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Alien Invasion: Space and Beyond II
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
The Crouch End Festival Chorus

Conducted by:
Nic Raine

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records America
(February 17th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the best compilations of science fiction film music ever to be recorded for album.

Avoid it... if this set contains too few of the common mainstream favorites, in which case you should seek the previous album in the series.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #841
WRITTEN 2/15/98, REVISED 8/5/07
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Alien Invasion: Space and Beyond II: (Compilation) This second installment in Silva Screen's massive compilations of sci-fi and alien themes from motion pictures is just as impressive as the first. The original "Space and Beyond" CD was voted by Filmtracks visitors as one of the five best CD albums of 1997, falling behind only Titanic and the special edition releases of each of the original Star Wars scores. Unlike the original, though, this CD pays more of a tribute to classic sci-fi themes. The mix of modern and classic themes is sometimes jarring, lending some merit to thoughts that the album would be better if the selections were chronologically arranged. Those inclusions range from War of the Worlds through Starship Troopers, which was still popular at the time of the compilation's release, and present a variety of composers in the ranks of Jerry Goldsmith, David Arnold, Dimitri Tiomkin, Leith Stevens, and Alan Silvestri. The performances by The City of Prague Philharmonic are equal to the group's strength in Silva's other offerings of the late 1990's, having shed some of the awkward performances that the Czech players had contributed just five years earlier. One of the more superior performances on this album is Mars Attacks!, for which the ensemble very successfully recreates Danny Elfman's style (including theremin and choir). Contrasting that silliness is Bernard Herrmann's classic theme for The Day the Earth Stood Still, with a performance creepy to the point of perfection. The cult Toto score for Dune was popular at the time due to a significantly expanded album release, and a lengthy suite of the score's primary themes is arranged by Toto member David Paich. The choral accompaniment, not unexpectedly, is much richer here than in the original, though the title theme is performed with a bit too much haste (and some seemingly odd orchestrations). Two of the subsequent three selections from the Star Trek films and television shows are tired inclusions. As with other compilation performances, the Klingon theme from the first film and the First Contact theme lack the full power and majesty of the originals.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 149:56
CD 1: (75:16)

    • 1. Mars Attacks! (Danny Elfman)
       Introduction & Main Titles (4:02)

    • 2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Bernard Herrmann)
       Outer Space/Radar/Farewell and Finale (5:40)

    • 3. Dune (Toto)
       Secrets of the Fremen/Main Title/Leto's Theme/Big Battle/Take My Hand (8:42)

    • 4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Jerry Goldsmith)
       Klingon Attack (5:38)

    • 5. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Dennis McCarthy)
       One Last Visit (3:10)

    • 6. Star Trek: First Contact (Jerry Goldsmith)
       End Title Suite (5:10)

    • 7. When Worlds Collide (Leith Stevens)
       Main Title/Foreword/Doomsday Drawing/The Takeoff/The New World (8:28)

    • 8. Battle Beyond the Stars (James Horner)
       Theme (4:04)

    • 9. The Thing from Another World (Dimitri Tiomkin)
       Main Title/The Melting Sequence/The Thing Electrocuted (7:34)

    • 10. Twilight Zone: The Movie (Jerry Goldsmith)
       End Title Suite (6:29)

    • 11. Battlestar Galactica (Stu Philips & Glen Larson)
       Prologue/Main Title/The Destruction of Peace/A Chance to Live/Exodus One (11:07)

    • 12. Stargate (David Arnold)
       Giza 1928/Going Home (4:46)


    CD 2: (74:40)

    • 1. Forbidden Planet (Louis/Bebe Barron)
       Prelude (3:15)

    • 2. The Planets (Gustav Holst)
       Mars, The Bringer of War (8:07)

    • 3. Contact (Alan Silvestri)
       End Titles (8:49)

    Starship Troopers (Basil Poledouris)
        4. Bugs! (2:07)
        5. Fed Net March/Klendathu Drop (5:03)

    • 6. Predator (Alan Silvestri)
       Theme (4:07)

    • 7. War of the Worlds (Leith Stevens)
       Main Title/Introduction/Martian Man Dies/Evacuation & Finale (10:35)

    • 8. The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)
       The Imperial March (3:13)

    • 9. Invaders from Mars (Christopher Young)
       End Title (3:44)

    • 10. Space: Above and Beyond (Shirley Walker)
       Suite (7:32)

    • 11. V (Joe Harnell)
       Theme (1:50)

    • 12. Starman (Jack Nitzsche)
       End Title: Symphonic Version (4:44)

    • 13. Independence Day (David Arnold)
       End Title Suite (9:01)

    • 14. Bonus Track: The Thing from Another World (Dimitri Tiomkin)
       The Thing Lives! (2:12)

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