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Thirty years ago, a haunted house movie called The Changeling played in theaters and went largely ignored by audiences. It was undoubtedly overshadowed by The Shining and Friday the 13th, but there is something those two films lack that The Changeling has: George C. Scott. I swear, the man had such screen presence. He could turn a piece a crap movie into something watchable. The Changeling is a good movie, but Scott elevates it to great. The film has garnered a loyal fanbase over the years, thanks to cable TV.
In 2001, the now defunct Percepto Records released the score in a limited edition of 1000 copies. After it sold out, they started getting a lot of requests for a reissue. In 2007, the Deluxe Edition 2 CD was released as a limited edition of 1000 copies and it too quickly sold out. For the Deluxe Edition, they opted to include all of the music recorded for the film, including a few source cues. So, on the first disc you get all the music in the film, and on the second disc you get a handful of alternate takes, and unused pieces.
The music is by Canadian composers Ken Wannberg and Rick Wilkins, with a small contribution by British composer Howard Blake. This score is absolutely beautiful and haunting, with gorgeous piano and string arrangements. It performs really well in the "creep you out" department, too. I really love this album and I highly recommend it to all fans of horror scores, and classical music in general. I decided to include a link for the excellent album art. It includes really informative and lengthy liner notes that tells the story of the music way better than I can tell it. Enjoy!
Year of Film's Release: 1980 Year of Deluxe Edition Score Release: 2007 Label: Percepto Records Catalog #: PERCEPTO-006XE Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Format: MP3 & FLAC Bitrate: 320kbps & Lossless
Track list: Disc 1 1. Main Titles (2:32) 2. Arrival At The House (1:48) 3. Piano Source #1 (1:09) 4. Piano Source #2 (0:12) 5. First Chill (1:32) 6. The Door Opens (0:19) 7. Music Box Theme (2:06) 8. Country Ride (1:05) 9. Bathtub Reflections (3:05) 10. Finding The Secret Door (3:33) 11. Up Into The Attic (2:47) 12. Music Box Theme (1:47) 13. The Wheelchair (0:24) 14. Microfilm: Cemetary (1:29) 15. Ball Over The Bridge: It's Back! (3:16) 16. Seance: Talk To Us! (7:15) 17. Murder Flashback (3:39) 18. Wheelchair: Carmichael Tower (0:59) 19. Carmichael Reflects (0:33) 20. House On The Lake (1:54) 21. Breaking Into The House (0:53) 22. Face On The Bedroom Floor (2:01) 23. The Chain Appears (3:48) 24. All The Doors Shut (1:12) 25. Mirror, Mirror (1:13) 26. Russell Goes To See Carmichael (2:00) 27. The Attic Calls Claire (3:53) 28. Finale: Resolution (5:55) 29. Music Box: End Credits (3:09)
Disc 2 1. The Seance - Alternate Version (07:11) 2. Carmichael's Demise (Unused Cue) (03:45) 3. Alternate End Title (02:31) 4. Unknown Cue (01:51) 5. Unused String Quartet (V1) (00:48) 6. Unused String Quartet (V2) (01:17) 7. Solo Celeste (00:47)