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Alien Nation
(1988)
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2005 Varèse (Goldsmith)
2013 Kritzerland (Both Scores)
Album 2 Cover Art
Rejected Score Composed and Performed by:

Rejected Score Produced by:
Joel Goldsmith

Finished Score Composed and Performed by:
Curt Sobel
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(Rejected Score)
(May 16th, 2005)

Kritzerland Records
(Both Scores)
(October 3rd, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The Neither score has been commercially released. The Goldsmith rejected score 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.

The Sobel score was officially released in 2013 by Kritzerland Records. It was limited to 1,200 copies and was distributed only through soundtrack specialty outlets at an initial price of $25. The product failed to sell out in its first five years.
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Buy it... if you either demand every incarnation of Jerry Goldsmith's classic theme from The Russia House or were among the minority to appreciate the composer's equally synthetic futuristic detective score for Runaway.

Avoid it... if you seek otherwise interesting and distinctive music from Goldsmith or replacement Curt Sobel in either of their badly dated, underachieving scores for this forgettable film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,613
WRITTEN 7/18/09, REVISED 5/15/18
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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.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2005 Varèse 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)
2013 Kritzerland Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 87:25

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The inserts of both albums include background information about the score and film.
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