Bernard Herrmann’s North by North West score gets first vinyl release




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The Hitchcock masterpiece.

Bernard Herrmann’s score to North by North West will receive its first ever vinyl issue via Silva Screen.

The classic 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller was written by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures”. It’s a tale of mistaken identity; the story of a man in peril being pursued across America from New York to Mount Rushmore.

Herrmann once described his score as “a kaleidoscopic orchestral fandango designed to kick-off the exciting rout which follows”. The film is one of Herrmann’s many collaborations with Hitchcock that includes Vertigo, Psycho and Marnie. Hermann is also credited as sound consultant on The Birds (1963), which doesn’t feature a score as such, instead only electronic bird sounds.

Remastered from the original recordings, the score’s vinyl debut is available to order here. Find the complete tracklist below.

Earlier this year, Herrmann’s score to Twisted Nerve and Taxi Driver were reissued on vinyl.

Track Listing

1. Overture – Main Title – Bernard Herrmann
2. The Streets – Bernard Herrmann
3. Kidnapped – Bernard Herrmann
4. The Door / Cheers – Bernard Herrmann
5. The Wild Ride / Car Crash – Bernard Herrmann
6. The Return / Two Dollars – Bernard Herrmann
7. The Elevator – Bernard Herrmann
8. The U.N. / Information Desk – Bernard Herrmann
9. The Knife – Bernard Herrmann
10. Interlude – Bernard Herrmann

1. Detectives / Conversation Piece / Duo – Bernard Herrmann
2. The Station / The Phone Booth / Farewell – Bernard Herrmann
3. The Crash / Hotel Lobby – Bernard Herrmann
4. The Reunion / Goodbye / The Question – Bernard Herrmann
5. The Pad & Pencil / The Auction / The Police – Bernard Herrmann
6. The Airport – Bernard Herrmann
7. The Cafeteria / The Shooting – Bernard Herrmann

1. The Forest – Bernard Herrmann
2. Fight / The Ledge – Bernard Herrmann
3. The House – Bernard Herrmann
4. The Balcony / The Match Box – Bernard Herrmann
5. The Message / The T.V. / The Airplane – Bernard Herrmann
6. The Gates / The Stone Faces / The Ridge / On the Rocks / The Cliff Finale – Bernard Herrmann

1. It’s a Most Unusual Day (Source) [Bonus Track] – Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh
2. Rosalie (Source) [Bonus Track] – Cole Porter
3. In the Still of the Night (Source) [Bonus Track] – Cole Porter
4. Fashion Show (Source) [Bonus Track] – Andre Previn
5. The Crash (Alternate Take) [Bonus Track] – Bernard Herrmann