RCOTM: JUNE 2017
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Hello! This is Jason from Fort Mill, SC. I'm 47 years young and work with numbers in the financial accounting field. I enjoy biking outdoors and am a huge movie and music buff. I also enjoy going to live concerts. Listening to metal and soundtracks on vinyl at home is what I enjoy most.
Favorite album: My favorite album is a sentimental one and the only original record that I have from my collection as a youth. It's Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band that was given to me from the band backstage in the early 80's in Detroit, Michigan. My father took me to the show and I remember having a great time. After the show, my sister and I were playing around on the stage when one of the band members saw us and asked if we wanted to meet the band backstage. The band gave us the record and they signed a sheet of paper for me.
First album: My first record was a shared album with my sister. My father, whom I owe all of my music appreciation to, used to go to record shops all the time and bring my sister and I. I was 10 at the time and wanted AC/DC's Back in Black because I listened to it at my friends house. My sister wanted Rick Springfield's Working Class Dog. Money being tight we had to agree on one and since my sister was older she got to choose. Rick Springfield it was.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: The Dark Crystal Soundtrack for sure. The original had always alluded me for some reason and was happy to add this to the collection. It sounds fantastic on crystal clear vinyl. Looking forward to seeing the deluxe version coming later this year. Runner-up: The SpongeBob SquarePants Highlights variant. My son grew up watching SpongeBob so the songs have a special connection with me. I just have to smile looking at the Spongebob variant...it looks just like him.
Favorite album artwork: There are so many to choose from but my all time favorite is the cover from the Creepshow soundtrack from Waxwork Records. The artwork by Gary Pullin is just phenomenal. The vibrant colors makes you stare at it for a long time and the inner book in the gatefold is more of the same. I don't think anything can top this one for me...except maybe Creepshow 2 coming later this year!
What are your favorite record shops in the Fort Mill area, in case any readers are traveling through your town? Fort Mill doesn't have any record stores that I'm aware of so I do most of my shopping online. When I do travel into Charlotte, NC, just over the border, I do check out Manifest Discs as they have a large selection of used records. Greensboro NC has a great little shop called Hippo Records that I've been to.
What are some of your favorite soundtracks you have in your collection? Friday the 13th Soundtrack Blood Filled - this is a record in my collection that I've spent the most money on by far. I'm a huge F13 fan and so I had to have this. I bought this on the aftermarket right after its release since I wasn't quick enough to get one when it when on sale for about 2 seconds. As there were only 100 produced, this commands a much, much higher price now than what I paid. And yes, I do play it every now and again...then it's back on the wall to gaze at. Bates Motel - This is an outstanding release from Iam8bit. Everything about this is so cool from the blood drain picture discs to the pop out hotel in the gatefold. Even the record sleeves are detailed with appropriate artwork. Also comes with an awesome poster and replica Bates Motel paper sheet with the credit information. Chris Bacon’s score is top notch as well.
Any soundtracks you wish you had on vinyl? So many to list here so I'll just name a few: Wolfen - The James Horner score as well as the unused Craig Safan score. I listen to both on CD hoping someday they'll make it to vinyl. Night of the Living Dead 1990 - Paul McCollough score is fantastic and needs to be on vinyl. Just think of the zombie artwork possibilities! Fright Night - the score from Brad Fiedel is great. We have the soundtrack but not the score on vinyl. Some others: The Blob - Michael Hoenig score, Stephen King's IT, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and The Funhouse.
If you were on a desert island and you could only fit three records safely in your suitcase which ones would you take with you? AC/DC - Back in Black. I wanted it when I was 10 and I'd want it on a deserted island. The ultimate rock party album. Kreator - Gods of Violence. Hard to choose which Kreator album I'd want, as all of their records are fantastic. They find a way to always be creative and top their previous records with great success. Gods of Violence is their latest and my head bobs to every song on it. Will be perfect on a deserted island to keep me active. :) Rush - Moving Pictures. To me this is the most perfect album ever made. I've listened to it so many times and never get tired of it.