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The X-Files: Fight the Future
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1998 Elektra
2014 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Mark Snow

Orchestrated by:
Lolita Ritmanis
Jonathan Sacks

Electronics and Additionally Orchestrated by:
Sean Callery
Louis Febre
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Elektra Entertainment
(June 2nd, 1998)

La-La Land Records
(July 29th, 2014)
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The 1998 album was a regular U.S. release. A song compilation was also concurrently released. The expanded 2014 La-La Land Records album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you seek a transitional score that leads you from the early days of atmospheric suspense music in "The X-Files" to the later years of harmonic romanticism that poignantly emerged in the show.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear a score that truly embodies the electronic spirit and soul of the episodic scores that Mark Snow provided for the series on television, because the orchestral presence, as well as missing motifs from the show, set this work apart.
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WRITTEN 6/2/98, REVISED 12/22/14
The X-Files: Fight the Future: (Mark Snow) Rare is it that a feature film based upon a television series is released right in the middle of that series' lifespan on the small screen, but producer/creator Chris Carter and his regular "The X-Files" crew managed to pull it off. Even more remarkable is that the film not only integrated into the fifth and sixth seasons of the storyline of the show perfectly, but was also a narrative success on its own. Generating positive buzz from people who had never seen a single episode on TV, The X-Files: Fight the Future intelligently satisfied both avid fans and the regular mainstream, a rare feat that was in no way duplicated ten years later with the ill-fated second feature film in the franchise, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Directed by one of the show's regulars, The X-Files: Fight the Future and its successful run promised of the possibility of another film in the future, though by the time the 2008 "sequel" debuted, the magic of the show (and lingering interest in the concept after actor loyalty issues caused its disintegration in its late seasons) had waned. The plotline of The X-Files: Fight the Future runs like that of an extended episode, with larger production budgets for locations, sets, soundtrack, and guest stars. The fact that the film leads fans to a huge governmental/alien conspiracy and an associated alien spacecraft in Antarctica is no surprise to aficionados of the series, and the script developed several new plotlines for future television episodes to reference. Composer Mark Snow had been writing music for the series for all of its five seasons to the date of the film and had his own cult following as a result. He had received six Emmy nominations spanning work for "The X-Files" and "Millennium" and had begun to venture into television and video films with varying success. His work for the "The X-Files" episodes was typically dominated by synthesizers, for the weekly television schedule never afforded him the time to work with an orchestra. With two months and a significant number of re-cuts to work around in producing the score for the feature film, Snow was given a large enough budget to hire a studio orchestra to create a beefed-up, more complex version of his weekly "X-Files" music, a decision later described as an obvious way to adapt the concept to the big screen.

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1998 Elektra Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:50
• 1. Threnody in X (3:13)
• 2. B.C. Blood (2:26)
• 3. Goop (4:17)
• 4. Soda Pop (4:45)
• 5. Already Dead (1:42)
• 6. Cave Base (1:31)
• 7. Remnants (2:10)
• 8. Fossil Swings (0:58)
• 9. Plague (3:22)
• 10. Goodbye Bronschweig (2:40)
• 11. A Call to Arms (0:57)
• 12. Crossroads (2:17)
• 13. Corn Hives (3:04)
• 14. Corn Copters (2:35)
• 15. Out of Luck (1:00)
• 16. Stung Kissing/Cargo Hold (4:11)
• 17. Come And Gone (5:27)
• 18. Trust No One (2:51)
• 19. Ice Base (1:33)
• 20. Mind Games (3:52)
• 21. Nightmare (2:44)
• 22. Pod Monster Suite (5:21)
• 23. Facts (2:35)
• 24. Crater Hug (2:05)
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2014 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:33

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The insert of the 1998 album contains notes about Snow and the score. The wacky-colored font used for the notes and credits is very difficult to read. The 2014 album's insert contains detailed notes about the film and score.
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