PSYCHO II

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 273
Date: 1983
Time: 1:14:10
Tracks: 31
Intrada proudly presents eerie, terrifying original soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith from Richard Franklin follow-up to famed Alfred Hitchcock thriller about Norman Bates and those twelve vacancies at his Bates Motel.

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  • Intrada proudly presents eerie, terrifying original soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith from Richard Franklin follow-up to famed Alfred Hitchcock thriller about Norman Bates and those twelve vacancies at his Bates Motel. Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles reprise their iconic roles with newcomers Meg Tilly, Dennis Franz adding to suspense, chills. Goldsmith takes sensational approach to horror tale by anchoring entire score not with scary theme but with incredibly gentle, minor key idea that generates significant amount of sympathy for Norman, his attempts to go straight after years in prison. That said, horrific events follow and composer launches riveting action material in kind. Orchestration is unique: requisite strings in tribute to classic Bernard Herrmann original play key role but composer adds array of colors courtesy piano, large woodwind section, synthesizer. Goldsmith tacets all brass save French horns, allowing the expressive instruments to rip, tear and bray through numerous frightening passages. An unusually intense additional color comes from wild "knife slashes" written into score. With all these sizeable shadings of sound, resulting music ranges from gently beautiful, hauntingly sad to wildly aggressive, strikingly intense. Complete score presented in dynamic stereo courtesy multi-track session masters vaulted in pristine condition at Universal. For original 1982 album, Goldsmith did considerable editing within cues, dropped major sequences entirely to keep duration at a half hour. In some cases he also attached names of certain cues to others instead. Scoring session paperwork and cue sheets allowed us to properly identify everything for the first time. Fun to discover Goldsmith wrote two separate sequences titled "Mothers Room", "Mother's Room #2" plus two additional alternate versions featuring different bells, chimes, electronic effects within. All four appear on our CD. Also fun to discover haunting "End Title" was originally scored with striking pizzicato strings that plucked rhythmic accompaniment to introduction of gentle theme. This unused alternate also appears on our CD in "extras" section. Goldsmith also recorded two Beethoven piano excerpts at his sessions to be heard as Bates plays piano onscreen. Both also appear as extras, as does alternate version of "Peep Hole #2". Highlights of new music are many but deserving spotlight are intense "Toomy's Death", stark two-part voicings of French horns during "Expected Guest". Flipper cover allows listeners to select new artwork or original MCA album cover. Jerry Goldsmith conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!

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    01. The Murder (Bernard Herrmann) (0:59)
    02. Psycho II – Main Title (1:39)
    03. The House (1:51)
    04. Mother’s Hand (1:54)
    05. Old Weapons (0:41)
    06. Cheese Sandwich (0:31)
    07. Mother’s Room (2:05)
    08. Out To Lunch (2:00)
    09. No Note (1:05)
    10. The Peep Hole (1:47)
    11. Toomy’s Death (1:11)
    12. Peep Hole #2 (Revised) (0:55)
    13. Mother’s Room #2 (4:28)
    14. Basement Killing (1:18)
    15. New Furniture (0:44)
    16. It’s Starting Again (0:40)
    17. A Night Cap (1:08)
    18. Blood Bath (4:01)

    19. Don’t Take Me (5:39)
    20. She’s Not Dead (1:16)
    21. Hello Mother (2:52)
    22. The Cellar (4:48)
    23. It’s Not Your Mother (5:11)
    24. Expected Guest (2:44)
    25. Psycho II – End Title (Revised) (4:18)
    Time: 56:41

    The Extras
    26. Sonata #14 [Moonlight],
          Op. 27, No. 2 – 1st Mvt (Beethoven) (1:51)
    27. Sonata #8 [Pathetique],
          Op. 13 – 2nd Mvt (Beethoven) (1:04)
    28. Peep Hole #2 (Original) (0:56)
    29. Mother’s Room #2 (Alternate No. 1) (4:28)
    30. Mother’s Room #2 (Alternate No. 2) (4:28)
    31. Psycho II – End Title (Original Version) (4:18)
    The Extras Time: 17:18