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 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Being a massive John Carpenter admirer, you would think I would have his score to Assault on Precinct 13, right? For some ungodly reason, I don't. A while back I started poking around online and found, I dunno, 2 or 3 different soundtracks. I get bored quickly when hunting down multiple versions of a soundtrack and trying to determine what's best, thusly...

My simple query:

Which release has the best sound quality?
Which release is the most complete?
Is it gonna cost me a vital organ?

Gracias.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

The only official cd issue was from the French label Record Makers.

It sounds good (if not great) to my ears (much better than the laser disc isolated score).

I see one for sale on Amazon for $35. That's not too bad considering it is an OOP import.

The cover art is poor imho.

1400 x 1400:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=198791&q=assault+on+precinct+13+scott+h

All sizes:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?sort=7&q=assault+on+precinct+13+scott+h&fltr=1&bgc=&page=

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Yep, the Record Makers CD is the one we have. Pretty sure I bought it from Dusty Groove America. Or perhaps Movie Grooves. It was definitely one of those Grooves.

Looks like it's still available (for less than $20) from the label's website:

http://shop.recordmakers.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=57


You can also purchase it from the label through Discogs, where their seller rating is 100% positive:

http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=2828619&ev=rb

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

P.S. The total running time is less than 25 minutes but more than 24.

P.P.S. The sound quality is excellent.

P.P.P.S. I'm gonna put it on right now. razz

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 9:21 PM   
 By:   andy b   (Member)

Entirley up to you, but a very good friend of mine passed away recently & her husband wants me to take care of the cds. If your interested I can get this cd & send you the details & it won't be $35! Mail would be from Canada to whereever you are.

email me at

ajbjmdb@hotmail.com

I leave this up to you

regards

Andy

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Being a massive John Carpenter admirer, you would think I would have his score to Assault on Precinct 13, right? For some ungodly reason, I don't. A while back I started poking around online and found, I dunno, 2 or 3 different soundtracks. I get bored quickly when hunting down multiple versions of a soundtrack and trying to determine what's best, thusly...

My simple query:

Which release has the best sound quality?
Which release is the most complete?
Is it gonna cost me a vital organ?

Gracias.


David. Have you picked up the remasterered Blu-Ray yet. Carpenter's score is isolated on the disc. I just picked it up from Amazon ($9.99) and it sounds great.

http://www.amazon.com/Assault-Precinct-Restored-Collectors-Blu-ray/dp/B001HBVE5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1326951749&sr=1-1

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 9:45 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


David. Have you picked up the remasterered Blu-Ray yet. Carpenter's score is isolated on the disc. I just picked it up from Amazon ($9.99) and it sounds great.

http://www.amazon.com/Assault-Precinct-Restored-Collectors-Blu-ray/dp/B001HBVE5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1326951749&sr=1-1

Greg Espinoza


I haven't yet. Just jumped onto the Blu-ray wagon about 3 months ago. But you can bet I'll get Assault pronto! I had the old laserdisc and used to listen to the isolated score frequently.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2012 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The only official cd issue was from the French label Record Makers.

It sounds good (if not great) to my ears (much better than the laser disc isolated score).




I own it too but there is a drawback owing to this CD edition: it's protected
and sometimes it doesn't read on certain players—I had to burn a copy. Be warned.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2014 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   djintrepid   (Member)

At my local Zia Records in Tucson I found a recent CD release of this awesome score from Death Waltz Recording Co, which was remastered and approved by John Carpenter. Upon first listen it sounds fantastic and seems to be the majority of the music from the film. I see it's also available on Amazon in multiple formats.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2014 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I'm sticking to the Alan Howarth re-recording I got back when the original album was OOP, might get the latest reissue if it turned up cheap.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2014 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I'm sticking to the Alan Howarth re-recording...

It's excellent:

http://www.amazon.com/Assault-Precinct-Dark-Star-Carpenter/dp/B008PP3P54

I have the French release, too, but the Howarth wins in my book.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2014 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

This is the best deal.

http://buysoundtrax.stores.yahoo.net/asonpr13dast.html

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2014 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   djintrepid   (Member)

This is the best deal.

http://buysoundtrax.stores.yahoo.net/asonpr13dast.html

Greg Espinoza


Is it?

Sigh. I tried to post pics of the pop up book packaging, but apparently I'm not smart enough for that...yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

This is the best deal.

http://buysoundtrax.stores.yahoo.net/asonpr13dast.html

Greg Espinoza


Is it?


Sure. The best legitimate deal. wink

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2014 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

For those in the U.S. in the market for the Death Waltz CD, go with their official U.S. distributor, Light in the Attic Records: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/988-assault-on-precinct-13

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2014 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

For those in the U.S. in the market for the Death Waltz CD, go with their official U.S. distributor, Light in the Attic Records: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/988-assault-on-precinct-13

I was in Amoeba SF today, saw this and bought it. I'll be giving it a spin tonight.

Had a trade slip burning a hole in my pocket and it was the right price. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

For those in the U.S. in the market for the Death Waltz CD, go with their official U.S. distributor, Light in the Attic Records: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/988-assault-on-precinct-13

I was in Amoeba SF today, saw this and bought it. I'll be giving it a spin tonight.

Had a trade slip burning a hole in my pocket and it was the right price. smile

Greg Espinoza



Yada. yada. yada

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

For those in the U.S. in the market for the Death Waltz CD, go with their official U.S. distributor, Light in the Attic Records: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/988-assault-on-precinct-13

Gave it a listen. Sound quality is very good. I highly recommend it. Nice album notes by John Carpenter. The number of score tracks is 16, identical to the Buysoundtrax CD. Overall, the BSX CD runs longer than the Death Waltz CD. I'll have to get the BSX CD at some point for the Dark Star tracks.



The CD pops up when you open the tri-gatefold cover. How cute. wink



Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   djintrepid   (Member)

For those in the U.S. in the market for the Death Waltz CD, go with their official U.S. distributor, Light in the Attic Records: http://lightintheattic.net/releases/988-assault-on-precinct-13

Gave it a listen. Sound quality is very good. I highly recommend it. Nice album notes by John Carpenter. The number of score tracks is 16, identical to the Buysoundtrax CD. Overall, the BSX CD runs longer than the Death Waltz CD. I'll have to get the BSX CD at some point for the Dark Star tracks.



The CD pops up when you open the tri-gatefold cover. How cute. wink



Greg Espinoza


Thank you, Greg! Those are the pics I wanted to post, but couldn't for some reason. So glad I finally got my hands on the original score. I wish all of JC's early score album's can get this type of straightforward release. Alan Howarth's haphazard approach with the various score releases leaves much to be desired.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

A White-Hot Night of "Peace"??

 
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