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Back in February 2015 we reviewed here at borg.com 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”:

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John Carpenter Lost Themes II 2

Last February writer/director/musician John Carpenter released his first solo album of thematic music in the style of the many soundtracks he scored over his 50 years of filmmaking.  Chase themes, pulsating rampages, ethereal motifs, dark places, sustained tension, and electronic vibrations of space–we loved the evocative, unsettling, out-of-this-world sounds on the album, titled Lost Themes, reviewed here at borg.com.  Carpenter, known for his cinematic sci-fi and horror masterpieces including Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, Halloween, The Fog, Christine, The Thing, and They Live, composed 16 of the soundtracks for major films he directed.

Carpenter is releasing his second solo album, Lost Themes II, on the Sacred Bones Records label, full of even more tracks that could be scores for future–or lost–films, films only John Carpenter could make.  You can pre-order Lost Themes II at a discount now on CD here, on vinyl here, and digital here, all from Amazon.com.

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Preview “Distant Dream,” one of the tracks off Carpenter’s new Lost Themes II, now here:

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