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.
Vinyl LP £37.49 DW50
Remastered 180g 'damn fine coffee' coloured vinyl LP in 425gsm gatefold sleeve housed inside a bespoke white die-cut outer jacket with white spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip.
- Coloured vinyl
Twin Peaks is an all-time television masterpiece. The best reason to own a TV during the early 90s, it was a game-changer that brought weekly instalments of cinema-level quality entertainment into homes long before The Wire and Breaking Bad. The world hadn't seen anything like it before or and hasn't really seen anything like it since. Creators Mark Frost and visionary director/genius David Lynch brought black humour, surrealism, mystery, terror, and parodies of ridiculous U.S. soaps like Dallas together with unforgettable characters, cast, script, and locations that made for arguably the most iconic cult TV show of all time.
Angelo Badalamenti's soundtrack remains cherished to this day, and yet has been out of print on vinyl for 25 years. This reissue has been on the cards for some time and finally here it is, given the full ultra-deluxe Death Waltz treatment: remastered and pressed on “damn fine coffee” coloured wax with the zig-zag flooring pattern from the dream sequences die-cut into the classy gatefold sleeve. Its influence has been far reaching, with everyone from Leyland Kirby, a band called Twin Peaks and recently Xiu Xiu covering the music.
As with any decent soundtrack, Angelo Badalamenti’s work was key in creating the atmosphere of the show. But unlike many of of the recent splurge of soundtrack reissues, the music from Twin Peaks holds its own as a standalone album of timeless music. Sure you can just re-watch the show, but there’s something comforting about hearing the ‘Twin Peaks Theme’ that graced the opening titles in isolation from moving images. It's like boarding a time machine back into an old armchair - to simpler times when smartphones only existed on Star Trek. The theme is essentially an instrumental version of Julee Cruise’s beautifully romantic ‘Falling’ which closes the record. She makes two more angelic vocal appearances: ‘Nightingale’ and the ghostly ‘Into The Night’.
'Laura Palmer's Theme' has been sampled numerous times; most notably by Moby on his 1991 rave smash hit 'Go'. Elsewhere the seedy jazz cut 'Audrey’s Dance' is reminiscent of Henry Mancini's 'The Pink Panther' while 'Love Theme from Twin Peaks' is a somewhat darker reprise of 'Laura Palmer's Theme' and really summarises the sweet/sinister juxtaposition feeling of the show - the feeling that beneath a beautiful exterior, darkness lurks.
9/10 Andrew maddock 13th August 2016
It was 1990. TV consisted of bright American sitcoms. There was no LOST or Breaking Bad but then Twin Peaks came along directed by David Lynch -- the master behind the very strange Blue Velvet. Twin Peaks was no different: it was strange, soap opera-esque, but perfect. It remains one of the best TV shows of all time, and the soundtrack composed by Angelo Badalamenti -- Lynch's long time music partner, remains as important.
The soundtrack is as strange as the show but it's remarkably made -- the love theme remains one of the best themes from any show, beautifully composed and fitting to a great show. The theme is easily recognisable and remains as nostalgic as it ever has done. The rest of the album consists of jazz, horror and funny tunes and falling a version of the theme tune Sung by the haunting voice of Julee Cruise. Grab this in time for series 3 in early 2017.
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