There’s both magic and music in the air for all you Potterheads who have been missing Hogwarts lately. Just in time for Christmas (and Thanksgiving, if you’re lucky enough to be getting gifts that day), Rhino’s releasing its new limited-edition box set Harry Potter Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V on vinyl!
There’s no denying the impact that John Williams’ scores had on the first three Potter films — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Of course, that’s pretty much par for the course when the maestro picks up the baton.
Though his song from The Sorcerer’s Stone, "Hedwig's Theme," would be used as the main theme in the rest of the Potter films, Williams moved on from the franchise and made room for Patrick Doyle, who composed The Goblet of Fire (2005). That film’s soundtrack also includes three songs by “The band that needs no introduction!” (introduction here) which features members Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey of Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway of Radiohead.
For Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), composer Nicholas Hooper picked up the baton and hired the London Chamber Orchestra for the recording session, which took place at the Abbey Road Studios in London (where the Beatles recorded… wait for it… Abbey Road).
Each soundtrack comes pressed on vinyl picture discs, with 10 LPs in total. According to the announcement:
“Each soundtrack is contained in a gatefold sleeve that is die-cut on both sides. The images used for the picture discs are stills taken from the related films. The one exception is Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix, which also features an etching on the last side of the LP. The set also includes a download card so the music can be downloaded.”
Harry Potter Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V casts its lingering spell on Nov. 17, 2017. Will you be listening?