it was fun to redo this song. The three of us using modern and updated sounds and production has influenced the overall feel of the song.”
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Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988) from John Carpenter arrives October 6th via Sacred Bones. The album is available for pre-order – HERE
Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988) track list:
Chariots of Pumpkins (Halloween III)
69th St. Bridge (Escape From New York)
The Alley (War) (Big Trouble in Little China)
Wake Up (They Live)
Julie’s Dead (Assault on Precinct 13)
The Shape Enters Laurie’s Room (Halloween II)
Season of the Witch (Halloween III)
Love at a Distance (Prince of Darkness)
The Shape Stalks Again (Halloween II)
Burn it (The Thing)
Fuchs (The Thing)
To Mac’s Shack (The Thing)
Walk to the Lighthouse (The Fog)
Laurie’s Theme (Halloween)