Ennio Morricone’s Soundtrack To Space: 1999 To Be Released On Vinyl Today

by Oliver MacNamee

 

As well as producing some of the most sought after posters around, Mondo also do a mean sideline in film scores re-released on colored vinyl (often with Mondo artists providing the new sleeve art) and this Wednesday August 9th sees the release of a little treasure many of you may not even know existed, from Death Waltz Records.

Unless you grew up in Italy  you might not now that they took three episodes of the classic UK sci-fi TV show, Space:1999which starred the late-great Martin Landau, and spliced them together to produce a feature length film for cinematic release and then asked the legendary composer Ennio Morricone to score it, as you do.

Well, they’ll be releasing this original soundtrack on ‘landing pad’ orange coloured vinyl and I imagine it’ll be a must for fans of this much loved series.

From the opening, the score launches into wild space jazz with piano and trumpet interspersed with all kinds of noise before it descends into a creepier vibe. Morricone uses unsettling violins and atonal music together with electronics to simulate the void of space and the danger faced by the intrepid heroes. What emerges is a mix of sci-fi and horror that will not only thrill you, but also scare the living daylights out of you. Human decision required.-Charlie BrigdenCreator, The Sound of Fear Podcast

Space: 1999 – Original Motion Picture Score LP. Music Composed by Ennio Morricone. Artwork by Chris Bilheimer. Liner notes by Nick Williams (Fanderson). 2x 180 Gram Vinyl (Disc 1: “Landing Pad” Orange & Black Vinyl / Disc 2: “Evil Eye” Orange and White Vinyl.)  $30