V/A – Angus Soundtrack

Posted: July 12, 2016 in Vinyl
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One of the most talked about soundtracks wanting/needing to be pressed on vinyl was for the film Angus. People were clamoring for it for years to no avail. Eventually $hit Radio Cast ($RC) decided to license it and press it on their “label” SRCvinyl. I have no doubt $RC licensed this only because lots of people were talking about how it’s a shame it was never pressed on a message board they own and operate. They cared so much about the music on it and felt it was an injustice that the soundtrack hadn’t been pressed yet that they copy and pasted the Wikipedia page for the soundtrack in their store for the item description. Jokes on them though because it sold horribly because in typical $RC fashion they overpriced the soundtrack. And now they resorted to putting the remaining copies on clearance for $10.

The soundtrack features many great bands, with a few of the songs being written just for this soundtrack while many were previously released. none of the songs on it are exclusive to the soundtrack nor were they new at the time it was initially released. I think people love the soundtrack not only because it’s a cult film, but because it featured many punk bands, especially from the Bay Area scene when Lookout Records dominated that scene. Not many movies, especially big studio ones, used music like this. Some of the bands on the soundtrack include Green Day, Weezer, Smoking Popes, The Riverdales, Tilt, Pansy Division Dance Hall Crashers, Love Spit Love and Goo Goo Dolls.

I bought the soundtrack to keep my Green Day and Weezer collections complete. The Green Day song on the soundtrack is “J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva),” which was unreleased at the time and later appeared on their greatest album International Superhits! and b-sides album Shenanigans. The Weezer song is “You Gave Your Love To Me Softly” off Pinkerton. Weezer had actually written another song, “Wanda (You’re My Only Love)” specifically for this soundtrack but it was cut because it apparently was too close an interpretation of the movie. That song later appeared on Rivers Cuomo’s first album of demos, b-sides and unreleased material entitled Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo.

This soundtrack was pressed as a single LP on two variants; blue 180 gram limited to 500 copies and clear 180 gram limited to 1,000 copies. The blue is transparent when it should have been opaque at the very least if not simply a darker shade of blue. So it doesn’t match the blue from the artwork at all. I will say this about the pressing info, $RC listed different numbers for the clear variant. Initially they advertised it as being limited to 1,500 copies, They did that on social media. When pre-orders went up their store had the clear listed as limited to 1,000.

All copies come with a full color, fold out insert. The insert features stills from the movie on the outer panels and liner notes on the inside panels. The soundtrack was apparently mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Coherent Studios, but it’s not the best sounding record despite that. Because of that mastering job this release get one of those now normal silver ‘$RC HiFi’ hype stickers on the poly sleeve.

As I mentioned earlier $RC severely overpriced this soundtrack. They initially charged $22 for it. And because of that ridiculous price tag other online distros and indie record stores who made the poor decision to carry this release are forced to mark up the soundtrack even further. If you look to buy this anywhere other than $RC for whatever reason you’ll see prices like $25 on up to $28. Other retailers are starting to mark down this soundtrack as well, but it’s still overpriced after their price cuts. Your best bet is to bite the bullet and buy this directly from $RC for $10 plus shipping, maybe even buy some of their other overpriced releases that are now on clearance spread out the shipping cost.

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