Iconic spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone is getting renewed attention for helming the score to Quentin Tarantino’s new western The Hateful Eight. The soundtrack just picked up the Golden Globe for best original score and has been nominated for an Oscar, ten years after Morricone received the supposedly career-capping honorary Academy Award in 2006 for his contribution to the art of film music. Tarantino has been a fan of Morricone his entire career and has often used Morricone’s music in his films, but this is the first time Morricone has composed a score specifically for Tarantino. This is also the first time Morricone has scored a major film in over 40 years, since writing the iconic music to movies like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.
Why are we telling you this? As previously announced, Nashville’s own Third Man Records were entrusted with the vinyl release of the soundtrack, which features The White Stripes and Roy Orbison as well as compositions by Morricone, and now, in addition the standard edition, the esteemed label have unveiled plans for a special limited edition 7″ boxset. Limited to 500 copies, the set features many handmade and hand-assembled pieces, and is only available in Third Man stores. It comes with the LPs, posters, and booklet from the standard edition, eight 7″ blood-red records in character-themed sleeves, a metal noose pin, and a replica of the film’s Lincoln letter (if you’ve seen it, this should be an especially cool extra). The box itself is made of galvanized steel with real bullet holes! Look out for this special release in Third Man stores only (both Nashville and Detroit) beginning Jan. 25, and watch a video showing off the set below! No word on pricing, but it likely won’t be cheap.