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The Alien Trilogy
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Conducted by:

Performed by:
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Produced by:
Robert Townson
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 15th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to hear superior performances of the best and most interesting cues from the first three Alien scores.

Avoid it... if Alien-related music has never interested you in its tendencies towards drab atonality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #921
WRITTEN 10/24/96, REVISED 7/29/06
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The Alien Trilogy: (Compilation) In the mid-1990's, the Varèse Sarabande label began contracting the services of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for performances of famous film scores. Some of these recordings would come from the wand of the original composer, such as the much revered recordings of film music by Jerry Goldsmith. Others would feature the conducting of famous score themes by the likes of Joel McNeely, Frederic Talgorn, or Cliff Eidelman, all of whom are capable composers themselves who were arguably at the collective height of their careers at the time. One compilation conducted by Eidelman (whose film composition career had already begun to languish by then) was a relatively early RSNO/Varèse set of performances from the first three Alien films. It remains bit odd to fathom that Robert Townson and Varèse engineered this project with the fourth film of the franchise advertised to be just around the corner, but given the poor quality of the fourth score in the series, not much was likely lost. As it stands, the "Alien Trilogy" album features the musical journey of Ellen Ripley throughout her dismal encounters with the alien species, and it isn't the most pleasant of listening experiences. The process of scoring the first film in the franchise wasn't pleasant for veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith either. Despite the immense qualifications that Goldsmith brought to the process, second-time director Ridley Scott decided to temp the movie with previous Goldsmith works, creating odd and unreasonable expectations for the composer to meet. In the end, Goldsmith wrote a score that wasn't what Scott wanted, and the director threw much of it out or otherwise mutilated it and inserted cues in improper places. As fans of the composer well know, Scott purchased the rights to the score for Goldsmith's Freud, as well as a handful of classically-oriented works, and placed these over several scenes that Goldsmith had scored. Other cues were simply dropped in favor of layers of sound effects. In the end, Goldsmith was understandably outraged, and through the years did his best to ensure that his original version of the score would be preserved on album. For this compilation, Eidelman and others painstakingly recreated Goldsmith's work as it was intended, providing several cues here that don't appear in the film.



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Average: 3.29 Stars
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4 stars and still a lot of rubbish...   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 53:45
Alien: (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 1. Main Title (3:16)
• 2. Hyper Sleep (2:45)
• 3. The Landing (4:33)
• 4. Breakaway (3:11)
• 5. The Droid (3:46)
• 6. The Door (1:28)
• 7. End Title (3:27)
Aliens: (James Horner)
• 8. Main Title (6:21)
• 9. Futile Escape (5:45)
• 10. Bishop's Countdown (3:21)

Alien 3: (Elliot Goldenthal)
• 11. Lento (5:23)
• 12. Candles in the Wind (4:16)
• 13. Adagio (4:15)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes are in great depth. They reveal behind-the-scenes stories about the scores and films, inccluding the story about Goldsmith's furious battle over Alien.
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