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Having fallen back into vinyl record collecting, I've been fun catching up on older soundtracks and buying reissues and remasters of some of my favorites that were just newly-released.  Almost two years ago, I was lucky enough to find a classy six-channel Sansui sound system for sale in the neighborhood.   It's 1970's thick wood-cased and while the turntable needed a tweak or two at a local repair shop, this thing is a beautiful beast, so I gave these recent releases a spin...

 

The red-colored vinyl BLADE RUNNER soundtrack by Vangelis (April, 2013) sounded pretty sweet.  Great expansive surround, especially with synth in "Blade Runner Blues."  Have a look!  (Not my video, but it's cool to have a look at while listening...)

 

 

 

The Mondo release of DRIVE by Cliff Martinez (May, 2013) sports that great custom cover artwork by Tyler Stout.  Really like the score.  A sweet 80's style feeling.

 

And I'm especially interested in a lot of the material coming out on the UK's Death Waltz label, primarily the John Carpenter stuff. I've already picked up ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (July, 2012) and loved it.  The bass was unreal and the highs sounded so good.

 

I'm picking up the Death Waltz edition of THEY LIVE (March, 2013) tomorrow, as I was fortunate enough to find that out-of-print release for a good price, locally.  

 

I really want to grab their release of THE FOG.  A friend of mine had a real problem with the LP he bought of that, though.  He said that the "Blake's Gold" gold-colored vinyl edition record set that he bought had a lot of defects, pops and crackles in the mix.   Now, my Death Waltz ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was the black-vinyl version, so I didn't have any problems with my particular Death Waltz purchase.  Has anyone else heard of audio issues with the Death Waltz colored-vinyl soundtrack editions? Just wondering.

 

 

Also, has anyone listened to Mondo's release of Jerry Goldsmith's POLTERGEIST score (March, 2013) yet?  I've seen that one available in both standard black vinyl, glow in the dark vinyl and clear-transparent vinyl.  Just wondering if my fellow CHUDders have any first-hand experience with that release.

 

Any other vinyl LP soundtrack fans out there?  Any recommendations?  Or warnings on what releases to avoid?

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A few weeks back I picked up Death Waltz' LP of Fabio Frizzi's score to Zombie. That spurred me to get my old 2001 Sony turntable from my Parents' house and bring it over to my house along with a box full of the LPs I still had over there and listen to it. I've started getting more LPs as a result of that. Within the past couple of weeks I've gotten the LP to Cruising, Only God Forgives (got this one for a sweet deal off Amazon warehouse deals for 11 bucks!), and recently the Death Waltz reissue of another Fulci classic, The New York Ripper.

 

I also pre-ordered their one off stateside release of the Maniac remake score since Drafthouse has the rights, but I'm assuming a deal was reached to do a one off pressing for us over here. That one is being released next month. I've got the mp3 album, but having the LP will just be fabulous. 

 

One LP I'm a bit pissed that sold out and hasn't been reprinted/put out yet by Death Waltz is Fabio Frizzi's score to The Beyond. Drafthouse put out a limited set and of course it's OOP and now going for a lot more than I'd care to spend.

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I have the Death Waltz Halloween II release, and it sounds great. The only other soundtrack vinyl I have is 2001: A Space Odyssey i scored for .50 at a record store. 

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Originally Posted by raptors661 View Post

I have the Death Waltz Halloween II release, and it sounds great. The only other soundtrack vinyl I have is 2001: A Space Odyssey i scored for .50 at a record store. 

 

As a score, how do you feel HALLOWEEN II is in comparison to HALLOWEEN?  

 

I haven't listened to H-II or H-III nearly much as I have the first.  Is H-II the score in which JC and AH really bump up the synth instead of using the piano tonal base?

 

I'd love to get 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on vinyl but I feel like as soon as I pick it up, some sort of deluxe remaster will be released!

 

I wish I hadn't missed the opportunity for the Death Waltz PRINCE OF DARKNESS.  That's up to a hundred bucks or so already, on Amazon.

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As a score, how do you feel HALLOWEEN II is in comparison to HALLOWEEN?  

 

I haven't listened to H-II or H-III nearly much as I have the first.  Is H-II the score in which JC and AH really bump up the synth instead of using the piano tonal base?

 

I'd love to get 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on vinyl but I feel like as soon as I pick it up, some sort of deluxe remaster will be released!

 

The score is basically a more gothic and synthed up version of the first score, with some changes here and there. I think the second one is a better listening experience, not to slight the first at all. It's been years since I've listened to H1's soundtrack, though.

 

If you see 2001 for a good deal, I'd say pick it up! It's worth it for the artwork and liner notes.

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Some of these I'm cool with having the limited edition cds. Prince Of Darkness is one of them.

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After trying and failing to find either FLETCH (Harold Faltermeyer & various) or THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR (Dave Grusin) at the local music shops, I ended up snagging that John Carpenter PRINCE OF DARKNESS from Death Waltz, after all.  It's out-of-print, apparently, and I figured this'd be my only chance to hear it on LP for a while as it's already being sold at "collectors" prices.  I'll give it a listen tomorrow after work, hopefully.  Cool cover, anyway!

 

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Just ordered the 2-disc vinyl Death Waltz of THE FOG in the gold-colored edition.  Feelin' pretty good about it.

 

Help me decide: should I get the ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 score on vinyl?

Pro: It's decent and has a great gatefold package and cover art and it's relatively cheap in comparison to other Death Waltz titles.

Con: I'm not sure it's integral.  I like the theme but will the full score resonate with me in the long run?

 

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Not my video, but this reflects my current music listening choice for tonight, after work.  Assuming I get out before midnight this time.  

 

 

post #10 of 23
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Looking at a new purchase or two.  Can anyone speak to the goodness or not-goodness of any of the following vinyl LP soundtracks...?

 

STRANGER THINGS, VOLUMES ONE & TWO

NAKED LUNCH (Mondo)

CRASH (Mondo)

post #11 of 23
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The FIRE WALK WITH ME Mondo Vinyl LP just went live, David Lynch fans.  Get 'em while you're able!
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This reminds me, I really need to get a working turntable setup again so I can spin the "Manos" The Hands of Fate soundtrack reissue I bought a while back...
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Mondo, Waxwork, Death Waltz and iam8bit all do great vinyl soundtracks.

I'm just not into owning that Alien one.
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The artwork on the 4xLP is not good. It's too goofy. The standard 2xLP uses a design from Aliens.

I probably wouldn't have bought them with great art because the last few purchases from Mondo have been plagued with awful surface noise.
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I wish I'd had the resources to acquire Mondo's Aliens LP. Transparent discs filled with liquid "alien blood"...

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I was worried when I saw no info on Amazon, but am now relieved...

 

 

More:  http://screenrant.com/guardians-galaxy-2-soundtrack-awesome-mix-cassette-vinyl/

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For those, like me, who don't have the spare fifty bucks lying around right now...

 

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I was able to get that LP of The Thing for the normal price they were selling it for, just before it sold out since it sold out FAST. I just could not justify paying as much as they wanted for the deluxe edition which amounted to the EXACT same LP picture above, and just adding in liner notes from John Carpenter, and a "unique" slipcase that would crack apart to reveal the LP gatefold jacket. Oh, and it had a variant color to the LP.

 

That Alien one though. It may have not great artwork, but it's a 4 LP release, and will go alongside the original LP release that I bought about 7 or so years ago for about 5 bucks at a Half Price Books. I'm glad it's a timed release that is good until almost a month from now. Plenty of time to stock up some funds.

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I'm still waiting for John Carpenter's CHRISTINE to get a proper, full release on vinyl with all the song singles and original score.  Come on, Death Waltz.  Don't let me down, shitters!!

 

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The John Williams score that I forgot about for over thirty years.  Might need to get this LP this week, I've seen it around...

 

 

I've been Williams-ing it up a lot lately.   Aside from snagging Spielberg's AMAZING STORIES SEASON TWO on DVD, I've been picking up the Williams scores over the last fifteen years on proper CDs that I've been burning discs of instead.  At age 85, I'm sadly preparing myself for the time in which he will no longer be with us and buying all his work that I feel will respectfully complete my holdings.  Newer stuff mostly, like WAR OF THE WORLDS, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, MUNICH, LINCOLN and the like.  The other day I happily found three of my childhood Williams classics on vinyl cheap...  Two of which were still shrink-wrapped!

 

 

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Got a great deal on these wax plattahs!  $26 and change for both, new/wrapped!  :)

 

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Williams-Fest 2017!

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