Jerry Goldsmith - Alien: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979/2007) 2CD

Jerry Goldsmith - Alien: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979/2007) 2CD

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Soundtrack, Score | Label: Intrada | # MAF 7102 | Time: 02:06:22

For fans of Jerry Goldsmith's score for Ridley Scott 1978 movie Alien, this two-disc Intrada set is the ultimate fantasy. Everything is here and then some. Disc 1 contains Goldsmith's entire score as he originally intended it with every cue in place, including those that were later cut from the film plus his recomposed versions of cues the director made him change (Goldsmith's original main theme, for example, appears without its signature heroic trumpet melody because the director thought it wasn't creepy enough). Disc 2 includes the original soundtrack as issued on LP plus six other bonus tracks of demonstration takes and even the brief except from Eine kleine Nachtmusik used in the film. The stereo sound here is fabulous, the performances definitive, and the liner notes exhaustive. And the score, like the film, is a classic of its genre. With its mixture of the ecstatic chromaticism of Scriabin, the skittering strings of Penderecki, the harmonic waves of Ligeti, and the atmospheric percussion of Herrmann, Goldsmith's score became a template for all subsequent science fiction/horror movies. But as this splendid release so amply shows, the original still can't be beat.

Review by James Leonard, Allmusic.com

One of the most requested soundtrack restorations released at last. Earlier this year, Intrada issued the premiere release of Alex North's original recording of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, a score legendary for being replaced entirely from the film with preexisting music. The treatment of Jerry Goldsmith's score to Ridley Scott's ALIEN is legendary in its own right, and for very similar reasons. For this monster film set in deep space, Goldsmith composed one of his most complex scores, relying on acoustic instruments to deliver the chilling, otherworldly atmosphere of the alien ship and its monstrous occupants. It was akin to his approach to PLANET OF THE APES, where Goldsmith eschewed electronics in favor of unique acoustic instruments to illustrate the foreboding landscape and upside down society. To achieve this effect in ALIEN, Goldsmith augmented the National Philharmonic Orchestra with didjeridu, serpent, and conch shell, with additional eerie effects courtesy of the echoplex, a process Goldsmith deployed previously to great effect in his score to PATTON. The result – a masterful sci-fi/horror score that would influence genre movie scores for years to come. Despite Goldsmith's artistic genius in creating a striking sci-fi score, the filmmakers severely tampered with his music. Much of the music was removed from the film or employed in scenes for which it was not intended. Several cues from Goldsmith's early score to FREUD were tracked in. Worse yet, his sublime main title, emphasizing the mystery and vastness of space, went unused. Under duress, Goldsmith, rescored the main title for a starker, more minimalist piece which is heard in the film. While Goldsmith wrote an end title featuring the same main theme in all its glory, it too was removed from the film in favor of a selection from Howard Hanson's Symphony Number 2. What is heard in the film is not Goldsmith's musical vision for ALIEN. A soundtrack LP released at the time of the film featured 35-minutes of highlights from Goldsmith's score, presenting it more as he intended, with the original main and end titles in tact. Sound quality of this release was dry and compressed, and there was still much music both used and unused that did not make it to the album. Now, nearly thirty years after the film's release in 1979, with the generous cooperation of Universal Music Group and 20th Century Fox, Intrada presents the complete original score as Goldsmith intended, rounded out with all the alternates and rewrites, providing everything Goldsmith recorded for ALIEN. The album was remixed from the recently discovered 1" multi-track masters, bringing a new depth, detail, and crispness not heard in previous releases. Michael Matessino spent many painstaking weeks to deliver the striking results here, and also penning some of the most comprehensive liner notes written for a soundtrack, chronicling the saga of the genesis of the ALIEN score and its final results. This release is the final word on the complete ALIEN score, giving it the exposure and attention it has always deserved and giving admirers the album they have been craving for years.

Tracklist:

CD1:

The Complete Original Score:

01. Main Title (04:12)
02. Hyper Sleep (02:45)
03. The Landing (04:31)
04. The Terrain (02:21)
05. The Craft (01:00)
06. The Passage (01:49)
07. The Skeleton (02:30)
08. A New Face (02:34)
09. Hanging On (03:39)
10. The Lab (01:04)
11. Drop Out (00:57)
12. Nothing to Say (01:51)
13. Cat Nip (01:00)
14. Here Kitty (02:07)
15. The Shaft (04:30)
16. It's a Droid (03:27)
17. Parker's Death (01:51)
18. The Eggs (02:23)
19. Sleepy Alien (01:04)
20. To Sleep (01:56)
21. The Cupboard (03:05)
22. Out the Door (03:12)
23. End Title (03:08)

The Rescored Alternate Cues:

24. Main Title [Rescored Alternate Cue] (04:11)
25. Hyper Sleep [Rescored Alternate Cue] (02:45)
26. The Terrain [Rescored Alternate Cue] (00:58)
27. The Skeleton [Rescored Alternate Cue] (02:30)
28. Hanging On [Rescored Alternate Cue] (03:07)
29. The Cupboard [Rescored Alternate Cue] (03:12)
30. Out the Door [Rescored Alternate Cue] (03:02)

CD2:

The Original 1979 Soundtrack Album:

01. Main Title (03:36)
02. The Face Hugger (02:35)
03. Breakaway (03:03)
04. Acid Test (04:40)
05. The Landing (04:31)
06. The Droid (04:44)
07. The Recovery (02:49)
08. The Alien Planet (02:30)
09. The Shaft (04:00)
10. End Title (03:08)

Bonus Tracks:

11. Main Title (Film Version) [Bonus Track] (03:44)
12. The Skeleton (Alternate Take) [Bonus Track] (02:34)
13. The Passage (Demonstration Excerpt) [Bonus Track] (01:54)
14. Hanging On (Demonstration Excerpt) [Bonus Track] (01:08)
15. Parker's Death (Demonstration Excerpt) [Bonus Track] (01:07)
16. It's a Droid (Unused Inserts) [Bonus Track] (01:27)
17. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Source) [Bonus Track] (01:49)

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