A Nightmare On Elm Street CD Soundtrack Boxset

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 8CD Box Set 2015 Varese Sarabande

Limited to 2000 Copies

Composers; Charles Bernstein, Christopher Young, Angelo Badalamenti, Craig Safan, Jay Ferguson, Brian May, J. Peter Robinson and Graeme Revell

In a world where vinyl exists, who listens to CD’s anymore? I had to hook my disc changer back up so I could actually check this thing out. But, IMG_4819seriously this is a really awesome set, do I wish it was on vinyl?Yes, I do, but Varese Sarabande seems to have put a lot of time and effort in this release.

First of all the packaging is great and the little Freddy sweater tops it off nicely. Inside there is a great book (that I have attached at the bottom of the page) with original artwork from each film and the composers talking about the films and their scores. Each disc’s slipcase fits together to make the new Freddy artwork that’s on the booklet. All this incased in a black and silver box covered with a IMG_4820knitted Freddy sweater slipcase. It’s great to have all of these scores at your fingertips. I will say I don’t care for all of them but the first films score is iconic and I do love the scores for DREAM WARRIORS and THE DREAM MASTER.

It is/was a pricey set at $100. I can imagine that it’s already OOP because I have seen them going on eBay for more than that. I would definitely recommend picking one up for yourself. I know the current craze is wax, but this is going to fit in perfectly on your shelf with the rest of your collection!

 

 

*From the Varese Sarabande Press Release*

This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks!

New artwork has been commissioned for the set by artist Shawn Conn, and assembling the CD sleeves next to one another forms a larger piece of art. The pictures above include a sample of an individual sleeve from the front and back, as well as the larger piece of art that is created when all 8 sleeves are placed alongside each other. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the accompanying booklet. The set is then completed with a knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box!  A truly unique item that ensures the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – 8 CD BOX SET will stand out on any shelf. 

The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger, (portrayed by Robert Englund), in 1984 with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams. The series has earned almost half a billion dollars worldwide, and boasts some of the most beloved nightmarish themes from composers including: Charles Bernstein (Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street), Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), Angelo Badalamenti (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), Craig Safan (A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), Jay Ferguson (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Brian May (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), J. Peter Robinson, (Wes Craven’s New Nightmare) and Graeme Revell (Freddy Vs. Jason).

Also included in this set is a suite from the video game featured in the film Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and the theme from Harry Manfredini’s FRIDAY THE 13TH series, as heard in the film Freddy Vs. Jason (with performances by the band Machine Head).

Only 2000 copies of this deluxe package will be sold!  

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The Barn Soundtrack Review

The phrase “what’s old is new again”, gets kicked around a lot, but it’s pretty true. We are currently living in an age of throwbacks. You have throwback soda, video games, horror films, and soundtracks. Depending on your perspective that can be a good or bad thing.

image1Me personally I have a soft spot for the films of the 80s, but more specifically I love the synth sounding scores that dominated that decade. However, with a lot of great throwbacks, they usually don’t come across as genuine as the real thing. Not saying they are bad (actually most are pretty great), but it is hard to get it exactly right. That’s where the score to the 2016 film THE BARN succeeds. It actually sounds and feels like something that really came out of 1989, the year the film supposedly takes place.

THE BARN’s soundtrack caught my eye in two different ways. The first was the company that released the LP, Lunaris Records. Based out of Pittsburgh, PA they are a small company that as put out some great releases such as NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE (CEMETERY MAN), and STREET TRASH. I’ve been impressed with their quality of releases and expected no different than the release of THE BARN.image2

Second, is the composer himself Rocky Gray, whom I am familiar with as the guitarist of the metalcore band Living Sacrifice. After checking out some samples, I picked this album up right away. The actual score is a mix of synthesizer and rock guitar. This is what adds to the genuine 80’s feel. While not every track features the guitar, the ones that don’t sound like the love child between the HALLOWEEN and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET scores. The track “Meat Grinder” really sounds like a tribute to John Carpenter, and there is even a semi-power balled song called “Seduction”. If I played this for you and told you it was the soundtrack to a long lost 80s film, I’m pretty sure image3you would believe me. Having not seen the film, I’m not sure where all of the songs fit, but it is really enjoyable on it’s own.

Lunaris Records released this album on 150g orange marble colored vinyl or standard black vinyl. There was also a test pressing released, but has long sold out. The copy I purchased was the orange marble. The record itself sounds really good, I didn’t pick up any surface noise, and everything sounded really crisp.  While I prefer 180g vinyl, but didn’t notice any limitations from this being 150g. I did get a little alarmed at the fourth track, that was producing a lot of crackling, but it is actually supposed to sound like that. I was able to confirm this by listening to the included digital download. 

The LP comes with pretty standard packaging. It comes in a standard record sleeve and features a paper insert. The insert looks like barn doors opening, so that is a nice touch. 

While I have yet to see the film, the soundtrack to THE BARN gets a recommendation from me. If you are a fan of the 80s scores, or the ELM STREET and HALLOWEEN soundtracks, I think you’ll really dig this release. It is a great album to listen to in the fall, or even on Halloween. If you would like to hear some samples, Lunaris set up a soundcloud page here, https://soundcloud.com/lunarisrecords/sets/the-barn-original-score-by-rocky-gray

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-Dance Commander Matt Hatfield

You can also find me twice a month hosting the CinemaVillainy podcast, where we ramble about all kinds of films and drink weird coffee.