Well, it's Record Store Day again this Saturday. Is that a good thing? Yes, no, maybe - it's good cause you get all sorts of nice things to buy, it's bad because the majors have totally taken it over with a lot of shit and everything is squeezed into this one day and then slowly sold online over the next year. But I'll be there, and I imagine you'll be there too, so here's a handy guide to what to grab this year in the soundtrack realm. Note that this is UK only - there's some cool stuff in the US out too, but I'm just trying to concentrate on here. Because I'm lazy and slightly bitter.
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM - CLINT MANSELL
If you get anything on RSD, this is probably the one to go for. I mean, it's a fucking incredible score first of all, this is its first time on vinyl, and also the cover art is boss. It's a bit pricey (£31!) and limited to 5K copies, but this is a must-have.
THE HEROIN BUSTERS (LA VIA DELLA DROGA) - GOBLIN
YES. People have been wanting this for ages and AMS are finally doing us a favour, it's an awesome score - Goblin doing poliziotteschi is amazing - and its debut on wax is a wondrous thing. Stay away from the other Goblin release though, £17 for a Suspiria single is mental, and the kind of price gouging that a lot of people resent recent RSDs for.
DR WHO AND THE DALEKS - MALCOLM LOCKYER/BILL MCGUFFIE/BARRY GRAY
Sadly Silva's big RSD release was postponed this year (Kilar's The Ninth Gate) but we still get this slice of amazing British score heaven, coming from the only Dr Who I really ever liked (Cushing FTW). You also get Bill McGuffie's score to Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD, which is amazing, and it all comes on lovely yellow vinyl. Delightful.
GANGSTER'S LAW (LA LEGGE DEI GANGSTERS) - PIERO UMILIANI
This score to the Klaus Kinski crime thriller is a delight, as are all tunes by Umiliani, a composer who gets very few mentions compared to the usual suspects. It's a very romantic score but fully of absolute beauty, so hats off to Dagored for putting the full score on vinyl. They also have another album from another composer who deserves more attention out tomorrow - Deviation, by Stelvio Cipriani.
NOSFERATU - JAMES BERNARD
Not the original Hans Erdmann score - sadly long gone - but a new score commissioned in 1995 written by the legendary Hammer composer James Bernard, who spent much of his time writing for Christopher Lee's Dracula. This isn't the full score but just three tracks on a 7", but nonetheless it's a great piece with terrific artwork.
TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE - SVEN LIBAEK
God bless Votary Records for their efforts in putting out the music of Sven Libaek (you'll have heard his music in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic), and this is an amazing album. Scoring the 1966 surfing documentary, it's a great mix of classy jazz and the kind of surreal ambience you'd expect from dipping underwater. Effortlessly moving between jaunty and dramatic, you need this. But wait until I grab mine first.
EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS - IRON MAIDEN
Yes, I know, not a soundtrack. Don't care. This song is epic in every way, and is Maiden's longest song at eighteen minutes! Written by vocalist Bruce Dickinson (who is also a pilot, fencer, cancer beater), it tells the story of the tragedy of the R101 airship, which crashed at the turn of the century after being launched without any testing. The song is beautiful, and this 12" has the song on one side and an interview with Dickinson on the other about the inspiration, all wrapped up in a newspaper facsimile from when the ship originally crashed. Give into the power of metal!
If you're about, I'll be at Head in Cardiff - say hello, I'll be the one with the headphones and the beard. Oh wait...