I hope you all are staying healthy and sane during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The last two months or so have been quite an experience for everyone. For me of course the strangest part about all of this is how infrequently I’ve been seeing new movies to write about. It does look like that will be changing shortly, as several new titles like The Lovebirds and Da 5 Bloods will be premiering on Netflix within the next month. My hope is that more studios will begin releasing at least some of their titles (probably lower budget ones) on streaming platforms in the coming months, especially if very few theaters are able to open in the U.S. this summer, which is looking more and more likely.
The interesting thing about quarantine has been the time and to some extent money it has freed up to put towards hobbies that often go on the back burner between March and October. Following the stay at home order in Illinois pretty much amounts to me just living the way I already do for three or four months every winter. I leave the house only to get groceries or to take walks outside when the weather is nice, and then the rest of my time is either spent working, watching movies and TV shows (and writing about them) and shopping for vinyl. Though I have only added seven vinyl soundtracks to my collection since my last post, some of them are rare enough that they took some work to track down. On a related note, I have another order from Mondo that I’m excited to share with you once it arrives, but the shipping date for one of the items keeps getting pushed back.
I will probably have another update on my collection for you at the end of the summer or early fall. But for now, I’ll get to the pieces I’ve purchased since February. One of these additions took quite a bit of work to acquire. It is the 1917 score by Thomas Newman, which was released on numbered translucent green vinyl in Europe. I initially ordered the album from a vendor in the UK, and it never arrived. I was then able to track down a copy on eBay. There are a lot of titles in my collection that I prize, but due to the combination of the actual music and the design of the album and the discs, this is in my top five. It was worth the hassle.
The rest of my new additions were easier to obtain, but I still had to do a little bit of browsing to find the cheapest prices for new copies. In my previous vinyl post, I showed off the single disc Westworld Season Two soundtrack that was pressed on Shogun Green vinyl. As a huge fan of Ramin Djawadi’s work on the series, I decided that the one disc version alone wasn’t enough for my collection, and was able to get a copy of the three disc version on grey vinyl.
Now that I’ve seen season three in its entirety, I don’t know if I will be spending money on a vinyl copy of the soundtrack when in comes out. Djawadi didn’t do as many covers as I had come to expect after the first two seasons of the show. Westworld clearly went for a different style this time around, and unfortunately that had a negative impact on the score. That said, the cover of The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” was phenomenal and I could definitely see that being released as a collectible single for Record Store Day at some point.
I don’t know if it is something I have made clear on this blog yet, but Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’m the kind of person who gets bored with summer really quickly and begins putting up Halloween decorations in late July. To be honest, I don’t even participate in that many of the popular Halloween traditions. I’ve only dressed up for it two or three times in my lifetime, and I’ve never done trick or treating (or handed out candy). But I love autumn, and I love spooky décor and scary movies. That’s probably the reason one of my turntables is pumpkin orange, one is blood red and the other is black. Due to my love for Halloween, I’ve been trying to up my spooky music game, and perhaps the best way to go about that is to buy more horror/thriller soundtracks. With that in mind, I purchased the titles below.
Finally, while most of my soundtrack collecting is limited to scores, occasionally a compilation comes along that I just have to have. I’m happy to say I have acquired the compilation to one of my favorite comedies, The Big Lebowski, and one of my favorite sports movies, I, Tonya, on special color pressings.