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Tracks Composed by:
John Carpenter
Pino Donaggio
ChrisYoung
Michael Kamen
Howard Shore
Marco Beltrami
Shirley Walker
Alan Howarth
Nicholas Pike
Dick Maas
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Milan Records
(October 12th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if your taste in classic horror music weights heavily towards the more sparse, electronically rendered style of John Carpenter.

Avoid it... if you expect the album to provide a consistent, effective listening experience (or a solid representation from symphonic horror scores).
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,257
WRITTEN 10/9/99, REVISED 4/15/07
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Choice Cuts: (Compilation) Released during the season to be frightened, Milan Records' 1999 compilation of score cues and themes contains many of the most popular horror genre film scores of the past twenty years. Ranging from the purely electronic to the hugely orchestral, the "Choice Cuts" album features music from the likes of John Carpenter, Pino Donaggio, Christopher Young, Marco Beltrami, Michael Kamen, Howard Shore, Shirley Walker, Alan Howarth, Nicholas Pike, and Dick Maas. These are cuts, indeed. But choice cuts? That may be the issue that lies at the heart of the album. Even within the horror genre, Milan's choices span a wide variety of styles within the horror genre itself, with each of the chosen selections offering its own virtues. It's easy to see right off the bat that the album was likely created by devoted fans of the 1980's small-budget horror classics, with John Carpenter at the forefront of their attention. The album has a fair collection of work by Carpenter and his usual associates, from the original Halloween to Escape from New York and its sequel, as well as the more recent Vampires. With the work of Carpenter, Howarth, and Walker placed with emphasis, the compilation is predisposed to the more sparse, electronic style that Carpenter's films and music embody, despite the fact that Vampires takes the industrial rock sound to levels Graeme Revell or especially Robert Rodriguez would appreciate. Similar in style to Carpenter's table-setters are Maas' The Lift and Donaggio's Body Double. As a nod to the more symphonic side of the horror genre, the album includes somewhat random horror cues selected from Carrie, The Dead Zone, Scream, Sleepwalkers, and Urban Legend. Howard Shore's extremely unconventional sounds for Crash round out the album with one of the more interesting utilizations of instruments perhaps ever heard in a feature film score, a fan-favorite for many. Ultimately, however, the album fails to create a consistent mood.



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Average: 1.92 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 47:35
• 1. Halloween: "Halloween 1963"
John Carpenter (3:16)
• 2. The Lift: "Main Title"
Dick Maas (2:52)
• 3. Escape From New York: "Main Title"
John Carpenter/Alan Howarth (3:51)
• 4. Carrie: "For The Last Time We'll Pay"
Pino Donnagio (2:47)
• 5. The Dead Zone: "Opening Titles"
Michael Kamen (4:24)
• 6. Body Double: "Claustrophoby"
Pino Donnagio (3:19)
• 7. Sleepwalkers: "Main Titles"
Nicholas Pike (2:05)
• 8. Scream: "Altered Ego"
Marco Beltrami (2:49)
• 9. Escape From L.A.: "Medley"
John Carpenter/Howarth/Walker (7:51)
• 10. Urban Legend: "Urban Legend"
Christopher Young (5:02)
• 11. Crash: "Crash"
Howard Shore (3:37)
• 12. Vampires: "Slayers"
John Carpenter (2:36)
• 13. Halloween: "Halloween Theme (Main Title)"
John Carpenter (2:56)

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The insert notes include a description of each selection by Jodi Tack.
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