Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Milan Records is pleased to be rereleasing the beloved score to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence under the “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” series, which aims at releasing quality soundtracks to cult and important films on vinyl.
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Ryuichi Sakamoto’s legendary score is finally being reissued. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, directed by Nagisa Oshima and starring David Bowie as well as Sakamoto, was a landmark release of 1983. The movie follows a rebellious South African soldier in a Japanese prison camp during World War II and the complex, often conflicting feelings of the young Japanese camp captain. It is also notable for being the first film score Sakamoto, earning him the 1983 BAFTA Award for Best Film Music and setting him on a career path in movie music that has spanned four decades and an Oscar win.
Milan Records is pleased to be rereleasing the beloved score to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence under the “Nicolas Winding Refn Presents” series, which aims at releasing quality soundtracks to cult and important films on vinyl. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s timeless orchestral cues sound as crisp and full as when they were recorded. The soundtrack also includes the song “Forbidden Colours”, an adaptation of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’s main theme with vocals by David Sylvian which was an international hit on its original release. The LP version of the album is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and housed in a tip-on gatefold jacket featuring beautiful new artwork by Laurent Durieux. A download card for a digital version of the album is also included.
- A01Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence4:34
- A04A Hearty Breakfast1:21
- A05Before The War2:14
- A06The Seed And The Sower5:00
- A07A Brief Encounter2:23
- A08Ride, Ride, Ride (Celliers' Brother's Song)1:03
- B01The Fight1:29
- B02Father Christmas2:00
- B05Beyond Reason2:01
- B06Sowing The Seed1:53
- B0723rd Psalm2:00
- B08Last Regrets2:40
- B09Ride, Ride, Ride (Reprise)1:04
- B10The Seed1:02
- B11Forbidden Colours4:42