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Psycho II - Expanded

Psycho II - Expanded

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 273)

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith

Format: CD

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1. The Murder (Bernard Herrmann) 0:59
2. Psycho II Main Title 1:39
3. The House 1:51
4. Mother's Hand 1:54
5. Old Weapons 0:41
6. Cheese Sandwich 0:31
7. Mother's Room 2:05
8. Out To Lunch 2:00
9. 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
26. EXTRAS: 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
  Total Album Time: 72:50

From the Manufacturer

For the 1983 Universal Pictures sequel Psycho II, composer Jerry Goldsmith retained the coiling, aggressive string writing he'd developed through the '70s, while grounding the score with a melody for ghostly electronics and strings–one that gets to the heart of the Norman Bates character in an unexpected way, capturing a sense of innocence and sympathy. In the score's main title, Goldsmith's wistful theme for Norman plays against a repeating, four-note piano figure, one that slithers off in an odd direction as it's about to repeat a fourth time. Like mother and son, the piano motif is related to the theme for Norman and hints at his madness, driving numerous cues in the score.

Goldsmith fashioned roughly an hour of music for Psycho II, including using Bernard Herrmann's legendary shower murder set-piece from the original film to open his otherwise all-new score. The original 1983 MCA vinyl soundtrack featured exactly 30 minutes of music, including the Herrmann opening murder sequence. In addition to missing numerous important cues, the album shortened three of the nine cues present. Consequently, more than half of the score is making its premiere appearance on this Intrada CD. Intrada was given access to the complete multi-channel recording session masters and assembled the entire score in picture sequence. The master elements were in pristine condition and included all of the complex electronic overlays with their vast array of throbs and gurgles, child-like bells and distant motifs–and those terrifying knife-like slashes.

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