An overlooked 50s soundtrack from the legendary Bernard Herrmann
– one of his lesser-remembered collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock – but one that's every bit as wonderful as his more famous scores! The songs here are relatively short, but extremely evocative – these powerful scene-setters that really get at the spirit of the film's dark narrative of mistaken identity – often brooding with an acoustic bassline that has this slow, plodding quality that's quite different than usual for Herrmann
. Other passages sparkle with a few jazzy touches – again a bit different, almost Elmer Bernstein in feel – and together, the music works to create a picture that's almost as vivid as the images on the screen! Titles include "Hitchcock", "The Car", "The Store", "Fingerprints", "Alibi", "The Mirror", and "Stork Club".
(Pressed on 140 gram virgin vinyl!)