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Carrie: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD] Original recording reissued, Soundtrack

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In 1976, Carrie made a star of Sissy Spacek, a bankable first-tier director of Brian DePalma, and a household name of horror writer Stephen King (on whose first novel the film was based). Newcomers John Travolta, Amy Irving, and Nancy Allen didn't do so bad for themselves either.

But like the solid efforts of many film composers, Pino Donaggio's work went largely unheralded at the time, though DePalma would reward him with no less than five more scoring assignments in the years to come. Ironically, Donaggio was the director's second choice; the first, Bernard Herrmann, died just hours after the final recording session for Scorsese's Taxi Driver in December, 1975.

For the Carrie, score, Donaggio descends from the breezy string and flute arrangements that introduce the innocence of the title character into a darkening orchestral maelstrom as the troubled telekinetic Carrie suffers increasingly harsh indignities at the hands of her schoolmates and madly fundamentalist mother. Like his peers Morricone and Rota, Donaggio often understates the most dramatic scenes of his projects; the famed school prom hell storm scene is accompanied merely by rumbling sustained chords from the strings beneath subtly disquieting electronic effects. Ryko's interspersing of dialogue clips is especially effective here, particularly the chilling rantings of Piper Laurie as Carrie's mother. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Theme From 'Carrie'
  2. I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me
  3. Telekinesis (Incidental Dialogue From The Film)
  4. And God Made Eve
  5. The Raven Was Called Sin (Incidental Dialogue From The Film)
  6. At The Prom
  7. Contest Winners
  8. Born To Have It All
  9. Bucket Of Blood
  10. They're All Going To Laugh At You (Incidental Dialogue From The Film)
  11. School In Flames
  12. Mother At The Top Of The Stairs
  13. For The Last Time We'll Pray
  14. The Devil Has Come Home (Incidental Dialogue From The Film)
  15. Collapse Of Carrie's Home
  16. Sue's Dream
  17. Powers (Incidental Dialogue From The Film)
  18. Theme From 'Carrie'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000009TW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The movie CARRIE is truly one of the best psychologically terrifying movies in recent history; part of its "get under your skin" power lies in Pino Donaggio's eccentric and transporting soundtrack. While it is not the kind of music you play for a candlelit dinner, if you want to evoke memories of the haunting film, this will more than do the trick. Mother At The Top Of The Stairs is perhaps the most artistically gratifying piece for me, with its perfect blend of suspense and unbearably sad chords repeated over and over. It captures, without fail, the specific moods and feelings of the characters and story brilliantly. There are pieces missing however -- as in the playful piece that underscores the girls' punishment-workout, and the guys' tuxedo shopping.
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The "Carrie" soundtrack has been released on a 33 record, tape, and CD before, but it has previously been available in truncated versions, with several tracks missing. Still missing (because they weren't recorded for the film exclusively) are the tracks "Education Blues" (played to introduce the prom scene) and "Heat Wave" the sixties hit DePalma incorporated into a scene with John Travolta and Nancy Allen. This limited edition has got the tracks for the gym punishment scenes, the tuxedo store, and other cuts not previously available (a detailed list is below). As such, it's likely the most complete version available, and the sound quality is superb. All tracks are in the order in which they appear in the film, which is also nice (previous recordings separated the "contest winners" and "bucket of blood" cues, oddly). As a bonus, this CD features the older, less thorough recordings, as they first were released. Donaggio's score is iconic, and has been much praised. For those of you who have been looking for the missing sections, this is the version to buy. A short booklet recaps some familiar material, and has some photos from the film. A bit pricey, but there don't seem to be too many copies around. There's a cult audience out there for this score, and they should know that the "incidental" vocals that were included on the previous Varese Saraband edition (including the classic "They're all gonna laugh at you!") aren't here, sadly.
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The producers of this soundtrack seemed to omit everything that wasn't done by Pino Donaggio. What IS there is excellent, especially the Theme from "Carrie" and "Mother At the Top of the Stairs," which is a brillant homage to those 200+ year old hymns found in church songbooks around the world. One song is only partially included; "I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Soneone Like Me." In the movie, there's an instrumental break where Tommy and Carrie talk about why he asked her to the prom. The version on this soundtrack omits this break, making the song shorter and, to me, not as enjoyable.

As others have mentioned, there are several pieces that are outright missing. The most notable one is that great song that's playing when Carrie and friends enter the gym; a song called "Education Blues" by Vance Or Towers. It's a party rock tune that foreshadowed the New Wave revolution that would come in the '80s, and slightly different in the movie than on their obscure 1975 LP. BIG oversight.

Also as some have previously mentioned, the Moog-style music when the guys are shopping for tuxedos and the girls are in detention are gone, presumably because they weren't the classical string arrangements that Donaggio seems to prefer. So the comic relief is also missing.

Due to the high cost of music licensure, I can understand why Martha & The Vandella's "Heat Wave" is missing, yet it was the backdrop for one of the movie's most memorable scenes with Nancy Allen and John Travolta. Still, this song is widely available. What is NOT, and is missing from this soundtrack, is the song playing in the background of that "other" Travolta / Allen scene, the notorious parking scene.
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This album's excellent, but probably only fans of the film will think so. A lot of the music is very dark and conjurs images of isolation, but the two Katie Irving songs are beautiful, especially "...Someone Like Me". The inlay card is interesting and has a detailed write-up about the film and the score, as well as a film poster on the back. The only disappointing thing I found about the album is that songs like "Education Blues" and "Heatwave" aren't on it. These are just as much a part of the film as the rest of the tunes, and perhaps their lighter tone would have made the album more accessible. Still, never mind, it's definitely well worth the money in my opinion!
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Brian DePalma's 1976 film CARRIE was one of the most significant horror movies of the 1970s, second perhaps only to Steven Spielberg's JAWS. The great elements of the film (Sissy Spacek, the direction, etc.) aside, the one that has been overlooked until now is the soundtrack score by Pino Donnagio.
The irony about DePalma's selection of Donnagio to score CARRIE is that he originally wanted Bernard Herrmann, Hitchcock's favorite composer, to do it. But Herrmann's untimely death, coming just a few short hours after finishing recording his score for TAXI DRIVER, made DePalma look elsewhere.
Donnagio's score for CARRIE is, not surprisingly, very reminiscent of Herrmann's work for Hitchcock (particularly PSYCHO), but there are elements of Stravinsky (as there were for John Williams' JAWS score) as well. The two songs on the album, as done by Katie Irving, are very pleasant and melancholic ballads that only Linda Ronstadt could have done better. But Donnagio was wise to have seen CARRIE, as have many of the movie's viewers, as a dramatic tragedy as much as it is a psychological horror film. His score reflects that belief very well.
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