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DIE HARD Soundtrack (2002)

DIE HARD

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2002
21
77:04
Varèse Sarabande

DIE HARD Soundtrack (2-CD set) (2011)

DIE HARD (2-CD set)

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2011
39
107:52
La-La Land Records

DIE HARD Soundtrack (2-CD set) (2011)

DIE HARD: 30th Anniversary Edition

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November 13, 2018
74
182:44
La-La Land Records

Special reissues (without new musical content):
DIE HARD (2-CD set)
2017
THE DARK CRYSTAL Soundtrack: 25th Anniversary Edition (2007)
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March, 2017
39
107:52
La-La Land Records

The edition has identical content as the 2011 version, but it rightly changes the cover art, regaining the style of the original album.

REVIEW

Die Hard (ENGLISH)

Die Hard (Michael Kamen). To be updated with 2018 album. Fourteen years had pass from the premiere of the movie in 1988 in order that Michael Kamen's score was edited in 2002. Later, La La Land extended the soundtrack with their two disc edition in 2011, but both were released as limited issues.

The music fills the atmosphere of tension especially helped by the use of the double-basses, which use as perfect accompaniment for the terrifying synchronized action of the terrorists. The leitmotiv of Beethoven's ninth symphony is repeated in different forms accompanying Hans Gruber and his group, remembering that the story happens in the Christmas eve.

With regard to the 2011 album, it includes 2 discs, bonus tracks and a complete booklet with a track-by-track analysis. The inclusion of We've Got Each Other and Let It Snow finish up as a perfect end to the soundtrack, but the tracks in mono quality that this album includes are far from the sound quality that a complete edition should present. The cover art also changes with regard to that of Varèse's version, and when normally the art of the most new versions use to be more attractive, this one is one of few cases in which the art of the original album overcomes the art of the extended version.

Jungla de Cristal (ESPAÑOL)

Jungla de Cristal (Michael Kamen). Por actualizar contenido con al álbum de 2018. Catorce años tuvieron que pasar desde el estreno de la película en 1988 para que se editara el score de Michael Kamen en 2002. Posteriormente, La La Land amplió la banda sonora con su versión de dos discos en 2011, pero ambas salieron a la venta en cantidad limitada.

La música llena la atmosfera de tensión sobre todo ayudada por el uso de los contrabajos, que sirven de acompañamiento perfecto para la terroríficamente sincronizada acción de los terroristas. El leitmotiv de la novena sinfonía de Beethoven se repite de distintas formas acompañando Hans Gruber y su grupo, recordando que la acción transcurre el día de Nochebuena.

Respecto al álbum de 2011, incluye 2 discos, pistas extra y un libreto con análisis pista por pista. La inclusión de We’ve Got Each Other y Let It Snow redondean el perfecto final de la banda sonora, pero las pistas en calidad mono que incluye el álbum están lejos de la calidad de sonido que una edición completa debería presentar. El arte de la carátula también varía respecto al de la versión de Varèse, y cuando normalmente el de las versiones más nuevas suele ser más atractivo, éste es uno de los pocos casos en los que el arte del álbum original supera al de la versión ampliada.

TRACK LISTINGS
DIE HARD
2002
Total Time: 77:04
Label:
Varèse Sarabande
  1. The Nakatomi Plaza (1:50)
  2. Gruber's Arrival (3:40)
  3. John's Escape / You Want Money? (5:52)
  4. The Tower (1:49)
  5. The Roof (3:57)
  6. The Fight (1:07)
  7. He Won't Be Joining Us (3:53)
  8. And If He Alters It? (2:39)
  9. Going after John Again (4:33)
  10. Have a Few Laughs (3:29)
  11. Welcome to the Party (1:00)
  12. TV Station / His Bag is Missing (3:52)
  13. Assault on the Tower (8:16)
  14. John is Found Out (5:03)
  15. Attention Police (3:38)
  16. Bill Clay (2:02)
  17. I Had an Accident (2:37)
  18. Ode to Joy (3:36)
  19. The Battle (10:15)
  20. Gruber's Departure (1:56)
  21. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Instrumental Version) (2:00)
DIE HARD (2-CD set)
2011
Total Time: 107:52
Label:
La-La Land Records
    DISC 1 (49:53)
  1. Main Title* (0:38)
  2. Terrorist Entrance (4:05)
  3. The Phone Goes Dead / Party Crashers (1:51)
  4. John’s Escape / You Want Money (6:00)
  5. Wiring the Roof (1:51)
  6. Fire Alarm (2:04)
  7. Tony Approaches (1:41)
  8. Tony and John Fight (1:11)
  9. Santa (0:55)
  10. He Won’t Be Joining Us (3:01)
  11. And If He Alters It (2:39)
  12. Going After John (4:29)
  13. Have A Few Laughs/ Al Powell Approaches (3:31)
  14. Under the Table (1:55)
  15. Welcome to the Party (1:09)
  16. TV Station (2:47)
  17. Holly Meets Hans (1:19)
  18. Assault On the Tower (8:35)
    DISC 2 (57:59)
  1. John Is Found Out (5:03)
  2. Attention Police (3:54)
  3. Bill Clay (4:09)
  4. Shooting the Glass (1:05)
  5. I Had an Accident (2:37)
  6. The Vault (3:07)
  7. Message for Holly (1:07)
  8. The Battle/ Freeing the Hostages (6:53)
  9. Helicopter Explosion and Showdown (4:00)
  10. Happy Trails (1:12)
  11. We’ve Got Each Other (1:56) Written by John Scott
  12. Let It Snow (1:43) Performed by Vaughn Monroe. Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
  13. Beethoven’s 9th (End Credits Excerpt) (3:54) Written by Ludwig Van Beethoven

  14. BONUS TRACKS:
  15. The Nakatomi Plaza (1:45)
  16. Message for Holly (Film Version)* (2:46)
  17. Gun in Cheek* (1:01)
  18. Fire Hose* (1:00)
  19. Ode to Joy (Alternate) (2:10)
  20. Let It Snow (Source) (1:58) Performed by Michael Kamen. Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
  21. Winter Wonderland (Source) (1:25) Written by Felix Bernard and Dick Smith
  22. Christmas in Hollis (4:49) Performed by RUN-DMC. Written by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell
* Mono Source
DIE HARD: 30th Anniversary Edition
2018
Total Time: 182:44
Label:
La-La Land Records
    DISC 1: The Film Score (70:08)
  1. Main Title (0:43)
  2. Seeing Holly (1:07)
  3. Terrorist Entrance (4:06)
  4. The Phone Goes Dead / Party Crashers (1:53)
  5. John’s Escape / You Want Money (6:01)
  6. The Nakatomi Plaza (Takagi’s Death) (1:45)
  7. Wiring The Roof (1:51)
  8. Approaching The Vault* (0:48)
  9. Fire Alarm (2:04)
  10. Tony Approaches (1:42)
  11. Tony And John Fight (1:13)
  12. Santa (0:57)
  13. He Won’t Be Joining Us (3:02)
  14. And If He Alters It (2:40)
  15. Going After John (4:32)
  16. Have A Few Laughs / Al Powell Approaches (3:32)
  17. Under The Table (1:59)
  18. Welcome To The Party (1:10)
  19. Yippee Ki-Yay** (0:45)
  20. Holly Meets Hans (1:20)
  21. Assault On The Tower (8:34)
  22. John Is Found Out (5:04)
  23. Attention Police (3:54)
  24. Bill Clay (4:09)
  25. Shoot The Glass** (2:20)
  26. I Had An Accident (Extended Version)** (2:56)
    DISC 2: The Film Score (Continued) (72:38)
  1. The Vault (Film Edit) (3:07)
  2. Message For Holly (Film Edit)** (3:13)
  3. Gun In Cheek (Extended Version)** (1:20)
  4. The Battle / Freeing The Hostages (6:53)
  5. The Fire Hose** (1:24)
  6. Helicopter Explosion And Showdown (4:02)
  7. Happy Trails, Hans* (1:42)
  8. Aftermath – Powell’s Comeback* (2:52)
  9. Let It Snow (1:44) Performed by Vaughn Monroe Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
  10. Beethoven’s 9th (End Credit Excerpt) (3:53) Written by Ludwig van Beethoven

  11. ADDITIONAL MUSIC:
  12. Main Title (Alternate)* (0:40)
  13. The Nakatomi Plaza (Takagi’s Death) (Alternate)* (1:47)
  14. Approaching The Vault (Alternates)* (2:33)
  15. Tony Approaches (Alternate)* (1:43)
  16. Yippee Ki-Yay (Extended Version) (2:48)
  17. Assault On The Tower (Alternate Excerpts)* (3:44)
  18. Attention Police (Pick Up Opening)* (2:04)
  19. The Vault (Alternate)* (2:52)
  20. The Vault (Alternate Performance) (2:11)
  21. Message For Holly (Original Version)** (2:52)
  22. Message For Holly (Revised Version)** (2:58)
  23. Happy Trails (Tracked Film Edit) (1:13)
  24. We’ve Got Each Other (1:56) From the movie Man On Fire. Composed by John Patrick Scott
  25. Resolution and Hyperspace (Excerpt) (2:47) From the movie Aliens. Composed by James Horner
  26. Wild Percussion* (2:16)
  27. Roy Rogers Meets Beethoven’s 9th (Source) (1:33)
  28. Winter Wonderland (Source) (1:26) Written by Felix Bernard and Dick Smith
  29. Let It Snow (Source) (1:58) Performed by Michael Kamen. Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
  30. Christmas In Hollis (2:58) Performed by RUN-DMC. Written by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell
    DISC 3: The Vault: Bonus Music from Die Hard (39:58)
  1. Main Title (Film Edit) (0:36)
  2. Seeing Holly (Film Mix) (1:05)
  3. The Phone Goes Dead / Party Crashers (Extended Opening)** (2:22)
  4. The Nakatomi Plaza (Takagi’s Death) (Orchestra Only) (1:47)
  5. Wiring The Roof (Film Mix Excerpt) (0:58)
  6. Tony Approaches (Film Mix) (1:44)
  7. Going After John (Film Mix) (4:33)
  8. Al Powell Approaches (Film Mix) (2:32)
  9. Al Powell Approaches (Alternate)* (2:37)
  10. Under The Table (His Bag Is Missing) (Film Edit) (1:25)
  11. John Is Found Out (Film Mix) (5:54)
  12. Bill Clay Pt. 1 (Film Mix) (2:08)
  13. Bill Clay Pt. 2 (Extended)** (2:08)
  14. Shooting The Glass (1:08)
  15. Message For Holly (Original Version) (Orchestra Only)** (2:53)
  16. The Battle (Alternate Excerpt)** (1:19)
  17. Wild Take* (1:29)
  18. Roy Rogers Meets Beethoven’s Ninth (Alternate)* (1:36)
  19. Hip Hop Christmas (Source)* (1:44) Vocal by Michael Kamen
* Previously Unreleased
** Contains Previously Unreleased Material

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