Regardless of your thoughts on the movie The Ninth Gate (which I genuinely enjoy the hell out of), I don’t think anyone can deny that composer Wojciech Kilar‘s score is anything short of brilliant. The combination of Korean soprano Sumi Jo with the mysterious, at times playful, at times unsettling music is simply delightful and I’ve been craving this score on vinyl for a long, long time. And today, my prayers have been answered.
Real quick though, for those of you unaware, Kilar is the man who also composed Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which won an ASCAP award and was nominated for a Saturn. If you can watch that movie and not be thrilled by the music, then I just don’t get you. What a masterpiece of music!
The 1999 mystery thriller was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, and Frank Langella. It was loosely based on “The Club Dumas” by Arturo Peréz-Reverte (which is a fantastic book, I might add) and follows rare book dealer/expert Dean Corso (Depp) as he investigates and tracks down the last three remaining copies of “The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows”, a book that is thought to be an adaptation of a story written by the Devil himself. As Corso’s investigations progress, the bodies begin piling up and the intrigue reaches supernatural levels. It’s not a flawless movie by any stretch of the imagination but I always have a blast watching it, especially considering how beautiful many of the locations are.
Anyways, coming back to the story at hand, Silva Screen Records has announced that The Ninth Gate will be receiving a limited edition vinyl run of 1,000 copies for this year’s Record Store Day. The album will be a 2xLP edition sleeved in a gatefold package and pressed on flame colored vinyl. Very fitting indeed!
You better believe that this is one of the titles that I will fight tooth and nail over to get my hands on come Record Store Day!
[H/T Light in the Attic]