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The Exorcist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Conducted by Leonard Slatkin
Music Excerpts From William Peter Blatty's
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: "The Exorcist" Directed by William Friedkin.

Exorcist, The (1973)
Various Artists
The Exorcist : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Newly Restored and Remastered (Collector's Edition)
Lalo Schifrin (Author), various artists (Author), The National Philharmonic Orchestra (Performer) | Format: Audio CD
Product Details
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Collector's Edition
Label: Warner
Run Time: 51 minutes

Original Release Date: UK 1973
Original Year Released: 1974
Warner Brothers Records (WPCR-784)
Audio CD | CBR 320 Kbps/48.1 kHz/Stereo
Genre: Classical, Electronic, Rock, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Folk Rock, Contemporary, Experimental
Label: Warner Bros. Records | Warner Music
© Warner Bros. Records


♪Album Tracklist♪:

1  Jack Nitzche - Iraq  |1:55
2 Mike Oldfield - Georgetown: Tubular Bells  |5:21
3 Anton Webern - Five Pieces For Orchestra, Op 10  |11:15
(Sehr Langsam Und Äusserst Ruhig)
4 Krzysztof Penedrecki - Polymorphia  |11:43
5 Krzysztof Penedrecki - String Quartet (1960)  |7:10
Violin (First) – Marcia Crayford
Violin (Second) – Jack Glickman
Viola – Donald McVay
Cello – Christopher Van Kampen
6 Harry Bee - Windharp  |2:41
7 George Crum - Night Of The Electric Insects  |1:33
8 Krzysztof Penedrecki - Kanon For Orchestra And Tape  |9:49
9 Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells  |0:28
10 Hans Werner Henze - Fantasia For Strings  |2:10


11 Claudio Simonetti - Tubular Bells (remix)  |4:49
12 Ennio Morricone - The Heretic (Exorcist 2 Theme)  |2:57

Total Time: 52:16
| DDD | Audio CD | CBR 320 Kbps/48.1 kHz/Stereo |
| File Size: 157 mb. | Pass: exorcist™ |

Two notes from the cd itself: "Regrettably, 'Tubular Bells' and 'Night of the Electric Insects' are omitted from this CD." "Although the majority of the film's score was drawn from records, for the original Warner Bros. album extended versions of the classical excerpts were re-recorded by London's National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin." This is from the 1998 Warner Home Video soundtrack cd.

Lalo Schifrin's working score was rejected by Friedkin. Schifrin had written six minutes of music for the initial film trailer but audiences were reportedly too scared by its combination of sights and sounds. Warner Bros. executives told Friedkin to instruct Schifrin to tone it down with softer music, but Friedkin did not relay the message. Schifrin's final score was thrown out into the parking lot by Friedkin, dubbing it "fucking Mexican marimba music".

In the soundtrack liner notes for his 1977 film, Sorcerer, Friedkin said had he heard the music of Tangerine Dream earlier, he would have had them score The Exorcist. Instead, he used modern classical compositions, including portions of the 1971 Cello Concerto by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as some original music by Jack Nitzsche. But the music was heard only during scene transitions. The 2000 "Version You've Never Seen" features new original music by Steve Boddacker, as well as brief source music by Les Baxter.

The original soundtrack LP has only been released once on CD, as an expensive and hard-to-find Japanese import. It is noteworthy for being the only soundtrack to include the main theme Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, which became very popular after the film's release, and the movement Night of the Electric Insects from George Crumb's string quartet Black Angels.

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The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and based on the exorcism case of Robbie Mannheim, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and Linda Blair.

Directed by William Friedkin
Produced by William Peter Blatty, Noel Marshall
Screenplay by William Peter Blatty
Based on Novel: William Peter Blatty
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair,  Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Mercedes McCambridge (voice)
Music by Jack Nitzsche, Mike Oldfield (Theme)
Distributed by Warner Bros.

...A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy...
William Friedkin's The Exorcist '73

Although the agency representing Blair did not send her for the role, Blair's mother brought her to meet with Warner Bros.' casting department and then with Friedkin. Pamelyn Ferdin, a veteran of science fiction and supernatural drama, was a candidate, but the producers may have felt she was too well-known. Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, was considered, but her parents pulled her out, troubled by the material. Anissa Jones, known for her role as Buffy in Family Affair, auditioned for the role but was rejected for much the same reason as Ferdin. At one point the search for a young actress capable of playing Regan was so trying that Friedkin claims he even considered auditioning adult dwarf actors. The part went instead to Blair, a relative unknown except for a role in The Way We Live Now.

The studio wanted Marlon Brando for the role of Father Lankester Merrin. Friedkin immediately vetoed this by stating it would become a "Brando movie." Jack Nicholson was up for the part of Father Karras before Stacy Keach was hired by Blatty. Friedkin then spotted Miller in a Broadway play. Even though Miller had never acted in a movie, Keach's contract was bought out by Warner Bros. and Miller was cast. Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were approached to play Chris MacNeil. Both refused to do the film, and Fonda reportedly called the project a "capitalist piece of shit." Audrey Hepburn was approached, but said she would only agree if the film were to be shot in Rome. Anne Bancroft was another choice, but she was in her first month of pregnancy. Burstyn then agreed to do the movie. Lee J. Cobb was Friedkin's first and only choice for Lt. Kinderman.

Friedkin originally intended to use Blair's voice, electronically deepened and roughened, for the demon's dialogue. Although Friedkin felt this worked fine in some places, he felt scenes with the demon confronting the two priests lacked the dramatic power required and selected legendary radio actress Mercedes McCambridge, an experienced voice actor, to provide the demon's voice. After filming, Warner Bros. attempted to conceal McCambridge's participation which led to a lawsuit from McCambridge and a grudge between her and Friedkin that was never healed.

Special effects:
The Exorcist contained a number of special effects, engineered by makeup artist Dick Smith. Roger Ebert, while praising the film, believed the effects to be so unusually graphic he wrote, "That it received an R rating and not the X is stupefying."
 Mercedes McCambridge had to sue Warner Brothers for credit as the voice of the demon.

Academy Awards:
 The Exorcist was nominated for a total of ten Academy Awards in 1973, winning two. At the 46th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, the film won two statuettes (highlighted in bold).

Golden Globe Awards:
The Exorcist was nominated for a total of seven Golden Globes in 1973. At the 31st Golden Globes ceremony that year, the film won four awards.

© 1973 Warner Brothers Records, © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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