Tracks 34-37: recorded music for the film that went unused
The music on this soundtrack was rescued from old acetates and while every effort was made to bring out the clearest sound possible there remains some noise that was simply unavoidable. You've been warned!
"Rescued from old acetates," indeed. While the folks who compiled this disc obviously did have access to some obscure material (see the handful of bonus tracks at the end), they did absolutely zero restoration. In my late teens I recorded the film's soundtrack on an audio cassette, and that's essentially what this sounds like: fine for a tape you made at home (and from a VHS source) in 1992; inexcusable for a compact disc release on which I spent almost twenty bucks. My understanding is that the 2006 version on Citadel Records sounds gorgeous, and I'll be picking up a copy when my limited budget permits.
"Carnival of Souls" is my all-time favorite film, and Gene Moore's organ score was--and remains--breathtaking. The Birdman release simply doesn't do it justice. Avoid!