John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A. (1996)
Expanded Version… Or One Of Them, Anyway

I’ve been meaning to post this very cool extended version of the soundtrack to John Carpenter’s Escape From L.A. for a while. Unfortunately, every time I attempt to verify which edition it is (there are a few), I’m stymied. I don’t think this is even the cover for the files I’ve had for years. Since I listen to it occasionally, I’ve grown not to care about a couple of bonus tracks being out-of-place compared to other track listings. As for the music, Carpenter fans know what to expect (the director typically composes his own soundtracks), and this expanded version – whichever one it is –  with Shirley Walker, delivers. I just saw her name on Willard, the Crispin Glover movie, a few nights ago. Find one or two of these at Amazon.

Main Title (2:09)
History Of Los Angeles (3:11)
Snake Gets Scratched (1:32)
Defense Lab (2:40)
Snake’s Flashback (1:17)
Weapons (1:17)
Snake’s Uniform (0:59)
Submarine Launch (2:53)
Sub Sinks (0:42)
Sunset Blvd. Bazaar (2:02)
Motorcycle Chase (2:24)
Showdown (1:30)
Push On Thru (0:39)
Snake Gets Tired (0:40)
Beverly Hills Surgeon General (4:11)
I Think We’re Lost (0:59)
Taslima (1:19)
The Future Is Right Now (2:50)
The Black Box (1:14)
The Broadcast (1:45)
The Colisseum (1:35)
Decapitation (1:22)
Game Time (1:00)
The Game (1:57)
Escape From The Colisseum (1:53)
Queen Mary (1:08)
Hang Glider Attack (2:30)
Helicopter Arrival (2:06)
Fire Fight (2:51)
Escape From Happy Kingdom (1:31)
Crash Landing (1:38)
Beverly Hills Surgeon General (Alternate) (2:40)


  • Willard
    February 24, 2012 - 18:06 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 3410
    February 25, 2012 - 15:39 | Permalink

    I’d say this is CheefBrody’s version; ie it’s a “fan version”, (but he’s something of a legend in the soundtrack community). At a guess, it might be sourced from an isolated score on a DVD edition.

    Here’s a scan of front and back:

    • Willard
      February 26, 2012 - 11:04 | Permalink

      Cool… many thanks for the investigative work.

  • February 26, 2012 - 16:42 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting this Willard — I’m a big fan of Carpenter’s DIY soundtracks

  • Willard
    February 26, 2012 - 16:57 | Permalink

    This one’s a little more pro (he must’ve had a real budget on this one). But, it’s Carpenter nonetheless.

  • Johnny Kinkdom
    February 28, 2012 - 12:26 | Permalink

    When are the Oscars gonna recognize JC’s versatility and honor him for a lifetime of amazing films and film scores. The Halloween score is still being copied in almost every B horror film made since it’s release. Terrific post, no matter which version.

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