It’s 9 am on Monday morning. I just woke up after four days in the Big Apple, where I saw some shows, had some meetings and probably spent a little too much on things I don’t necessarily need.
Oh, of course I needed them, who am I kidding?
The first thing I’ve done this morning is unwrap my Waxworks Records new vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses. It’s part of a set that also includes The Devil’s Rejects and Rob’s latest film, 3 From Hell. And let me tell you – this record set is gorgeous.
As a dyed in the wool, unabashed fan of House of 1000 Corpses, I feel as though I hit the motherlode with this two-record set. First, let’s start with the obvious – the album art by Robert Sammelin is so great, capturing all the key characters from the film. Sammelin did the artwork for all the reissues and like they say, I bet you can’t have just one. He also does the inner art on the gatefold, which is a beautiful bonus. Speaking of bonus’, the record comes with a pullout of the album cover, suitable for framing. I don’t think I’ll be able to do that just quite yet, though. I live with a child who doesn’t like clowns.
Along with the pullout, there’s also a great booklet that features behind the scenes pics from the film, along with an extremely interestIng essay by Rob Zombie himself. The writer/director doesn’t skimp out on the details, giving insight into the casting process for House of 1000 Corpses, shooting details, and the use of music in the film. I was a little worried that “essay” was just going to be a nice word for a few short sentences about the record, but I should know by now – Rob Zombie doesn’t do any thing half-assed.
The vinyl is translucent with blood spurts all around – it sure looks good spinning round and round. As for the soundtrack itself, you know what you’re getting – some classic Zombie tracks (“Pussy Liquor”, “Run Rabbit Run”, and the title track), offerings from other artists heard during the movie, and instrumental tracks. It was a great soundtrack when the film came out in the early 2000s, and it remains fun listening to this day.
For fans of Rob Zombie and his classic first film, this new edition of the House of 1000 Corpses soundtrack is essential. So, if you like to get fucked up and do fucked up things, your perfect soundtrack is on vinyl, never having looked or sounded better.