John Carpenter returns to his classic movie themes in new Anthology album

Back in February 2015 we reviewed here at director, composer, and writer John Carpenter’s first solo album, John Carpenter’s Lost Themes.  His new music evoked the feel of his earlier compositions for more than a dozen of his films–a programmatic treat for the ears that had us imagining what characters and scenes were appearing on some magical, invisible screen.  A year later we previewed Carpenter’s second solo album here, Lost Themes II, featuring even more chase themes, pulsating rampages, ethereal motifs, dark places, sustained tension, and electronic vibrations of time and space.

Carpenter is back again, this time revisiting the themes he created, and others he is newly covering, all from his many popular films.  Look for thirteen familiar Carpenter films represented on his new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998.  As with his prior solo albums, his son Cody and godson Daniel Davies worked on the new recordings with the director.

Look for the album in CD, digital, and vinyl.  Carpenter plans to offer variant editions in seven-inch vinyl format, with movie-influenced colors like “The Fog Over Antonio Bay,” and “Christine Red.”  Here is a preview of the album, the first track from “In the Mouth of Madness”:

These are the tracks:

  • In the Mouth of Madness
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • The Fog
  • Prince of Darkness
  • Santiago (Vampires)
  • Escape from New York
  • Halloween
  • Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)
  • They Live
  • The Thing
  • Starman
  • Dark Star
  • Christine

To promote the album Carpenter is going on tour.  He announced the following tour dates this week:

10-29 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
10-31 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
11-02 Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
11-04 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
11-05 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
11-07 Maplewood, MN – Myth Live
11-09 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
11-10 Detroit, MI – El Club
11-12 Toronto, Ontario – The Danforth Music Hall
11-13 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
11-15 Boston, MA – Royale
11-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5
11-18 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
11-19 Syracuse, NY – The Palace Theatre

Tickets will be available at his tour website here.

You can pre-order Carpenter’s new album here at Amazon.  Look for Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, just in time for Halloween–it’s available October 20, 2017.

C.J. Bunce

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