Thursday, 9 November 2017

Rare Outlaw Josey Wales soundtrack Test Pressing LP 1976

I thought I would post a little something about this Josey Wales test pressing album which fortunately came my way last month. Whilst I still have my original Warner Bros LP (left) featuring Jerry Fielding’s superb score, I am always looking out for Eastwood vinyl rarities. These are often in the form of Japanese records with superb alternative artwork, booklets within gatefold sleeves etc. But it's very rare that something rather special comes along in the shape of a promo or test pressing. Test pressings are often the rarest form of vinyl. For those unfamiliar the Wikipedia page defines them as:

'Test pressings, usually with test pressing written on the label, with catalogue number, artist and recording time or date, are the first vinyl discs made at the factory. They are produced in small quantities (usually fewer than five copies) to evaluate the quality of the disc before mass production begins.'

I have only previously been fortunate enough to obtain one other Eastwood related test pressing or ‘white label' copy, which was Lalo Schifrin’s Kelly’s Heroes soundtrack and there was an incredible story behind that find which can be read on the Kelly’s Heroes page of this site. I didn’t honestly think I would ever come across another. But that all changed last month when I discovered this wonderful item. Thankfully, the vinyl is stunning and comes in its original DJ style sleeve with the original job sheet stuck to the outside. It’s a lovely collectable piece and something that you just don’t see very often. 


Hopefully, one day we will all see the eventual release of the full score on CD – it’s hard to believe it has not been picked up by the likes of Intrada. We can only live in hope. 

Where Eagles Dare 10x8 b/w Photo Gallery No2 101-131

Besides being a big favourite among Eastwood fans, we are all constantly surprised at how many photos from this classic war movie continue to surface. A few of us were only discussing this again a couple of weeks ago. It had me thinking, and thought it would be a good idea to create a dedicated gallery of Where Eagles Dare b/w press stills. This is the second Gallery, taking us beyond the first 100. Most of the UK stills were marked with an ‘ED’ number, both on the front and on the reverse as part of the printed (usually purple-ish) legend (information). The stills will not only be direct scenes from the film, but will also include publicity and behind the scenes stills that officially tied in with the movie. These will just be b/w. Colour lobby stills and colour photos can be found on the dedicated Where Eagles Dare page from the drop down menu on the right. I hope to eventually make this the most complete archive of Where Eagles Dare stills on the web. Each and every photo has been cleaned up, repaired and re-touched in order to present them in the best possible quality. Thanks to Kevin Wilkinson for his continued help. There are still more to come so I will continue to update this second Gallery (and the count in the post heading) as more come to me.  

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Where Eagles Dare 10x8 b/w Photo Gallery No1 1-100

Besides being a big favourite among Eastwood fans, we are all constantly surprised at how many photos from this classic war movie continue to surface. A few of us were only discussing this again a couple of weeks ago. It had me thinking, and thought it would be a good idea to create a dedicated gallery of Where Eagles Dare b/w press stills. Due to the sheer amount available, this has already passed beyond 100, so it will certainly run into a second set. Most of the UK stills were marked with an ‘ED’ number, both on the front and on the reverse as part of the printed (usually purple-ish) legend (information). The stills will not only be direct scenes from the film, but will also include publicity and behind the scenes stills that officially tied in with the movie. These will just be b/w. Colour lobby stills and colour photos can be found on the dedicated Where Eagles Dare page from the drop down menu on the right. I hope to eventually make this the most complete archive of Where Eagles Dare stills on the web. Each and every photo has been cleaned up, repaired and re-touched in order to present them in the best possible quality.