Retroist Scoreboard: Silent Stranger Starstuff

Brace yourselves, soundtrack fans, because this summer’s going to get just a little bit expensive if you’re into vinyl.  If you’re not into vinyl…sorry, it’s still going to be expensive.  There’s good stuff on the way.  Starstuff.

Even though it had a digital release shortly after the series premiered, Intrada Records is releasing the first volume of Alan Silvestri‘s astronomically awesome music from Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.  Best of all, even if you’ve already done the download thing, Intrada’s CDs contain bonus tracks not included in the digital edition.

Slightly more down-to-earth are a couple of new Tadlow releases, Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (the last film scored by the late, great Elmer Bernstein of Ghostbusters fame), and a fresh new re-recording of Dmitri Tiomkin‘s score from Duel In The Sun, getting an epic 2-CD treatment.

Like Tadlow’s recent re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith’s music from the classic Thriller TV series, Duel In The Sun was painstakingly recreated and digitally re-recorded by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine.

Now, while you’re listening to the rousing notes of Tiomkin’s masterpiece brought back to life, prepare your wallet for an epic July.  I’m giving you a heads-up so you can start saving a few bucks now for what’s to come.

July will see the release of Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection release of Robin Hood, scored by George Bruns.  Something tells me, however, that you can probably expect to hear Roger Miller sing a song here or there as well.

For decades, the only way to get Silent Running was to track down the original vinyl LP, consisting of Peter “P.D.Q. Bach” Schickele‘s moody score and Joan Baez‘s folksy contributions; late last year, Intrada made many a Silent Running fan happy by finally giving this soundtrack an official CD release after more than 40 years (and by the way, the CD’s still available).  But now Silent Running is headed back to vinyl, with Varese Sarabande pressing a new run of green LPs befitting the movie’s environmental themes.

Is that all?  Grab some Pop Tarts and brace yourself, for that is not all.

Lakeshore Records is rolling out deluxe LP pressings of both volumes of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein‘s moody, Moogy music from Netflix’s Stranger Things.  Now, if you’ve been visiting the Retroist for the past year or so, you know we love us some Stranger Things around here, and I think we’re in agreement that this package does not disappoint.  Volume 1 and Volume 2 can both be pre-ordered from Amazon ahead of their July 14th release, but be prepared for a Demogorgon-sized price tag for the sheer amount of Stranger Things goodness you’ll be getting.

Want an even stranger blast from the past?

July will also see (sadly, no pre-order links available at press time) a cassette release of music from Stranger Things, complete with a cardboard sleeve and inner artwork mimicking the look of a  VHS tape.  This release will be exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and might come in a little bit cheaper than the LPs.  If you’ve been wanting your Stranger Things soundtrack in a more novel format, this is your summer – remember to crank it up to Eleven.

On that note, let’s have a little more Duel In The Sun, courtesy of Tadlow Records and the City of Prague Philharmonic.  The summer of soundtrack music is here, and it’s only going to get stranger.

Retroist Scoreboard: Quake of the Living Dead(ites)

This summer is already showing signs of being a scorcher, to the point that even the soundtrack shelf is heating up – especially if you like big slabs of freshly pressed vinyl.

I try not to leave any new soundtrack release unannounced here if I can help it, but I will admit to completely fumbling the play from time to time. Case in point: Lunaris Records‘ CD release of Carlo Maria Cordio‘s score from the infamous Troll 2 snuck right past me…you know, as horror movie trolls and goblins often do, just before they strike. I thought it was only fair that I circle back and let fans of classic horror scores know that this one exists. Is it better as a solo listening experience than it is saddled with the visual and narrative aspects of the movie in question (often said to be one of the worst films ever made)? You, brave listeners, will have to discover that for yourselves.

Troll 2

Varese Sarabande is taking pre-orders for a CD release later this month of Dave Grusin‘s score from the 1974 Robert Mitchum movie The Yakuza. Like the movie itself, the score represents the clash of east and west, and Grusin had an able assist from legendary jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. Varese is pressing only 1,500 copies of The Yakuza.

The Yakuza

Quartet Records is putting fans of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone in a state of bliss with its remastered, 2-CD re-release of 1990’s State Of Grace, now complete for the first time ever. The second disc remasters the original soundtrack album release assembled and mixed by Morricone in 1990, which featured roughly half of the score, while the first disc collects the complete score in chronological film order, which received a distinctly different mix. Only 1,000 copies of this soundtrack are being pressed.

State Of Grace

Now, friends, let’s discuss the dead coming to life anew on vinyl. Waxwork Records is a label dedicated to releasing a few high-quality LPs of classic horror scores each year, and their latest is the positively beautiful new vinyl release of Joseph LoDuca’s soundtrack from 1987’s Evil Dead 2.

Evil Dead 2

Featuring both original movie artwork and brand new pieces created just for the LP release by Justin Erickson, Waxwork’s Evil Dead 2 LP comes in two flavors – at least where the record inside is concerned. Customers have their choice of the bloodied “Ash” vinyl…

Evil Dead 2

…or, honoring Ash’s trusty Oldsmobile, the “Delta 88” vinyl. Let’s face it, the car is more of a beloved steed than a vehicle, and it’s earned this shout-out in vinyl form.

Evil Dead 2

Whichever you choose, because it’s an LP, this Evil Dead 2 release is guaranteed to be…groovy.

Evil Dead 2Ash sees what I did there

Is that all? That is not all. Sharp-eyed Trent Reznor fans sat up and took note when a vinyl release of Reznor’s soundtrack from the 1996 video game Quake appeared as a pre-order – with no release date as of the time of this writing – in the store on the official Nine Inch Nails website.

Quake

For an entirely different type of Quake why not check out this vintage commerical for Quake cereal?

With no information other than “coming soon”, consider this a preview of things to come. Needless to say, if you were worried that the soundtrack releases might start to taper off in the summer months…we’re just getting started.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Retroist Scoreboard: Beware the Ides of May – From Raiders To Reynolds

Mid-May has been crazy, so apologies for the Retroist Scoreboard taking an unscheduled break. But hey, there’s some seriously good stuff to talk about now that we’re back.

Intrada Records has released a new 3-CD edition of the late, great Jerry Goldsmith’s score from Poltergeist II. Now, you may well be asking yourself how one squeezes a 3-CD set out of a single movie that doesn’t even last three hours, but this set is a real treat for Goldsmith afficionados.

Poltergeist II

The three-disc set presents, across two discs, the distinctly different digital and analog mixes of the complete score, along with a bonus third disc presenting several key cues from the film as Goldsmith originally scored them, featuring hair-raisingly unearthly choral performances that were frequently left off the sound mix in the final movie. Best of all, Intrada isn’t charging an arm and a leg just because of the disc count, so even if you have a previous release of this soundtrack, your wallet will not be forever haunted by upgrading to this release.

Poltergeist II

Quartet Records has released a very limited edition (1,000 copies) of Frank de Vol’s scores from two ’70s Burt Reynolds movies, Hustle and The Longest Yard, on a single disc. The Hustle score, among its other selling points, has the best track title this author has ever seen on a compact disc of any genre, “Phychedelicatessen”.

Hustle

In a rare instance of what’s normally thought of as a soundtrack label dipping its toes into the mainstream, Varese Sarabande has released The Very Best Of Peter Cetera, decidedly not a soundtrack release…or is it? Crowded with tracks such as “The Glory Of Love”, “Daddy’s Girl”, “After All” and “Stay With Me”, all of which were prominently featured in hit movies, this isn’t such an “out of left field” release for Varese after all – late ’80s Hollywood saw Cetera as a soundtrack (and publicity) goldmine.

Peter Cetera

June 2nd will see the release of a new vinyl pressing of John Williams’ legendary Raiders of the Lost Ark score, this time with additional material that wasn’t featured on the 1981 LP. If you have the 2008 CD box set, there isn’t anything you haven’t already heard here, but this 2-record set from Concord is an eye-catching addition to your vinyl collection. Support for “Indy” music, indeed!

Raiders of the Lost Ark - CD Release

Track List from the CD release.

Looking even further ahead, word has hit the internet, by way of composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, that we might be getting a long, long overdue release of music from The West Wing this summer, while September will see the release of one, if not two, albums of music from Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks. And La-La Land Records, almost the de facto label for Star Trek music these days, is apparently in early negotiations with CBS to discuss a soundtrack release for Star Trek: Discovery…even though it’s not known who will be doing the music. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for fans of TV soundtrack music…

…and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Buckle up, because there may be even more soundtrack news very soon.

Speaking of the legendary score by John Williams for Raiders of the Lost Ark – why not listen to the composer discuss his work?

[Via] Maestro Sanaboti

DuckTales - Retroist Scoreboard

The Retroist Scoreboard: DuckTales the Movie And More 2/8/2017

There’s a whole cottage industry surrounding the release of classic TV and movie soundtracks out there that you may not know about. Small labels, usually limited by musicians’ union rules to a releasing only 3,000 or so copies of a given title, unearth classic soundtracks that have often never been issued on CD before, or have only had a CD release featuring about half of the music that was included in the movie. Labels like Intrada, La-La Land Records, Perseverance, and Quartet Records release a steady stream of classic TV and movie scores throughout the year…and the Retroist Scoreboard is here to let you know what’s just dropped.

Intrada gets bragging rights this week with the first-time-ever-on-CD release of the complete score from 1990s DuckTales: The Movie, composed by David Newman (later of The Mighty Ducks, The Phantom, Galaxy Quest, Serenity, and many others). Weighing in at nearly the maximum possible length of an audio CD, it isn’t just that DuckTales hasn’t been on CD before, it’s never been released before in any form other than a couple of excerpts featured on a 1990 Disney compilation CD, The Disney Afternoon. Disney animation fans are ecstatic about this one, to say the least.
DuckTales - Retroist Scoreboard

As new titles are introduced, old ones sell out or are retired; Intrada is giving everyone until February 13th to buy the last remaining copies of the soundtracks from Disney’s Unidentifed Flying Oddball (1979, known to UK audiences as The Spaceman & King Arthur) and a two-fer CD with the Laurence Rosenthal scores from 1976’s Return Of A Man Called Horse and the 1999 TV movie remake of Inherit The Wind.

La-La Land Records has just released the score from the 1993 Sylvester Stallone flick Cliffhanger, scored by Trevor Jones (Excalibur, Time Bandits, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Notting Hill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). As is often the case with La-La Land’s released, the first disc of the 2-CD set is the complete score (including never before heard tracks), while the second is a remastered reissue of the original 1993 album.

A gaggle of past La-La Land releases are about to go out of print forever, including David Newman’s The Phantom (1996), Tangerine Dream’s score from Wavelength (1983), a lavish 2-CD set of Alfred Newman’s A Certain Smile (1958), Mark Mancina’s score from 1995’s Money Train, Bill Conti’s score from I, The Jury (1982), Andrew Belling’s score from the 1977 Ralph Bakshi animated film Wizards, a selection of Brian Tyler’s music from the far more recent TV series Terra Nova, and a similar selection of music by Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter from Batman: The Brave And The Bold. All of the retiring titles have been marked down while supplies last.

UK classical label Dutton Vocalian has jumped into the fray with a CD reissue of the original soundtrack album from Watership Down (1978), scored by Angela Morley (The Goon Show, Dynasty, Dallas), including the original album’s Art Garfunkel vocals and narration by Michael Hordern. The single disc is a hybrid SACD which is compatible with most garden-variety CD players, and for an import, it’s surprisingly affordable.

Looking further down the road, soundtrack specialty labels often let their customer base know if something is coming up that they might have to save up for. La-La Land – who has all but taken ownership of vintage Star Trek soundtrack releases in recent years – has announced that its first (yes, first) 4-CD box set of music from Star Trek: Voyager will land on February 28th. La-La Land’s Star Trek box sets tend to arrive at the $50-$60 price point, so start saving your quatloos now; they’ve tentatively scheduled a second box set of Deep Space Nine soundtracks for the third quarter of 2017, with a second Voyager box set hitting about a year from now, and what the label says will be its final Star Trek release, a 4-CD box set collecting fan-requested “leftovers” from Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise in late 2018.

Varese Sarabande has announced an April release date for the scores of all three of the original Mel Gibson Mad Max films on “sandy” vinyl, and they’re accepting pre-orders now.

Stay tuned to the Retroist Scoreboard…as new releases arrive, we’ll let you know what, and more importantly where, the score is.

When he’s not keeping score at the Retroist, Earl Green is the founder, head writer and podcaster-in-chief at theLogBook.com, a site devoted in roughly equal parts to classic sci-fi, classic video games, classic soundtracks, and space history. You can catch him lining up carefully curated excerpts from TV, movie and game scores most months on the Log Book’s soundtrack mixtape podcast, In The Grand Theme Of Things.