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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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1991 Varèse
2010 Silva
Album 2 Cover Art
2017 Universal
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:
Brad Fiedel
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 18th, 1991)

Silva Screen Records
(October 5th, 2010)

Universal Music
(March 24th, 2017)
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The 1991 Varèse Sarabande album was a regular U.S. release, but it sold for over $50 once it went out of print later in the decade. Several international re-issues included a 1997 "limited edition" from Varèse that came in a silver slipcase but included no additional music.

The 2010 Silva Screen album is an international commercial re-issue, available several weeks earlier in Europe. The 2017 Universal re-issue was a commercial product but somewhat difficult to find outside of Europe; its identical vinyl counterpart was more widely distributed.
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Buy it... if you seek a more technologically advanced variation on some of the ideas primitively expressed in the previous score, including two solid, muscular performances of the franchise's famous title theme.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything with the depth of meaning to suggest that a compelling dramatic story is unfolding under the chase on screen, because Brad Fiedel's library of screeching and grinding metallic sound effects over pounding, brutal percussion ineffectively addresses the concept.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/19/17
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: (Brad Fiedel) Did anyone really think that the second film in the franchise of The Terminator would be the last time audiences would see Arnold Schwarzenegger's naked butt rising out of a funky sphere of lightning? It likely seemed to many that Terminator 2: Judgment Day would have been a good place for James Cameron's bleak vision of the future to resolve itself, with perhaps a small hope that armageddon at the hands of the sentient machines is not inevitable. That, and the fact that the aging bodybuilder would eventually have to use a stand-in for those famous nude scenes. The Oscar-winning, box office shattering 1991 spectacle was a technical marvel, with Cameron taking the liquid-morphing technology he introduced in The Abyss and dazzling audiences with his T1000 terminator villain in this sequel film. The reunion of Schwarzenegger and actress Linda Hamilton was the major selling point Terminator 2: Judgment Day, lingering distrust from the desperate struggle in the original story and the transformation of Hamilton's once innocent 80's girl into her own form of war machine both compelling continuations of the concept. The franchise would include multiple films and a television series in the 2000's, but without Cameron's direction and the lead actress' return, the drama of these subsequent entries is largely lost. When considering that the original The Terminator has been raised to an ultimate level of cult status and the record profits of the first sequel, it's hard to think of soundtracks for such high profile films that have raised so little mainstream interest. It's also difficult to say definitively that this lack of popular longevity of composer Brad Fiedel's two Terminator scores is due to the nature of their challenging constructs, or even perhaps their poor rendering and execution. But, in either case, there was some worry when Terminator 2: Judgment Day first was announced that Cameron would return to Fiedel for the job of scoring the sequel, despite experiencing success (on screen and not necessarily personally) with the likes of James Horner and Alan Silvestri.

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All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:41
• 1. Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme) (1:56)
• 2. Sarah on the Run (2:31)
• 3. Escape from the Hospital (and T1000) (4:34)
• 4. Desert Suite (3:25)
• 5. Sarah's Dream (Nuclear Nightmare) (1:49)
• 6. Attack on Dyson (Sarah's Solution) (4:07)
• 7. Our Gang goes to Cyberdyne (3:11)
• 8. "Trust Me" (1:38)
• 9. John and Dyson into the Vault (0:41)
• 10. Swat Team Attacks (3:22)
• 11. "I'll Be Back" (3:58)
• 12. Helicopter Chase (2:27)
• 13. Tanker Chase (1:42)
• 14. "Hasta la Vista, Baby" (T1000 Freezes) (3:02)
• 15. Into the Steel Mill (1:25)
• 16. Cameron's Inferno (2:37)
• 17. Terminator Impaled (2:05)
• 18. Terminator Revives (2:14)
• 19. T1000 Terminated (1:41)
• 20. "It's Over" ("Good-Bye") (4:36)

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The insert of the 1991 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2010 Silva and 2017 Universal albums' inserts include a short note from Fiedel about the score.
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