The master of horror John Carpenter continues his career pivot as the master of the horror sound with the announcement of a brand-new album.
Much like his 2017 release Anthology, Anthology II features newly-recorded versions of some of Carpenter’s favourite tracks from his time as a film composer. This time the record spans 1976 to 1988 and includes cuts from the likes of Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween II, The Fog, and Big Trouble in Little China.
Working once again with collaborators Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies, the trio accompanied the album announcement with the release of the first track, Chariot of the Pumpkins from 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Of the album, Sacred Bones Records had the following to say in a press release:
“Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988) continues the celebration of John’s compositional genius via an excellently sequenced collection of some of his most iconic pieces of music from his extensive filmography, all newly recorded with his musical collaborators Daniel Davies and Cody Carpenter.
This album represents just a fraction of John Carpenter’s impressive musical repertoire. His ability to capture the essence of his films through evocative melodies, atmospheric soundscapes, and innovative use of synths has solidified his status as one of the most influential composers in the history of cinema. With each haunting note and pulsating beat, his soundtracks continue to resonate with audiences, forever etching his name in the annals of film music history.”
Anthology II will release October 6th 2023 and is available to pre-order now, including on several vinyl editions, patterned after some of the featured works. You can check out the track list and the first track below:
1. Chariots of Pumpkins (Halloween III)
2. 69th St. Bridge (Escape from New York)
3. The Alley (War) (Big Trouble in Little China)
4. Wake Up (They Live)
5. Julie’s Dead (Assault on Precinct 13)
6. The Shape Enters Laurie’s Room (Halloween II)
7. Season of the Witch (Halloween III)
8. Love at a Distance (Prince of Darkness)
9. The Shape Stalks Again (Halloween II)
10. Burn it (The Thing)
11. Fuchs (The Thing)
12. To Mac’s Shack (The Thing
13. Walk to the Lighthouse (The Fog)
14. Laurie’s Theme (Halloween)