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The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974): Soundtrack

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The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974): Soundtrack

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue is a Spanish-Italian horror film that was released in 1974 and was also know by the titles: No Profanar El Sueño De Los Muertos, Breakfast At The Manchester Morgue, Don’t Open The Window, and Let The Sleeping Corpses Lie…amongst others.

The soundtrack was created by Giuliano Sorgini, and was first released in 1974 on Beats records (sleeve artwork featured above). Through the 1970s, Giuliano Sorgini was responsible for a number of horror and exploitation movie soundtracks, including films like ‘The Return of the Exorcist‘ (1975) and ‘The Beast in Heat‘ (1977).

This is a classic 70s horror soundtrack that pretty much ticks all the boxes that fans of the genre will be looking for – it is atmospheric, packed full of a variety of sounds, including ambient sounds from the movie, it has dark synths, and it totally stands up as a piece of work independent of the movie it was composed for.

Many people have suggested that this score laid an early benchmark and inspired Goblin when they were creating their classic film soundtrack for Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria‘.

Over the years the soundtrack has been released on a number of labels, and each time it has usually benefited from some great album artwork – as can be seen below for the 2012 release on Quartet Records.

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974): Soundtrack

More recently the soundtrack was the subject of a beautifully presented, but limited edition release by Death Waltz Records (sadly now sold out).

The Soundtrack

The tracks created for ‘The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue‘ are easily some of Giuliano Sorgin’s best work, and stand up with the best horror soundtracks for the 1970s.

The soundtrack itself is a rich blend of progressive rock, orchestral pieces, creepy and pulsating synths and electronica, that all combine to create a dark, haunting and gloomy atmosphere. And just to keep you on edge and to stop you from relaxing too much there are screams and wails that punctuate the background – it is said that some of the shouts were performed by the director of the film, Jordi Grau.

Aside from the synthesizer sounds that you would expect from a film from this era, the soundtrack also has a funky main title theme that pounds along with clattering drums, and string sections that the Wu-Tang Clan would love to have sampled (probably). This theme is revisited a number of times in the soundtrack in various styles. Check it out below:

John Dalton Street (Main Title Theme) from The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue:


‘Living Dead at Manchester Morgue’ Track Listing

A1 John Dalton Street 2:25
A2 Surreal 2:30
A3 Trance 1:45
A4 Strait Jacket 2:24
A5 The Risen Dead 3:13
A6 Aggression 1:16
A7 The Death Of The Dead 2:32
B1 The Torment Of The Dead 2:20
B2 Mysterious Country 1:31
B3 Southgate Hospital 1:41
B4 The Living Dead 2:23
B5 Drowned Guthrie 2:16
B6 Edna 1:18
B7 George 2:02
B8 Manchester M2 6LD

Listen to the Soundtrack:

You can listen to the soundtrack of ‘The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue‘ below, the entire soundtrack has been cut into three parts.
Part 1:

  • Track 1 – John Dalton Street
  • Track 2 – Surreal
  • Track 3 – Trance
  • Track 4 – Strait Jacket
  • Track 5 – The Raisen Dead

Part 2:

  • Track 6 – Aggression
  • Track 7 – The Death Of The Dead
  • Track 8 – The Torment Of The Dead
  • Track 9 – Mysterious Country
  • Track 10 – Southgate Hospital
  • Track 11 – The Living Dead
  • Track 12 – Drawned Guthrie

Part 3:

  • Track 13 – George
  • Track 14 – Manchester M2 GLD
  • Track 15 – Edna

You can still pick up copies of the soundtrack: check it out at Amazon.com or at Amazon.co.uk

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