Both volumes of the Stranger Things soundtrack are getting limited collector’s edition vinyl pressings on July 14 via Lakeshore Records. The Netflix series’ instantly iconic synth score is composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.
Each 2xLP release is pressed on 180-gram multi-colored vinyl with a retail price of $44.98. They feature gatefold packaging with alternative cover, new liner notes (series creators the Duffer Brothers in Volume 1, Dixon and Stein in Volume 2), an 11x22 fold-out poster, and five character cards (kids in Volume 1, adults in Volume 2).
Invada Records will release its own Stranger Things collector’s edition box set on an exclusive colorway in the UK; it’s pictured below.
i love teenage girls who love elephant 6. i love teenage girls who love built to spill, animal collective, pavement. i love teenage girls who love music in which the community is dominated by mid-30s men. i love how nonjudgemental they are when you’re new to the music, don’t know a song, don’t have every single album on limited-press vinyl, aren’t good at remembering names, can’t play an instrument. i love teenage girls who experiment with music when there’s a world of criticism waiting out there for us. it makes me hopeful for the future of the music we love and makes me not want to give up on learning new things about music. we have so much power. i love us.
On this day in music history: April 30, 1984 - “The Top”, the fifth studio album by The Cure is released. Produced by David M. Allen, Chris Parry and Robert Smith, it is recorded at Genetic Studios, Garden Recording Studios, and Trident Studios in London from Late 1983 - Early 1984. After the surprise chart success of the singles “Let’s Go To Bed”, “The Walk” and “The Love Cats” in The Cure’s home country of Great Britain, Robert Smith decides to to move the band away from its dark and morose goth-rock sound, towards more accessible and pop oriented material, but still maintaining a quirky and experimental edge. At this point, the band consists mainly of Smith and keyboardist Laurence Tolhurst, with bassist Simon Gallup having quit prior to the sessions, and the other members having left prior to that time. “The Top” is virtually a solo album by Smith with him playing most of the instruments himself, augmented by Tolhurst who has switched from playing drums to keyboards, drummer Andy Anderson, saxophonist Porl Thompson (later switching to guitar) and bassist Phil Thornalley. It spins off the single “The Caterpillar” (#14 UK). It is remastered and reissued on CD in 2006 as a two CD Deluxe Edition. The first disc contains the original ten track album, with disc two featuring demos, rough mixes and live performances. Long out of print on vinyl, it is reissued in Europe for Record Store Day in 2012 as a limited edition gold vinyl pressing. It is reissued on vinyl in the US by Rhino Records in 2016. “The Top” peaks at number ten on the UK album chart and number one hundred eighty on the Billboard Top 200.
On this day in music history: April 26, 1994 - “Throwing Copper”, the second album by Live is released. Produced by Jerry Harrison, it is recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN from July - September 1993. Issued as the follow up to their modestly successful debut “Mental Jewelry”, it is the breakthrough release for the York, PA based rock band. The album sells slowly at first, but gradually gains momentum over the next year, with the band touring relentlessly in support of it. All of this helps it become a huge hit on both Modern and Mainstream rock radio, spinning off four singles including “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes”. “Throwing Copper” finally hits number one on the Billboard Top 200 in its fifty second week on the chart, making it the sixth slowest climb in history to the top of the pop album chart. Originally released on a very limited basis on black and clear vinyl in 1994, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Music On Vinyl in 2012. It is issued on standard black vinyl and copper colored vinyl, with the latter limited to 1,000 numbered copies. A second colored vinyl pressing limited to only 400 copies is released in 2014 as an exclusive through Concerto & Plato record stores in the Netherlands. “Throwing Copper” is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
ok, y’all I’m a… huge sucker for limited pressings of my fav albums so last week there was a limited clear vinyl pressing of Transgender Dysphoria Blues released so after a little deliberation… I got it. and then this week Amazon released a limited pressing of Transgender Dysphoria Blues in translucent blue…… should I get it and just have two limited pressings of the first Against Me! album I ever listened to?
We’re today very excited to finally be able to announce that you can now pre-order the Life Is Strange soundtrack… on compact cassette!
We have always felt that the licensed soundtrack of Life Is Strange is a key part of the game and the amount of accolades and awards the soundtrack won underlined just that. On top of this, the fan-interest in the limited run of vinyls’ we pressed for the release of the Limited Edition clearly demonstrated an interest in alternative media formats.
Armed with this knowledge, we returned to the drawing board… the result of our efforts is a product that is both a throwback to the old days and part of one of the fastest resurging areas of the music industry - mixtapes.
To celebrate this momentous occasion we will also be including a bonus track - Hawt Dawg Man’s Theme - on the first batch of mixtapes we produce. As this iconic character’s theme will ONLY be available on the mixtape, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever be able to hear an illegally ripped version of it on YouTube, so do pre-order the mixtape here before it sells out to avoid disappointment!
We hope you’ll have as much fun listening to the mixtape as we did creating it!
On this day in music history: May 10, 1969 - “Hawaii Five-O”, the twenty-eighth album by The Ventures is released. Produced by Joe Saraceno, it is recorded at Western Recorders in Los Angeles, CA from April 30, 1968 and April 1969. Enjoying major success both at home in the US and abroad, in particular drawing a huge and enthusiastic following in Japan. During the 60’s The Ventures also tour the world extensively and record prolifically. The band release over two dozen albums between 1960 and 1968, making them the most successful instrumental rock band of all time. In early 1968, lead guitarist Nokie Edwards decides to leave the band to begin a solo career. He is replaced by new guitarist Gerry McGee, joining the other members Don Wilson (rhythm guitar), Bob Bogle (bass) and Mel Taylor (drums). In the Spring of 1968, the band record the theme song for a new series set to debut on CBS in the Fall. The song is “Hawaii Five-O”, written by film and television score composer Morton Stevens. The Ventures record the theme, augmented with member of legendary studio collective The Wrecking Crew. Along with the four members of the band, they are backed by another thirty five musicians. The session is arranged by veteran arranger George Tipton (Harry Nilsson, Jose Feliciano). The Ventures version of the “Hawaii Five-O” theme is released as a single by Liberty Records in September of 1968 just as the series is making its network debut. The series starring Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Zulu and Kam Fong, is an immediate hit, but The Ventures single initially makes no waves at all. With the show becoming a ratings hit, Liberty re-promotes the song at radio in early 1969, and it finally takes off. Entering the Hot 100 at #100 on March 8, 1969, it races up the chart, peaking nine weeks later at #4 on May 10, 1969. With the single climbing the chart, The Ventures quickly head back into the studio to record an entire album to go with their newly minted hit. Like many of their other albums, “Hawaii Five-O” consists largely of instrumental covers of recent hit songs, with the band covering Glen Campbell’s “Galveston”, Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy” and The Beach Boys’ “I Can Hear Music”. The album’s second side contains two medleys including The Classics IV’s “Spooky” and “Traces” and The 5th Dimension’s “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”. The album is another hit and becomes one of The Ventures’ best sellers. First released on CD in 1990, it is remastered and reissued in Europe in 2004, including seven bonus tracks including an original radio commercial advertising the album. The original eleven song album is remastered and reissued by Sundazed Music in 2012. Sundazed also reissues it as limited edition vinyl LP, pressed on clear vinyl. “Hawaii Five-O” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: May 16, 1980 - “Freedom Of Choice”, the third studio album by Devo is released. Produced by Robert Margouleff and Devo, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from October 1979 - April 1980. The pioneering new wave bands third release sees their sound become more keyboard driven, incorporating them into their trademark guitar/bass and drums configuration. For this release, Devo collaborates with producer and musician Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band). The unique hybrid results in their most successful album, and is regarded as a landmark album in the new wave genre. It spins off four singles including “Whip It” (#14 Pop, #22 Club Play) and “Girl U Want”. The original twelve track album is remastered and reissued in November of 2009, pairing it with the bands 1981 live EP “DEV-O Live”. A month later, a further expanded edition titled “DEVO-LUX” that includes demo versions of “Gates Of Steel”, “Snowball” and “Time Bomb”, and the bands debut album “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”. In January of 2016, Rhino Records reissues “Freedom Of Choice” as part of their “Start Your Ear Off Right” series, as a limited edition vinyl LP pressed on red, white and blue multi-colored vinyl, also replicating the original inner sleeve. “Freedom Of Choice” peak at number twenty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.