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Lakeshore Records and Sparks & Shadows are proud to release the first soundtrack featuring EMMY® award-winning composer Bear McCreary’s (10 Cloverfield LaRebel in the Rye) original score for AMC’s The Walking Dead.  The soundtrack will be released digitally and CD on October 20th, on LP October 27, 2017.

For this long-awaited release, McCreary selected both his personal favorites from the first seven seasons, along with those most frequently requested by fans.   He said, “narrowing down the highlights from seven years of work was a tremendous challenge.”
“When we started discussing the first season we agreed that drama, action, and horror would be felt more intimately if the score were used only in pivotal scenes, and that it should be written with tonal clarity,” McCreary explained of his initial approach to scoring The Walking Dead. During the zombie apocalypse, silence would be the most prevalent – the lack of sound is what survivors would notice.  Those moments when McCreary’s music kicks in, viewers know they are about to be treated to something important. “This approach allowed me to create big emotional impacts with sparse musical gestures.”

As the series progressed, McCreary was able to expand the musical palette.  For the second and third seasons he did so with “acoustic guitars and drums to connect with the farmhouse setting (check out ‘Message to Morgan’).” He blended these with a small orchestra for the gut-crushing mid-season finale (‘Sophia'). As audiences were introduced to new characters like the Governor, McCreary incorporated a synth pulse to his largely organic instrumentation. When Neegan was introduced a few seasons later, he employed “creepy electric guitar gestures.”

With all of his professional appearances and outreach to fans, on his blog or through social media, it is The Walking Dead that McCreary is asked about the most. “I am thrilled there is finally a way for fans of this global phenomenon to experience my music in an album format,” he said. “Most of all, I am excited because my experience on The Walking Dead continues. As of this writing, I am gearing up to dive into our eighth season, I look forward to many more years of musical exploration!”