V/A, Phantom Of The Paradise – Original Soundtrack Recording (1974)
A few years back I was in Las Vegas and I booked to see Paul Williams. It was never the reason for the trip but it felt like the right thing to see while there and I loved it! He couldn’t sing very well anymore but he had written so many great songs. And he trotted them out. Plus he was in the movie Phantom of the Paradise. And he wrote the songs for its soundtrack. I had done my prep ahead of that show too – I watched the Phantom of the Paradise movie, which is nuts. But amazing. Awful. And brilliant. And that’s true of the soundtrack too – which I now have. Finally. I still keep my eye out for Paul Williams records here and there – and now that I have this soundtrack I probably have enough (I still kick myself that I didn’t take one of my record covers with me to get him to sign in America. I figured I’d find his records in any store there – and in every store that I searched in I came out empty-handed. Then at the gig he was out and signing, getting photos, meeting, greeting…and I blew my chance). Well, anyway, it was a treat to find this record in a chuck-out bin just recently. It’s absurd. But wonderful. That’s really the theme of Paul Williams’ career and success I think.
Sample Track: The Hell Of It (Paul Williams)
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