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Watch the Skies
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Performed by:
The Cincinnati Pops
The Orchestra of the Americas
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Individual Performances by:
John Beal
Michael Chertock
Alan Howarth
Christopher Franke

Compilation Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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Sonic Images Records
(January 26th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a fan of John Beal, Alien-related music, or seek Elliot Goldenthal's Roswell title piece as the hidden gem of the album.

Avoid it... if you already own most of this album's major orchestral performances on other products that had already released the same cover versions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,405
WRITTEN 2/1/99, REVISED 11/2/07
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Watch the Skies: (Compilation) In the late 1990's, the Sonic Images label tested the waters in the growing soundtrack compilation market, typically licensing orchestral performances from the same catalogs as other, more readily known labels and combining that material with original cover versions of a few items per CD. For the "Watch the Skies" compilation of 1999, among the later Sonic Images entries, fans would hear a science-fiction and fantasy compilation of film, television, and ride music that is constructed in much the same way the Sonic Images' "Heart of the Ocean" release was presented the previous year. The same eclectic approach of including previously existing recordings from sources like Silva Screen, Telarc, and Intersound (always previously released on other CD albums) with fresh single-artist performances and a few original recordings is utilized. Not unexpectedly, what results is an album that contains some old favorites and introduces some new surprises, depending on how deep your soundtrack compilation collection already is. Despite the common thread that binds all of this music together, the tracks vary greatly in mood and scope, ultimately causing an inconsistency in flow that keeps "Watch the Skies" from achieving as high a rating as other compilations available from competing labels. Most tracks, in and of themselves, have their virtues. Bernard Herrmann's prelude to The Day the Earth Stood Still is a classic, and the Cincinnati Pops, although underestimated by many as a group talented only in jazz, performs it with excellence. This recording had been around for more than a decade on one of Telarc's old compilations, though, and the significantly older age of the piece sets it as an awkward distance from the remainder of the album's selections.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 73:31
• 1. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Bernard Herrmann)
Prelude (1:46)

• 2. Mars Attacks! (Danny Elfman)
Introduction/Main Title (3:58)

• 3. Species (Christopher Young)
End Title (7:45)

• 4. E.T. (John Williams)
Medley (piano solo) (4:13)

• 5. Contact (Alan Silvestri)
End Title (3:48)

• 6. They Live (John Carpenter and Alan Howarth)
Main Title (3:33)

• 7. Men in Black (Danny Elfman)
Main Title (2:59)

• 8. Predator (Alan Silvestri)
Main Title (3:20)
• 9. Aliens - The Ride (Richard Band)
Main Theme (6:29)

• 10. Alien (Jerry Goldsmith)
End Title (2:47)

• 11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Denny Zeitlin)
Main Title (original recording) (4:13)

• 12. Roswell (Elliot Goldenthal)
Main Title (original recording) (3:12)

• 13. The Tommyknockers (Christopher Franke)
Suite (original recording) (7:54)

• 14. Dark Skies (Michael Hoenig)
Epilogue (3:20)

• 15. The X-Files (Mark Snow)
Main Theme (4:24)

• 16. Independence Day (David Arnold)
End Credits (8:59)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes contain very brief information about each track. The packaging consistently neglects to include the exclamation mark in the Mars Attacks! title.
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