Another hot title is being added by the Mondo team to their exclusive vinyl soundtrack releases. This time, they’re carrying on their tradition of releasing Michael Giacchino’s compositions by releasing one of his most recognisable and enduring themes. That is correct! The white glove treatment is being given to Pixar’s “Up,” which includes extremely stunning cover art by Nicole Gustaffson and liner notes by Drew Taylor.
A Look Inside
What beautiful “balloon spots” are there on the vinyl itself? I always appreciate it when Mondo goes above and above with these releases, and I’m personally thrilled that “Up” will be highlighted. Giacchino’s work is always outstanding, but “Up” is one of my personal favourites. He tears you up right from the opening cue. It has every high and low you could possibly want in a soundtrack for a full picture, including an adventurous music, a melancholy score, a comic score, etc.
Funny story: When I was younger, I tried piano lessons but disliked it so much that I never practised. I chose to pick up the piano again as an adult, and as part of my lesson plan, I had to write a simple piece of original music utilising the notes I had just learned. I spent an hour tinkering with it and eventually produced something I was comfortable with and that sounded good. Right before I presented it to my teacher, I discovered why I loved it so much—it was essentially a Dollar Store rendition of Giacchino’s Main Theme for “Up.”
I’d like to say the soundtrack had an influence, but the truth is that I was just playing chords that I thought sounded good.
The only pieces I could play by the end of my piano lessons were John Lennon’s “Imagine,” John Carpenter’s “Halloween” theme, and whatever Brundlepod-inspired “Up” theme I had created.
Even More Giacchino
This Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Noon CST, “Up” will be released on Mondo’s record store alongside a replenishment of Giacchino’s “Ratatouille” score.
You may get the “Up” release on two 180g vinyl records for $35. (limited to one per customer to try to keep the flippers from buying everything).
If you’re really in the mood for Giacchino, you can also get vinyl versions of his scores for “Soul” and “Jojo Rabbit” from the same Mondo store, along with his debut non-soundtrack album, “Michael Giacchino and his Nouvelle Orchestra Travelogue Vol. 1.”