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Psycho II
(1983)
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1990 Varèse
2014 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(March 16th, 1990)

Intrada Records
(April 1st, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release that fell out of print and sold for $150 or more. The 2014 Intrada expansion is a limited product of unspecified quantities, originally available through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20.
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Buy it... only if you trust Jerry Goldsmith to follow Bernard Herrmann with a respectfully different, conservative, atmospheric score that takes no chances with the concept.

Avoid it... if you find Goldsmith's carefully subdued, textural work for dissonant synthesizer effects and restrained orchestra to be underwhelming, especially given its redundancy on both of this score's album presentations.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,339
WRITTEN 7/24/09, REVISED 5/11/14
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Psycho II: (Jerry Goldsmith) It is tremendously difficult to follow a universally beloved classic film with a worthy sequel, and even more daunting to try to do it after more then two decades have passed. Long after Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho had solidified its reputation as a qualified classic, the concept experienced an odd resurrection in the 1980's. Neither the 1983 nor 1986 sequels attempted to compete with the original 1960 film's brilliance, but they rather sought to take advantage of the singular, fascinating character at their center. It is this lingering interest in Norman Bates from both audiences and actor Anthony Perkins that fueled this unlikely franchise, with Perkins himself directing the surprisingly effective third picture to further solicit pity for his troubled character. In both sequels, Perkins is once again perched above his famous motel, though Psycho II shows his release from prison after his supposed reformation and attempts to give his homecoming a softer edge by offering him a newly found female friend and roommate. As we well know, however, Bates' mother continues to haunt him to the bitter end, prompting him to kill without warning despite the fact that he is well aware by now that he is insane. While critics seem to agree that the third Psycho film is better than the second, Psycho II did feature a score by Jerry Goldsmith (the third was assigned to Carter Burwell). Goldsmith, of course, was a friend of Bernard Herrmann, whose score for Psycho is both a classic and instantly recognizable for its slashing shower cue. Often joking about the use of Herrmann's music as temp track material in assignments for which he was to write (once exclaiming to director Frank Schaffner, "Not Benny again!"), Goldsmith was probably the only natural choice for Psycho II. If anybody could write music that could extend the same general character of Herrmann's score without stepping on its toes, then Goldsmith would be that composer. Not surprisingly, the soundtrack for Psycho II is extremely conservative in its approach, avoiding the technique employed for the classic film's remake many years later (which received an overly loyal imitation by Danny Elfman) and instead paying a short tribute to Herrmann at the start before moving on to mostly fresh territory. The film opens with a re-showing of the famous shower scene from Psycho, complete with Herrmann's music (but strangely not including the memorable ending of the scene), and this tribute introduces the score's album releases as well.

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186 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.02 Stars
***** 35 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 38 2 Stars
* 31 1 Stars
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Michael - May 15, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 31:08
• 1. The Murder - composed by Bernard Herrmann (0:57)
• 2. Main Title (1:37)
• 3. Don't Take Me (4:48)
• 4. Mother's Room (4:01)
• 5. It's Not Your Mother (5:11)
• 6. New Furniture (2:04)
• 7. The Cellar (4:02)
• 8. Blood Bath (3:37)
• 9. End Title (4:13)
2014 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:53

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1990 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2014 Intrada album features notes about both.
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