Original Soundtrack

Christine [Original Soundtrack]

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For folks looking for a collection of the classic '50s and '60s hits featured in John Carpenter's 1983 horror film Christine, this is the release you are looking for. There are a few versions of this soundtrack (mostly European releases) that feature the film's score (a very creepy affair by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth) but these contain none of the popular music -- a bit of a letdown for casual fans who purchase these pressings without bothering to check out the track listings. The Carpenter/Howarth score is quite good, mind you, but it's about as far removed from early rock and doo wop as one can get. As for the music contained on this soundtrack, it's not your typical oldies, morning-drive radio format. Less familiar treasures, like the moody Viscounts instrumental "Harlem Nocturne" and Robert & Johnny's sublime "We Belong Together," actually add weight and significance to more commonly spun tracks like Danny & the Juniors' "Rock 'n Roll Is Here to Stay" and Thurston Harris' "Little Bitty Pretty One." George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" and the John Carpenter composition "Chistine Attacks" (the only piece from the film's score found on this collection) are also included among the period hits and do well in evoking the spirit and atmosphere of the movie. It's a great collection for fans of the film, as well as for those who just plain like these tunes.

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