It’s the last call before 2020’s spooky season is over, soundtrack fans, and it seems like all of the soundtrack labels have stepped up to the plate with a fresh round of offerings to stick in your ears.
La-La Land Records is celebrating its 18th anniversary with a pair of releases; each one represents the music from a season of Amazon Prime’s The Boys, with much by Christopher Lennertz. Lennertz’ music takes up both of the first season’s two discs, while he shares the single-disc season two release with four original songs featured prominently in the show’s second year. Each set is available in a pressing of only 2,000 copies, so jump on these releases like they’re as fleeting as the public’s perception of your superpowers and your motivation for using them. Both soundtracks from The Boys start shipping November 9th.
Oh, and by the way, that 18th anniversary? It’s being celebrated with an 18% discount on everything – including these new releases – ordered from La-La Land’s website through November 9th.
Over at Intrada, James Horner’s score and songs from 1988’s Don Bluth animated classic The Land Beyond Time are given a definitive remastered re-release on a single CD. Horner’s music took the form of lengthy cues already, so – with the inclusion of Diana Ross’ song “If We Hold On Together” (co-written by Horner) – the score adds up to only ten tracks.
Intrada’s other offering is a new release of Jerry Goldsmith’s score from 2001’s The Last Castle, heard here across 2 CDs with plentiful previously unavailable music, including one major scene whose music was ghost-written by Mark McKenzie.
Meanwhile, a bunch of new releases have escaped from the Buysoundtrax labs. ’50s movie maestro Albert Glasser, renowned for his bold, brassy sound, is the latest composer to merit a collection of releases at Buysoundtax, with Volume 1 of the Albert Glasser Collection featuring his scores from the films Huk! and Tokyo File 212, available on CD (in a pressing of 500 copies), with a digital download made available immediately upon purchase.
If you want spooky stuff, Buysoundtrax also you covered, with Richard Band’s score for Stuart Gordon’s adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story From Beyond, revived in a remixed form with three previously unreleased bonus tracks, available in a pressing of 500 copies. Likewise, another Full Moon film, 1996’s Demon In A Bottle, has its John Morgan score released for the first time in any medium, again in a pressing of 500 copies on CD.
Also available is Chuck Cirino’s score from the 1992 film Munchie, which was – arguably – inspired just a little bit by Gremlins. Again, only 500 copies are available on CD.
Available as a digital-only release from Buysoundtrax is a collection of themes from Bear McCreary’s scores to the Starz series Outlander, arranged for solo piano and performed by Joohyun Park.
What musical delights with the labels roll out between now and the end-of-year shopping season? Stay tuned, soundtrack fans, because…nobody knows. The end of the year is traditionally a time for the labels to roll out the big guns (but this being 2020, it may be wise to unexpect the expected). Will I get the soundtrack from the second season of The Orville that I’ve been waiting for all year? Or a soundtrack from Star Trek: Lower Decks?
To be continued. In the meantime, I’ll let you gaze upon my own latest soundtrack purchase, Buysoundtrax’s unexpected deep-dive release of Don Davis’ music from Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets, signed by the composer himself. Good, epic, big-damn-space-hero stuff. (We covered this release here.)