After the success of The Man with the Golden Arm (Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score), Mr. Bernstein ventured away from the silver screen and into the modest world of long play analog media storage. His first album is this 1956 release on Decca, Blues & Brass, which captures what the back sleeve describes as “city blues” throughout 12 dramatic and late-night-comforting tracks. If Mr. Bernstein’s film scoring career wasn’t as hugely successful as it was (he scored The Ten Commandments the same year as this album’s release, mind you), he could have easily notched out a Space Age Pop, lounge-infused, groove-based career as a successful studio musician. Find this album. You’ll thank me later.
The magnificent soundtrack to the 1981 hilarious comedy Stripes JUST received its first vinyl release. Exclusively from CCVinyl.com, this red, white & blue striped record is limited to only 1000 copies, and is surprisingly cheap considering it’s a Varèse Sarabande release. Have a look, then give them your money.