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 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

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?

I also did a lot of mail order purchasing and remember these outlets (and their monthly catalogs) very well. I think I personally kept STAR in business for a few years! Very nice people, very honest and efficient, though sadly they did not plug into the internet revolution and thus gradually lost their customer base to the SAEs, Intradas and other online soundtrack stores. I had some less than wonderful experiences with Nostalgiaphon and tended to stay away from auctions, except for dabbling a few times in those run by an outfit called RTS, operated by a character named Mr. Soeda who had a somewhat unsavory reputation. (I personally never had a problem with the things I bought from him, including some great sounding Japanese LP reissues of classics like LILIES OF THE FIELD and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.) Another I bought from often was a fellow in Hawaii who operated under the name "Mr. Soundtracks." It was always a treat when a catalog showed up in my box from one of the mail order soundtrack outfits!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

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?

I also did a lot of mail order purchasing and remember these outlets (and their monthly catalogs) very well. I think I personally kept STAR in business for a few years! Very nice people, very honest and efficient, though sadly they did not plug into the internet revolution and thus gradually lost their customer base to the SAEs, Intradas and other online soundtrack stores. I had some less than wonderful experiences with Nostalgiaphon and tended to stay away from auctions, except for dabbling a few times in those run by an outfit called RTS, operated by a character named Mr. Soeda who had a somewhat unsavory reputation. (I personally never had a problem with the things I bought from him, including some great sounding Japanese LP reissues of classics like LILIES OF THE FIELD and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.) Another I bought from often was a fellow in Hawaii who operated under the name "Mr. Soundtracks." It was always a treat when a catalog showed up in my box from one of the mail order soundtrack outfits!


I remember RTS being real hit and miss. I often thought they were way overpriced, but they would also send out a clearance catalog (which STAR also used to do) and occasionally I'd get some great deals from them. I remember picking up the original Enterprise release of Donaggio's Don't Look Now (which has a couple longer/different tracks from the That's Entertainment re-release) for $14.95 and the Japanese pressing of Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane for about the same price. I also got the Italian CAM release of A Study in Terror and Repulsion for a bargain price. I never had any problems with Nostalgiaphon and ordered from them almost as much as from STAR. I also liked the column Nostalgiaphon had in their catalogs (I think the writer's name was Tim Willis???) that gave information on upcoming scoring assignments and new releases. This was long before the days of the internet, so there weren't a lot of sources for that information.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I got my first stereo copy of "Taras Bulba" from STAR.

I felt as if I had died and gone to heaven.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Back in high school I remember literally spending my lunch money on the LP for Octopussy.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2014 - 11:59 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Back in high school I remember literally spending my lunch money on the LP for Octopussy.

well LPs were about 3,50 then admiral and lunch about 1.25 so your mum mustve been expecting you to have an expensive lunch!! ha ha

 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 1:31 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I remember the days of flipping LPs from A-Z in the soundtrack section, looking for interesting scores or even soundtracks for certain movies.

Stuff I was always on the lookout for but could not find back in those days:

Jerry Goldsmith: THE CHALLENGE

James Horner: WOLFEN (was one of those "wow, who is this guy? That's good film music" moments)

Jerry Fielding: LAWMAN

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 1:55 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Now if you really want to get nostalgic, let's talk about the cut-out bins. I actually started my soundtrack collecting long before I went to work in a movie theater, when I used to go through the cheap record bins and buy old soundtrack albums for a dollar or less. I still have copies of Lawrence of Arabia, Around the World in Eighty Days, several of the Bond scores and a lot of others that I bought when I was still in elementary school. A lot of times I would buy them even if I hadn't seen the film if the cover art was cool. Woolworth's had records for forty-nine cents, including a lot of the MGM soundtracks, such as Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra. And every so often one of the big department stores would have a special clearance sale with records three for a dollar. Those were the days.

Yeah Doc, I know there are a few older threads about Cut Out Bins and Woolworth Buys. I may have started some of those a while back. Here's a great one I got, who knows when:




Zooba.....this is positively eerie!

Is this a photograph of the actual GOODBYE MR. CHIPS lp you bought?

That disc was mine, a sealed dupe I had, and traded away or sold. But I don't remember when.

The little sticker in the top left of the album on the plastic cover was what I once used to identify a copy I wanted to get rid of. The "Dupe" on the sticker is MY handwriting. (What was it I wrote in the little circle below the "dupe" writing? Maybe my initials, maybe a copy number.....I can't remember.)

Well.....I'm very happy it went to a good home!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Wow Manderley! That's amazing. I must have picked this up somewhere in L.A. when I lived there from 1984 - 2003. Can't really remember where I got it. And check it out! It's STILL sealed. I had another copy I used to play. I used to frequent Record Stores in L.A. like RECORD SURPLUS, ARON'S and later in Burbank, D.B. COOPER'S and even way back THE RECORD AND TAPE ROOM in Long Beach! I sometimes wonder where stuff I've gotten rid of over the years eventually ends up. I'll cherish this old item even more now knowing it was once a part of your collection and I'll remember this great story. I always enjoy your posts sir and all your wonderful stories and contributions to the board!

Rock on!

What you wrote under Dupe is a circled MS:

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2014 - 4:06 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....Wow Manderley! That's amazing. I must have picked this up somewhere in L.A. when I lived there from 1984 - 2003.....

That was a long time ago! smile I was just a small child then..... smile
My Mother probably drove me there to trade in the LP. big grin big grin big grin


.....Can't really remember where I got it. And check it out! It's STILL sealed. I had another copy I used to play. I used to frequent Record Stores in L.A. like RECORD SURPLUS, ARON'S and later in Burbank, D.B. COOPER'S and even way back THE RECORD AND TAPE ROOM in Long Beach!.....

I used to spend lotsa' $$$ at ARON'S and RECORD SURPLUS. That may be where I traded it in with some others. Many years ago---it must have been around 1959---I used to go to a one-story store at the southeast corner of Wilshire and La Cienega near the old Fox Wilshire Theatre. They had endless sealed cut-outs, usually for 99 cents apiece. I bought old soundtracks like the stereo version of RAINTREE COUNTY, SILK STOCKINGS, and many more that I hadn't picked up earlier. My favorite "find" was a stack of sealed copies of Bronislau Kaper's soundtrack to THE SWAN, with the beautiful painting of Grace Kelly on the cover. I already had this, but I bought a copy anyway because, inside the plastic wrap, it had an orange paper band around it, printed with an anniversary promo celebrating the 10th Anniversary of MGM Records (1946-1956.....when the disc was released). Even though Lukas came out with a wonderful stereo CD of the entire score, I think I kept that old cut-out because it was historical, relating as it did to an early Anniversary celebration. Of course, even MGM Records is now long gone.


.....I sometimes wonder where stuff I've gotten rid of over the years eventually ends up. I'll cherish this old item even more now knowing it was once a part of your collection and I'll remember this great story. I always enjoy your posts sir and all your wonderful stories and contributions to the board!

Rock on!.....


Thank you for your kind thoughts. And the same to you. I always read "Zooba" posts.


.....What you wrote under Dupe is a circled MS:.....

I had forgotten that. The "MS" stood for "Mint Sealed"....... How clever!!! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

I usually listen to one or two of my old LPs most weeks. This last week I played Riz Ortolani’s CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE COMMISSIONER… and DAY OF ANGER. Marvellous stuff! I’ve never got rid of a single LP since I started, back in the 1950s. They were pressed when the masters were brand new, and some of the CD retreads from badly stored decades-old tapes can’t compare, for all the remastering wizardry.

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

Back in high school I remember literally spending my lunch money on the LP for Octopussy.

well LPs were about 3,50 then admiral and lunch about 1.25 so your mum mustve been expecting you to have an expensive lunch!! ha ha


LPs just before CDs emerged were some $7-10. Lunch was @ $2. I remember thinking I had enough cash for both, but miscalculated and had only three or four dollars left for the week.

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

DP

 
 Posted:   Aug 17, 2014 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Back in high school I remember literally spending my lunch money on the LP for Octopussy.

I had to mow lawns for that one. WARGAMES and KRULL helped round out a great soundtrack summer...but RETURN OF THE JEDI was a bit of a letdown at one LP and fuzzy sound.

 
 Posted:   Aug 18, 2014 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   madmovyman   (Member)

Well, I already had a few lps from Il Etait, but I was always searching the record bins for other foreign releases that had different art. This is the one I wanted.

 
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