Start off spooky season the right way this year by picking up some new records from the Vinyl Store! We’ve got two Peanuts soundtracks (including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, just in time for the big orange guy’s annual visit), the soundtracks for The Lion King 2019 and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, and more! Read more about our October releases below (many of them available as Barnes & Noble exclusives), and grow your collection with us.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Vince Guaraldi (Barnes & Noble Exclusive picture disc)
It seems the Christmas push comes earlier every year, doesn’t it? Still, for many people, it’s not truly Christmas without A Charlie Brown Christmas, so best be prepared. A good way to get yourself ready for the season? Pick up the soundtrack to the animated Peanuts cartoon of the same name. Arranged by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, the music for what’s essentially a kid’s cartoon is surprisingly adult and sophisticated; Guaraldi’s smooth bossa nova compositions are as precocious (and iconic) as the Peanuts characters themselves. Holiday favorites like “O Tannenbaum” and “What Child Is This” are presented in Guaraldi’s quirky style, but “Linus and Lucy” is the definitive Peanuts theme, with a deceptively simple piano arrangement laid over a rock-solid rhythm section. Order it from the Vinyl Store as an exclusive picture disc LP.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, by Vince Guaraldi (Barnes & Noble Exclusive colored vinyl)
A Charlie Brown Christmas isn’t the Peanuts gang’s only contribution to the holidays, nor is it Vince Guaraldi’s. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is another set of groovy instrumentals by Guaraldi and his sextet. “Linus and Lucy” appears here too, of course, but the best track on this album is “The Great Pumpkin Waltz,” which accompanies the scene of Linus writing to the Great Pumpkin in the cartoon. It’s as smooth and urbane as jazz gets, and frankly we wish more children’s programming had music of this quality. “Graveyard Theme” and “The Red Baron/Military Drum March” are excellent as well. Grab the yellow moon-colored vinyl pressing of this Halloween classic exclusively from Barnes & Noble.
Lion King 2019 Original Soundtrack (Barnes & Noble Exclusive)
Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King has Elton John and Tim Rice reprising their roles as songwriters, but as you’ll hear on this official soundtrack album, they’ve got some more help this time around. None other than Hans Zimmer joined the team to arrange the film score, while South African composer Lebo M provided African vocal and choir arrangements, and Pharrell Williams produced five of the songs. Their combined efforts lends all the original songs more depth, and Tim Rice even contributes a new track, “Never Too Late,” for the film’s end credits, performed by Elton John. Pick it up exclusively from Barnes & Noble; the album comes with a collectible art insert.
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Original Soundtrack
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is about the golden era of Hollywood, which means Quentin Tarantino truly had a wealth of classic material to choose from as he crafted the soundtrack, and he’s plucked some real gems from the golden era of American rock and pop music to accompany his latest film. Rock out to classics like Paul Revere and the Raiders’ “Hungry,” Deep Purple’s “Kentucky Woman” and “Hush,” Bob Seger’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and Mitch Ryder’s “Jenny Take a Ride” on this collectors’ edition, yellow vinyl pressing of this double LP, presented in a double gatefold jacket packaged with an 11-by-17-inch map of Hollywood. This is a must-own for film buffs and 1960s pop enthusiasts alike.
Rockin’ Holiday, by Dcappella (Barnes & Noble Exclusive green vinyl)
If you’re unfamiliar with Dcappella, they’re Disney’s official a cappella group, formed in 2018 after a nationwide talent search. As one would expect, they’re all immensely talented performers, a fact you’ll experience for yourself on this collection of Christmas pop tunes. “Jingle Bell Rock, “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Feliz Navidad” are our favorites, and as an added bonus, this record—a Barnes & Noble exclusive—is pressed onto translucent green vinyl. If you’ve already heard and loved Dcappella’s fun, high-energy versions of classic Disney songs, consider this a holiday season must.
True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter, by Harry Connick Jr
Cole Porter, whose songs set the standard for American pop songwriting, poses a challenge for modern musicians: if you’re going to take on Porter’s songbook, you’d better be good, and you’d better bring something new to the table. Harry Connick, Jr. manages both on his upcoming album True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter, showing off his chops as a pianist, singer, and arranger. From his dreamy vocals on “In The Still Of The Night” to the big band swagger of “Anything Goes,” it’s clear that Connick—who’s never really done a deep dive into someone else’s repertoire like this—is taking the matter very seriously indeed.
What new vinyl are you picking up in October?