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.


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.

Earl Green

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As the writer of the Retroist’s weekly Scoreboard column, Earl Green is keeping score on soundtrack releases old and new, a topic he’s written and podcasted about extensively at his own site,’s also written entire books about Doctor Who (VWORP!1 and VWORP!2), Star Trek (WARP!1), and growing up geeky, and hosts’s Escape Pod, Select Game and Don’t Give This Tape To Earl podcasts.He is large, he contains multitudes.
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