LOSING IT AT THE MOVIES

March 21, 2011 – 3:33 am

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BERNARD HERRMANN
Psycho [Soundstage Records, 1CD]

One of the most famous murder or horror scores in cinema but even after 51 years, the actual Psycho soundtrack has never been released. While there are Psycho “soundtracks”, these are re-recordings and not actual music from the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock movie.

This Soundstage record is said to have been “Remastered from original session tapes” and fans have debated whether the music really came from a film source (celluloid audio stem, as someone put it) or was it ripped from the isolated music track of the laserdisc. According to Guenther Koegebehn at the Talking Herrmann website, “the ‘original session tapes’ are sadly lost” and the Soundstage bootleg “lifted the ‘dubbing stem’ from the old LD” and “a ‘dubbing stem’ is not the same as an ‘original session tape’.”

Even though the sound is not pristine (as in freshly minted; but still very good), some readers at the Talking Herrmann site still prefer the Soundstage version to the other recordings (Herrmann’s own re-recording from the ’70s, the McNeely recording, etc.) because “it’s the version that best evokes the atmosphere of the film”; “there’s just so much energy in the original”; and “the first Psycho soundtrack is incredible as a performance”.

Readers can visit this Psycho soundtrack page to find out more.

In the meantime, thanks to xxxballion who shared the tracks on the net.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Prelude; The City; Marion and Sam; Temptation [6:15] (10.5MB)
Track 02. Flight; The Patrol Car; The Car Lot; The Package; The Rainstorm [7:21] (11.7MB)
Track 03. Hotel Room; The Window; The Parlour; The Madhouse; The Peephole [8:52] (14.9MB)
Track 04. The Bathroom; The Murder; The Body; The Office; The Curtain; The Water; The Car; The Swamp [6:58] (11.1MB)
Track 05. The Search; The Shadow; Phone Booth; The Porch; The Stairs; The Knife [5:41] (9.1MB)
Track 06. The Search; The First Floor; Cabin 10; Cabin 1 [6:18] (10.1MB)
Track 07. The Hill; The Bedroom; The Toys; The Cellar; Discovery; Finale [5:00] (8.0MB)
Total: 46:25

Click on the link to order other Psycho soundtracks.

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