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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: Original Film Score

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 11/20/2013.

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho was a film that was well ahead of it's time. Although it may be tame in comparison to modern horror films, the score by Bernard Herrmann is anything but so. It is inarguably one of most powerful scores in cinematic history. Herrmann masterfully captures the frenzied state of a psychopath commiting violent acts of murder. Both "The Bathroom" and "The Murder" are perfect examples of this, in which a "stabbing" technique with the violin is used in order to create a high-pitched shriek, which casts the listener into a frantic state of mind. Utilizing both violins and cellos to perfection, Herrmann slowly constructs an atmosphere of almost unbearable dread with ominous overtones during the buildup to such moments.

There have been several versions of this score released over the years. In 1975 Herrmann conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra in a recreation of the score in it's entirety. However, this release would mark the first time that the music was made available from the actual soundtrack of the film. A transfer from the original master tapes, which were recorded on high quality analog equipment, was finally made available to the public after 36 long years of waiting.

Track List:
1. Prelude; The City; Marion and Sam; Temptation
2. Flight; The Patrol Car; The Car Lot; The Package; The Rainstorm
3. Hotel Room; The Window; The Parlour; The Madhouse; The Peephole
4. The Bathroom; The Murder; The Body; The Office; The Curtain; The Water; The Car; The Swamp
5. The Search; The Shadow; Phone Booth; The Porch; The Stairs; The Knife
6. The Search; The First Floor; Cabin 10; Cabin 1
7. The Hill; The Bedroom; The Toys; The Cellar; Discovery; Finale

Download: Bernard Herrmann - Psycho: Original Film Score (decryption code in comments)
Download Size: 126.6MB


Ringo Stalin said...

Excellent! Thank you! A perfect film score.

AllyWonderland said...

Thanks. This is definitely one of the best.

Anonymous said...

This was not transferred from "original master tapes"....this release is well-known to be a bootleg issue which was created from the isolated analog music track from the old laserdisc release. There has never been an official studio release of these recordings....but at least these ARE the original recordings as heard in the movie.

Zer0_II said...

Anonymous: Do you care to post a source for the information you provided. My sources say otherwise, but I'm always open to new information. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Yep this is from the Lasersdisc release I compared this to the Laserdisc and they are identical except the laserdisc has better quality than this cd. It was released by Sound Stage records which is pretty much an unheard of company. I guess they didn't care that much about making the cd sound as good as the laserdisc. This cd is also listed on the soundtrackcollector page for Psycho as a bootleg. It's the one labeled as Sound Stage SCD 585 in the list. Here's the link: http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/catalog/soundtrackdetail.php?movieid=2327

snoopy1960 said...

Thank you so much for this Psycho Soundtrack!! I've been waiting for years to get my hands on this.

Would anybody happen to have it in true [FLAC]? That would truely make my day! :) :) :)

Please & Thank You!!

Muff Diver said...

First, thanks for posting this up for avid (but novice) collectors like myself. SOMEthing is better than NOthing, if you know what I mean. I'll also check out the "official release" on the other page.

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Julia said...

Hi, would you care to post this again? The link if off, mf deleted it and I was hoping you could upload it again.



MEGA decryption code

Cobretti said...

Hi, Thanks for sharing this soundtrack score of Psycho.

But I have one question?

Is the sound of this download file normal?

I have downloaded it from the Mega link and I found the sound very bad, terrible! The sound it’s full of crap, clicks, distortion to the left then to the right and more clicks!! It sounds like a striped or dirty or broken CD!
So I want to know if it’s normal or not.

This is the famous bootleg CD, an isolated LaserDisc score or what is it?

Thanks you for answering me!


to Cobretti,

If you read the above comments, you will get a better idea of what is going on.

When Zer0ii originally posted this he said something about it being from 'original master tapes'.

But then anonymous wrote "This was not transferred from "original master tapes"....this release is well-known to be a bootleg issue which was created from the isolated analog music track from the old laserdisc release. There has never been an official studio release of these recordings....but at least these ARE the original recordings as heard in the movie."

I believe the above to be true, that this has never been officially released & that this bootleg was just ripped from an old laser disc. That I would guess explains the quality. You can try using some filtering program to fix the quality, you can let me know & I can see what I can do, or you can just have it as is.