The Essential John Carpenter

Composer: Various
Silva Screen
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Released just in time for Halloween, this collection of music from John Carpenter movies is a wonderful look back (or listen back if you like) to some of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

The main theme from Halloween is so simple, yet is still so haunting and there are plenty of other little gems that you had probably forgotten about. There are classic themes and incidental music from Escape from New York, Starman, Assault on Precinct 13, Big Trouble in Little China and The Fog.

While Carpenter's movies were never blessed with orchestral soundtracks to rival the likes of Lawrence of Arabia, they still have their rightful place in Hollywood history. They are simple, yet they haunt you for some time to come. I am still humming the theme to the Starman and I can't get that damn Halloween theme out of my head.

This collection also includes cover notes on Carpenter's work and history as well as giving a brief synopsis for each of his movies.

The only real problem I had was the CD case. Sadly it is presented in one of those cases that every time you remove the CD one of the centre prongs holding it in place breaks off. So once you have listened to the album around six times the CD is rattling around in its case.

Overall a great collection that any film buff, especially Carpenter fans, shouldn't be with out.

Amber Leigh

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