Following on from the extremely popular Twin Peaks re-issue we now have a re-cut of Angelo Badalamenti's brooding soundtrack for 'Fire Walk With Me'. This 51 minute 2LP repress has been sourced from the original Warner Brothers archives and includes sleeve notes by Mark Kermode. Comes on 'cherry pie' coloured vinyl (natch). All audio and artwork approved by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti themselves.
Double LP £36.99 DW51
Remastered 180g 'Cherry Pie' coloured vinyl in 425gsm gatefold sleeve, housed inside a bespoke black die-cut outer jacket with black spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip..
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9/10 stevedomino Customer review, 20th February 2017
First things first, I should say that I was ripe for the picking when Twin Peaks first appeared on TV - I'd just started college and it seemed like this was the show me and all my mates had been waiting for. Weird, cool and undeniably pretentious - kind-of like us! Needlessly to say, we were obsessed.
I liked the music for the YV show in situ but not as a standalone listening experience - it was too synthetic and self-consciously cool-sounding. We were all dead excited to see Fire Walks With Me but I remember being disappointed - I’ve only seen it once. But the soundtrack has always really worked as a suite which stands up to repeated plays.
This reissue is a thing of beauty - hats off to Norman, I paid for the extra packing option and it arrived looking like it had been carried on a plump cushion by hand direct from the factory. The die-cut outer jacket, gatefold sleeve, the cherry-pie coloured vinyl - I know it’s not cool to fetishise objects but oh my goodness, this is almost pornographic.
Aside from being one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever bought, this reissue really sounds amazing. The remastering adds some much-needed heft to what previously sounded a bit tinny and shiny on CD.
As for the music? Yes, it’s obviously jazzy and “cool” in places (muted trumpets, sleazy saxophones) but only in the same way that the soundtrack for Taxi Driver is obviously jazzy and “cool”. And similar to that soundtrack, when listening to FWWM as a whole, it’s apparent that there is a tragic ending round the corner. The kids in Twin Peaks might be walking around snapping their fingers but there’s something inescapable coming.
The stand-out track for me is the late Jimmy Scott’s ’Sycamore Trees’ - a stunning performance combined with a setting and lyrics which are barely-there. I’d also forgotten about Angelo Badalamenti’s vocals - the performance on ‘A Real Indication’ is straight-up great acting.
When I first listened to this remaster I was completely carried along - even though I knew what was coming and that not only was it a soundtrack to a film but a soundtrack to a David Lynch film. At his worst, he’s always playing tricks and indulging in conceits. Even so, by the montage of themes - which seems like it could be the whole film in miniature as dischordant strings bleed over '50s guitar pop - I was completely there, and obsessed with this world and its story all over again.
PS - can we start a campaign for a similar reissue of Julee Cruise’s Floating into the Night?
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