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Verified Purchase. Great film and score! Glad I rediscovered this film. Recently rewatched it after many years. I had written it off as disappointing. This time I appreciated the social commentary much more. Still relevant and biting!
Was able to view some of the less than stellar elements of this film, like some truly terrible acting and that famous fight scene, as good old fashioned silliness.
It's a fun film with something important to say. Part of my reevaluation of They Live was listening to the score more closely. I am still not a fan of the honky-tonk aspects of this music. But I've come to appreciate them as another character in the film. I initially wasn't going to buy this because of that crap. But I was able to easily remove those tracks. Without that annoying nonsense, I have a cohesive album that is enjoyable to listen to. For fans who want the dialog and commercials, that stuff is here for you.
This is instantly recognizable as Carpenter, but with new and interesting elements specific to this film. I have been listening to this on repeat since I bought it. I love it! In this case not fabricated by Amazon, but basically the same as the Amazon ones. Why is that you may ask yourself? Well historically that falls into one of two categories. I have been listening to this on repeat since I bought it. I love it! In this case not fabricated by Amazon, but basically the same as the Amazon ones.
Why is that you may ask yourself? Well historically that falls into one of two categories. The first is the fact that OST were originally mostly released on 12" vinyl LPs which can only house about 45 minutes of music - and with most feature films weighing in at 90minutes plus, you're gonna be missing out on some music there.
The second, is that fact that when the originally unissued material is unearthed and released to combine with the original release it sounds radically different; whether this be to mastering, transfer, sourcing, or any other number of problems.
It's the latter which applies here. Alan Howarth, who sat in with Carpenter on some eight soundtracks, is one of the few people on the planet interested in working on this music that comes anywhere near to an original source. He clearly loves the music, painstakingly collecting every little piece for his own AHI Records re-releases of Carpenter's soundtracks, and has even gone so far as to re-record the material for Assault On Precinct 13 and Dark Star Carpenter's first film and soundtrack which has only been released as two lengthy suites of music which contain dialogue and sound-effects embedded in the music from through out the film.
The same complaints about those recordings is the one I would use here. While Carpenter was inexorably bound to the analogue world with the recording of these albums Howarth is, and has always been, extremely interested in digital technology. The mastering on these re-releases is a little heavy-handed and when compared to the original releases can sound a little 'flat' or 'piercing'. These murky synth sounds were never intended to be heard outside of the gritty film world of They Live, and when you take out the girt and grime you loose a little bit of the heart and soul of these songs.
That being said, that's mostly just nit picking. All of the music here and for the most part it really does sound great! Originally releases in a limited run of copies fans should be aware that Howarth has continued to make the release available, however it is burnt onto CDRs and is not a true silver CD. Purists will want to seek out the limited release, while anyone just interested in picking up the complete OST at a good price probably won't care and might wonder why some copies are selling for so much more than others.
The dark, gritty landscape of They Live is perfectly encapsulated in the unhinged blues that Carpenter and Howarth summon up for this soundtrack and for those that had their favorite cues and songs excluded from the original release, have no fear this is ever single note and chord that you hear through out the film as far as I can tell. So, Carpenter nuts and synth freaks alike do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you're not going to want to miss out on!
I thoroughly enjoy Carpenter's soundtrack work through the 70's and 80's. Near the end of the 80's he began to get away from his minimalist synthesizer style though, employing more and more 'traditional' score sounds.
They're definitely influenced by Carpenter! They Live is one of his last that maintained what I consider to be 'classic Carpenter sound'. With this release, you get some fun audios from the film, plus every bit of the soundtrack, whether you remember it or not! Good stuff, we should all give Carpenter and don't forget Alan Howarth! Site Description: Composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth For the score to one of his most iconic films Carpenter and Howarth created what can only be described as electronic blues, The score is recognisable as Carpenter but has a dusty slow pulsating western feel that really does give it a life of it's own.
Blue and Purple vinyl.. Come man You're really reading the reviews? Just buy it. And while your iPod is shuffling songs, your ears wil be graced with the voice of a legend. Quotes of the best SciFi dialogue ever to be spoken.
One person found this helpful. A really good sounding CD I still remember when I first saw the movie and heard this soundtrack thank you. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. The master at his best. This expanded soundtrack has a number of great tracks previously missing. A great purchase.
Misleading title, the soundtrack part is cut off. This was a gift to my partner after a rough year, and it was really disappointing for us both. Report abuse. Achetez ce disque! Translate review to English. Die colorierte Lp von They Live schaut recht gut aus. Die Tracks sind super und ein Poster ist auch noch mit dabei. Einfach toll!!! Report abuse Translate review to English.
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