Wednesday, March 22, 2023

John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ and ‘Lost Cues: The Thing’ | Vinyl soundtracks out May 5 on Waxwork Records


John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of the best science fiction remakes ever created. The reissued soundtrack to John Carpenter’s The Thing is an eerie mood piece composed by the legendary Ennio Morricone that is still effective today.  The soundtrack will be reissued by Waxworks Records on May 5th.   

Considered to be John Carpenter’s directorial masterpiece, The Thing is now praised as one of the greatest films of its genre by both fans and critics. Starring Kurt Russell and A. Wilford BrimleyThe Thing follows a team of researchers in Antarctica as they are infiltrated by a parasitic extraterrestrial life form that assimilates other organisms and then imitates them. The classic soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone effectively captures the cold, isolated tone of the story and film, and marks one of the few John Carpenterdirected films that Carpenter did not score himself.

Features include the complete score Ennio Morricone re-mastered from the original master tapes, 180 Gram “Blood Sample” colored vinyl, artwork by Phantom City Creative, deluxe heavyweight packaging including satin coated old-style gatefold jackets with UV spot-gloss, and an an 11” x 22” poster.

John Carpenter’sThe Thing Original ScoreBy Ennio Morricone Features:

  • 180 Gram “Blood Sample” Colored Vinyl (Crystal Clear & Blood Red Color in Color Effect w/ Blood Red Splatter)
  • Satin Coated Old-Style Gatefold Jacket with UV Spot-Gloss
  • 11” x 22” Poster
  • Artwork By Phantom City Creative

Lost Cues: The Thing

Waxwork Records and Sacred Bone Records are thrilled to present John Carpenter’sLost Cues: The Thing. Composed and performed by director John Carpenter and including performances by Cody Carpenter and Daniel DaviesLost Cues: The Thing.features unreleased musical cues from the 1982 alien-horror movie masterpiece, The Thing.
The Thing marks one of the rare occasions that John Carpenter stepped away from scoring duties and entrusted the task to another composer. The legendary Ennio Morricone composed the cold and minimal original 1982 film music featured in the film that is not only a soundtrack-enthusiast favorite, but has been referenced and even re-used in films such as Quentin Tarantino’sThe Hateful Eight

When editing down The Thing in 1982, Carpenter felt that the film could benefit by the inclusion of additional music to fill in gaps. This additional music would sonically tie the overall film together. Taking the initiative, Carpenter performed and recorded multiple synth driven cues in his renowned scoring style and edited them into the film.

For this new, special release, John Carpenter is quoted:“Ennio Morricone composed the magnificent score for my movie THE THING. Because we weren’t finished editing the movie, Ennio had to score without seeing a complete picture. When we put everything together, there were gaps dramatically where I would have wanted music. So I went off and scored a couple of simple pieces that filled in.” 

The original masters featuring these bonus cues from 1982’s The Thing have been lost to time. In 2019, Waxwork Records teamed with Sacred Bones Records, approached John Carpenter about a release of this music, and he graciously agreed to faithfully perform and re-record the tracks for a special vinyl 12” EP featuring his son, Cody Carpenter, and the outstanding multi-instrumentalist and co-collaborator Daniel Davies.

Lost Cues: The Thing Waxwork Records Variant:

  • The Lost, Unreleased Musical Cues By John Carpenter From 1982’s The Thing
  • 180 Gram “Arctic Splatter” Colored Vinyl (Electric Blue w/ Cyan Splatter)
  • Satin Coated Old-Style Gatefold Jacket
  • Artwork By Phantom City Creative

Greg Kinne
Greg Kinne
Greg started Culture Fiend as a way to discuss the many facets of pop culture. Greg usually surrounds himself with Star Wars action figures, Legos and a healthy supply of interesting films and unusual records.


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