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Alfred Hitchcock Presents... Signatures in Suspense
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Music Composed by:
Bernard Herrmann
Dimitri Tiomkin
Franz Waxman
John Williams
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Compilation Produced by:
Didier C. Deutsch
Dana G. Smart
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Hip-O Records
(July 13th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a devoted fan of Alfred Hitchcock's films and seek one of the most balanced presentations of original recordings and more recent performances representing the music from his works.

Avoid it... if you are deterred by archival sound quality for several of the earlier entries, in which case you should investigate the Silva Screen label's superior compilations of Hitchcock-related re-recordings from the same year.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,102
WRITTEN 7/29/99, REVISED 10/21/07
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents... Signatures in Suspense: (Compilation) No director has been the subject of as many film music compilations as Alfred Hitchcock, partly due to his famous collaboration with Bernard Herrmann during the later and more memorable series of suspense and horror films that reached their height in the 1960's. The shelves of record stores were overflowing with albums offering the music of Alfred Hitchcock films in 1999, mostly because they intended to celebrate the centenary of the director's birth. Of all the Hitchcock compilations that hit the shelves of stores during that year, this generous offering from the just previously formed Hip-O division of Universal Records is the most complete and interesting presentation of original and re-recorded music. This album combines recordings from a significant variety of sources; some are originals that have been released (whether officially on CD or on bootleg or, in some instances, only on LP record), while others are originals that are for the first time available on CD due to this product. A few of the tracks are noteworthy re-recordings that come from previously available sources. For an album devoted to only music from Hitchcock films, the selections are quite eclectic, but then, the man's career spanned so many decades that any comprehensive offering will inherently wander all over the map of different genre sounds. Also contributing to this quality of the album is the fact that it, unlike many other compilations devoted to Hitchcock, includes less obvious music by composers other than Bernard Herrmann. The compilation appropriately begins with the short adaptation of the "Funeral March of the Marionette" (used as Hitchcock's personal theme) before diving into two Dimitri Tiomkin selections.



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Total Time: 62:34
• 1. Theme from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (0:25)
• 2. Theme (from "I Confess") - Dimitri Tiomkin & his Orchestra (3:17)
• 3. Theme (from "Dial M for Murder") - Dimitri Tiomkin & his Orchestra (3:28)
• 4. Juke Box #6 (from "Rear Window") - Franz Waxman & The Paramount Studio Orchestra (2:29)
• 5. Scene D'Amour (from "Vertigo") - The Paramount Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Muir Mathieson (5:05)
• 6. The Wild Ride (from "North By Northwest") - The MGM Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (2:54)
• 7. Psycho (A Narrative for Orchestra) (from "Psycho") - The London Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (14:29)
• 8. Prelude (from "Marnie") - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (2:06)
• 9. Marnie (from "Marnie") - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (3:04)
• 10. Main Title From "Torn Curtain" - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by John Addison (2:18)
• 11. Prelude (from "Torn Curtain") - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (1:56)
• 12. The Ship (from "Torn Curtain") - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (0:54)
• 13. The Radiogram (from "Torn Curtain") - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (2:01)
• 14. March (from "Topaz") - The City of Prague Philharmonic, Conducted by Paul Bateman (2:36)
• 15. The London Theme (from "Frenzy") - The City of Prague Philharmonic, Conducted by Paul Bateman (2:27)
• 16. Prelude (from "The Wrong Man") - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Elmer Bernstein (2:08)
• 17. End Credits & End Titles (from "Family Plot") - The Universal Studio Orchestra, Conducted by John Williams (2:33)
• 18. A Portrait of Hitch (from "The Trouble With Harry") - The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Bernard Herrmann (8:15)

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The packaging is quite elaborate; the insert contains a wealth of great notes, snippets from interviews, and numerous pictures.
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