Friday, October 12, 2007

Ennio Morricone - Exorcist II: 'The Heretic' OST

Ennio Morricone - Exorcist II: 'The Heretic' OST
Label - Warner (Fr)
Recorded - 1977
Style - Soundtrack, Scary, Experimental, Dark Arts

* The weather here on the East Coast is finally starting to feel like Fall - and with Halloween just around the corner, here's a little something to get you warmed up...

(From Scorebaby)
For many Morricone fans, his score for Exorcist II: "The Heretic" -- one of the first il Maestro composed for Hollywood.

Since the movie's predecessor featured the memorable "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield, Morricone truly had a tall order when commissioned to handle the sequel. He succeeds, even as the John Boorman's movie itself fails to live up to William Friedkin's original.

The score encompasses elements of African tribal music ("Pazuzu"), tribalistic gospel ("Little Afro-Flemish Mass") along with more familiar Morricone atmospheres ranging from tenderness (Regan's Theme") to dread ("Rite of Magic").

Probably the most memorable track for fans of "groovy Morricone" is "Magic and Ecstasy," an intricate, brilliantly orchestrated heavy rock number sounding like the best track never recorded by Goblin or King Crimson.

Other tracks feature "possessed" sounds such as howls, laughter and chanting. Still, others are quite soothing, featuring harpsichord, acoustic guitar and wordless female vocals. All in all, a wonderfully varied soundtrack. Well worth hunting down, even for the import price.

1. Regan's Theme
2. Pazuzu (Theme From The Exorciste II)
3. Interrupted Melody
4. Rite Of Magic
5. Little Afroflemish Mass
6. Great Bird Of The Sky
7. Magic And Ecstasy
8. Seduction And Magic
9. Regan's Theme
10. Dark Revelation
11. Night Flight
12. Interrupted Melody
13. Exorcism



Anonymous said...

You know, Magic and Ecstasy is covered on the first Snakefinger LP! I know that version very well. It's great to actually study the original, apart from just catching as cable TV runs this movie.

XMP said...

nice touch ;)

Dirkson said...

thanx again!

XMP said...

glad to assist with the festivities

CarbonMonoxide said...

Damn! the download link isn't working. Can you fix it please? I really wanna hear this.

CarbonMonoxide said...

Awesome! thank you for posting this up again!