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The Abyss
(1989)
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1989 Varèse
2013 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
James B. Campbell
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(August 22nd, 1989)

Varèse Sarabande
(December, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1989 album was a regular U.S. release. The expanded, limited 2013 set is limited to 3,000 copies and sold initially through soundtrack specialty outlets for a price of $25.
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Buy it... on the 2013 2-CD set if you enjoyed the magnificent final twelve minutes of choral majesty in the original version of the film and desire some additionally strong music from earlier in the story that was ultimately rejected.

Avoid it... if the dynamism of those twelve minutes, along with a handful of vintage 1980's Alan Silvestri action cues, aren't worth extended sequences of mundane and sparse electronic atmospherics that sustain most of the score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #178
WRITTEN 8/29/97, REVISED 2/2/14
Silvestri
Silvestri
The Abyss: (Alan Silvestri) Long after James Cameron impressed audiences with a preview of liquid digital effects that would become famous in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the 1989 underwater alien thriller The Abyss has gone somewhat forgotten. Also off the radar is Cameron's much-discussed director's cut of the film that included a 20-minute ending that the studio felt was far too long and editorial to be included in the original theatrical release. The picture tried to merge themes of action, science fiction, political thrill, and commentary of the human condition, all of which causing widely ranging reasons for audience dissatisfaction in test screenings. An underwater energy rig is asked to explore the wreck of a mysteriously sunken American nuclear submarine, leading the crew to battles against their own military partners and bizarre deep-sea mysticism that turns out to be an alien race responsible for much of the messy backstory of the plot. Add to the equation a high dose of interpersonal strife and you have a reflection of the production's frustrating creation process, from malfunctioning water tanks to the extensive editing of the final cut. While The Abyss is one of Cameron's weaker efforts, it is no less impressive in many of its parts, however, especially in the action and suspense sequences. Despite Cameron's previous collaborations with Brad Fiedel and James Horner (who was reportedly too busy at the time to have taken on The Abyss as an assignment anyway), he collaborated with up and coming composing star Alan Silvestri for the score. The versatile Silvestri had caught the attention of action score collectors with his exciting and ambitious music for Back to the Future and Predator, two scores that would influence the music in the aforementioned action sequences in The Abyss. For the project, Silvestri was tasked with creating two completely separate sounds for the same story, mirroring the story's two sides. In the first half of The Abyss, the underwater platform crew is tested by the elements and each other while slowly beginning to realize that some of the problems they and the recently sunken submarine are experiencing are due to the creatures that exist at the bottom of a nearby abyss. The second portion of the film involves the creatures of the abyss themselves and their triumphant surfacing as a method of saving Ed Harris' life and announcing themselves to the world of humanity.



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heidl - May 6, 2014, at 12:32 a.m.
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Abyss soundtrack
Ian Williams - January 7, 2010, at 3:52 p.m.
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I don't agree
Thom Jophery - March 20, 2007, at 9:58 a.m.
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choir   Expand >>
nuno botelho - December 17, 2004, at 10:48 a.m.
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Newest: June 19, 2006, at 2:10 p.m. by
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Music of the Special Edition???   Expand >>
JMG - December 19, 2003, at 2:16 p.m.
3 comments  (4279 views)
Newest: May 1, 2006, at 6:38 p.m. by
Joe Maxwell
Not just the last 3 tracks.   Expand >>
Ommadawn - November 9, 2003, at 9:48 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1989 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:07
• 1. Main Title (1:31)
• 2. Search the Montana (1:56)
• 3. The Crane (2:00)
• 4. The Manta Ship (6:23)
• 5. The Pseudopod (5:37)
• 6. The Fight (1:46)
• 7. Sub Battle (3:18)
• 8. Lindsey Drowns (4:43)
• 9. Resurrection (1:59)
• 10. Bud's Big Dive (6:09)
• 11. Bud on the Ledge (3:14)
• 12. Back on the Air (1:40)
• 13. Finale (6:46)
(track lengths not listed anywhere on packaging or CD)
2013 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 113:54

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1989 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2013 album includes details about both.
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