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Canadian composer Howard Shore has enjoyed a long and successful career in music, seemingly snagging awards and accolades left and right. Long before the mega-success of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and aside from his stint as music director on Saturday Night Live, Shore was scoring less Oscar-friendly stuff. He got his start in film music working with body horror master, director David Cronenberg. They formed a working relationship that has lasted since the late 1970s, with Shore scoring all but one of Cronenberg's films. Nearly all of these films have explored the fear of corruption of the flesh, and Shore has consistently composed some of the most eerie music to match the nightmares on screen.
The music on this disc comes from the films Scanners (1981), The Brood (1979), and Dead Ringers (1988). It is clear at the start of the album that Shore has the horror genre in his blood. The Scanners main title is classic, and is followed up by nine tracks chock full of spooky electronic effects and jarring, nasty string sections. I am starting to wonder when Hollywood is going to try to make a quick buck with a crappy remake of this movie. The suite from The Brood is performed entirely by strings, imparting paranoia, dread, and everything in between. When the Dead Ringers tracks begin midway through the album, there is a noticeable shift. You can hear that he has matured a lot as a composer, relying on subtler devices to haunt you. I highly recommend this out-of-print album, that often goes for collector's prices, to all fans of Shore and Cronenberg.
Year of Release: 1992 Label: Silva Screen Catalog Number: FILMCD 115 Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Early Electronic Format: 320kbps MP3 or FLAC
Tracklist: Scanners 1. Main Title 1:35 2. Vale Captured 4:07 3. Ephemerol 1:18 4. The Ripe Program 2:49 5. The Injection 2:48 6. Dirge For The Assassins 2:35 7. Vale's Lonely Walk 1:01 8. The Dart 1:32 9. Scanner Duel 5:47
The Brood 10. The Shape of Rage A Suite For 21 Strings 12:16
Dead Ringers 11. Main Title 2:14 12. Bondage 2:41 13. Twins 1:00 14. Growing Awareness 0:58 15. Dependence 2:10 16. Helpless 0:47 17. The Operating Room 1:48 18. In Delirium 2:39 19. Birthday Party 4:20 20. Suicide 5:27 21. Finale 3:16