The Vinyl Countdown: Top 5 Vinyl Film Soundtracks

With Vinyl resurfacing and enjoying a modern renaissance, we’ve seen lots of popular films come to the big, clunky old format. These large vinyl records have high-quality art and are fantastic for collectors. Some of these Vinyl Film Soundtracks have exclusive packaging that you can’t get anywhere else. Additionally, with different colours of vinyl available, it makes the record pop in any collection. Here are our Top 5 Film Soundtracks available on vinyl.

Ran – Toru Takemitsu

Akira Kurosawa’s legendary film Ran has a vinyl release, which comes on 2LPs with a staggering 40 tracks of Takemitsu’s eerie soundscapes which populate the film. Takemitsu is a prolific Japanese composer that’s worked extensively with Akira Kurosawa. Influenced by traditional Japanese music, Takemitsu started to incorporate traditional scales that we now associate with traditional Japanese music.

It was this unique style and instrumentation that drew Kurosawa to this prolific Japanese composer, who has also worked on a variety of other Japanese Films, though it was his traditional compositions that gained Takemitu international acclaim. Now regarded as one of the best contemporary composers, Takemitsu passed away in February of 1996.

The Hateful 8 – Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone has created some truly iconic themes in the film industry. Reportedly frustrated with Tarantino’s usage of his music for other films appearing in his work, Morricone approached Tarantino and composed the entirety of the score for The Hateful 8 with 50 minutes of original music. The Hateful Eight was produced as a classic film, with a limited roadshow release around the world.

Morricone composed the iconic scores for Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. With significant contributions to the film industry’s history, Morricone is one of the greatest living composers currently working in film. To date, he has composed over 520 Soundtrack albums.

Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias

Having previously worked extensively with Pedro Almodovar for his niche Spanish arthouse films, Iglesias composed for the on-screen remake of the classic BBC Drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Iglesias stated that he tried to capture a more human side of the spy drama, with the soundtrack reflecting the complex narrative of the film. Coming on 2 Gold LPs, this release is highly limited, with only 500 copies in circulation.

Perfect Blue – Masahiro Ikumi

Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue shows us the story of an eerie tale of a Japanese Idol, with Ikumi’s score perfectly reflecting the darkness and turns of Perfect Blue. Ikumi remains in relative obscurity, with scoring Perfect Blue being his most prolific work to date, the composer has no other credits in Film aside from Perfect Blue, which means that coming by his work in Vinyl form ever rarer. This LP is exclusive to Zavvi, with the LP coming on a dazzling clear vinyl.

Fight Club – The Dust Brothers

With Fight Club becoming one of the most iconic films from the 90s, the tale of Tyler Durden and our nameless protagonist is the only film score that The Dust Brothers have ever released. mixing the Film’s soundtrack and compositions into a cohesive whole, this trip-hop style soundtrack perfectly accompanies the film and its commentary on masculinity and modernity by giving us a contemporary view on late-capitalism.

This package is a little special, too. With The LP being created by renowned designers Mondo. The packaging is illustrated in an Ikea-Style, wit you having to peel it open in order to get to the LP inside. This is a jewel for vinyl film soundtrack collectors, and is definitely one that you don’t want to miss out on.

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