John Carpenter's stock has gone up significantly in recent years, as the respected filmmaker and composer has received numerous soundtrack reissues and released his first-ever stand-alone album. Now, yet another ones of his scores is getting reissued, as Dark Star is set to come out on February 19 through We Release Whatever the Fuck We Want Records as a deluxe, expanded edition.
Dark Star was one of Carpenter's earliest releases; it came out in 1974, before career-making works like Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and Halloween (1978).
This soundtrack reissue for the blackly comedic sci-fi flick comes with two discs: an LP, plus a red 7-inch. The LP contains Carpenter's remastered original soundtrack, including music, sound design and dialogue snippets.
As for the 7-inch, it features a few oddments: there's a version of "Ode to a Bell Jar" remade by Carpenter BFF Alan Howarth, "Benson Arizona" remade by Dominik Hauser, and "Spring Bossa" by James Clarke (credited in Dark Star as "When Twilight Falls on NGC 891" by Martin Segundo and the Scintilla Strings). An announcement notes that the 7-inch also contains "endless loops of sound effects from the movie to turn your house into your very own scout ship. Plus a very secret hidden bonus track!"
It comes with new art and packaging. You can see the revamped cover above.
Meanwhile, we're still waiting for those four new TV shows and the new album that Carpenter reportedly has in the works.
Dark Star (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Expanded & Remastered):
A1. Music, Sound Effects and Dialogue Excerpts Part 1 (Remastered) (25:10)
B1. Music, Sound Effects and Dialogue Excerpts Part 2 (Remastered) (25:51)
A1. Martin Segundo and the Scintilla Strings - When Twilight Falls on NGC 891
A2. Alan Howarth - Doolittle's Solo (Remake)
A3. Loop #1
A4. Loop #2
B1. Dominik Hauser - Benson Arizona (Remake)
B2. Very secret hidden bonus track
B3. Loop #3