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Alien Records Bootlegs
(1997, 2000, 2001)

Varèse Sarabande
(August 19th, 2003)

Intrada Records
(August 2nd, 2010)

Intrada Records
(March 5th, 2012)
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No commercial release exists. The "Alien Records" bootlegs were in high demand from 1997 through 2003, often fetching over $50 on the secondary market. The 2003 Varèse Sarabande Club release was limited to 3,000 copies, sold out from the label and soundtrack specialty outlets in early December, 2003 and immediately sold for over $75 in online auctions (eventually reaching $200 in value).

The 2010 Intrada album of another 3,000 copies sold out within a day from the same specialty outlets and was seen in auctions for $100 thereafter. The 2012 follow-up from Intrada is a regular commercial release of unlimited quantities, available for $20 but initially restricted to the specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you seek one of Alan Silvestri's most enduring and memorable scores, led by an extremely catchy percussive rhythm highlighting the score's menacingly primal thematic ideas.

Avoid it... if any horror score without grand, fluid themes, and especially one with a driving militaristic personality, isn't worth the price of any of its albums.
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WRITTEN 9/16/03, REVISED 3/26/12
Predator: (Alan Silvestri) When considering the early projects of Arnold Schwarzenegger, many viewers have argued successfully that Predator presents the actor-turned-politician in his most varied and human light. The bodybuilder (and reportedly regular orgy participant) had been an automated war machine in Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator, and the comical elements in his other projects lessened the effectiveness of his size and attitude. Such was the glory of the story of Predator, the first major feature triumph for successful action director John McTiernan. The plot of the film progressed backwards from the norm, with the technology and hunting spirit becoming more primitive and intensely personal as the film reaches its climax. A Central American rescue mission by American commandos is interrupted by the arrival of a member of a hunting species from another planet, and the crew of bad-ass Earthlings is picked off one by one by this "predator" before the inevitable struggle between the gruesome creature and Schwarzenegger. The human side of Schwarzenegger is portrayed in such a manner that the big guy might actually be killed while fighting for good, and this convincing aspect of the actor's performance helped maintain the film's awesome cult status. Composer Alan Silvestri was brought on to the Fox project at the height of his newly discovered popularity from Back to the Future. The composer had proven his talents with an orchestra during that production, and he had also provided comedy music for a jungle setting in Romancing the Stone. As a first venture into grand horror, though, Predator served Silvestri a test in a new genre that he passed brilliantly. The propulsion behind his Predator score caused the music, like the film, to be adopted as a cult favorite, with bootlegged versions of the music appearing everywhere in the decades following the film's release. He would go on to score Predator 2, which was larger in a symphonic sense (and translated into a more impressive title theme performance in the opinion of some) but lacked the purely primordial edge of its predecessor. Re-recordings of Silvestri's original Predator composition often lack its stylish, percussive appeal and precise, challenging rhythms. It would take until John Debney's faithful resurrection of this score's constructs in 2010's Predators before a convincing and accurate reprise of Predator's best musical aspects was heard.

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Is there a curse with this score?   Expand >>
Richard Kleiner - December 30, 2010, at 1:42 p.m.
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
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Rescue music   Expand >>
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Best score I have...   Expand >>
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alan's best in his film career
s.venkatnarayanan - June 23, 2006, at 11:25 p.m.
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Finally I have them
JMG - March 23, 2005, at 2:46 p.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1997 - 2001 Bootlegs Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:32
• 1. Main Title (3:48)
• 2. The Chopper (3:49)
• 3. Grim Discovery (0:37)
• 4. Dog Tags (1:19)
• 5. "Payback Time" (2:09)
• 6. Preparing Camp Attack (4:18)
• 7. Jungle Trek (1:49)
• 8. First Strike (5:55)
• 9. Blain Gets Killed (0:41)
• 10. "Who Did This?" (2:01)
• 11. Goodbye (1:26)
• 12. Predator Surgery (1:00)
• 13. Mac On Watch (1:09)
• 14. Pig Alarm (1:29)
• 15. Waiting (3:14)
• 16. Mac Loses It (1:21)
• 17. Dillon's Search (1:34)
• 18. Mac Targeted (1:58)
• 19. "Anytime" (1:06)
• 20. Dillon Disarmed (1:01)
• 21. Billy (1:19)
• 22. The Chase (1:18)
• 23. Camouflaged (2:11)
• 24. Preparations (4:42)
• 25. The Challenge (2:20)
• 26. The Fight (4:12)
• 27. Predator Unmasked (1:54)
• 28. "Bad Idea" (1:20)
• 29. The Trap (1:44)
• 30. Self Destruction (2:02)
• 31. Predator (1:13)
• 32. End Title (3:40)
Bonus Tracks:

First Edition: (1997 - 10th Anniversary)
• 2. "Long Tall Sally" (2:04)
   performed by Little Richard
• 34. Suite from Blown Away (7:17)

Second Edition: (2000)
• 33. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (3:44)
• 34. Silver Pictures Logo Theme (0:20)

Third Edition: (2001)
• 1. Fox Fanfare (0:22)
• 2. Silver Pictures Logo (0:20)
• 34. Predator (10:11)
   includes Predator 2 end title and dialogue
2003 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:15
2010 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:45
2012 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:05

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Packaging on the bootlegs was extremely varied, often with no information about the score other than track listings. The 2003 Varèse Sarabande Club album insert includes detailed information about the score and film, as well as a list of performers. That same level of detail was afforded the nearly identical inserts of the 2010 and 2012 Intrada albums as well.
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