The music for the 1960, Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, is a notable part of film history. Bernard Herrmann's score takes us on a "frenzied" trip inside the mind of a madman. The composer decided that the best way to score the film was to use string instruments. At the time, this was a bold move, that to my recollection, has never been tried again (except for the '98 remake). The music for the picture remains, as one of the most effective scores of all time. Even folks who have never seen the film, no doubt recognize the music for the now infamous "Shower Scene", just the same. That fact shows just how much the music has crept into our collective consciousness. Much the same way that composer John Williams's theme from Jaws has, whether you have seen the film or not, you still know the music from that scene, when you hear it
This 1997 re-recording from Varese Sarabande, conducted by Joel McNeeley, is a fine recreation of Bernard Herrmann's work. Sorry, as much as I like composer Danny Elfman's work, his rendition for the aforementioned remake, doesn't quite have the same (recreated) style as this version does. I guess, because I was down on the idea of doing the remake in the first place, therefore, it just doesn't resonate as well for me as this version does.
The CD contains 40 tracks, and has a running time of 61 minutes, 9 seconds This rerecording is recommended and is the next best thing to owning the original by Bernard Herrmann himself.