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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Alastair King
David Butterworth
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Columbia Records (Download)
(October 2nd, 2015)

Columbia Records (Deluxe CD)
(November 6th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release. The 2-CD "Deluxe Edition" set with songs and score was released a month after the initial download options and was an exclusive.
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Buy it... if you desire a very intelligent blend of styles from Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner, an occasionally fantastic narrative of instrumental and thematic development by Harry Gregson-Williams in top form.

Avoid it... if the fifteen or so minutes of triumphant, inspirational highlights for the main theme cannot compensate for an otherwise challenging but still accessible collection of ambient representations of scientific perseverance.
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WRITTEN 11/30/15
The Martian: (Harry Gregson-Williams) Like its recent predecessor, Gravity, and any other good space survival film that strives for realism, 2015's The Martian fought off accusations from scientists that its plotline was improbable, if not impossible. The Ridley Scott film actually fared well scientifically compared to other science fiction thrillers, though, aided by enthusiastic support from NASA during production, a move by the space agency to utilize the film's possible success as promoting its own interests. In the story of The Martian, a team of astronauts on Mars in 2035 experiences a freak wind storm that causes one of their crewmen to be left behind during an emergency evacuation from the planet's station. Believed initially to be dead, this crewman is forced to survive on the planet for a prolonged period using ingenious methods of food and water generation, among other feats of communication and exploration. A frantic rescue mission ensues while the lonely astronaut contemplates life and science with a surprisingly upbeat attitude during his struggles. The film performed well critically and financially, breathing fresh life into Scott's reputation after several relative duds. The director's flame-outs in the 2000's have suffered at times because of his insistence upon bizarre editorial choices in the music for his projects, an issue dating back to well-documented failures to collaborate nicely with Jerry Goldsmith. After his successful stint with Hans Zimmer, Scott turned to Harry Gregson-Williams and Marc Streitenfeld for his more recent soundtracks, with mixed results. While Gregson-Williams' strong score for Kingdom of Heaven was absolutely butchered by Scott (who chose to insert music by the then deceased Goldsmith prominently and intrusively in the picture), the director returned to the composer for additional musical contributions for Prometheus and the ultimate in composer pow-wows, Exodus: Gods and Kings. Many film music collectors considered Gregson-Williams' music for these pictures to be among the best supplied to those and other Scott films, and his assignment to The Martian is thankfully devoid of any interference from other composers. In fact, the composer's crew was kept rather small for the project, all things considered in the 2010's, with Gregson-Williams seemingly credited with all the writing of the original material in the movie. That said, the film does make humorous use of several source songs of 1970's disco due to their placement as a distinct story element.

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Deluxe Edition Tracks   ▼Total Time: 84:47
CD 1: (33:06)
• 1. Turn the Beat Around - performed by Vicki Sue Robinson (3:24)
• 2. Hot Stuff - performed by Donna Summer (5:12)
• 3. Rock the Boat - performed by The Hues Corporation (3:19)
• 4. Don't Leave Me This Way (Single Version) - performed by Thelma Houston (3:37)
• 5. Starman (2012 Remastered Version) - performed by David Bowie (4:14)
• 6. Waterloo - performed by Abba (2:46)
• 7. Love Train - performed by The O'Jays (2:58)
• 8. I Will Survive - performed by Gloria Gaynor (3:17)
• 9. The Martian Score Suite - composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (4:19)

CD 2: (51:41)
• 1. Mars (2:25)
• 2. Emergency Launch (3:09)
• 3. Making Water (2:38)
• 4. Spotting Movement (1:49)
• 5. Science the S*** Out of This (2:16)
• 6. Messages From Hermes (3:31)
• 7. Sprouting Potatoes (1:39)
• 8. Watney's Alive! (2:46)
• 9. Pathfinder (2:33)
• 10. Hexadecimals (2:33)
• 11. Crossing Mars (3:36)
• 12. Reap & Sow (2:21)
• 13. Crops Are Dead (3:26)
• 14. Work the Problem (1:58)
• 15. See You in a Few (5:11)
• 16. Build a Bomb (5:06)
• 17. Fly Like Iron Man (4:45)
(other individual products feature the two CDs separated with identical contents)

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The insert of the "Deluxe Edition" set includes extensive credits and information from the composer about the choral texts that are oddly not heard on the album's mix of the music.
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