Soundtracks of Significance: Record Store Day Black Friday 2015
Last year, Record Store Day mounted an experimental Black Friday spin-off event that was successful enough that they’re at it again this year. Among the offerings are several soundtrack albums, perfect for the audiophile cinephile on your shopping list (or, really, just for yourself).
Record Store Day Exclusives
These vinyl are being produced strictly for sale as part of the Record Store Day promotion, with no wider release planned.
The Color of Noise: The Amphetamine Reptile Records Story Volume 1
Not surprisingly, “A film about the artist Haze XXL and his notorious record label, Amphetamine Reptile Records” yields a double-LP compilation of noise rock that ought to catch the attention of that milieu’s fans. Halo of Flies, Helmet, Melvins, Mudhoney, and Unsane are among the bands represented on this soundtrack. Record 1 is blue; Record 2 is red.
Zach Braff personally curated the music for his indie hit while writing its screenplay. His song selections were integral to the film he crafted. Viewers were so taken with this soundtrack that it’s certified Platinum by the RIAA for more than a million units shipped, and Braff earned a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Pictures, Television or Other Visual Media. This double-LP Record Store Day edition is limited to just 3000 numbered copies.
Love & Mercy
The soundtrack to the Brian Wilson biopic features songs by The Beach Boys interpolated with Atticus Ross’s score.
The Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition
It doesn’t really matter that the film’s 30th anniversary isn’t until next year; the 20th anniversary CD was released in 2007, so no one seems to be able to get that right anyway. Stan Bush’s “The Touch” has become the de facto song of the franchise, and took on a cult status outside Transformers when it was performed by Mark Wahlberg in The Full Monty. Other music includes Lion’s version of the actual “The Transformers (Theme)”, two songs by Kick Axe (renamed Spectre General for this album), “Weird” Al Yankovic’s “Dare to Be Stupid” and selections from Vince Di Cola’s score. This soundtrack fits on a single record, but this edition is a double-LP anyway because it’s presented in both Autobot and Decepticon form, and the jacket “transforms” from one affiliation to the other!
Record Store Day “Firsts”
These vinyl will be available for the first time through Record Store Day, with wider releases intended to follow.
If any soundtrack album ever needed to be released on vinyl as part of a widespread promotion devised to bring people into their independently owned record shops, surely it’s this. John Cusack and his screenwriting collaborators pored over an alleged 2,000 songs before finally pinning down the right songs for their adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel. This double-LP set will be produced on orange vinyl to distinguish it from future issues.
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Camper van Beethoven, Dead Kennedys, and who are we kidding? This one is worth owning just for the album art alone. To distinguish this RSD first edition from subsequent releases, this vinyl is “blood red”.
For more information about these and other Record Store Day releases, including participating record stores in your area, visit RecordStoreDay.com.