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John Carpenter's: The Fog (New Expanded Edition Original Film Soundtrack) Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 8, 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • ASIN: B00004Y9YU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue - John Carpenter
2. Theme from the Fog - John Carpenter
3. Matthew Ghost Story - John Carpenter
4. Walk to the Lighthouse
5. Rocks at Drake's Bay
6. The Fog
7. Antonio Bay
8. Tommy Tells of Ghost Ships
9. Reel 9
10. Main Theme Reprise [The Fog]
11. The Fog Rolls In [*]
12. Blake in the Sanctuary [*]
13. Finale [*]
14. Die Walküre: Vorspiel

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Director John Carpenter's runaway hit Halloween earned him a cult following as both a horror director and elementally effective gothic film scorer (Carpenter has scored the majority of his films, a feat that has put him and fellow director Mike Figgis in a very exclusive club). But his follow-up, The Fog, was fraught with such initial problems that the director-scorer reshot, re-edited, and rescored the entire film in just a month. While his Fog score (in a newly expanded and remixed edition that follows a similar upgrade of his cult-fave Escape from New York music) doesn't exactly break the mold of the tensely rhythmic minimalism he used to great effect in Halloween, it's more gothic and classically spooky in every way. Opening with the film's mood-setting ghost story (read by the great John Houseman), Carpenter's spare synth- and piano-driven music masterfully weaves an atmosphere of mystery and dread. If you have guests overstaying their welcome, this album might just do the trick. --Jerry McCulley

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I had to find a soundtrack for the movie after I saw it!!
John D. Seneca
I wish they'd included all of the music from the film, and re-did the liner notes, but still, it's a good disc, well worth it for the fan.
N. P. Stathoulopoulos
The Fog contains my favorite Carpenter music, and is my favorite Carpenter film.
Chadwick H. Saxelid

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Braswell on December 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Fog is one of my favorite horror movies due to its atmospheric and ghostly feeling. Much of this feeling is due to the superb score by John Carpenter. I purchased the original import album on Ebay several months ago. I had been searching for this soundtrack for years. Can you imagine the excitement I felt when I finally succeeded in my quest? After listening to the CD, I was extremely let down. Only a few pieces of music from the actual film was present. I read the liner notes and found out what was wrong. Here is a quote from John Carpenter himself;
"The movie that I had made was clunky, clumsy and awful. The music was heavy-handed and obvious. I wanted to pack up and leave town. This was the lowest point I can remember in my professional career."
"I went back to Sound Arts Studio and quickly began composing and recording new tracks. Dan Wyman was at my side keeping a critical eye on my multi-tracked performances and maintaining quality control. Out of all the frenzy, re-working and re-structuring, I produced what I consider to be one of my best scores."
I honestly don't know why so many tracks from his "best score" are discarded from the soundtrack in favor of the original "heavy-handed and obvious" tracks which, quite simply, are not good. Where was the music that accompanied the scene in which Mrs. Williams and her assistant drive up to the church to visit Father Malone? Where was the music from the scene in which the fog terrorizes Andy and Mrs. Kobritz and the subsequent rescue and escape from the house? Where are the shorter music cues which were used to accompany the fog rolling in and cutting off the power to Antonio Bay or Dan the weatherman's death?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on January 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Fog contains my favorite Carpenter music, and is my favorite Carpenter film. So I was overjoyed when, in 1985, I found the soundtrack had finally been issued by Varese Sarabande. My joy turned to slight disappointment when many of the music tracks from the film were not included and it seemed to contain compositions that had not even been in the movie. Nonetheless there was more than enough to keep me happy for a time.
When I saw that Silva had reissued an expanded soundtrack I was again overjoyed and filled with hope. But that joy again turned to slight disappointment when I heard the final result. The album is nothing more than the first release with a few additional tracks, granted from the film this time. But music is still missing, mainly my favorite cue that plays as Mrs. Williams drives up the winding road to the Church as the Sea Grass is discovered. I would also have liked to hear the music from the attack on Andy and Mrs. Kobritz and the narrow escape made by Nick, Elizabeth, and Andy minutes later. There are many squandered tracks as well. The Houseman prologue being the biggest. Instead of letting the main title run in its full length, Silva just slapped the narration segment at the front of the disc. But I did love the reprise of the Main Theme as it finally plays as presented in the end credits of the movie. The Blake in the Sanctuary track is okay, but the cues are spoiled by the underdubbing of Reel 9 AGAIN. I do not need to hear the exact same track twice.
I really wish they had done it right, but they didn't. Nonetheless Carpenter's compositions shine and the haunting music never seems to grows old. To this day it remains my favorite Carpenter score and a required disc, for me that is. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Citron on July 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I must state that if you like the haunting melody and sounds that John Carpenter himself makes for the majority of his movies you will definately enjoy this soundtrack.I must also say that I first saw this movie in the movie theater when I was 10 years old and I found it to be a very well done and frightening film.
I like listening to the musical score because it brings me back to the day I saw it in the movie theater.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Silva Screen and John Carpenter give me the chills, with this newly expanded edition of the original film soundtrack - "The Fog", music composed, performed and film written and directed by Carpenter.
Opening is a prologue, narrated by John Houseman with his spellbinding voice - weaves a ghost story of a tragedy that occurred 100 years ago to a ship out in Antonio Bay, the ship - the "Elizabeth Dane", caught in a strange fog and the ship crashes on to the rocks...which now lies at the bottom of the bay. Houseman warns, the crew returns to seek revenge on the town of Antonio Bay.
There's something in the fog, so bolt your windows and lock your doors as we prepare to review this extraordinary piece of music known as the "score". Of course there are highlights - "WALK TO THE LIGHTHOUSE" lightness of tone, softer, three lines of a high flute melody, mid-range counterpoint and a low bass for support, mood setting as understated fear sets in..."REEL 9" over ten minutes of an elaborate chase driven by rising and falling synthesized tones, mixed and held together by a long piece consisting of a bell and constant chord, very effective to the story-line.
Hats off to our friends at Silva for the additional "bonus tracks" - "MAIN THEME REPRISE", "THE FOG ROLLS IN", "BLAKE IN THE SANCTUARY", "FINALE" and the exclusive "RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE LEE CURTIS ABOUT THE FOG"...and so my "film-score-buffs", spin this CD, sit back and be prepared to get completely un-nerved, this is a sure spine-tingler!
Total Time: 56:42 on 14 Tracks...Silva Screen SSD-1123...(2000)
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