For my Hudson Valley vinyl finds for this week, I bring you a few new LPs into my modest, and still growing, collection.
First up is one I have been after for quite some time and, finally, I am glad to say that I am the proud owner of Tales of the Frightened: Volume 1 as told by Boris Karloff. I’ve accumulated a vast assortment of horror/Halloween vinyl LPs for the purposes of one day sitting down with my daughter in the dark on a cool, Halloween night and giving these a spin with the hopes of giving her a good, and safe, scare! I want her to experience a few things I myself once experienced as a kid. Now, on to find a decently priced Volume 2!
Dim the lights and play this record… if you dare!
Billboard (Sept. 21, 1963) described the recordings thus:
“Mystery writer Michael Avallone has authored a series of short horror tales to appear as pocketbooks soon from Belmont books. A number of these have been packaged into a moving series for records with narration in the hair-raising style of Boris Karloff. The scripting bears strongly Hitchcockian touches, as the master horror storyteller reads six tales on each disk, with suitable sound effects and musical accompaniment. A professional job all the way and horror story fans will find plenty of excitement.”
Next up is John Coltrane‘s “Blue Train”. This was a blind buy for me but being semi-familiar with Mr. Coltrane and, having read about this album being regarded as one of his best, I simply could not pass up the opportunity when I saw it sitting in the “Jazz” section all by its lonesome (not really). One thing I have learned is that you really can’t go wrong with this guy and so, like any level-headed individual would do, I picked it up and gave it a proper spin when I got home. And, as expected, it was certainly a delight. I could not recommend this one enough. I’m more than confident that I will be giving this album more than a spin or two in the coming days.
The next one was truly a Hudson Valley vinyl find. Now, I’m not making any claims that this is in any way a rarity, but, it completely slipped my mind that Graeme Revell’s score to The Crow was released on vinyl by popular soundtrack label Varese Sarabande. I own this one on CD and so it was only “logical” for me to also own it on vinyl.
And then, I went on a Quentin Tarantino kick having picked up the soundtracks to Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2 as well as his latest installment, The Hateful Eight. As is the case with most, if not all, of Tarantino’s soundtracks, all of the aforementioned soundtracks are riddled with snippets of dialog from each film. To some, this is a detriment but I am OK with it so long as they do not deter from the overall experience of listening to the soundtrack. In a way, I’d say that the dialog is actually part of the experience of a Tarantino soundtrack. Besides, the dialog is usually contained on separate tracks and not overlapped with the music itself.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 are more guilty pleasure soundtracks sprinkled with a few exceptional tracks that I absolutely love such as “Lonely Shepherd” by Gheorghe Zamfir and “La Arena” by the maestro Ennio Morricone, which, leads me to my prize of the week, The Hateful Eight soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone. This was another blind buy but, after having seen it at an excellent price, I simply had to have the limited edition vinyl set by Third Man Records. The packaging is great on this one as it comes in a 2-LP set housed within a tri-fold sleeve. It also comes with a booklet and two posters. Add all of this to Morricone’s fantastic score and you have yourself a great packaged deal! After watching the film and listening to the opening credits theme, I knew that i was in for a treat.