John Carpenter is often admired for his filmmaking skills, but in the seven-year absence from the world of directing, Carpenter has released two albums of original music. The multi-talented Carpenter today announced he will be releasing a new album of new recordings of his most popular horror movie themes, ranging from Halloween to The Fog to They Live.
The filmmaker has partnered with his collaborators from his albums of original material for these new recordings, his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Those albums, Lost Themes and Lost Themes II, were conceptualized as soundtracks to movies the filmmaker had not yet created. To celebrate the release of John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, the musician will also head out on a tour of North America. Check out the tracklisting and tour dates below!
Per the press release:
"Anthology is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter's greatest themes, from his very first movie, the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star, to 1998's supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween's iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone's bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing.
"We also get vital new recordings of the themes to '80s classics and fan favorites Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Christine, and They Live, along with the romantic Starman. The collection is rounded out by the menacing, heavy themes to Prince of Darkness and In the Mouth of Madness, the latter a Metallica-inspired riff originally played for the film by Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, and now played by his son Daniel."
John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 track listing:
- "In the Mouth of Madness"
- "Assault on Precinct 13"
- "The Fog"
- "Prince of Darkness"
- "Santiago (Vampires)"
- "Escape From New York"
- "Porkchop Express (Big Trouble in Little China)"
- "They Live"
- "The Thing"
- "Dark Star"
You can order the album from Sacred Bones Records before it's released on October 20.
John Carpenter's tour dates are as follows:
10/29/17 -Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
10/31/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/2/17 - Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
11/4/17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/5/17 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/7/17 - Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
11/9/17 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/10/17 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/12/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
11/13/17 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/15/17 - Boston, MA @ Royale
11/16/17 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/18/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero0comments
11/19/17 - Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre
Previous live performances by the filmmaker have included a combination of both original songs and movie themes he composed, complemented by footage and montages compiled from respective films being projected behind the musicians.