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Bernard Herrmann

Twisted Nerve: Super Deluxe Edition


black sleeve 180g clear & red splatter LP+CD+7”

Released: 6th May 2016


yellow sleeve 180g yellow & red splatter LP+CD+7”

Released: 6th May 2016


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first-time release for the masterfully menacing soundtrack that birthed cinema’s most iconic whistle.

having composed some of the foremost film music in cinematic history (psycho, vertigo, taxi driver & citizen kane to name but a few) hermann’s soundtrack to the 1968 british psychological thriller was something of an overlooked gem. the score would have probably languished in obscurity but for the intervention of Quentin Tarantino who revived its main whistle theme for his 2002 film ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’, bringing Herrmann's music to a whole new audience.

***Each edition includes: A heavyweight 180g 12” vinyl LP, cut at 45RPM. An expanded ‘Vinyl’ replica CD, housed in a scale-copy of the gatefold sleeve - containing the LP programme plus unused alternate and rehearsal takes and the original ‘Whistle’ sessions. An exclusive free 45rpm three-track radio promo 7” single featuring pop and jazz versions of the film’s main theme – arranged and conducted, at the composer’s request, in 1968 by composer Howard Blake OBE (‘The Duellists’). A download card offering exclusive access to high-resolution 24-bit WAV and 320kbps CBR MP3 digital downloads of the entire deluxe soundtrack package and more. Alongside both the vinyl and CD album presentations, purchasers can download the complete unedited recording sessions, experiencing at first-hand what it was like to be in the same studio as Bernard Herrmann! A 30” x 40” (762mm x 1016mm) British Quad Film Poster, newly commissioned to complement the soundtrack album artwork. The poster has been specially printed using original 1960s production processes - matching not only the poster weight of the time but also the correct machine folds (since film posters would be machine folded and inserted into large brown envelopes before arriving in the post at cinemas – this was before digital media, kids!). A certificate of authenticity personally signed by Mrs Norma Herrmann, the composer’s widow. To round off the Super-Deluxe packages director Quentin Tarantino and Bernard Herrmann’s biographer, Steven C. Smith, both offer a unique and compelling insight into this legendary soundtrack with their own sleeve notes.**

Twisted Nerve: Super Deluxe Edition


LP Side One

  1. Main Titles
  2. The Detective
  3. Henry Complains
  4. Twisted Nerve (Jazz Version)
  5. Second Meeting
  6. Martin’s Anger
  7. The Mirror
  8. The Letter
  9. Georgie, Washing-up
  10. Playing Cards
  11. Psychopathia Sexualis /Hot Chocolate
  12. The Rocking Horse
  13. The Scissors
  14. Peeping Georgie
  15. Leaving The House
  16. The Murder / Henry’s Dead
  17. Georgie’s Nightmare
  18. Just Lie Still
  19. Ready And Willing
  20. The Body
  21. Twisted Nerve (Pop Version)


  1. Swimming /Drowning
  2. Getting Dressed / Flowers I / The Kiss
  3. Flowers II / Henry Calls
  4. The Signature
  5. The Newspaper
  6. The Shed
  7. The Portrait
  8. The Dresser
  9. The Axe
  10. The Telephone
  11. There Was No Reply
  12. The House
  13. The Front Door
  14. The Bedroom / No Bloody Wood / He’s Not A Mongrel / The Struggle
  15. The Assault
  16. Georgie’s Madness
  17. The Cell

Additional CD tracks

  1. Prelude to Main Titles (Re-Takes)
  2. Prelude to Main Titles (Alternate)
  3. Main Titles (Alternate Ending)
  4. Twisted Nerve (Alternate)
  5. Second Meeting (Rehearsal)
  6. Martin’s Anger (Film Version)
  7. Whistle Sessions