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WEEK STARTING 29 Jun

Genre pick of the week Cover of Shogun Assassin Original Soundtrack by The Wonderland Philharmonic.

The Wonderland Philharmonic

Shogun Assassin Original Soundtrack

* Official Record Store Day 2015 Exclusive Release
* First ever vinyl reissue
* Remastered and pressed on 180 gram BLOOD RED wax
* Housed in a hand-numbered deluxe gatefold “tip-on” jacket
* Includes reproduction 27” x 40” film poster

It’s not unusual for hip hop artists to immortalize something by sampling it, but few did so as extensively - or as effectively - as GZA in his use of snippets from Shogun Assassin on his 1995 album 'Liquid Swords'. Though we know them as elder statesmen now, in the mid-90s The Wu-Tang Clan were the spookiest kids on the block, sharing an obsession with shaolin monks, B-movies, and soul-chillingly dark string samples.

Released to the grindhouse film circuit in 1980, Shogun Assassin is a martial arts East-meets-West culture mash-up. Recutting scenes from the swashbuckling Japanese series Lone Wolf And Cub for the British and American markets, the film sold on its brutal action and frequent decapitations. Producer RZA was a big fan and let the soundtrack shape his work on his bandmate’s solo LP.

“[The album tells] the story of a shogun told through different narratives and scenarios. It’s not a theme but more like a thread throughout the album,” GZA has said. “While we were mastering the album, RZA asked the engineer to go out and get it and bring it back to us. That’s when I watched it. I loved it immediately and thought it fit with the album well.”

The film’s soundtrack blends eastern melodies chiming out of futuristic synths, electronic beats, and bouncing disco bass lines introduced by a child’s ominous voiceover. It was neither Japanese nor authentic. It was, in fact, recorded and mixed at Icon Studios, Hollywood and composed and performed by W. Michael Lewis (of LA disco pioneers Rinder & Lewis) and Mark Lindsay, a man well known as the frontman of hit 1960s beat group Paul Revere & The Raiders. The combination produces results that are typical of neither and all the more intriguing for it.

Never officially released on vinyl beyond a limited promotional pressing, this is your chance to own the highly sought after LP. It’s sure to be of interest to soundtrack buffs, Wu-Tang lovers, Tarantino aficionados (who may recall Shogun's homage in Kill Bill Vol. 2), and fans of experimental synth music.



Aziz Ansari

Dangerously Delicious

    Actor, comedian, friend of the label Aziz Ansari (of Parks and Rec fame) has visited Third Man a handful of times, even gracing us with a surprise live set back in 2013. For years we’ve been working hard to find something to release together and his second Comedy Central stand-up special, Dangerously Delicious, which was originally released in 2012, contains so many great moments (50 Cent's 1st grapefruit experience, anyone?), it just needs to be pressed into wax. So, here we've done it! Put the needle in the groove and let the good times roll, friends.

    Co-released with Comedy Central.

    Jay Chattaway

    Maniac Cop 2

      "We are thrilled to present Jay Chattaway's chilling, pulsing score to 'Maniac Cop 2' on vinyl for the first time ever. Years after our release of Chattaway's soundtrack to 'Maniac', we are honored to add another of his scores to our growing discography. This superior sequel is one of our favourite horror films of all time, and we are excited to pay tribute this film nearly 25 years later. " - Mondo

      This limited edition, one time pressing also features the infamous Maniac Cop Rap.

      Stelvio Cipriani

      La Polizia Ringrazia OST

      Stelvio Cipriani’s seminal soundtrack for the legendary 1972 movie La Polizia Ringrazia, directed by the great Steno who started the “poliziottesco” genre, and starring Enrico Maria Salero, and Mariangela Melato.

      Italian hard-boiled cinematic vibes on Dagored!


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Limited beige vinyl pressing.

      Moggi Aka Piero Umiliani

      Omaggio Ad Einstein - Yellow Vinyl Edition

      “Omaggio ad Einstein”, among the many albums of electronic music composed by Piero Umiliani, has a very relevant place. In this homage to the German physicist, Umiliani subverts the rules of space and time in music and creates an album with 23 compositions, all of them less than 2 minutes long, instead of following the traditional 7-10 tracks usually present in an LP.

      This is an original and experimental album, with a peculiar and epic catchiness, tied to Piero Umiliani’s masterful use of synthesizers and great experience in the field of soundtracks. The themes of “Omaggio ad Einstein” take us to sidereal spaces, wandering across the universe with their clear sounds and wonderfully creative titles (The Celestial Vault, Nuclear Valchyries, Galactic Abyss…). This album, released in 1976 by the Omicron Label along with a few other copies, still fascinates us and 40 years later it sounds incredibly modern”

      Brian Reitzell

      Hannibal: Original Television Soundtrack

        Featuring 20 cues from the first two seasons of the hit television show, (10 from each) curated by the composer himself. This compilation is essential for Hannibal fans, Just in time for the Season 3 premiere. Featuring an informative interview with the composer, and original artwork by Phantom City Creative
        Black vinyl 250 for UK.


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