Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls

     
 

Eleven years ago, you couldn't find a copy of Carnival of Souls on video or television for love or money. Now it's out on video and headed for DVD, and then the soundtrack CD shows up, which is doubly impressive for a 1962 movie that got buried in theaters and had to build its audience through television screenings over a 20-year period. See more details below

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Eleven years ago, you couldn't find a copy of Carnival of Souls on video or television for love or money. Now it's out on video and headed for DVD, and then the soundtrack CD shows up, which is doubly impressive for a 1962 movie that got buried in theaters and had to build its audience through television screenings over a 20-year period. Gene Moore's organ music is one of the more haunting elements of this exquisitely frightening and disturbing movie, and free-standing, it's completely undiluted in its otherworldly moods and tonal masses. There is some dialogue included on certain tracks, because large sections of this material was mastered off of acetates, but a portion appears also to have some right off the film's soundtrack. There is noise on much of it, but the extraneous sounds aren't excessively obtrusive, except those that come from the finished film track itself. This isn't too much of a problem -- the dialogue actually helps to keep one's reference points straight, although the producers should have placed markings on the chapter list to indicate those passages in which dialogue plays a dominant role. There are also some sections featuring a small jazz-type combo, principally for accompaniment to the scenes in the bar near the film's ending. Director-producer Herk Harvey appears on one track, the audio portion of an introduction that he videotaped for the film's theatrical and video re-release in 1989-1990. The CD is fleshed out with organ parts (including a transcription of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," a bizarre medley that features a most un-homelike "Home Sweet Home" and a decent jazz-blues combo complete with an electric guitar) that were recorded for but never used in the movie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/1999
Label:
Birdman
UPC:
0607287001227
catalogNumber:
12

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Tracks

  1. Introduction  - Gene Moore
  2. Departure  - Gene Moore
  3. I Don't Know About That Girl  - Gene Moore
  4. Interlude #1  - Gene Moore
  5. Travel Music  - Gene Moore
  6. First Visitation  - Gene Moore
  7. Second Visitation  - Gene Moore
  8. You Can't Live in Isolation  - Gene Moore
  9. Stirring the Soul  - Gene Moore
  10. First Trip to the Carnival  - Gene Moore
  11. Hot Bath  - Gene Moore
  12. Church Organ #1  - Gene Moore
  13. Third Visitation  - Gene Moore
  14. Storm  - Gene Moore
  15. Church Is Just a Place of Business  - Gene Moore
  16. Haunted  - Gene Moore
  17. Let's Have No More Nights  - Gene Moore
  18. Interlude #2  - Gene Moore
  19. Dark Entry  - Gene Moore
  20. As If I Didn't Exist  - Gene Moore
  21. Second Trip to the Carnival  - Gene Moore
  22. Dark Footsteps  - Gene Moore
  23. Profane - Sacrilege  - Gene Moore
  24. At the Bar #1  - Gene Moore
  25. At the Bar #2  - Gene Moore
  26. Left Alone  - Gene Moore
  27. Second Departure  - Gene Moore
  28. Eastbound Bus  - Gene Moore
  29. Isolation  - Gene Moore
  30. I Don't Know What's Real Anymore  - Gene Moore
  31. Carnival of Souls  - Gene Moore
  32. Mary's Theme  - Gene Moore
  33. Herk Harvey Speaks  - Gene Moore
  34. Church Organ #2  - Gene Moore
  35. Church Organ #3  - Gene Moore
  36. Psycho Carnival Organ  - Gene Moore
  37. Carnival Rock  - Gene Moore

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