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 Posted:   Mar 3, 2014 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

What I find interesting on this board is the lack of discussion on what was one of the major issues years ago on why people bought soundtracks Those beautiful covers on the LP'S. I remember years ago as a vendor how the common remark was You bought soundtracks for 2 reasons THE MUSIC AND THOSE WONDERFUL COVERS. I guess THOR can dig out some thread over the years on this board which covers this issue, but for the most part little is mention of this part of soundtrack collecting. The Cd' covers of the modern age are nothing compared to those great lp covers that embraced many a film soundtrack. In my own apartment I used to have the best ones on my wall.I bought every soundtrack that was available not just to listen and to sell in business but just for those covers. Today I would love to buy every lp soundtrack ever put out and line the walls with them. No, my house is not big enough for that, Any comments on those grand covers.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

I also loved LPs big covers, much more impactful than the small Cd covers.

But I don't remember purchasing a soundtrack only from liking the cover.

I keep some of my LPs and regret having sold many others after I got the Cds specially for the covers.

I even cosidered purchasing a turntable recently to be able to listen again to some of my LPs and to some soundtracks that are being reissued in vinyl, but the thing that stopped me is how poor the covers for new soundtrack releases in vinyl are! The covers for most of the 180gr. Vinyl released simply ignore the film's poster (Poltergeist, Halloween, Halloween III) in favour of odd conceptual covers.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

While the covers on their own weren't a big factor in my buying of soundtrack LPs back then, it became one later. I have bought a few soundtracks on vinyl I already had on CD more or less just for the glorious big artwork. In fact, I only just completed my "classic James Bond" vinyl collection (that is, from DR. NO to LICENCE TO KILL) 2-3 months ago when I finally filled the last gap with a pristine condition YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. smile

However, my decade-long dream of a James Bond soundtrack gallery on the wall of my home still awaits realization. The good thing is this saves me the terrifying dilemma of choosing which THUNDERBALL to include in the line-up. wink

P.S.: I'd probably still pick the greenish underwater one.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Love the days when covers were painted by illustrators. There were some nice photography set ups as well. On the other hand some of the cut and paste covers, (before Photoshop) really show their crudeness.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

LP covers HAVE been discussed in this forum, but the posts generally link folks to a website where lots of cover art is on display.

Sadly, the "majority" of folks here do not have record players, do not seek out LPs to play and probably haven't been inside a store that has used LPs for sale.

One might as well bemoan: "No one here discusses 78 rpm soundtrack covers".

big grin

Still, I have ALL my soundtrack LPs (mostly in storage) primarily for that reason. One day, I hope to display treasures here and there around my house.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO RON- I agree with you 100% , there is a reason for everything. What I meant when I said a big issue I was not referring to the board, but back in the 70's 80' 90, when soundtrack collectors talked, be it for years at my vending table or other people tables with soundtracks. Stores like FOOTLIGHTS, common talk with soundtrack buyers etc etc. Many of them did buy the LP's because they just loved the covers. I mean just the feel of the SARABANDE ones were nice. I would often ask my buyers why they are buying the record and if I had a piece of paper like an accountant keeping track I would say about 20 to 25% of the buyers bought it for the covers.What I did as any logical business person would do is put the best covers in front of my table, giving the customers a pleasing sight.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Large covers were naturally more attractive than jewel boxes. (Has there ever been a case where the small cover looked better?) And certainly there were some attractive designs in the old days. However, the vulgarity of most movie advertising more often made me want to hide the covers in shame. I remember one ("Wide Screen Spectaculars") that was so idiotic that I actually discarded it and stashed the disc in a spare jacket. Others (notably THE EGYPTIAN and THE ROBE) were so vulgar -- in contrast to the nobility of the music -- that I wanted to hide them from visitors.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

It has even been known for people on this board to buy a CD release again simply because they prefer the new cover art!!

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   madmovyman   (Member)

Okay, I'm guilty. I bought a lot of vinyl soundtracks just for the cover. Most of the time, the music was essential for the primary buy, but if a different version cover became available, especially foreign issue, I wanted it.







It has even been known for people on this board to buy a CD release again simply because they prefer the new cover art!!

Yeah, I'm doing it. What's wrong with me!?!

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2014 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

LP covers HAVE been discussed in this forum, but the posts generally link folks to a website where lots of cover art is on display.

And here's the link this thread was missing:
http://lpcover.wordpress.com

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO DAN BECK- Thanks a lot, just looking at MADMOVYMAN 'S collection gives me a warm feeling of the past, and some eye candy for my senses.

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

TO DAN BECK- Thanks a lot, just looking at MADMOVYMAN 'S collection gives me a warm feeling of the past, and some eye candy for my senses.

You're welcome!
Somehow I contributed to this site by sending an e-mail suggesting that the inside cover of "double" LPs was also displayed and the site owner replied he would include them - and in fact he did if for Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I think years ago I had just about every VARESE SARABANDE soundtrack LP released except for one, which was a hard find[can't think of the title now] When I went westward 7 years ago I sold off my giant record collection , I was however thinking about keeping all of those LP's I didn't . Maybe someday if I find them in good condition I will collect those again. I just loved the feel and texture of those ones. They all looked nice as well.

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   KGordonMurray   (Member)

Ah! Dan the Man strikes a chord. LP covers are works of art. There is nothing that can ever replace the bold, in-your-face imagery that enticed and wooed. Even the "lousy" ones hold a special charm. And tucked inside the delightful sleeves is music! The entire affair is a pleasing, tactile and sensory interaction between owner and album (even the aroma is unique!). I continue to celebrate the wondrous appeal of LP covers (soundtrack covers, natch) on a wall in my office. Thanks for the post, DtM.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   Mr. Popular   (Member)

Ah! Dan the Man strikes a chord. LP covers are works of art. There is nothing that can ever replace the bold, in-your-face imagery that enticed and wooed. Even the "lousy" ones hold a special charm. And tucked inside the delightful sleeves is music! The entire affair is a pleasing, tactile and sensory interaction between owner and album (even the aroma is unique!). I continue to celebrate the wondrous appeal of LP covers (soundtrack covers, natch) on a wall in my office. Thanks for the post, DtM.



Has anybody seen the great releases being put out by Mondo or Waxwork? I LOVE the art.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   madmovyman   (Member)

I remember 44ยข movie soundtracks. Those really were the good old days.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I definitely remember picking up at flea markets and people's house sales seal LP's with the 44 cent sticker. But I don't think I am old enough to actually remember new LP's going for 44 cents. I think that was a bit before my time. PRE 1970 I presumed.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I mean just the feel of the SARABANDE ones were nice.

Those early VARESE sleeves with the huge logo were awesome. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and One Thousand and One Arabian Nights spring to mind.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 7:17 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

It has even been known for people on this board to buy a CD release again simply because they prefer the new cover art!!

Guilty as charged! I got Intrada's METEOR and LALA's FANTASTIC VOYAGE for that very reason.

 
 Posted:   Mar 7, 2014 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

And love those pics guys. Keep 'em coming please.

 
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