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Damien: Omen II
(1978)
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1988 Silva
2001 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
2005 Varèse
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Conducted by:
Lionel Newman

Album Version Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Silva Screen Records
(1988)

Varèse Sarabande
(December 4th, 2001)

Varèse Sarabande
(Trilogy Set)
(October 11th, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both the 1988 and 2001 albums are regular commercial releases, the latter readily available for standard retail prices. The 2005 set containing all three scores in the original trilogy is also easy to find and is the better value per score.
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Buy it... if you want to hear accelerated and enthusiastically robust variations on the famous "Ave Satani" theme from The Omen, the consistent basis for almost all of the cues in this sequel score.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything more than explosive regurgitations of that thematic identity and its performance aspects, including anything remarkably unique introduced to represent this second chapter's characters and settings.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,539
WRITTEN 7/29/09
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Damien: Omen II: (Jerry Goldsmith) Immediately upon the unexpected fiscal success of Richard Donner's The Omen two years prior, producer Harvey Bernhard began work on assembling a crew for Fox's 1978 sequel, Damien: Omen II. While Donner was unavailable (and the director's chair would be inhabited by two men after the start of filming due to artistic disagreements), Bernhard made sure to retain Jerry Goldsmith as the musical voice of the franchise to compensate for the lack of returning principle characters, all of whom were killed off in the previous film. For the composer, now an Academy Award winner because of The Omen, the process of scoring Damien: Omen II was far less daunting than the first, for the film's plot was so similar to that of its predecessor that Goldsmith was presented with the opportunity to twist and manipulate his existing idea into an arguably more ambitious form. The fact that Damien: Omen II turned out to be nothing more than simple regurgitation of The Omen didn't deter success (or another sequel). The Antichrist, now 12 years old and living in America, slaughters his family along with representatives of the Church that are aware of his existence and are seeking to kill him with sacred daggers (once again). The sudden scenes of violent death are different, as is the boy's realization of his true identity, but the film's basic formula is exactly the same. As such, there really wasn't much reason for Goldsmith to vary his output for the picture either, relying heavily upon the material he wrote for the character of Damien in the previous score. The recording of the music would be different, however; due to scheduling conflicts, Goldsmith recorded the film version of Damien: Omen II in Los Angeles before later heading off to London to record an altered album version with his familiar National Philharmonic Orchestra, the sole performers of the other two scores in the series. Also unique to Damien: Omen II is the incorporation of electronics into both recordings of the score. The integration of synthesizers directly into Goldsmith's orchestral ensembles was becoming a regular occurrence by 1978, and the tone of the keyboarded electronics here is similar to what Goldsmith collectors will have heard elsewhere. Returning at the forefront, of course, is a mixed chorus that for a second time is taxed heavily and in creative ways.



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The Under Rated Sequel
Rebecca - January 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1988 Silva Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 33:41
• 1. Main Title (5:01)
• 2. Runaway Train (2:39)
• 3. Claws (3:15)
• 4. Thoughtful Night (3:08)
• 5. Broken Ice (2:21)
• 6. Fallen Temple (2:54)
• 7. I Love You, Mark (4:39)
• 8. Shafted (3:00)
• 9. The Knife (3:21)
• 10. End Title (All the Power) (3:25)
2001 and 2005 Varèse Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:08

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The inserts of all the albums include information about the score and film.
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