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Alien Nation
(1988)
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Rejected Score Composed and Performed by:

Rejected Score Produced by:
Joel Goldsmith

Finished Score Composed by:
Curt Sobel
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Varèse Sarabande
(Rejected Score)
(May 16th, 2005)
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The Sobel score heard in the film has never been commercially released, nor has Goldsmith's rejected score. The latter was circulated widely in the bootleg market before being officially released by Varèse Sarabande in 2005. Despite a pressing of only 3,000 copies, the Varèse album remained available at its initial price of $20 for the rest of the decade.
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Buy it... if you either seek every incarnation of the classic theme from The Russia House or were among the minority to appreciate Jerry Goldsmith's equally synthetic futuristic detective score for Runaway.

Avoid it... if you find Goldsmith's solo electronic scores of the 1980's to be badly dated and have no interest in hearing a rough, demo-like version of The Russia House's beautiful theme.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,588
WRITTEN 7/18/09
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Alien Nation: (Jerry Goldsmith/Curt Sobel) Although the premise of Alien Nation was successful enough to green-light the production of several television incarnations along the same lines, the original 1988 film is often forgotten because of its lack of distinctive characteristics. The plot postulated that in the near future, a few hundred thousand aliens (called "newcomers") take refuge on Earth and assimilate into society. The Graham Baker film doesn't attempt to explore the larger worldwide societal issues that such an event might cause, but instead redirects the story to the confined spectrum of a cop and buddy picture. A lonely officer, played by James Caan, is a bigot in regards to the newcomers but is forced to reckon with the assignment of one such alien to be his partner in the investigation of his previous partner's slaying. On one hand, you have a typical detective story, and on the other, you have comments about prejudice that could have been equally explored (and have been countless times) in more conventional ways. Only the fact that the aggrieved group here is alien distinguishes Alien Nation from the plethora of similar films. By rooting the story in the short-term future, Alien Nation avoids all the expenditures of a science fiction tale, instead opting to treat its subject matter in a much more down to earth manner. That was in part the problem with the score provided for the film by composer Jerry Goldsmith, who had written an impressive work for Baker's The Final Conflict several years prior. Goldsmith approached the film as he had done once before for a futuristic cop story, Runaway, deciding to record an all-electronic score for the picture. Ultimately, Goldsmith's music was likely too cold and alienating to serve Alien Nation, emphasizing the cultural divide on screen rather than the urban, contemporary location and standard detective elements. When Goldsmith was reportedly unavailable to re-score the film, his music was completely dropped and veteran music editor and novice composer Curt Sobel stepped in. Not only did Alien Nation end up with a predictably stale light rock and jazz score from Sobel that did absolutely nothing to extend the fantasy aspect of the film, but the experience turned out to be a tremendous blessing for Goldsmith, who was not bothered by the rejection because he recognized the poor quality of the film. In fact, Alien Nation turned out to be simply a practice run for one of the composer's greatest career achievements.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2005 Rejected Score Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:41
• 1. Alien Landing (3:47)
• 2. Out Back (2:00)
• 3. Are You Alright? (1:50)
• 4. Take It Easy (2:53)
• 5. The Vial (2:12)
• 6. Jerry's Jam (1:51)
• 7. Alien Dance (1:57)
• 8. Are You There? (2:01)
• 9. The Beach (3:40)
• 10. Tow Truck Getaway (1:51)
• 11. 772 - I Shall Remember (4:08)
• 12. Tell Them (1:29)
• 13. A Game of Chicken (2:26)
• 14. Overdose (2:26)
• 15. Got a Match? (2:53)
• 16. A Nice View (2:34)
• 17. Just Ugly (1:57)
• 18. The Wedding (4:43)

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The 2005 album's insert includes extensive information about the score and film.
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