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John Carpenter has rerecorded 13 of his classic movie themes and put them together as an album

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A couple of years ago, already well into his sixties, John Carpenter, the legendary horror film director and composer, went on tour for the first time. He spoke to James F. Thompson in a rare interview at the time.

During that subsequent world tour, he was playing music from two new albums – ‘Lost Themes’ (2015) and ‘Lost Themes II‘. 

Now, along with members of his live band – his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies – he has rerecorded 13 of his classic movie themes which he’s compiled together as an album.

That includes famous eerie, dystopian sci-fi themes from the likes of Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Starman and Prince of Darkness.

‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998’ will come out on Sacred Bones on 20 October.

Carpenter has just shared one of the newly recorded compositions, ‘In The Mouth of Madness’. Dave Davies from The Kinks originally played the metal-riff – now freshly recorded by Carpenter’s son.