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Vinyl review: Mad Max Fury Road (Tom Holkenborg – 2015)

Vinyl nostalgia

Vinyl review: Mad Max Fury Road (Tom Holkenborg – 2015)


Our old Dual record player in one of the dearest memories from my childhood. Sure we have a cassette player but there was something fascinating about that wooden box with those black records that used to spin under a fresh needle. The wooden speakers provided a warm sound and I used to sit on the floor with the covers and paper sleeves of the records in my hands and just watch that record spin… I loved that swooshing sound the record used to make before the content started, I’ve never forgotten it. I used to mostly listen to stories, fairy tales and I always tried to visualize the scene that would take place. Then I started noticing my family’s classical music records, all special editions and my fascination grew. Then then modern age came… the 90s with the tapes and CDs and then the mp3 and my old record player remained hidden in a storage space…

….until the guys from Music on Vinyl wrote me an email and told me that they have a soundtrack and score section. I didn’t expect to have my favorite kind of music on vinyl as well, I was sure this was a forgotten craft. I was used to digital copies and CDs and I never imagined I could listen to Hans Zimmer or James Newton Howard on vinyl. As soon as I read that email memories started flowing and I started to look online for record players. Then I remembered… the old storage place… the wood… the needle… I asked the guys from Music on Vinyl to send me what’s still my favorite score of the year until now, Tom Holkenborg’s “Mad Max”. I came by courier right on my one year anniversary as a film music reviewer…. What better day to receive it….

The packaging was exquisite. Until my dad brought me the record player from where we had it I could only take pleasure in how this limited release looked. The awesome cover… the gorgeous inlay booklet… and then the two disks… one light green, the other dark green, both looking like precious stones. We’ve come a long way from the all black vinyl I used to listen to as a child. I love the classy and special look of the package.




vinyl3 vivyl2 vinyl1Then it was time for the sound. My old record player hadn’t played anything in 25 years probably and it couldn’t wait to produce magical sounds again. I know this score; “Mad Max: Fury Road” is my favorite score of the year so far and I’ve listened to it a lot of times. I know every note, every inflexion and still it was as if I was hearing it for the first time. This is one of the most powerful and loud scores in recent memories and yet the warmth of the vinyl sound gives it a new dimension. It makes it feel more human, more intimate, while keeping its brutality. This is especially obvious in the quieter cues like “Redemption” or “My name is Max”. They sound incredible on vinyl, clean and the strings just fit better on this medium.

After hearing this one, I am starting a vinyl collection of scores. Actually, it will be digital or vinyl from now on. Can’t wait to hear a different score from Music on Vinyl. Check out their catalogue, I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking. I don’t even know what to choose, but with this package and sound, it really doesn’t matter. It will be great. Welcome back, old friend!


If you want to read more about this score… here is my review

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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