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Back to the Future Part III
(1990)
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1990 Varèse
2015 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
James B. Campbell
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(May 29th, 1990)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 12th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release that had not gone out of print by the time of the expanded 2015 Varèse CD Club product that was limited to 5,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $30.
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Buy it... on the chronologically-ordered, 2015 expanded set if you've always loved the themes from the original Back to the Future score but were discouraged by the simple regurgitation of them in the first sequel; they are explored more intelligently in this final entry.

Avoid it... if you seek the tight cohesion, overwhelming sense of wonder, and full thematic spectrum of the first score, for Alan Silvestri does lose some of its original themes and, in a few ways, its feeling of magic in his attempt to explore new territory.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,508
WRITTEN 1/6/10, REVISED 4/8/16
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Back to the Future Part III: (Alan Silvestri) Written and partially produced at the same time as Back to the Future Part II, the final installment of the Back to the Future franchise in 1990 was afforded an identical budget to its predecessor (about $40 million) but returned by far the least in grosses of the three films. Still popular enough with critics and audiences to produce a decent profit, though, Back to the Future Part III features a solidified storyline that avoided the potentially confusing level of time paradox pitfalls of the second entry. After preserving the proper timelines in the past, present, and future at the end of Back to the Future Part II, Doc Brown and his time-traveling DeLorean are hit by lightning, forcing him back to 1885 and disabling the car. Upon recovering the hidden vehicle in 1955 with that version of Brown, Marty McFly has to travel back in time once again to save Doc from an untimely death and encounters his friend conflicted about a love interest he has met there. With the majority of Back to the Future Part III set in 1885, the film enjoys a consistent plot with pithy parallels to the 1950's part of the trilogy, and it culminates in one of the most exhilarated train sequences to ever be shot for the screen. Composer Alan Silvestri had received countless accolades for his work for Back to the Future, and much of its music was reprised by necessity in the 1989 sequel. Before production got far with Back to the Future Part III, the composer did write a short, Elmer Bernstein-inspired Western theme to accompany a teaser of the third film contained at the end of the cliffhanging second one. It overshadowed a score for Back to the Future Part II that was technically adept and contained a few interesting alterations to the first film's material, but on the whole wasn't original enough to really extend the music's own narrative in a meaningful direction. Entire sequences of the score for Back to the Future were largely copied and pasted into the sequel, with only one new, rather grim suspense theme explored in the altered realities of that story.



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**** 38 4 Stars
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** 23 2 Stars
* 17 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:51
• 1. Main Title (3:05)
• 2. It's Clara (The Train Part II) (4:33)
• 3. Hill Valley (2:20)
• 4. The Hanging (1:40)
• 5. At First Sight (3:12)
• 6. Indians (1:10)
• 7. Goodbye Clara (2:57)
• 8. Doc Returns (2:50)
• 9. Point of No Return (The Train Part III) (3:45)
• 10. The Future Isn't Written (3:35)
• 11. The Showdown (1:28)
• 12. Doc to the Rescue (0:51)
• 13. The Kiss (1:51)
• 14. We're Out of Gas (1:15)
• 15. Wake Up Juice (1:11)
• 16. A Science Experiment? (The Train Part I) (3:05)
• 17. Doubleback* (1:30)
• 18. End Credits (4:34)
* composed by ZZ Top and arranged by Alan Silvestri
2015 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 109:20

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The insert of the 1990 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of their 2015 expanded product contains extensive notation about both.
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