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ALIENS Soundtrack (1986)

ALIENS

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1986
9
39:57
Varèse Sarabande

ALIENS Soundtrack: The Deluxe Edition (2001)

ALIENS: The Deluxe Edition

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2001
24
75:28
Varèse Sarabande

Special reissues (without new musical content):
ALIENS
2015
ALIENS Soundtrack (vinyl edition) (2015)
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2015
24
75:28
Mondo

Vinyl edition

In 2015, Mondo re-edits the soundtrack in vinyl format with identical content than The Deluxe Edition of 2001, with an impressive art created especially for the occasion.

REVIEW

Aliens (ENGLISH)

Aliens (James Horner). After the beginning of James Horner's score for Aliens, the differences with regard to the most atmospheric and effective style that Jerry Goldsmith developed for the first part of the Alien saga can be appreciated. Horner is a specialist in the composition of great themes and melodies, and as this one is a film with a high amount of terror, the composer manages to outline certain melodic lines in the moments in which the action allows it.

As it happened with Jerry Goldsmith's score for Alien, James Horner's tracks were cut and re-edited for the final montage. And, as with Goldsmith, only a track was respected in its entirety as Horner composed it (in this case Bishop's Countdown). If the first part of Alien choked to Jerry Goldsmith, the second part was not less traumatic to James Horner. The horror that the film was trying to show was extrapolated to the montage and to the composition of the score, which supposed a titanic effort for Horner on not having had material time to compose the score after the delays in the filming and the innumerable changes in the montage.

The original 1986 edition of the soundtrack included only 9 tracks. In 2001, again Varèse Sarabande edited the expanded version, coming to a few respectable 75 minutes.

Aliens: el regreso (ESPAÑOL)

Aliens: el regreso (James Horner). Nada más empezar la partitura de James Horner para Aliens se aprecian las diferencias respecto al estilo más atmosférico y efectista que desarrolló Jerry Goldsmith para la primera parte de la saga. Horner es un especialista en la composición de grandes temas y melodías, y partiendo de que este es un film con una elevada carga de terror, el compositor consigue esbozar ciertas líneas melódicas en los momentos en los que la acción lo permite.

Al igual que sucediera con el score de Jerry Goldsmith en Alien, las pistas de James Horner fueron cortadas y reeditadas para el montaje final. Y, al igual que con Goldsmith, tan solo una pista (en este caso Bishop's Countdown) fue respetada entera tal como la compuso Horner. Si la primera parte de Alien se le atragantó a Jerry Goldsmith, la segunda parte no fue menos para James Horner. El terror que pretendía mostrar el film se extrapoló al montaje y a la composición de la banda sonora, que supuso un titánico esfuerzo para Horner al no disponer de tiempo material para componer la partitura tras los retrasos en el rodaje y los innumerables cambios en el montaje.

La edición original de 1986 contaba con tan solo 9 pistas. En 2001, de nuevo Varèse Sarabande editó la versión expandida, llegando a unos respetables 75 minutos.

TRACK LISTINGS
ALIENS
1986
Total Time: 39:57
Label:
Varèse Sarabande
  1. Main Title (5:10)
  2. Going After Newt (3:08)
  3. Sub-Level 3 (6:11)
  4. Ripley's Rescue (3:13)
  5. Atmosphere Station (3:05)
  6. Futile Escape (8:13)
  7. Dark Discovery (2:00)
  8. Bishop's Countdown (2:47)
  9. Resolution and Hyperspace (6:10)
ALIENS: The Deluxe Edition
2001
Total Time: 75:28
Label:
Varèse Sarabande
  1. Main Title (5:13)
  2. Bad Dreams* (1:22)
  3. Dark Discovery / Newt's Horror* (2:07)
  4. LV-426* (2:03)
  5. Combat Drop* (3:29)
  6. The Complex* (1:34)
  7. Atmosphere Station (3:11)
  8. Med.Lab.* (2:04)
  9. Newt* (1:14)
  10. Sub-Level 3 (6:36)
  11. Ripley's Rescue (3:19)
  12. FaceHuggers* (4:24)
  13. Futile Escape (8:29)
  14. Newt is Taken* (2:04)
  15. Going After Newt (3:18)
  16. The Queen* (1:45)
  17. Bishop's Countdown (2:50)
  18. Queen To Bishop* (2:31)
  19. Resolution And Hyperspace (6:27)

  20. BONUS TRACKS:
  21. Bad Dreams (alternate)* (1:23)
  22. Ripley's Rescue (percussion only)* (3:20)
  23. LV-426 (alternate edit - film version)* (1:13)
  24. Combat Drop (percussion only)* (3:24)
  25. Hyperspace (alternate ending)* (2:08)
* Previously unreleased
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