Posts Tagged ‘Soundtrack’

If there is one band out there that will always generate interest it’s Nirvana. People go crazy for almost anything related to the band when it gets pressed on vinyl, including myself. I have more than my fair share of Nirvana bootlegs, so much so that I have live performances that overlap onto other bootlegs I’ve bought. I’ve even foolishly bought the same exact bootleg, only under a different title. I’m a bit more careful now, as I have photos of every bootleg I have to check the track listings. So when it was announced that a Kurt Cobain documentary was being worked on, what some people were calling the definitive biopic, and that an accompanying soundtrack would be released, many people were exited, myself included of course.

Montage Of Heck is the title of the documentary and corresponding soundtrack. The soundtrack is comprised of never before heard demos, outtakes, covers and various other early recordings Kurt Cobain recorded over his lifespan. Some of the songs are Cobain just tooling around and predate Nirvana, while others were written intended to be Nirvana songs. After listening to the soundtrack it is a bit of a letdown however. There is nothing earth shattering on it, and some of the songs have made the rounds online through Nirvana collector circles. If you’re like me and are a huge Nirvana fan/nerd and want to hear everything the band or Kurt Cobain has done, you’ve heard the demo version of “Sappy” and “Been A Son” before. This is just the first official release they’ve seen the light of day on.

There have been many complaints about the sound quality of this soundtrack. And all those complaints are unfounded. It’s nothing to do with the pressing, it being on vinyl, the mastering, etc. Some of these songs were literally recorded into a hand held tape recorder Kurt set up. So the source audio was far from worthy of being mass produced and released to the public. But with that said, the soundtrack itself is not worth buying for the casual fan. You should only buy this, on any format, only if you’re a diehard fan or completist. And you should definitely not buy this for full retail price.

Retail price on this soundtrack is $35. For that money you get a double LP pressed on black 180 gram vinyl, a gatefold jacket, insert and download card. Despite what the hype sticker says; “320 kbps MP3s,” that is not what you get via the download card. The download cards yields WAV files. A nice touch for the price, but useless files for most people. You can’t play WAV files in iTunes, they have o be converted to MP3. And since there are 31 tracks on this soundtrack, the file is well over 1 gig in size.

The soundtrack for Montage Of Heck was released over one year ago (December 11, 2015) as of posting this. And prices are still not coming down enough. Many distros are still charging way too much for this. Some are still charging full retail. Your best bet to find this soundtrack on the “cheap” are places like ebay or discogs. Prices on the secondary market have dropped significantly; to around $15. That is more than 50% off. While a deal can be had there, distros are marking this down to $30, or $25, in a pathetic effort to move old stock. I bought this soundtrack, brand new, for $10 shipped on ebay.

Pressing info has never been released, and never expect it to be because it’s a major label release.



The Ghostbusters reboot has been the source of controversy long before it ever went into production. And that controversy continued to swell as time wore on. The soundtrack did nothing but stoke the fire, as Fall Out Boy’s horrid rendition of the iconic Ghostbusters theme song tied up the awfulness of the movie in a nice little bow.

Yes, despite how bad the Fall Out Boy song is, I did buy this soundtrack for my Fall Out Boy collection, but I only spent $5 on it. How you ask? By taking a chance on an ebay mis-listing, where someone foolishly had the vinyl soundtrack listed in the CD category as a “used” CD without any pictures, and the item description stating “still factory sealed vinyl LP 2016 soundtrack.” It also helped that the seller had the listing titled as “Ghost blisters Spundtrack.” So I wound up getting the ” Ghost blisters Spundtrack” for a $3 BIN with $1.99 shipping. For that price I was willing to take the risk of a CD showing up. Retail price on this soundtrack is $20. But lo and behold, when the package arrived it was an LP mailer with a record inside. splurge to keep my Fall Out Boy collection somewhat complete. .

The soundtrack was pressed as a single LP and has two variants; red and black. Red was a Barnes & Noble “vinyl day” exclusive limited to an unknown amount of copies. Rarely does B&N release pressing info for any of their exclusives. Black is available everywhere else, even B&N now as they somehow managed to sell out of their exclusive color. Pressing info for the black has also never been released, and never expect it to be For those wondering “vinyl day,” a completely made up “holiday” was August 13, 2016, and I think B&N is the only place that does anything for it and they’re likely the ones who invented “vinyl day.”

The soundtrack for the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot features tweaked artwork from the original iconic artwork and Ghostbusters logo. Yet another thing done in a seemingly endless line of things that would piss people off. It was liked the powers at be went out of their way to piss people off. All copies come with an insert, and the download card is printed on the insert itself. There is a hype sticker, which is affixed to the top left corner on all copies. It’s tough to see it because the sticker itself is clear with slime green lettering. The B&N exclusive color has an additional hype sticker promoting their exclusive color.



V/A – Underworld Soundtrack

Posted: December 14, 2016 in Vinyl
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Record Store Day Black Friday (RSD) is usually a pain free experience because first off the releases are far fewer in number, and on top of that most of the releases are not as sought after/in demand as the regular RSD in April. I’ve never had a problem getting every RSD Black Friday release I wanted and I’ve never had to line up to get them. It’s gotten so lax that this year I purposely did not go to my local store, and opted instead to buy everything I wanted online as stores posted their leftovers. That decision was made after the only release I felt may be difficult to track down, the Dustin Kensrue 7″, was being sold online, albeit a different variant, prior to RSD Black Friday. The two other releases I wanted, the Underworld Soundtrack and the Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics LP I felt were worth rolling the dice on, especially since Bull Moose, who I bought these two RSD releases from online, had cheaper prices than my local store.

The Underworld Soundtrack is on the extremely pricey side. Retail on it is around $35. Thankfully I had Bull Moose points to use on it to get it half off. But the price (retail) is easier to swallow after seeing how nice this release is. The soundtrack is pressed as a double LP and comes with a gatefold jacket. The records themselves are housed in printed, glossy paper dust sleeves. On the dust sleeves is never before seen/released story board art for the film. The artwork on the sleeves is very nice, very elaborate for a story board. It’s not your typical simple sketches most story boards are composed of. The artwork inside the gatefold jacket is pretty pointless. They could’ve went with better imagery, something like a collage of stills from the movie. Not just the opening scene of the movie.

The jacket itself has a glossy finish, and is nice and thick. Each copy is individually numbered in gold foil stamping on the back of the jacket. The quality of dust sleeves however leaves a lot to be desired. They’re very thin, not unusual for printed dust sleeves, but all I’m saying is they could and should be made of thicker material. Especially for the price of this record. The timing of this record is awfully suspicious too. It was initially released back in 2003, but is only now seeing the light of day on vinyl, on RSD no less. Likely because there is a new movie in the Underworld franchise coming out in January 2017.

There are two variants for this records, and thankfully one is not rare than the other and it’s not a needle in a hay stack endeavor to find the rarest variant. Both variants have a white sticker affixed to the top left corner indicating the vinyl color. Other than that sticker there are no hype stickers or any other stickers on the cover. Both variants, translucent blue and clear with black smoke, are limited to 1,000 copies a piece. So 2,000 total copies for this record. Going into this I had no preference for either color. But after getting the translucent blue and seeing pics online of the clear w/ black smoke, I’m happy I wound up getting a copy on translucent blue as I feel it matches the packaging and imagery of this release better.

I bought this soundtrack for the Finch song, “Worms Of The Earth.” It’s the first and only time the song has been released on vinyl, as it’s a b-side from What It Is To Burn. In fact, this soundtrack is one of only two places the song was physically released, with the other being the Atticus Dragging The Lake II compilation from 2003.

Spacelab9 released both The Walking Dead Soundtracks (Volumes 1 and 2) in quick succession. The soundtracks were first released on CD and digitally (2014), then Spacelab9 licensed them out to be pressed on vinyl. Another soundtrack specialty label, Spacelab9 seems to do good work with their releases. This is the first Spacelab 9 release I’ve bought, so I can’t speak to quality on a mass scale. But my only complaint is their releases tend to be on the pricier side.

For Vol. 1 of The Walking Dead Soundtrack, Spacelab9 had a handful of variants and did a second pressing. They even printed up individually numbered certificates of authenticity for some of the variants from the first pressing. Clearly a gimmick that I’m not sure actually drove up sales or not. A fold out poster was even included. None of that stuff is included with Volume 2 though.

Vol. 2 of the soundtrack is just a record crammed into a standard single pocket jacket with a pointless insert advertising/promoting an irrelevant season premier of the show (season 6). No poster, no certificate of authenticity; in other words no frills. That didn’t stop Spacelab9 from charging $20 for it though. It even has the same artwork as Volume 1 save for the minute difference of swapping out a 1 for a 2 in the title. Granted the artwork for the initial CD/digital release of both soundtracks was the same. But at least Spacelab cut down on the variants for the Volume 2.

The first pressing of Vol. 2 was a Record Store Day 2015 exclusive pressed as a picture disc limited to 1,800 copies. I missed out on the RSD release of this soundtrack thanks to the re-press of Brand New’s Deja Entendu where it seemed like everyone came out of the woodwork to wait eight plus hours in line for it at my local record store. But in the grand scheme of things it was not the end of the world. The RSD picture disc was overpriced, and it was a picture disc. Plus, I was hedging my bets that Spacelab9 would eventually re-press it in a standard jacket on traditional, non-picture disc record. And my patience and bets paid off as they did just that in the fall of 2016. But I knew the standard release was coming as I emailed Spacelab9 way back in January (2016) asking about a non-picture disc release and was told yes. So I knew to hold off on buying a RSD picture disc, despite prices of it falling down to $15 (from the original $25 on RSD) on the secondary market.

The second pressing of Vol. 2 was pressed on only three variants; black limited 600 copies, half black/half orange limited to 200 copies and splatter limited to 200 copies. The splatter color is pink/red with black splatter and was a New York Comic Con (NYCC) exclusive (though leftover copies were sold online via Spacelab 9’s web store). The NYCC variant was made available for purchase at the event before the record’s official release date of October 23, 2016. The splatter was initially called “brains on blacktop” splatter then later changed to “splatter brains.” Half black/half orange was a Spacelab 9 web store exclusive and black is a mass retail exclusive (Amazon, other online distros, indie record stores, etc.). This pressing info is exclusive to this blog and is the first place it’s appearing anywhere. At least until Spacelab9 gets around to updating their discography page.

I would like to point out that some distros ran with the pressing info of Vol. 2 being limited to 1,000 copies during the pre-order phase, without being more specific than that. Ultimately that info panned out to be correct as there are 1,000 total copies for the second pressing. But I want to stress you can’t always trust what online distors say when they say a record is “limited to xxxx copies” because sometimes they are provided inaccurate info or simply lie about it to drum up business. Case and point, the distro I found that said “limited to 1,000 copies” also made the claim of “makes its official vinyl debut” despite the fact what they were selling was a re-pressing.

The track listing for Vol. 2 features an exclusive, brand new song from Portugal. The Man, which is why I wanted the soundtrack. The song is entitled “Heavy Games” and was featured in the trailer for season 4, it never actually played during the show. The soundtrack also features songs from Sharon Van Etten, Lee DeWyze, A.C. Newman and Ben Nichols.

To be perfectly clear I was not drawn to this soundtrack because I’m a diehard Walking Dead fan. I do watch the show as a casual fan, but I did not follow it from the beginning nor have I ever read the comics. I binge watched it when AMC was doing a marathon where they replayed every episode in order leading up to a season premiere, I think it was either season 4 or 5. I’m not heavily invested in the show, and to be honest I fast forward through 95% of every episode at this point because I can’t stand the soap opera nonsense anymore. The fast forwarding has gone up and up with every episode. I haven’t truly enjoyed the show since they left the prison, and season 2 on Herschel’s farm was my favorite. That season was what drew me in to the show. I caught bits and pieces of a few episodes from season 2 when they originally aired, but even then my interest was fleeting because there were soap opera elements that far back. And dramas are not my favorite entertainment genre. But the show has gotten so bad I don’t even care if I miss an episode, and I’m on the verge of cancelling it from my DVR recordings.

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.

A soundtrack that absolutely did not need to be pressed on vinyl was for the tv show The Sopranos. Yes, it’s a bit hypocritical to say that after buying it, but it needs to be said. Releases like this clog up plants and are purely cash grabs. So it should be no surprise that $hit Radio Cast ($RC) released this.

As with all $RC releases, this was overpriced. The soundtrack cost $31 when it was first released. Fast forward seven months and it was essentially put on clearance for $10 during a flash sale, which is when I bought a copy. Stupidly they have marked it back up to full price a few days after that flash sale, so the remaining copies will sit there for a long time. It’s pathetic to see that in 2015 $RC advertised this release as being close to selling out by saying “Rumors are it is almost sold out so we suggest you head over to the link below and get your copy ASAP” in a press release for it posted on a message board they own and operate when that could not be any further from the truth. That whopper of a lie is still visible and has not been edited, let alone deleted.

Let’s get this straight, I only bought this because it was $10. I would have never bought this if it was more than $15, because I knew it would inevitably be discounted to that price at some point like majority of $RC releases. I never expected to see it get marked down that low though. I also bought this along with all the outstanding (not adjective, verb) $RC releases I wanted; the Angus Soundtrack, Cartel’s s/t and The Juliana Theory’s Love, so I saved on shipping, which in turn made this soundtrack even cheaper.

The Sopranos Soundtrack was pressed as a double LP spread across two variants; translucent red 180 gram limited to 750 copies and translucent red with black smoke limited to 1,250 copies. The records come housed in a gatefold jacket, which has a spot gloss finish. The spot gloss can be found on the text on the cover and back cover. A fold out insert is also included, which has stills from the tv show on it along with the liner notes. This release was also mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray.

All things considered the track listing for this soundtrack features many great acts. Bruce Springsteen (why I bought this to keep my Springsteen collection going), Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Cream.

Jaws Soundtack (3rd U.S. Press)

Posted: July 12, 2016 in Vinyl
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The soundtrack for the film Jaws has gone through several pressings over the years. It was first released back in 1975 and was widely distributed across the world. This initial pressing was released on MCA Records and has the infamous MCA rainbow center labels.

The first real re-press was done in 1978, also on MCA Records. There are no major differences between the 1975 pressing and 1978 pressing, save for an iron-on patch that came with the 1978 pressing. This iron-on patch is the soundtrack’s artwork scaled down.

The most recent, and third pressing overall, was released in 2015, and is featured here. Again, everything remains the same for the most part between all the pressings. Except that this latest pressing from 2015 is released by Geffen Records, which MCA Records was merged into in 2003. So the same label essentially released the 2015 pressing, as MCA ceased to exist from 2004 onwards. Both of those label were/are part of Universal Music Group (MCA Music Entertainment Group up to 1996) anyway. Yes, the buyouts, mergers and other wheelings and dealings in the music industry is complicated, convoluted and names are constantly changing. So the only difference between this 2015 pressing and earlier pressing of the Jaws Soundtrack is that it has stock Geffen labels instead of the rainbow MCA labels.

The foreign pressings are wide ranging, but 99% of them are identical to the U.S. pressings save for the catalog numbers. The catalog numbers for each country are all different from each other. Those other countries are Belgium, Argentina, Spain, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Venezuela, the Netherlands/Holland, Canada, Germany, France and Japan. The only pressings with a very obvious difference are the Spanish, Argentine and Japanese pressing. The Spanish and Argentine pressings have a different title. It reads “Tiburon” instead of Jaws. Tiburon is Spanish for shark. The Japanese pressing has an ob-strip but retains the same cover art as all the other pressings aside from the Spanish and Argentine pressings.

Jaws Soundtrack - Copy