Footlight Records

by Thomas Beller

06/17/2005

130 e 12th st ny 10003

Neighborhood: East Village

Most of their music is on CD’s but in the back of the store there is a wide selection of movie soundtracks, and these are mostly on vinyl. Most are old soundtracks, and therefore the back of Footlights doubles as record store and design showcase, because the cover art for these records invariably calls upon the poster art for the movie in question. It’s amazing to note the generous proportions of an old fashioned vinyl record, and I like to peruse them as much for their interestingly out of date yet, inevitably, contemporary visuals as much as for the sounds on the records.

This image is a detail from a record titled, “Spectrum: Thrilling 60’s Noir Themes” which features music from Mission Impossible, Jesus Christ Superstar and Goldfinger, among others

Lalo Schifrin’s Mission Impossible is particularly notable, and not just because the old TV show has become a marketing monster in Hollywood. The song simply rocks, especially when the snare drum comes in for those monster fills.

You can peruse Footlight Records online as well. As of June 19th, 2005, online is the only place you will find Footlights. The store itself – where you’d see those customers leaving with that Cheshire grin on their face- is closing.

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