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Stargate
(1994)
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1994 Milan
2006 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
2019 La-La Land
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
BMG/Milan
(November 8th, 1994)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 17th, 2006)

La-La Land Records
(December 3rd, 2019)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 and 2006 albums were regular U.S. releases, though both went out of print. The 2019 La-La Land album is limited to 3,500 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you're ready for a triumphant return to the romantic, epic scores of Hollywood's Golden Age, a breakthrough effort from an upstart David Arnold that laid the foundation for his future success.

Avoid it... if you demand consistent quality from all corners of this score, its second half remaining a step behind the similarly rendered score for Independence Day and Arnold's other subsequent orchestral work.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #223
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/30/20
Arnold
Arnold
Stargate: (David Arnold) Nobody predicted that the 1994 science-fiction romp Stargate would become such an influential success at the time, though with its own strong performance and two spin-off television series to its credit, the sci-fi concept by the Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin team has persisted as a lasting phenomenon. Merging mystical science from the age of the great Egyptians with a modern military and interplanetary travel, Stargate was essentially envisioned as a Lawrence of Arabia on another planet. There are differing viewpoints on how well that plot held up to critical standards; nearly everyone agreed that the first half hour of Stargate was immensely entertaining while the rest of the film remains debatable in quality. It was largely by luck that the Emmerich and Devlin team happened upon each other and the resulting script for Stargate, but by comparison the far bigger surprise to Hollywood was composing newcomer David Arnold, whose score fared far better than the film as a whole. By the time one lucky connection suggested him to Emmerich and Devlin, the young British artist had scored exactly one feature film, Young Americans in 1993, and was only writing music for other projects on a limited basis. Having been impressed by that melodic score and more than willing to give a new, young artist a chance in the industry, the production hired Arnold on a whim and without much discussion to score Stargate. So successful was the score, not to mention a pleasant surprise for everyone involved with the project, that the same collaboration led to the subsequent scores for Independence Day and Godzilla, the first of which commonly considered a modern classic. Nobody in the industry or in the film score community was expecting Arnold to haul off and produce one of the most impressively bombastic and romantic sci-fi adventure scores of all time for Stargate, but he did just that. Listeners cite many different reasons as to why Arnold's score for this film would become so enticing for collectors and an important element of the continuing concept. One widely accepted possible reason for the success is the score's return to the roots of classic Hollywood music.



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Average: 4.03 Stars
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A massive epic score for the composer's successful career
LordoftheFuture - November 13, 2012, at 7:08 a.m.
1 comment  (1038 views)
How improved is the sound quality of the 2006 release?   Expand >>
My Name Is Tim. - July 22, 2007, at 10:29 a.m.
2 comments  (3498 views)
Newest: December 24, 2007, at 10:57 a.m. by
Thom Jophery
James Horner stole this big-time!   Expand >>
Sam - January 1, 2007, at 10:21 a.m.
11 comments  (12801 views)
Newest: July 17, 2007, at 6:13 p.m. by
roybatty
Stargate The Deluxe Edition
Pudgy - November 29, 2006, at 11:57 a.m.
1 comment  (2491 views)
Stargate & 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Jeroen Admiraal - October 10, 2006, at 6:47 a.m.
1 comment  (1808 views)
Excellent album
Sheridan - August 31, 2006, at 9:30 a.m.
1 comment  (1800 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 64:46
• 1. Stargate Overture (3:01)
• 2. Giza, 1928 (2:10)
• 3. Unstable (2:07)
• 4. The Coverstones (0:58)
• 5. Orion (1:29)
• 6. The Stargate Opens (3:58)
• 7. You're on the Team (1:55)
• 8. Entering the Stargate (2:57)
• 9. The Other Side (1:44)
• 10. Mastadge Drag (0:56)
• 11. The Mining Pit (1:34)
• 12. King of the Slaves (1:15)
• 13. Caravan to Nagada (2:16)
• 14. Daniel and Shauri (1:53)
• 15. Symbol Discovery (1:15)
• 16. Sarcophagus Opens (0:55)
• 17. Daniel's Mastadge (0:49)
• 18. Leaving Nagada (4:09)
• 19. Ra - The Sun God (3:22)
• 20. The Destruction of Nagada (2:08)
• 21. Myth, Faith, Belief (2:18)
• 22. Procession (1:43)
• 23. Slave Rebellion (1:00)
• 24. The Seventh Symbol (0:57)
• 25. Quartz Shipment (1:27)
• 26. Battle at the Pyramid (5:02)
• 27. We Don't Want to Die (1:57)
• 28. The Surrender (1:44)
• 29. Kasuf Returns (3:06)
• 30. Going home (3:09)
2006 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 72:36
2019 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 108:56

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts for all three of the albums include extra information about David Arnold and the score.
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