Norman Records' Essential Soundtracks

We've asked each of our staff members about their favourite soundtracks from film, TV and video games. Here are our picks.

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Alain Goraguer
La Planete Sauvage - Original Soundtrack

Long renowned as one of the most dazzling and original animated films to burst forth from the European quarter, Its soundtrack is actually as celebrated as the beloved film from 1973, Re-issued on wax by J Saul Kane's DC recordings around the Millennium and again a few years back, this is the latest definitive version from crate diggers extraordinaire Superior Viaduct. This OST is a wicked, groovesome soupçon of styles with the emphasis on funk, orchestral and astral tones to create a true 70's space-face classic. Sampled to hell for generations, make sure you bag this if you've not indulged previously. In this age of lavish soundtrack fetishism, there's a handful that truly ARE indispensible and work as well away from the movie as with it.

Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks

Can’t go wrong with this deeply classic soundtrack work from Angelo Badalamenti can you? The towering synth melodies and luscious instrumentation of that main theme can cut directly to the heart of anyone who’s watched David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and this vinyl reissue arrives just in time for the broadcast of the new series. Reissued by Warner Bros.

Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks (Death Waltz Edition)

This new vinyl edition of the Twin Peaks score has been pressed on ‘damn fine coffee’-coloured vinyl, an extremely Death Waltz Recording Company thing to do. Mind you, they’re a good label who do good records, and there are arguably few good-er records than Angelo Badalamenti’s acclaimed score for the original Twin Peaks. You probably know how this thing goes now - ethereal, loungey, Lynchian, peerless.

Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch
Twin Peaks: Season Two Music And More

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Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratories
Portal (Original Soundtrack)

Anyone who ever played Portal loves Portal, and the original soundtrack is a key element in creating the game’s special atmosphere. Now for the first time this soundtrack, credited to Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratories (or to Mike Morasky depending on which world you inhabit) is being properly released, and on vinyl no less. Includes the famous end credits pop song ‘Still Alive’ as well.

Bernard Herrmann
Vertigo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' is about detective agents, and while Bernard Hermann is in fact not one of those, his score follows the film with the tact and grace of a spy trying not to step on egg shells, with impressively short motifs and cues that keep the film fluid, moving at a constant pace.

Bernard Herrmann
Taxi Driver

Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver is of course an essential cinematic classic, and Bernard Herrmann’s incredibly atmospheric soundtrack plays an important part. Take a seat in the back of Robert De Niro's cab and cruise the streets, witness the sleaze and scumbags that walk the streets. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP492C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Bob’s Burgers
The Bob’s Burgers Music Album

The soundtrack to top cartoon Bob’s Burgers, presented in full (that’s 112 short songs by the way)! And what’s more, The Bob’s Burgers Music Album also features the ‘Bob’s Buskers’ series, which finds artists like St. Vincent, Stephin Merritt and The National covering some of those songs. 2CD and 3LP editions, plus a super-elaborate limited edition box-set version that also features sheet music, posters, stickers, a book… On Sup Pop.

Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno
Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition)

First released in 1983 as the soundtrack to documentary film ‘For All Mankind’ about the Apollo moon landing, and now highly recognisable in its own right after use in countless films, TV shows, ads and the Olympics opening ceremony, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois’ album Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks gets a deluxe re-mastered release. Also includes an entirely new album of 11 instrumental compositions re-imagining the soundtrack to the original documentary. 

C418
Minecraft Volume Alpha

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Cliff Martinez / Various
Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

If you've seen the movie Drive then you'll know that the soundtrack is something pretty special. It was mostly produced by Cliff Martinez who has had a storied history as drummer for hire in the likes of Captain Beefheart and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. This however is a gorgeous synthetic affair which also features tracks by the likes of Chromatics and Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx. Brought to vinyl and taep by Invada. 

Clint Mansell
Black Mirror: San Junipero (Original Score)

Soundtrack to Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror episode San Junipero, from the fourth series. Scored by Clint Mansell whose notable work includes Moon, High-Rise, as well as a lot for Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, Pi). Here he plays with the post 80s nostalgia of the film, heavily mixing synths with orchestral arrangements with a dark underbelly.

Colin Stetson
Hereditary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ari Aster’s Hereditary is the latest horror flick du jour. Plenty of the chat has centred around the film’s soundtrack. The usual adjectives have been applied to Colin Stetson’s score - ‘bone-chilling’, 'blood-curdling', ‘horrifying’ - but it really does warrant such descriptions. The saxophone mastermind balances disquieting ambiences and drones with screes of abrasive noise.

Cristobal Tapia De Veer
Utopia - Original Television Soundtrack

Utopia lays claim to having one of the best and innovative TV scores of recent times, as evidenced in its critical acclaim from writers far and wide. So, this September it will be getting a vinyl release for the first time. Recorded entirely in Borough train station, it features sounds and field recordings from the eclectic to the eccentric, this is a must-have for any Utopia fanatic. What’s more- it comes in yellow coloured vinyl, naturally. 

Daniel Lopatin
Uncut Gems (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Uncut Gems is a forthcoming crime thriller starring Adam Sandler playing against type as being a good actor. It's the second The Safdie brothers movie to feature a soundtrack by Daniel Lopatin who is making quite the career for himself as a writer of film scores further to his always impressive work as Oneohtrix Point Never.  

Goblin
Profondo Rosso (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Having unsuccessfully reached out to composer Giorgio Gaslini and prog-rock stars Pink Floyd, filmmaker Dario Argento found Goblin to make the score for his 1975 film Deep Red (or Profondo Rosso in Italian). This beautiful 2xLP re-issue comes a gatefold cover with spot metallic ink, and is limited to 500 copies.

Graeme Miller & Steve Shill
The Moomins: Winter Wunderland Edition

People of a certain age love the Moomins. It was the quaint Swedish children's television show about a gang of woodland creatures who looked something like hippopotamuses. Weirdly, the evocative, dreamy music was made in Leeds by a couple of punk-era musicians Graeme Miller & Steve Shill and Finders Keepers have already issued the soundtrack on vinyl to the joy of middle-aged dads everywhere. This version is a Winter Wunderland Edition which, without the benefit of further information, we presume is the same soundtrack in more 'wintery' sleeve art.  
  • Vinyl LP (FKR090LPX)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Gustavo Santaolalla
The Last Of Us - Original Score Vol 1

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Gustavo Santaolalla
The Last Of Us - Original Score Vol 2

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Hans Zimmer
Interstellar Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

According to composer Hans Zimmer, the only information he was given before having to come up with the basic idea, in one day, for the score for ‘Interstellar’, was an envelope from director Christopher Nolan with a note saying “Once we become parents, we can’t help but look at ourselves through the eyes of our children.” Zimmer went on to conduct 45 scoring sessions for the movie.

Hildur Guðnadóttir
Chernobyl (Music from the Original TV Series)

Chernobyl has been one of the most talked about TV shows of 2019. Apparently this is because it’s very good. At some point in the near future I will be finding out what all the fuss is about. For those of you who are lucky enough to have seen it already, you can now buy the soundtrack by Hildur Guðnadóttir and relive the drama in sound form.

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jóhann Jóhannsson is known for his modern composition skills, often working with stately piano and subtle electronics. But for his original soundtrack to the big new film Arrival, he follows the plot’s lead by centering his compositions around the voice. The results can sometimes recall Holly Herndon relocated to a dramatic orchestral context: e.g. really rather interesting. CD release on Deutsche Grammophon.

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The horror film Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicholas “Not the bees” Cage, was the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final film score commission. Easily as equipped to convey the intense unease required of a horror film soundtrack as the pathos of its more melancholy stages, Jóhannsson also enlists Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))) on guitar.

John Carpenter
Halloween - 40th Anniversary Edition

The worlds of film and music are hell-bent on squeezing every last drop of juice from the reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween. This one here is not to be confused with a soundtrack album for the 40th anniversary movie - it is, in fact, the 40th anniversary edition of the ORIGINAL 1978 score. Apparently the first official release of this soundtrack was a remixed version, so for this new edition Carpenter’s partner-in-crime Alan Howarth has faithfully copied over the film's audio tracks in the same order in which they appear on-screen.
  • Vinyl LP (DWO135)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Jonny Greenwood
There Will Be Blood (Music From The Motion Picture)

To celebrate the 11th anniversary (possibly) of Jonny Greenwood’s score to Paul Thomas-Anderson’s cinematic Oscar-winning masterpiece, There Will Be Blood, Nonesuch are making it available on vinyl for the first time. The Radiohead guitarist composed the score inspired by the scenery rather than the story. It is played by the BBC Concert Orchestra led by Robert Ziegler, the Emperor Quartet, with cellist Caroline Dale and pianist Michael Dussek. 140g LP on Nonesuch.

Jonny Greenwood
Phantom Thread (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Here we are again with the dream team combo of super-director Paul Thomas Anderson and soundtracker Jonny Greenwood, who has proven to be an extremely capable avant-leaning orchestral composer over his previous three Anderson soundtracks. Phantom Thread is remarkably lush and rich, as befits the film’s glamourous period setting. Released by Nonesuch.

Konami Digital Entertainment
Metal Gear Solid (Original Video Game Soundtrack)

Here we have the first ever vinyl pressing of the soundtrack to Metal Gear Solid. The groundbreaking classic action adventure game was one of the first of its kind when it was released in 1998. The soundtrack matches the drama of the game with pulsating beats and percussion, brooding sounds and the odd curveball latin rhythm thrown in for good measure.

Konami Digital Entertainment
Silent Hill (Original Video Game Soundtrack)

The famously extremely-scary Playstation game Silent Hill still has tendrils of fearful memories left embedded in the minds of those who played it in when it first came out in 1999, and part of that power is down to the highly effective soundtrack, now released on vinyl for the first time! Double LP with new artwork on Mondo.

Konami Kukeiha Club
Castlevania

Music that was originally composed for the tiny 8-bit chips of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in 1986 is now receiving a full vinyl release for the first time: could composer Kinuyo Yamashita ever have predicted such an outcome? The Castlevania soundtrack is brief but memorable, with an amazing range of sounds wrenched out of that NES. 10” vinyl release on Mondo.

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things: Season 1 - Volume 1

I don't really have to sell this to you do I? First up it's the soundtrack for Netflix new telly programme that Phil tells me is good. Secondly it has a synth vibe reminiscent of all those synth guys you know and love. You can bet your house that the first name I'm going to throw at you is John Carpenter closely followed by Tangerine Dream, Cliff Martinez and a bit of Aphex Twin thrown in for good measure. Created by two of the guys from S U R V I V E. Sold. 

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things: Season 1 - Volume 2

1980’s horror series Stranger Things has been extremely well received for its careful reconstruction of 1980’s film tropes, and the soundtrack is no exception. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein have done a sterling job of absorbing all that John Carpenter and Vangelis, and have produced an addictive suite of motifs in the vintage style. Out on Invada.

Mica Levi
Monos (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Mica Levi continues to make a case for herself as this century’s premiere film composer with her compositions for Alejandro Landes’ Monos. Levi’s scores for Under The Skin and Jackie were both characterised by space, but even in comparison to those the music of Monos is notably spare. Synthesisers, strings and drums purr away eerily, occasionally swelling to harmony or a rumble of bass before retreating into the corners. It’s an intense, menacing and hugely evocative listen.

Mogwai
Zidane

Zidane was the first time Scottish post-rock legends Mogwai dipped their wee toes into the soundtrack market and it's fitting that these fans of Celtic FC were given the opportunity of putting music to a film about one of the best footballers of his generation. The slow, atmospheric pieces they produced for the soundtrack fit perfectly with footage of the skills of the weird-haired French wizard but of course you don't have to be a fan of The Beautiful Game to enjoy this album on its own terms.  

Mogwai
Atomic

Mogwai penned Atomic as the soundtrack to Mark Cousin’s documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise which was released summer 2015. The record consists or reworks of the original pieces into an album pieces, and are explorative, electronic, slowed down and krautrock inspired. Atomic is also the first release since becoming a four piece.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Music From The Motion Picture - The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

Yeeeee-haw! Those old cowboys Nick Cave & Warren Ellis roll into town, pistols cocked and boots spurred, with their music for Andrew Dominick’s 2007 flick The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. This was only the pair’s second scoring job (they’ve since done a fair few more), but you wouldn’t know it by the confident, grand music here. Their Southern Gothic chamber schtick is highly evocative.
  • Vinyl LP (4050538391060)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Peter Mcconnell
Grim Fandango

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Prince and the Revolution
Purple Rain (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)

Seriously exciting stuff here for Prince fans: as well as a remastered version of the deeply classic album Purple Rain, the CD versions of this reissue also include a whole disc of contemporary tracks from the great one’s immense and closely guarded archives, which haven’t even been bootlegged before! Revel in the rarities. On Warner Bros.

Roger Limb and The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
The Box Of Delights (Original TV Soundtrack)

In 1984, Roger Limb - with the aid of the Radiophonic Workshop - took on the job of scoring the BBC’s adaptation of Masefield’s 1935 fantasy adventure classic ‘The Box of Delights’. Silva Screen are reissuing the score which combined orchestral work with the kind of innovative electronic tampering you’d expect from the Radiophonic Workshop.

Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner
The Music From Bagpuss

Hello all 40+ somethings out there. You'll remember big saggy 70s cloth cat Bagpuss from your favourite childhood television show and the beautifully constructed folk soundtrack it snored around? Brings back memories doesn't it? Well the soundtrack actually works as a lovely album even without the nostalgia associated with the cat and now you can get it on a wonderful Christmas present-ready 'shop window' edition vinyl or book back CD with all your favourite slightly hip people talking about the album in an accompanying book. Wake up, and look at this thing that I bring! 

The Blasting Company
Over The Garden Wall (Original Soundtrack)

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Thom Yorke
Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino Film)

It's true then. Thom Yorke is soundtracking Luca Guadagnino's reimagining of the 1977 Dario Argento horror flick. And here is as much proof as you'd need. The soundtrack is a mix of score work, interludes and some actual normal songs featuring Thom singing. If you are a Radiohead fan you should be excited. If you are a fan of the horror genre you should also be excited.   

Toby Fox
Undertale: Japan Edition

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Todd Baker
Monument Valley II

Iam8bit have been pushing the envelope for gaming and game soundtracks for a while now. Here they collaborate with ustwo games to get the music from the very successful Monument Valley II to vinyl. The score is as vibrant and charming as the game itself - Todd Baker, who has also made music for the Littlebigplanet series, comes up with more than two-dozen nuggets of indietronica-flavoured goodness. Comes in a lovely vinyl package too.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, Mogwai
Before The Flood (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

If you’re gonna make a film about climate change, and need the soundtrack to resonate just as much with the message, how about grabbing Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai, and film composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Stirring and captivating, and huge for fans of either bands. Triple heavyweight LP pack on Invada.

Vangelis
Blade Runner

Composed by Vangelis for Ridley Scott's 1982 classic, the Blade Runner soundtrack has assumed legendary status amongst fans of synthesizer music. Its combination of classical compositions with synth work perfect mirrors the futuristic atmospheric ambient noir of the original film. A classic of the genre. 
  • Vinyl LP (0825646122110)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Various
Pulp Fiction

The Pulp Fiction soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks ever released. Really. I mean, where else will you find Dusty Springfield, Al Green and biblical references soaked in the blood of the deserving? Apart from a bible belt high school dance, of course. Vinyl as part of a ‘Back in Black’ release from UMC celebrating the best albums ever.
  • Vinyl LP (1111031)
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Various
O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Yee - and we cannot stress this enough - haw. The music for the 2000 Coen Brothers flick ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ has rightly been celebrated as one of the great soundtracks of modern cinema. Indeed, there is an argument that the enduring popularity of this collection of bluegrass, hillbilly, blues and early country music has come to outstrip the film itself. Now available on double-vinyl, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ contains hits like ‘He's In The Jailhouse Now’, ‘I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow’ (both The Soggy Bottom Boys) and ‘You Are My Sunshine’ (Norman Blake), and Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch are among the featured artists.

Various
Singles (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Deluxe Edition

Released in 1992, and set in the middle of grunge heaven Seattle, Singles starred Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon but more importantly for us, it’s soundtrack. Including tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Citizen Dick, Mudhoney, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains this is a hell of a compilation, nevermind what the film is about. Both versions come with a bonus CD with 18 rare and unreleased tracks from many of the same artists.

Various
The Big Lebowski (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The soundtrack to a properly classic film, The Big Lebowski, is brought to vinyl. As well as the excellent, bowling-hallucination-featuring cover, you get music from Captain Beefheart, Bob Dylan, Henry Mancini, Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Moondog, Bob Dylan, Meredith Monk amongst others. 

Various
The Harder They Come

The unshakeable masterpiece is back for another ten rounds. We're sure you’ve heard this before, but the influence of the soundtrack to Jimmy Cliff’s 1972 film The Harder They Come cannot be overstated. One of the LPs to take Jamaican music worldwide, the record is a peerless collection of rocksteady, ska and reggae. Literally every song is a classic.

Various
Trainspotting - Music From The Motion Picture

Trainspotting was massive, you already know that. It also had an absolutely incredible lineup of artists on the soundtrack that stands on its own as a great collection of tracks that share the severe ups and downs of the film. Includes Iggy Pop, New Order, Blur, Underworld, Lou Reed, Pulp, Leftfield, Brian Eno and Damon Albarn.

Various
Adventure Time: The Complete Series Box Set

Mondo have got together a spectacular package to commemorate the passing of much-loved cartoon Adventure Time. Adventure Time: The Complete Series Box Set is a whopper - not a surprise given that the show crammed over 200 songs, mostly written by Tim Kiefer, into its 10 seasons. 3 12” vinyl, a 10”, a CD and a cassette of 15 demos are included here.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (MOND175)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Various
Lost Highway

Soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1997 outer-body nightmare Lost Highway. Produced and compiled by Trent Reznor, features tracks from David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, and original material from long time Lynch score collaborator Angelo Badalamenti. I’m in your house right now.

Various
Call Me By Your Name

Immensely popular soundtrack from the critically acclaimed 2017 coming-of-age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino. Features John Adams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Loredana Bertè, Bandolero, Frank Glazer, Alessio Bax, Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito, André Laplante, Sufjan Stevens, F.R. David, Marco Armani, Franco Battiato, The Psychedelic Furs, Valéria Szervánszky & Ronald Cavaye.

Various
BoJack Horseman

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Various
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Music from the Motion Picture)

Fear, Loathing and Full-Frontal Snogging in Las Vegas is a book by Louise Re… Wait, what? This book isn’t in that series? It’s actually called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and was written by Hunter S. Thompson? Well blow me - now you’re telling me they made a FILM of it as well?! And that film has an absolutely stonking soundtrack that includes music by Tom Jones, Jefferson Airplane and the Dead Kennedy’s?! My whole life has been a lie. Pass me another peyote plant, I think I need to go and lie down...
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVATM201)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Xiu Xiu
Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

This is, disappointingly, not Jamie Stewart covering the music of recent indie pop band Twin Peaks; instead, he sinks deep into the waters of David Lynch's weirdo soap opera, interpreting his inappropriately sentimental and hilarious score with the usual Xiu Xiu magic: a kind of grotesque prettiness that would surely appeal to the Crazy Clown Time man. Re-issued from original RSD release rendering the day even more pointless than it already is.