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Back to the Future Part II
(1989)
Album Cover Art
1989 MCA Records
2015 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
James B. Campbell
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(November 22nd, 1989)

Intrada Records
(October 12th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1989 MCA Records album was a regular U.S. release, but it was out of print as of the late 1990's and selling for $30 or more. The 2015 Intrada album is a limited product with unknown quantities produced and sold initially for $30.
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Buy it... on the comprehensive 2015 set if you simply can't get enough of the boisterous and lovable adventure themes from the original film, all of which reprised (sometimes too frequently) for similar situations on screen in the sequel.

Avoid it... if you feel no need to complete your trilogy of Back to the Future scores, for the second installment is, outside of some minimal new suspense material for alternate realities, largely redundant and surprisingly poor in sound quality on even the expanded album.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,529
WRITTEN 1/6/10, REVISED 4/8/16
Silvestri
Silvestri
Back to the Future Part II: (Alan Silvestri) There was originally no intent by anyone involved with the production of the 1985 instant classic Back to the Future to plan for a sequel, but with dominating grosses in the age of fantasy and action franchises, Universal was eager to keep the magic of the time-traveling Delorean going. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Hale hatched out a plot to be revealed over two films, and with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment once again producing, $40 million was budgeted for each sequel. Scheduled for release six months apart from each other in late 1989 and summer, 1990, the returning crew of the Back to the Future sequels shot a few scenes for the two pictures simultaneously, covering up for the loss of two supporting actors from the original film (leading to a lawsuit from the actor first portraying George McFly that eventually paved the way for industry rules about the usage of any actor's likeness in sequels). The second film was a dark bridge between the more frivolous first and third stories, jumping through time extensively and exploring several paradoxes that affect the 1950's setting and a 2015 one as well. Alternate realities have to be cleared up by Marty McFly and Doc Brown to ensure that past, present, and future misfortune doesn't befall the McFly family and in turn benefit the first film's villain, Biff Tannen. Some of this wild shifting through locations caused problems with audiences, though Back to the Future Part II still earned well over $330 million and was applauded by the visual effects industry for its employment of new technology allowing an actor to seamlessly appear multiple times in the same frames. While entertaining, the two sequels did not come close to matching the fiscal or critical success of Back to the Future, however, and the same applies to the two follow-up scores by Alan Silvestri. The composer burst into the mainstream with that 1985 score, which was amongst his first fully orchestral endeavors in an otherwise pop-inspired career thus far, moving on to Predator and other noteworthy major projects in the immediate years that followed.



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Average: 2.93 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1989 MCA Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:38
• 1. Main Title (2:21)
• 2. The Future (5:23)
• 3. Hoverboard Chase (2:49)
• 4. A Flying DeLorean? (4:31)
• 5. My Father! (2:04)
• 6. "Alternate 1985" (3:05)
• 7. If They Ever Did (3:58)
• 8. Pair O' Docs (1:27)
• 9. The Book (4:50)
• 10. Tunnel Chase (5:21)
• 11. Burn the Book (2:26)
• 12. Western Union (1:52)
• 13. End Title (4:38)
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 99:28

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1989 MCA Records album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 Intrada album contains extensive notation about both.
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