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Escape from New York - Origina [Import]

Alan Howarth , John Carpenter Audio CD
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1. Main Title
2. The Bank Robbery
3. 'Prison Introduction'
4. Over The Wall/Airforce One
5. He's Still Alive/Romero
6. 'Snake' Plissken'
7. Orientation
8. 'Tell Him'
9. Engulfed Cathedral
10. Across The Roof
11. Descent Into New York
12. Back To The Pod - Version #1
13. Everyone's Comig To New York
14. 'Don't Go Down There!'
15. Back To The Pod - Version #2/The Crazies Come Out
16. 'I Heard You Were Dead!'
17. Arrival At The Library
18. 'You Are The Duke Of New York'
19. The Duke Arrives/Barricade
20. President At The Train
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Product Description

The soundtrack to the 1981 thriller has over 20 minutes of unreleased music plus music from deleted scenes! --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Sell Your Original Version Just Yet! Aug. 12 2000
By Mr.
Format:Audio CD
Being a huge fan of the music of John Carpenter I was very excited when I saw this disc, having already purchased the original version years ago. Having said that I must tell you that this new remastered version may seem great to some but for others, you may find yourself somewhat irritated. I decided to listen to the original album and following each track, listen to the remastered version to see what the differences were. The sound quality is much better, yes, on the newer version but it seems to me that some sounds have changed and have been remixed. Take the Main Title for example. After the drumbeat intro and the first backing sounds we should hear the synth playing the Main Title Theme. In the newer version, it has been changed to a piano, quite possibly an electric one. Other sounds seem to be added to this track that were not there before which begs the question: Is this a Remastered CD or a Remix CD? Also, anyone hoping for the complete version of the Main Title will be very disappointed to learn that it is not included(the extended end credits version would run longer). I made a copy off of my lazerdisc, connecting the opening and end credits together to have this version, since it is only available by another composer(Daniel Caine) who pays homage to Mr. Carpenter (see: Halloween The Best Of John Carpenter). Another major note is that the track, President At The Train has been shortened from 2:55 to 2:28, deleting the last 27 seconds off of the track, which for me is the best part (the shrieking noise as a body jumps in front of Plissken and what follow are lost). Read more ›
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Truth be told, ESCAPE FROM NY was one of the breakthough flicks of not only the '80s but sci-fi cinema.
for various reasons; it turned an disney actor into a mainstream action star, the sets and fx was impressive considering the fact that this movie was made for less than 8 million, and more impressive was the soundtrack by carpenter and howarth.
now with this edition courtesy of silva records we get to listen to all the tracks including the deleted bank robbery scene which is my favorite next to "above the wall" and the main title.
there's even the melodic "across the roof" and the awesome police action theme (when the choppers landed near the airforce one in search of the president only to find the vicious ROMERO.
I am in awe of this soundtrack, not only is it cool to listen to on a long train ride to work, but it also is perfect for storing in the x-box console for soundtrack options.
silva has done this CD justice just as MGM has given ESFNY the special edition treatment. a must for carpenter fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The name's Plissken Oct. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
This expanded soundtrack is a real treat for fans of the 1981 cult film from writer/director/composer John Carpenter. In many ways, this is his first full-on score. Before Escape, much of Carpenter's soundtrack work was theme-heavy and repetitive, rearranging the themes at different lengths and tempos (Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, etc.) Escape is a fuller, richer score with a memorable theme but a wider scope of sounds. The music reflects the bleak, cynical tone of the film. The piercing snyths capture the menace of the Manhattan island prison, and the action scenes are given power by sequencers and drum machines that have actually dated pretty well, considering.
Long-time Carpenter collaborator Alan Howarth went back and put together the actual cues from the film; he also put the music in sequence and included snippets of dialogue (always fun on a soundtrack disc). The result is a disc that you can listen to beginning to end, repeatedly. There is a lot less repetition than even the expanded Halloween and The Fog discs.
Considerably longer than the original CD release, there's a chunk of previously unreleased material (very typical of old Varese releases to reappear with more music). Many of the sounds predate electronic music that appeared on the popular front years later. Some of the tracks sound like they've been sampled (or at least considered) by Photek, for instance. Some of the tracks are dancey and fun. The Bank Robbery music (from a deleted scene that set up Snake's capture) is a highlight.
However, if you have the original Varese Sarabande release, I would hold on to both versions, as there are differences. First off, this disc sounds newer, clearer, shinier, as if some of the instrumentation has been remixed or different takes were used.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revisit New York Dec 14 2002
Format:Audio CD
Filmmaker John Carpenter, along with frequent collaborator, Alan Howarth, teamed up to write the music for the 1981 film, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. The end result is a near perfect score, that matches the dark action and Carpenter's anti-hero Snake Plissken, with a style all its own. The 2000 reissue of the soundtrack is a must have for the movie's fans. The opening theme has never sounded better. The CD not only includes all of the music from the previous release, but there's also many never before released tracks as well. Highlights for me include "The Bank Robbery", this cue was used during a scene cut from the finished film, that explained how Snake was captured. "Across The Roof" features a low version of the theme that is a lot of fun. Speaking of fun, be sure to check out track #13 too. The soundtrack also contains a handful of dialogue snipets from the film. Sadly though, the narration that is said as the film opens, setting up the story's unique backdrop, is not included. The score uses a synthesizer to play itself out, this adds to the "other worldly" feel of the movie, but if you are not a fan of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK as a film or of synth music in particular...you might want to pass on this and opt for something else. The CD is a must for fans though. There are 28 tracks and the score has a running time of 57 minutes, 31 seconds
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP CARPENTER SCORE
This new release features some new tracks, previously unreleased on CD with additional dialogue samples from the film, great collection! Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by "wkjun"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Carpenter Score Ever!
Escape From New York is one of my all-time favorite films, and I remember seeing it when I was nine and having the opening theme running through my head for days. Read more
Published on May 13 2002 by Daniel V. Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE SOUNDTRACK!!!
In the world of soundtracks, there's lots of good, but IMHO this is THE best ever done. State of the art electronics create a brooding malevolence all through the work that's hard... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2001 by Jack Cade
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome in the third century
A great work by Alan Howarth,a man that is yet falling in love of his job,And I don't Know why Mr.Carpenter left his collaboration after Prince of Darkness. Read more
Published on March 5 2001 by Fabio Pirovano
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack Classic
I'm not really a huge fan of soundtracks, but i have to say that "Escape From New York" is one of a kind. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2000 by exodusone
5.0 out of 5 stars "cult-sci score for the fans & listeners"
Silva Screen Records brings forth their latest release in cult-sci score for you the listener and fan of John Carpenter - "Escape From New York". Read more
Published on July 17 2000 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great additions to a Classic
Being one of the most progressive (yet easily enjoyable) soundtracks of the late '70ies, "Escape from New York" finally returns in an "updated" version. Read more
Published on June 29 2000 by Ulfster
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