Bernard Herrmann's Creepy Whistling Score for 'Twisted Nerve' Given Vinyl Reissue
Published Mar 04, 2016Bernard Herrmann was arguably most famous for the slashing string score to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, but it'll be another of the late composer's eerie pieces that launches the new soundtrack label Stylotone Records. A 7-inch sporting the infamous "whistling theme" to Twisted Nerve was issued today (March 4), with the full score set to hit stores later this Spring.
As pointed out by the Vinyl Factory, a four-song 7-inch features music composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann for the 1968 psycho-drama Twisted Nerve. A press release is pretty blunt with the reception of the flick, stating "the film itself has little to offer, however its soundtrack remains one of Herrmann's finest."
The tune may be familiar to modern day movie fans, having been successfully re-purposed in 2002 for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1. Fittingly enough, the listing for the record explains that the release is being delivered "in association with The Bernard Herrmann Estate, with a little help from director Quentin Tarantino."
The 7-inch includes the main theme, as well as a jazzier interpretation of the whistle-heavy tune by composer Howard Blake. The music was recently tweaked-up and mastered at London's Abbey Road by Sean Magee, who had overseen the Beatles' reissue campaign in 2007.
The full score will be released by Stylotone on May 6. The release marks the first time the entirety of Herrmann's work on Twisted Nerve has made it onto vinyl, and includes "unused alternate and rehearsal takes and the original 'Whistle' sessions."
A "Super-Deluxe Edition" includes a 12-inch pressed onto "Blood-Spattered Clear" vinyl, a CD, a digital download, and an additional 7-inch featuring three pop and jazz styled takes on the theme.
It also comes with a poster, sleeve notes and a certificate of authenticity signed by Herrmann's widow, Norma. The composer passed away in 1975.
You can find out more about the Stylotone releases, which also includes an upcoming pressing of Frank Cordell's score to Khartoum, over here.