This is a rip of the original 12 track vinyl that came out back in 1979 when the movie was released. It's a gorgeous sounding score with one of horror's all time greatest themes. LAAA LAAAA! LAAA LAAA!! Glorious!
It also contains a disco dance mix called "Amityville Frenzy"! FOR GODS SAKE! GET IT!
In 2002 there was a rerelease. Around this time I had a little website dedicated to my Amityville obsession and I was contacted by someone who worked for Lalo Schifrin. She let me know if I put an advertisement on my site she'd send me a copy autographed by the composer! Sure enough, I got a copy, signed and PERSONALIZED! Woot!
I have the insert framed on my wall actually. Ah, memories. I will always remember the kindness of Lalo Schifrin.
I really don't like saying this but unfortunately the rerelease, though it's been extended to 17 tracks, pails in comparison to the original release. It was all rerecorded with synthesized choir replacing real choir. Also the tempo seems to have been brought waaay down. Disappointing as all of this is, what baffles me the most is that the mixing and mastering is all muddy. Sometimes there are moments where it sounds like the music clips and you actually cringe while listening. What happened? FOR FUCKS SAKE! WHAT HAPPENED?! This is a 2002 release of a 1979 soundtrack and it sounds like it was recorded with a Fisherprice microphone. I'm not ungrateful for the friendly gesture of Lalo Schifrin by any means, I'm happy to have received this. But this particular recording needed a better mastering job.
It's all a mystery to me. Perhaps the Amityville curse is on anything to do with it these days. Hell, just look at that travesty of a remake that came out years ago. Not long after that George Lutz passed away.
Anyways, here is the original release and though it may not contain as much music as the newer release, I would just stick to this one.
1. Amityville Frenzy
2. Amityville Horror Main Title
3. Get Out
4. Amityville Love Scene
5. The Wind
6. 5th Concerto For Harpsichord And Strings
7. At The Park
8. The Ax
9. Juke Box
10. The Basement
11. Bleeding Walls
12. Amityville Horror End Credits
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