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Happy Halloween freaks! I had hoped to be able to post several different items today, but it doesn't appear as if I'm going to have enough time now. Unfortunately my computer was accidentally unplugged, and everything I had been writing in preparation for today's posts was lost. I will try to make the best of the situation regarldess. Back in 2008 I posted Ennio Morricone's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to "The Thing", which can be found here:
While checking my statistics, I recently discovered that it has since become the second most downloaded album on the entire blog. Most of the traffic is coming from people searching google for "The Thing OST". I did a search of my own which resulted in my blog showing up as the number one result out of over one million different sites for that particular search, which explains the recently influx of visitors.
A fellow by the name of The Doc recently requested that I posted this soundtrack. It is the first of three bootleg soundtracks/scores for The Thing that I plan to post. Fortunately there is more information available regarding this release than the two others I possess. It was released under the title of "The Thing: Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" by a group or individual known as PROTUB. While it is a bootleg release, it was falsely labeled and circulated as a promotional release. In fact, to this day you still find this version listed and tagged as "Promo" on several different websites. It contains 19 tracks, which is nine more than what the official original soundtrack contains, with a running time of roughly 75 minutes 45 seconds.
Unfortunately there are still a few mysteries surrounding this release as well. Most importantly, I have no idea what the source is for the extra music contained on this release. In most cases, bootleg releases contain music ripped from the music of a DVD or VHS release, with the most common method being to isolate and rip the music from the 5.1 surround sound tracks contained on the DVD. My DVD of the film is over a thousand miles away, so unfortunately I can't compare the music found on this version to the music included in the film. Perhaps someone could shed some light on the origins of the various bootleg releases in circulation for this film.
In addition to this bootleg, I also have two bootleg versions that were released under the same title, "The Thing: Complete Motion Picture Score". The first is a rip containing 17 tracks which are individually named. It primarily consists of low bitrate 128kbps MP3 files. It also includes a track containing audio from the trailer. A review I found on Rateyourmusic.com claims that this version contains music composed by John Carpenter, as well as unused music cues.
The second bootleg is only 15 tracks long, the majority of which are of a higher quality bitrate of 320kbps MP3. The tracks were not named, nor did it include custom album art. However, it does contain tracks which were not included on the two other bootlegs. I plan to post these two bootlegs eventually, although I plan to spend the rest of the day posting treats for those who visit this blog during the final hours of Halloween. I will try to post them within the next couple of days though. Once I do I all add all of the links to each post, and hopefully someone will be able to provide further information about the three versions. In the meantime, I present to you Ennio Morricone's Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Thing.
Year of Release: Original: 1982 | Expanded: Unknown Label: PROTUB Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Bitrate: 320kbps