Today for your listening pleasure, it’s my pleasure to present to you a collection of links to soundtrack blogs. These fine individuals collate the rare, obscure, and unreleased amongst cinematic sounds, and present them to the Web. Strike fast, and grab what you like; they usually have a short lifespan.
The Manchester Morgue is a great blog that’s updated every few days. Its primary focus seems to swing between teen comedy and obscure horror soundtracks, though the occasional post deals with old horror magazines or always-welcome episodes of MST3K.
Endless Mike doesn’t have a lot of stuff posted, but is well worth visiting for Esquivel’s soundtrack to Cabaret Trágico, apparently one of his last filmic works before moving to America for the big-time.
X-Y-Z Cosmonaut doesn’t specialize in music posts, but the ones he provides are top-notch. Soundtracks for Japanese kids show Battle Fever J and British comedian John Shuttleworth can be found on the first page, amongst posts about Doctor Who and indie comics. Definitely entertaining.
The Rare and OOP Soundtracks blog is precisely what is sounds like. Presenting a large selection of movie soundtracks, with a particular focus on the New Age style sound of bands such as Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, there’s a lot of stuff here which is amazingly obscure, or just plain unavailable anywhere else. Electronic artists will be sure to find this archive of interest, for inspiration, or moog-y 70s samples.
7 Black Notes, the self-described “Strange Side of Movie Music”, is no longer updating, but the links still work for now! Be sure to grab such rarities as the unreleased second score for Luc Besson’s The Big Blue, or the full soundtrack for Santa Claus: The Movie if you’re up for some Christmas in July.
Finally Soundtrack Sharity offers digital downloads of the promotional discs composers put out to advertise themselves or their work. Theres quite a few oddities here, from the soundtrack to Ernest Saves Christmas as composed by The X-Files’ Mark Snow, to an unreleased score for Air Force One composed by singer-songwriter Randy Newman.