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The Back to the Future Trilogy
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 21st, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you only have casual interest in Alan Silvestri's fantastic music for the trilogy and seek robust re-recordings of highlights from the first two entries.

Avoid it... if you're enough of a fan of the scores that John Debney's significantly slower tempos in conducting them will overshadow the benefit of the monumentally fuller sound of the recording.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #439
WRITTEN 9/24/99, REVISED 10/16/07
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The Back to the Future Trilogy: (Alan Silvestri) With dazzling and memorable themes, Alan Silvestri's music for the three Back to the Future films was just as important to the 1980's as the scores for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas. The film was a monumental success for everyone involved, solidifying both Robert Zemeckis and Silvestri in their respective fields and earning massive financial rewards for the studio. Both Zemeckis and Silvestri were relative unknowns, despite their collaboration on the popular Romancing the Stone just prior. Zemeckis trusted Silvestri with the large-scale orchestral score to Back to the Future despite Silvestri's lack of experience with that level of writing. His work for the trilogy is nothing less than spectacular, however, when you study just how well his optimistically heroic themes can be manipulated for so many different situations throughout the saga. The original film alone stands as one of the best examples of how to merge orchestral action music with source songs, leading at the time to a commercial album that served mostly the purpose of promoting the role of the latter element. No official score release containing the scant 45 minutes of music from Back to the Future was forthcoming in the twenty years to follow, likely due to licensing nightmares and associated costs. Its existence on CD has always remained in the venue of pricey bootlegs with questionable sound quality. The two sequel scores were both released adequately by the Varèse Sarabande label, though the middle score in particular is often considered more of a rehash of copied and pasted ideas than the Western-oriented third entry. To help rectify the unsatisfying situation regarding the music from Back to the Future on album, Varèse decided to commission John Debney and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to perform music from the first two films, as well as the four-minute Universal City ride that utilizes an original Silvestri composition based on the trilogy. They would then throw on some original cues from the third film to round out the album.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:09
Back to the Future:
• 1. Back to the Future (3:28)
• 2. Skateboard Chase (1:45)
• 3. Marty's Letter (1:34)
• 4. Clocktower Pt. 1 (5:22)
• 5. Clocktower Pt. 2 and Helicopter (5:42)
• 6. '85 Lone Pine Mall (3:43)
• 7. 4x4 (0:54)
• 8. Doc Returns (1:27)

Back to the Future, Part II:
• 9. Hill Valley, 2015 (4:11)
• 10. Burn The Book (2:46)
• 11. He's Gone (0:44)
• 12. The Letter (2:00)
• 13. I'm Back (0:51)
• 14. End Logo (0:19)
• 15. The West (1:12)
Back to the Future, Part III:
• 16. Main Title (3:06)
• 17. Indians (1:10)
• 18. Point of No Return (The Train Pt. III) (3:48)
• 19. End Credits (4:00)

• 20. Back to the Future: The Ride (4:10)

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The insert notes include lengthy commentary about the music as heard in the films, but fail to provide much insight into the process behind these recordings.
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