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Battle Beyond the Stars
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2001 GNP Crescendo
2011 BSX Records
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Newman
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GNP Crescendo Records
(August 28th, 2001)

BSX Records
(July 18th, 2011)
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The 2001 GNP Crescendo album (with Humanoids from the Deep) was a regular U.S. release but became scarce after the label went out of business, increasing in value to $30. The 2011 BSX Records album is limited to 1,000 copies but sold through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial retail price of only $16. It sold out within a few months but did not immediately escalate in value.
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Buy it... if you want to know where it all essentially started for James Horner, not to mention the fact that Battle Beyond the Stars is an impressively engaging score by any standard.

Avoid it... if enduring the inspiration for Horner's eventual self-regurgitation is as disturbing to you as hearing the composer blatantly pull material from Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek: The Motion Picture for this score.
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WRITTEN 9/1/01, REVISED 11/28/11
Battle Beyond the Stars: (James Horner) The New World Pictures studio headed by Roger Corman was at the height of its ambitions in 1980, determined to not just fill the screen with B-rate science fiction and horror trash but actually compete with the major blockbuster franchises already established in cinema at the time. Undoubtedly, Battle Beyond the Stars was a response to the space opera phenomenon caused by Star Wars, and its plot involves mercenaries hired to protect a distant farming colony from nasty aliens. The character-driven picture features a dose of Corman's usual flesh on display, though the special effects of starship combat were akin to television's Battlestar Galactica in their general design. Most of the movies that came out of Corman's troop were undeniably trashy, but that group did include several big names that would go on to mainstream greatness, including Ron Howard and James Cameron. Both directors eventually used the services of composer James Horner, who himself was a Corman regular during the initial years of his career. Horner was fresh out of his doctorate education in music composition and theory when he landed the position with Corman, making his story initially very similar to Cliff Eidelman's, especially with their overlapping involvement with the "Star Trek" franchise. His score for Battle Beyond the Stars was among the later in the rather impersonal collaboration, and it had far more of a lasting impact on the direction of the composer's career than other Corman entries. For Horner's collectors, it's a bit strange to go back and revisit Battle Beyond the Stars, if only because it came at a time during which not one listener could compare the music to a previous Horner score. Ironically, though, being the first entry in an illustrious career doesn't automatically mean there isn't some borrowing to be heard. Horner's writing has always been a hotbed of controversy regarding his tendency to borrow material from himself and others, though Battle Beyond the Stars was a case of temp track emulation of the highest order. Despite this obvious reality, the score directly caused Horner's employment on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an acquaintance with Battle Beyond the Stars art director James Cameron that may have likely led to his troublesome assignment on Aliens.

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2001 GNP Crescendo Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:12
Battle Beyond the Stars:
• 1. Main Title (2:00)
• 2. Malmori Rear Guard (3:52)
• 3. The Battle Begins (4:33)
• 4. Nanelia and Shad (1:27)
• 5. Cowboy and the Jackers (3:36)
• 6. Nanelia's Capture (1:29)
• 7. The Maze Battle (3:11)
• 8. Shad's Pursuit (3:23)
• 9. Cowboy's Attack (1:45)
• 10. Love Theme (3:52)
• 11. The Hunter (1:40)
• 12. Gelt's Death (1:30)
• 13. Nanelia (1:32)
• 14. Heading for Sador (0:59)
• 15. Destruction of Hammerhead (2:36)
• 16. Epilogue/End Title (5:03)
Humanoids from the Deep:
• 17. Main Title (2:27)
• 18. The Buck-O (3:45)
• 19. Unwelcome Visitor (2:02)
• 20. Night Swim (1:48)
• 21. Jerry and Peggy (0:57)
• 22. Trip Upriver (1:58)
• 23. The Humanoids Attack (2:54)
• 24. Jerry's Death (2:04)
• 25. Search for Clues (1:56)
• 26. Strange Catch (1:07)
• 27. The Grotto (3:22)
• 28. Night Prowlers (2:08)
• 29. Final Confrontation (3:04)
• 30. Aftermath and New birth (2:22)
• 31. End Title (2:12)
2011 BSX Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:38

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The inserts of both albums include extensive notes about the film and its music, as well excerpts from an old CinemaScore interview with Horner. The track listing on the packaging of the 2011 BSX Records album erroneously adds a 53rd track.
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