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 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 9:20 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Back in the late 60's and 70's up to 83 I would buy most of my Soundtrack LP's at my local Tower Records! I remember loving to spend time going from A to Z in the Soundtrack section, always usually pleasantly surprised by an import or a Rare Score I didn't know was coming out. This happened with John Williams' JANE EYRE and Goldsmith's FIRST BLOOD, both on the TER Record Label and another great surprise was Goldsmith's THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY.

I worked at a movie theater from 1977 - 1980 and loved getting all the current soundtracks, mainly the Goldsmiths, Williams and Bernsteins. I remember rushing to Tower after seeing THE RAGGEDY MAN and falling in love with Jerry's beautiful and touching score. Seeing on the poster and in the end credits that a Soundtrack on MCA Records and Tapes was to be released I was most excited. I would run to the Soundtrack section hoping to snatch up this wonderful score, but was always disappointed that it wasn't there, so I'd ask the guy at the counter when was it coming out. Of course they said they hadn't received any info on it and we all know it never happened back then.

Anyway, that was one score that I couldn't wait for and wanted so much. My question to you all. What soundtrack or soundtracks did you most anxiously desire to get, after seeing the movie and did you rush to your local record store and ask about them. I'm curious.

I also rushed out to get Goldsmith's CAPRICORN ONE and DAMIEN OMEN II upon their releases.

Please share. Thanks!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

I started running projectors (carbon arcs!) in the local movie theater in 1976. One of the first films I ran solo after my training period was Family Plot and I kept waiting for a soundtrack album. There was a renewed interest in Hitchcock's music at the time as a result of some of Herrmann's recordings, and MCA had already released several Williams scores so it seemed like a no-brainer to me, but no such luck. Had to wait more than thirty-five years for this to happen. I also ran Carrie six nights in a row and really got to know the Donaggio score, since I couldn't always see the film while I was threading projectors and changing carbon rods, but could hear all of it in the booth. I was thrilled when I saw the review in High Fidelity by Royal S. Brown of the soundtrack, but as I recall it still took a special order from the local record store to get a copy. Two I'm still waiting for are Murder By Death and an "official" release of Seven-Per-Cent Solution. Since I didn't live near any large cities my soundtrack buying at the time mainly came through mail order services like Nostalgiaphon, STAR (Sound Track Album Retailers) and an auction listing by a guy named A. J. Lutsky. Anyone remember any of those?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Couldn't get to the store fast enough to find a copy of POLTERGEIST after I saw it in 1982. Of course, living in Canada, after scouring all the LP stores in Vancouver, I had to turn to the always reliable STAR (Sound Track Album Retailers) to get my copy...one of the best days ever when that puppy arrived in the mail!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Follow up to RAGGEDY MAN Soundtrack. I remember finally getting this from Varese on CD and the great story was, I was living in North Hollywood at the time, so I was very close to Saticoy Street where VARESE was. I remember calling up Varese and asking if I could actually visit and pick it up in person. The guy on the other end of the phone, said "Sure come by, my name is Richard!" So I took him up on it and I drove there and met Mr. Richard Kraft in person. We talked about soundtracks and our great love for all things Jerry Goldsmith. What a kind soul you were to me Richard! Thanks so much. Always will be a great memory. And I remember how "small" the office actually was. It might have even been like a Storage Space Industrial garage kind of deal, if I remember correctly! What a joy.

And the funniest thing was I bought the CD and didn't even have a CD player yet!

They were so freeken expensive when they first came out. But soon you could get them at CIRCUIT CITY or FEDERATED or SILO for a more reasonable and affordable price.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I remember, this was a joyous wonderful Surprise find at my Tower Records store! I think I got the only one they had!

 
 Posted:   Aug 10, 2014 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Star Trek II for me. Enterprise clears mooring blew me away, and then came the Battle in the Mutara Nebula. And *then* the countdown of the Genesis device. And THEN Spock's voiceover. Man!

I played the damn thing so much, it almost ruinend my record player big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 3:16 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

After buying BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS LP (and HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP shortly after), I haunted the soundtrack sections of all the record shops in Liverpool, hoping for scores like WOLFEN, DEADLY BLESSING, 48 HRS, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, after seeing the films and liking the music.
While we did get things like KRULL, GORKY PARK, BRAINSTORM and the STAR TREK scores, those years still felt like dark times for the rebellion.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

I remember it taking forever for the Star Trek II album to actually make it into stores. I would drive all over Houston, going to different malls and hoping to find the record. I'd also go to a store called All Records and kept asking the owner if he knew when the LP would arrive. He finally sold me his promo copy, just to shut me up.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

1982 was the year I made the most trips to the record store.

ET (I had to exchange it because of many skips on the LP)
Poltergeist
Conan the Barbarian
Creepshow
Star Trek II
First Blood

I looked high and low for Goldsmith's The Challenge but couldn't find it. I was one of the few who saw the film in the theater.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

After buying BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS LP (and HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP shortly after), I haunted the soundtrack sections of all the record shops in Liverpool, hoping for scores like WOLFEN, DEADLY BLESSING, 48 HRS, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and JOURNEY OF NATTY GANN, after seeing the films and liking the music.
While we did get things like KRULL, GORKY PARK, BRAINSTORM and the STAR TREK scores, those years still felt like dark times for the rebellion.


O yes! I remember bugging every record store in the vicinity for 48 Hrs. Especially after I found an order number for a Japanese release on the Arista label in paper catalogue. After more than a year or so it turned out to be a single for The BusBoys-song The Boys Are Back In Town. Imagine my disappointment.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I always wanted the music from "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and consequently was thrilled to find "The Fantasy Film Worlds of Bernard Herrmann," which contained a 12-minute suite, on LP.

Two records that I always wanted as a kid were Lost in Space and Star Trek. I had to wait a while, but it eventually happened.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

1982 was the year I made the most trips to the record store.

ET (I had to exchange it because of many skips on the LP)
Poltergeist
Conan the Barbarian
Creepshow
Star Trek II
First Blood

I looked high and low for Goldsmith's The Challenge but couldn't find it. I was one of the few who saw the film in the theater.


Best year ever. cool I wanted Secret of NIMH so bad. It took over a year after the films release before I could find the score on LP. I remember running out to get WOK and Conan. In 86 I couldn't wait for Land Before Time. Though it took a couple of weeks before it appeared in stores after the films release.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

A bunch of film scores jumped out in memory:

"The Wrong Box" -- saw the film, loved the score -- and had the record store in my small town special order the lp. It was a huge thrill when it came in.

"The Ipcress File" -- saw the film and then finally found the lp in a store in Denver on a family weekend trip to visit my uncle.

"North by Northwest" -- saw the film and then waited for 50 years for the soundtrack to finally be released. I was also thrilled by the Phase 4 lp that had the main title.

"Hercules" -- saw the film as a kid -- and tried and tried without success to get the lp which was listed in the RIAA catalog -- the Digitmovies release was a great great thrill.

I started working at a radio station when I turned 15 -- and then I really got spoiled as I claimed all of the promos and was able to order almost anything from the services that supplied lps to radion stations.

It is hard to explain how exciting the Elmer Bernstein Filmmusic Collection Club was to me -- lp after lp of music that had never been treated with such love and care -- each delivery of those lps was an event for me. The FilmScore Monthly box set of those recordings is probably my most loved CD collection.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

The list is way too long!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

I remember in the late 70's I discovered this new label that was re-releasing some obscure film scores on vinyl. I couldn't believe all the stuff they were putting out, so I made it my business to get 'em all. The label was Varese Sarabande, and I'm happy to report they're still going strong.

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

I remember it taking forever for the Star Trek II album to actually make it into stores. I would drive all over Houston, going to different malls and hoping to find the record. I'd also go to a store called All Records and kept asking the owner if he knew when the LP would arrive. He finally sold me his promo copy, just to shut me up.

Exactly! Waaaaay too long! I played that thing to Spock's death! Easily my fave Horner score, and my second-favourite Trek score.

Re-posting Jonbijl's awesome STAR TREK II LP cover here, too:

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   murphmanz   (Member)

I desperately wanted the soundtrack to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. I'd seen (and loved) the film at the Classic cinema in Crosby and Stu Phillips' Battlestar Galactica LP was played to death at my house. I couldn't find the LP anywhere in Liverpool though, in any of my usual haunts.

In desperation (and childhood naivety) I wrote to MCA Records' London office asking if I could buy a copy by mail order. A couple of weeks later a 12" flat parcel arrived. Ripping it open I found a copy of the album with a promo stamp, a massively misaligned colour sleeve, and a compliments slip. No payment required. I loved that record to this day and the Intrada reissue was definitely a Holy Grail achieved.

In the unlikely event of someone who worked at MCA in London being on this board, your generosity to a kid at the other end of the country over 30 years ago has never been forgotten.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

It took many months of discouragement before I discovered they had finally put out the soundtrack music from LILIES OF THE FIELD. I'm still overjoyed that they did. (And of course, that was Jerry Goldsmith's Opus One LP.)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Bloody 'ell, another Scouse Soundtrack Fan!
That's Spymaster, Mark Langdon, Roy Donga, Damian, me and murph above (I'm sure there are a few lurkers too).
I think we need to sort our very own Friends Of Film Music Event...no major travel required! wink

 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2014 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Bloody 'ell, another Scouse Soundtrack Fan!
That's Spymaster, Mark Langdon, Roy Donga, Damian, me and murph above (I'm sure there are a few lurkers too).
I think we need to sort our very own Friends Of Film Music Event...no major travel required! wink



I guess you guys are all going to the performance Horner's concerto in november then? smile

 
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