Few music lovers can resist the beauty of a soundtrack on vinyl. If you count yourself as part of that group, you’re in luck, as Empire Magazine revealed today that the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will enjoy an exclusive new vinyl release, complete with jaw-dropping art by Dan Mumford.
With brand new artwork from UK artist Dan Mumford, this special edition features Captain Phasma and a number of First Orders troopers standing amidst flaming ruins and folds out to reveal an aerial view of Kylo Ren on the Starkiller Base catwalk, watching his father plummet to his doom. The double LP comes courtesy of I Am Shark and goes on sale today.
In addition to the opportunity to get the soundtrack in vinyl, this news is exciting because I’m a huge fan of Dan Mumford’s art. Mumford drew an incredible line of posters for The Force Awakens during its release that was distributed weekly through AMC Theaters. It looks like those posters will provide the basis of four different collectible covers for this release. Inside we will find an exclusive new sleeve art featuring one of the most unforgettable moments of the film. Each of the LPs also have corresponding prints. The Phasma version almost looks like blood splattered, which is rather dark.
STAR WARS: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Collector’s Edition
I Am Shark is beyond ecstatic to announce the 2xLP collector’s edition release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Music composed by the legendary John Williams and his return to the series, whose iconic sounds and themes create an entire world to themselves in the Star Wars Universe. An array of stunning artwork accompanies this record from the UK’s Dan Mumford, presented in four different collectable covers that share an inner gatefold piece. Also includes a 12″ cover art print and writeup from The Force Awakens director & producer JJ Abrams. This insert is perfect for framing up on your wall, while the record is added to your record collection!
“The expansive, dramatic passages are as full-bodied as one would hope for a film as epic as The Force Awakens, but the attention to detail within the score – and the exquisitely recorded performance – make the results a subtle and engaging listen.” * The bombastic score was recorded over 12 sessions scattered in a five-month period of 2015, and is the first of the Star Wars films to feature a 90-piece free-lance orchestra. The theme for Snoke was recorded by a 24-voice men’s chorus. Special guest conductor, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the opening and end title music for the film at Williams’ request.
I Am Shark’s collector’s edition of The Force Awakens goes on sale Friday, January 27th as an exclusive pre-order. 4 collectable covers (Rey, Poe, Phasma, Finn & Kylo) and cohesive colored vinyl pressed on 180 gram discs. You can visit the I Am Shark official website and social media platforms for more news, releases, and information. (Links below)
Officially licensed through Disney Music Group and Lucasfilm LTD
* Soundtrack Geek
EDIT: A previous version of this post indicated that just the Phasma cover art would be available. It has been updated to accurately reflect that there will be four collectible covers.