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While checking my statistics I have noticed a lot of people are finding their way here via google after searching for "Halloween OST", which is understandable with Halloween being only three days away. I'm pleased to be able to deliver to you the 30th Anniversary Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Halloween II. Those looking for John Carpenter's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the original 1978 Halloween can find it here:http://digitalmeltd0wn.blogspot.com/2008/10/john-carpenter-halloween-ost.html
In 1981 John Carpenter released Halloween II, the sequel to one of the horror genre's most acclaimed films of all time. The original Halloween became the most successful independent film of all time shortly after hitting the theaters in 1978, and quickly gained a massive cult following. One aspect of the film that helped to create the extremely tense atmosphere of dread was the music composed by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. The soundtrack for the film managed to transcend the film it was composed for, and gained a cult following of its own. Carpenter's Halloween Theme has since become synonymous with the the Halloween holiday, and is one of the most recognizable film themes from any genre.
When Carpenter started working on the sequel, he decided to revisit the themes from the original due to their effectiveness and popularity. Rather than using the exact same music, he chose to compose variations of his original compositions, particularly the main theme's familiar piano melody played in a 5/4 time rhythm, which was performed on a synthesizer organ rather than a piano. The use of a more modern synthesizer and the changes in composition gave the theme an overall darker and more gothic tone to it than the original. Carpenter performed the score with the assistance of Alan Howarth, who would go on to work with Carpenter on many future projects, such as Escape from New York, The Thing and Christine. In addition to Howarth and Carpenters music, the soundtrack also includes The Chordettes song "Mr. Sandman", which sharply contrasts with the darker elements of the film and music. It was used to accompany the scenes in the film in which the character of Laurie Strode frequently loses and regains consciousness.
The 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition was released in very limited numbers, with only 1,000 being produced. Needless to say this out or print and physical copies are extremely rare. Not only does this edition contain the remastered original 1981 Halloween II soundtrack, but it also includes a special suite of seven tracks, consisting of the entire film score sequenced in chronological order, along with previously unreleased music. Needless to say this is absolutely essential listening for any horror fan, and hopefully this will satisfy those of you who have been searching google for the soundtrack to Halloween.
Year of Release: Original: 1981 | Rerelease: 2001 Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Bitrates: FLAC & 320kbps MP3
Tracklist: 1. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Theme 2. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Laurie's Theme 3. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - He Know's Where She Is 4. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Laurie and Jimmy 5. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Still He Kills 6. Alan Howarth - Shape In Laurie's Room 7. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Mrs. Alves 8. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Flats In The Parking Lot 9. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Michael's Sister 10. John Carpenter - The Shape Stalks Again 11. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Operation Room 12. The Chordettes - Mr. Sandman 13. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Suite A 14. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Suite B 15. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Suite C 16. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Suite D 17. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Suite E 18. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - Halloween II Suite F