COMPLETE SCORE
SPACEBALLS Soundtrack (1987)

SPACEBALLS: The Soundtrack

Various / John Morris
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1987
9
30:53
Atlantic Records / WEA Records

SPACEBALLS Soundtrack: Complete Score - The 19th Anniversary Edition (2006)

SPACEBALLS: Complete Score
The 19th Anniversary Edition

John Morris
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December 2006
45
69:01
La-La Land Records

SPACEBALLS Soundtrack (digital) (2006)

SPACEBALLS

John Morris
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June 2008
21
33:09
MGM Music

Digital edition
REVIEW

Spaceballs (ENGLISH)

Spaceballs (John Morris). The hilarious version of Mel Brooks parodying Star Wars with touches of other films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Alien, eventually became a cult classic. The soundtrack was composed by John Morris, habitual collaborator of Mel Brooks, who does an excellent work composing themes without abusing the tone of comedy, already sufficiently present in the own images. At the level of Hollywood's major productions, Spaceballs music became easy to remember, especially for its main theme, the Spaceball 1, Dark Helmet, the love theme, the desert or the Schwartz. In addition to the song Spaceballs, performed by The Spinners, and co-written by Brooks himself.

Adventure, science fiction, romanticism and a longing touch for classic adventure. That expresses the main theme of Spaceballs, perfect for the comedy that is about to begin. In the purest style of Star Wars, the film begins with the "endless" plane of the Long Ship, moment at which the music introduces the spectator into the space adventure. Dark Helmet Entrance combines seriousness and comedy in equal parts, although with the appearance of Dark Helmet in image, the general atmosphere takes the comic side, while Planet Druidia is musically described as a perfect haven of peace. The scene of Princess Vespa's escape from her own wedding in her "brand-new" spaceship Mercedes 2001 SEL, Limited Edition, is one of the few pure comedy themes in the score, but, finally, the theme was not used and, in the final montage, the sequence ran out of music.

The original soundtrack published in 1987 included 9 tracks, 3 of them belonging to the Morris score. In 2006, La-La Land Records released the full score, including numerous extra tracks and a booklet with brief notes about film and music. While a full edition was long-awaited, perhaps this issue is excess content. A clear example are the 8 versions of the Love Theme present in the album. The edition contains several "peculiar" aspects, such as to be a commemorative edition for the 19th anniversary, almost a joke like the movie itself, when, in general, this type of extended editions are usually marketed to commemorate rounder dates, such as the 15th, 20th or 25th anniversary. Another aspect that La-La Land has polished over time are the long names of some tracks, and of which this edition has several examples. You can specify the timing of the movie with less text, not being necessary to be extremely literal when naming the tracks.

In 2008, the MGM Music label edited digitally almost all of Morris's score, but, unlike La-La Land, it did not include extras and some short-lived tracks. Although with a pretty elementary cover art, the final compilation turned out to be a short but correct edition of 33 minutes, in which is missing the theme sung by The Spinners.

La Loca Historia de las Galaxias (ESPAÑOL)

La loca historia de las galaxias (John Morris). La tronchante versión de Mel Brooks parodiando Star Wars con toques de otras películas como Lawrence de Arabia, Star Trek, El planeta de los simios, El puente sobre el río Kwai y Alien, se convirtió con el tiempo en un clásico de culto. La banda sonora fue compuesta por John Morris, colaborador habitual de Mel Brooks, quien realiza un excelente trabajo componiendo temas sin abusar del tono de comedia, ya suficientemente presente en las propias imágenes. Al nivel de las grandes producciones de Hollywood, la música de Loca Historia de las Galaxias se hizo fácil de recordar, sobre todo por su tema principal, la Super Space 1, Casco Oscuro, el tema de amor, el desierto o la Suerte. Además del tema cantado Spaceballs, interpretado por The Spinners, y coescrito por el propio Brooks.

Aventura, ciencia ficción, romanticismo y un toque de añoranza de aventura clásica. Eso expresa el tema principal de la Loca Historia de las Galaxias, perfecto para la comedia que está a punto de comenzar. Al más puro estilo de Star Wars, la película empieza con el "interminable" plano de la Super Space 1 (Long Ship), momento en el que la música mete de lleno al espectador en la aventura espacial. Dark Helmet Entrance combina seriedad y comedia a partes iguales, aunque con la aparición en imagen de Casco Oscuro, la atmósfera general toma la vertiente cómica, mientras que el Planeta Druidia (Planet Druidia) es musicalmente descrito como un perfecto remanso de paz. La escena de la huida de la princesa Vespa de su propia boda en su nave espacial “nuevecita” Mercedes 2001 SEL, Serie Limitada (Mercedes 2001 SEL Limited Edition), es de los pocos temas de pura comedia que hay en el score, aunque finalmente el tema no fue utilizado y en el montaje final la secuencia se quedó sin música.

La banda sonora original editada en 1987 constaba de 9 pistas, 3 de ellas pertenecientes al score de Morris. En 2006, La-La Land Records editó el score completo, incluyendo numerosas pistas extra y un libreto con breves notas sobre la película y la música. Si bien una edición completa era algo largamente esperado, quizás la edición peca de exceso de contenido. Un ejemplo claro son las 8 versiones del Love Theme presentes en el álbum. La edición contiene varios aspectos “particulares”, como, por ejemplo, que se trate de la edición por el 19 aniversario, casi una broma como la propia película, cuando en general, este tipo de ediciones extendidas suelen comercializarse para conmemorar fechas más redondas, como el 15º, 20º o 25º aniversario. Otro aspecto que La-La Land ha pulido con el tiempo son los largos nombres de algunas pistas, y de los que esta edición tiene varios ejemplos. Se puede especificar el momento de la película con menos texto, no siendo necesario ser extremadamente literal a la hora de nombrar las pistas.

En 2008, el sello MGM Music editó en formato digital casi todo el score de Morris, pero, a diferencia de La-La Land, prescindió de los extras y de algunos temas de corta duración. Aunque con una carátula bastante elemental, la compilación final resultó ser una escueta pero correcta edición de 33 minutos, en la que se echa en falta el tema cantado por The Spinners.

TRACK LISTINGS
SPACEBALLS: The Soundtrack (1987)
Total Time: 30:53
  1. Spaceballs Main Title Theme - John Morris (2:30)
  2. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own -Kim Carnes & Jeffrey Osborne (3:56)
  3. Heartstrings - Berlin (4:10)
  4. Spaceballs Love Theme Instrumental - John Morris (2:22)
  5. The Winnebago Crashes/ The Spaceballs Build Mega-Maid - John Morris (2:25)
  1. Spaceballs - The Spinners (3:43)
  2. Hot Together - The Pointer Sisters (4:11)
  3. Good Enough - Van Halen (4:02)
  4. Wanna Be Loved By You - Ladyfire (3:34)
SPACEBALLS: Complete Score - The 19th Anniversary Edition (2006)
Total Time: 69:01
  1. SpaceBalls - Main Title (2:30)
  2. Long Ship / Dark Helmet Entrance / Evil Schwartz / Planet Druidia (2:22)
  3. Wedding #1* / Here Comes The Bride / Retreat* (1:40)
  4. Hail To The Chief (0:12)
  5. Bad Ship #1 / Beam Bad Ship / Luggage Down / Matched Luggage / Bad Year Blimp / Sharking The Ship (2:24)
  6. First Desert / Desert Playout (0:50)
  7. Love Theme (1:06)
  8. Desert,Thirsty, March, Falls / Bad Ship #2 (1:44)
  9. Dink March (Colonel Bogey March)+ (0:25)
  10. Into Cave / The Cave (1:25)
  11. The Schwartz / Power Of Schwartz (0:31)
  12. She Will Come (1:31)
  13. Yogurt's Goodbye / Bad Ship #2 (0:46)
  14. Taking Her In / Lonestar & Barf Enter As Guards / Lonestarr Corridor / After Stunt Doubles (2:54)
  15. Bad Ship After Rambo (0:12)
  16. Mega-Maid (1:34)
  17. Tymp Hits / Schwartz Switchoff (0:32)
  18. Entering The Ear / Down The Ladder / Hand Print #1 / Hand Print #2 / Lonestarr & Helmet Fight #1 / Lonestarr & Helmet Fight #2 / Lonestarr & Helmet Fight #3 (4:38)
  19. Post-Explosion Barf (0:22)
  20. Keep It For Yourself / Romance (0:58)
  21. 2nd Wedding (0:53)
  22. Yogurt's Goodbye / Liquid Schwartz (0:59)
  23. Fanfare For Prince Lonestarr* / Kiss / Big Finish* (1:22)
  24. SpaceBalls - Main Title (w/o Sound Effects) (1:42)
  25. SpaceBalls - The Spinners (3:42)
    SPACEBALLS: THE ALTERNATES
  1. SpaceBalls - Main Title (alternate) (1:51)
  2. Druidia Landscape (0:20)
  3. Ladder Down / Matched Luggage (0:50)
  4. Love Theme Alt (1:10)
  5. Love Theme DB (2:15)
  6. Love Theme DG1 (2:37)
  7. Love Theme DG2 (2:25)
  8. Love Theme Revised (2:21)
  9. Love Theme Record Verion (1:14)
  10. March / Col Bogey Instrumental (0:40)
  11. Power Of Schwartz / Yogurt's Goodbye (0:58)
  12. Mega-Maid 1st Version (1:33)
  13. Mega-Maid 2nd Version (1:34)
  14. Schwartz Switch Off / Entering The Ear (1:42)
  15. Yogurt's Goodbye (0:35)
  16. Kiss / Big Finish (1:19)
  17. SpaceBalls - Main Title (alternate#2) (1:55)

  18. SPACEBALLS: THE ALBUM VERSIONS
  19. Love Theme (2:21)
  20. Winnebago / Mega-Maid (2:23)
  21. Main Title (First Take) (1:44)

* Not used in final version of film
+ Composed by Kenneth J. Alford

SPACEBALLS (2008)
Total Time: 33:09
  1. Main Title (2:32)
  2. Long Ship / Dark Helmet Entrance / Evil Schwartz / Planet Druidia (2:24)
  3. Wedding #1 / Here Comes the Bride / Retreat (1:42)
  4. Hail To The Chief (0:14)
  5. Bad Ship #1 / Beam Bad Ship / Luggage Down / Matched Luggage / Bad Year Blimp (2:26)
  6. First Desert / Desert Playout (0:52)
  7. Love Theme (1:08)
  8. Desert, Thirsty, March, Falls / Bad Ship #2 (1:46)
  9. Into Cave / The Cave (1:28)
  10. The Schwartz / Power Of Schwartz (0:33)
  11. She Will Come (1:33)
  1. Yogurt's Goodbye / Bad Ship #2 (0:48)
  2. Taking Her In / Lonestarr & Barf Enter As Guards / Lonestarr Corridor / After St (2:56)
  3. Mega-maid (1:36)
  4. Entering The Ear / Down The Ladder / Hand Print Pts. 1 and 2 / Lonestar and Helm (4:40)
  5. Post Explosion Barf (0:25)
  6. Keep It To Yourself / Romance (1:00)
  7. 2nd Wedding (0:55)
  8. Yogurt's Goodbye / Liquid Schwartz (1:01)
  9. Fanfare For Prince Lonestarr / Kiss / Big Finish (1:24)
  10. Main Title (Without Sound Effects) (1:46)

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