Soundtrack reissue specialists Death Waltz have revealed details of their next release, the score from John Carpenter’s cult 1988 movie They Live.
We live in a rampant reissue culture: it’s more or less impossible to keep up with the number of historical curios being dug up, dusted down and re-released on a weekly basis, with labels becoming increasingly adventurous and thorough in their restoration of past material. The best reissues, of course, are the ones that go the extra yard, with an obsessive level of attention to detail. A common trait of the people behind these select releases is an unquenchable enthusiasm for bringing old sounds to new ears that seeps through the records and into the music.
There are a few labels who specialise in releasing quality reissues alongside their new output, with Dutch imprints Clone and Rush Hour both releasing seminal material from the vaults of New York and Detroit’s electronic music canon this year. Others, such as Veronica Vasicka’s Minimal Wave and Spencer Hickman’s Death Waltz, exist with a stated focus on (re)releasing overlooked, seminal and obscure material from the past. Musically our top 10 is varied selection, ranging from Drexciya’s underwater electro to Donnie & Joe Emerson’s funk-infused bedroom pop and remastered material from musique concrète progenitor Pierre Schaeffer. Alan Howarth and John Carpenter’s seminal score for Escape From New York also makes the list, as does French outfit In Aeternam Vale’s criminally under-appreciated 1980s proto techno opus Dust Under Brightness.
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The Death Waltz Recording Company has been one of the standout imprints in a year that has seen a glut of new labels with a sole or prominent focus on releasing vinyl. It began by reissuing seminal cinema scores; the first two releases were Escape From New York – one of John Carpenter’s finest moments – and Fabio Frizzi’s Zombie Flesh Eaters, which were followed by a flurry of OSTs including Donnie Darko, Let The Right One In, The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue, and three more Carpenter/Howarth masterpieces: Prince Of Darkness and, most recently, Halloween II and III.
The Death Waltz Recording Co’s fascination with the work of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth gets a lot more interesting with the news they plan to release several more deluxe versions of the duo’s soundtracks.
Cult cinema soundtrack specialists Death Waltz have unveiled their latest project: a reissue of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s score of 1987 horror flick Prince Of Darkness.