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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Eraserhead Soundtrack on Vinyl

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Wasn't this a lovely little nugget to find in the inbox! Sacred Bones Records is putting out the unnerving-as-fuck soundtrack to David Lynch's insane 1977 masterpiece Eraserhead. I think the soundtrack is more unsettling than the actual movie, with eerie creaks, echoing groans, moist squelches, and ghastly machinery rumblings. Lynch and sound guru Alan Splet designed the haunting beast with organic found sounds, layering them for creeping effect, a process that took years. Basically, it's the perfect haunted house soundtrack, especially if crying mutant babies give you a behemoth case of the heebie-jeebies. It's super limited with just 1,500 copies being pressed and lots of little goodies included. Check it:

Thats the LP, a 16-page booklet, three prints, a download card, and 7-inch single of Peter Ivers In Heaven with B-side Petes Boogie, which has never before seen the light of day.
  • That's the LP, a 16-page booklet, three prints, a download card, and 7-inch single of Peter Ivers' "In Heaven" with B-side "Pete's Boogie," which has never before seen the light of day.

It's coming out August 7, with pre-sale going on right now over on the Sacred Bones site for $25. Don't buy them all, okay? I have to wait 'til payday for this one. Or better yet, how's about an early Labor Day present? (That's a thing!)

Here's a bit more from the press release about the previously unreleased song "Pete's Boogie":

Though Eraserhead’s most famous piece of music is undoubtedly Peter Ivers’ unforgettable, oft-covered haunting ballad “In Heaven”, and the most exciting attribute of this edition of the soundtrack is no doubt its expansion; during the process of transferring the audio tapes, an unreleased recording from Ivers was discovered. It had not been heard since it was originally performed, over three decades ago.


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