Chris Parkin uncovers recent gems in a particular genre. So grab your popcorn as he checks out some of the rarest and most desirable film soundtracks on record
It’s an expensive business being a record-collecting film fan. The number of essential soundtracks available gets more bewildering by the week. In fact, soundtrack releases are a real boon for the industry and there’s no shortage of people willing to feed collectors’ habits. Brighton’s The Record Album shop is – as it has been since 1948 – stocked with copies of hard-to-find film and TV soundtracks and more labels than ever are expending their energy releasing film scores.
There’s a packed release schedule looming, too. The big catch is undoubtedly John Williams’ score to Jaws, by Mondo. Curiously, MCA’s 1975 release is actually a re-recording of the original composition. So this double-vinyl release, on ocean blue, is the first time the original recording has surfaced on vinyl. It’ll give you the heebie-jeebies before bath time.
Another important release for film nostalgists fond of foreboding orchestral soundtracks is Alan Silvestri’s nerve-jangling score to Predator. Dominated by brutal drums and eerie synth flourishes, it’s been released in all its gory glory on vinyl for the first time. You may even shell out twice, for the Real Gone label’s ‘forest camo’ and ‘infrared’ editions.
CLINT MANSELL’S SCORE FOR THE SAN JUNIPERO EPISODE OF CHARLIE BROOKER’S BLACK MIRROR TV SERIES IS SOMETHING ELSE
Bringing us back into the 21st century is Clint Mansell. The former Pop Will Eat Itself man has composed music for, among others, Moon and Black Swan. But his score for the San Junipero episode from the last-but-one season of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror TV series is something else. Mansell provided the episode with a hypnotic, sun- dappled soundscape of new-age synths and strings that’s essential listening for fans of Tangerine Dream and their ilk.