Gil Mellé – The Andromeda Strain (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Original release 1971 KAPP Records
2017 Jackpot Records – Limited Edition RSD
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192kHz | Web art + scans
Genre: electronic / experimental | 1971
Jackpot Records ~ JPR-044
Dr. Vibes’ 12 Days of Christmas – Day 3 – Probably the eeriest soundtrack for any film that was not technically in the horror genre, Gil Mellé really broke ground in electronic music on this soundtrack for this classic science-fiction thriller adapted from the Michael Crichton novel. Apparently he “created his own instruments” to make some of these compositions. I’m not sure what that really means but the results are definitely otherworldly. I have a habit of being fans of soundtrack albums without ever getting around to seeing the associated film, and that was the case with this title until just a few years ago. Although reissued in Japan several times on vinyl, for the longest time this was only available digitally as a CD-R on the grey-market / bootleg label Creel Pone. It finally got a limited official release about 8 years ago that is now also pretty rare. So I was pretty happy to see it on a list o special releases for Record Store Day in 2017. Jackpot Records deserves some credit for staying faithful to the original deluxe packaging (which I did not place on my scanner, sorry). But I sort of wish they just made a normal round EP, because I suspect getting these hexagonal things off the presses isn’t easy — my brand-new copy had a big-ole scratch on it as soon as I opened it. But I think I got a pretty good transfer.