Robert Wise's 1951 film The Day The Earth Stood Still is one of the greatest titles of science fiction cinema. The 1950s were the golden age of sci-fi movies, and The Day The Earth Stood Still is right at the top of the list along with Forbidden Planet. One of the coolest elements of the movie is undoubtedly the incredibly astonishing soundtrack from outer space provided by master composer Bernard Herrmann (famous, of course, for his Alfred Hitchcock soundtracks).
Herrmann enlisted theremin master Samuel Hoffman to add the menacing atmosphere that would soon become a trademark in 1950s sci-fi soundtracks. In addition to Hoffman's theremin other instruments include violin, cello, and bass (all three electric), another theremin played by Paul Shure, two Hammond organs, a large studio electric organ, three vibraphones, two glockenspiels, two pianos, two harps, three trumpets, three trombones, and four tubas. Unusual overdubbing and tape-reversal techniques were used, as well.
The soundtrack was surprisingly never issued on vinyl at the time, so here's a unique chance to enjoy this landmark recording on wax!