Wowzers, total power team up here from film soundtrack-synth wizards John Carpenter and Alan Howarth. This is a reissue of their classic accompaniment to Escape From New York, present here in expanded form: the first time this version has been pressed to vinyl. Double LP remastered from the original tapes (naturally), on Silva Screen.

Vinyl Double LP £22.49 SILLP1493

Expanded 180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Silva Screen. Repress edition of 500 copies.

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Escape From New York by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
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8/10 Laurie 29 July 2015

More '80's soundtrack worship from Silva Screen. I know, I can hear your scream of “OMG THIS ISN’T JUST ANY SOUNDTRACK” because it’s John Carpenter who is a man that provides music, mostly for super tense slick (and completely outrageous) action/horror things. He’s joined by Alan Howarth to tackle the monstrous task of soundtracking a classic film. I mean, most of this stuff sounds like an '80's disco club, I guess with a certain level of badassery no doubt inspired by Carpenter revelling in a certain serpent.

Snake Plissken. Now that’s a name. Plisssss, hissed out like a real snake. Kurt Russell’s most famous performance cemented the archetypal ‘Kurt Russell character’, dropping ridiculous one liners and generally being a nonchalant but troubled coolguy throughout the film. The music’s really all about him, theme to Snake, Snake’s mean walk, Snake runs (away from) this town. Dramatic synth lines weave in and out of pounding idiosyncratic pop/rock beats, playing with intensity and drama. Clint says “it’s all over the place”, and he doesn’t lie, perhaps because the film is too. There’s some guitar that joins in parts for rawk cred, and you even get some snappy quotes from the film in there too. Now you can scratch with the famous “the survival of the human race, Plissken. Something you don’t give a shit about” line. Cool huh?

10/10 Mark Customer rating (no review), 16th February 2019



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