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Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection Box set, Soundtrack


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It doesn't take much rhetorical muscle to argue that science fiction was one of the dominant genre artforms of the 20th century, from the Lumiere brothers to Spielberg, from Wells and Conan Doyle to Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke. This nearly exhaustive, lavishly packaged collection documents the genre's musical legacy across virtually every major genre on its five discs and 113 tracks. Each volume is divided by sub-genre--Movie Themes, TV Themes, Pop, Incidental/Lounge, Novelty--with each containing both the obvious contenders and some delightful surprises. The film disc alone contains a wealth of rarities, including music from Them!, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Andromeda Strain, Fantastic Voyage, and other notables. The packaging is brilliant kitsch: a 6.5-inch square, metal-lidded cube emblazoned on three sides with suitably tacky 3-D images of--you guessed it!--a floating brain. But the profusely illustrated, hard-bound, 200-page book (designed to emulate the Big Little Books of the 1940s and '50s) that's included gives the subject its serious due, with an introduction by Ray Bradbury and contributions from an array of other notables, including Forrest J. Ackerman, Billy Mumy, Joe Dante, Dr. Demento, and Matt Groening. Perhaps the best half-cubic-foot of sci-fi brain food every assembled. --Jerry McCulley

Disc: 1
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Science Fiction/Double Feature - Richard O'Brien
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Introduction) - The City Of Prague Philhamonic/Nic Raine
3. Forbidden Planet: Main Titles - Overture - Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
4. The Day The Earth Stood Still: Prelude/Outer Space/Radar - Bernard Herrmann
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Twilight Zone, Main Title: First Season - Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
2. Lost In Space: Main Title/Main Title - Season 3 - John Williams
3. My Favorite Martian: Theme - The Warner Bros. Orchestra/Carl Brandt
4. Doctor Who: Dr. Who - Eric Winstone & His Orchestra
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Telstar - The Tornadoes
2. Blast Off - Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra
3. Out Of Limits - The Marketts
4. Have You Seen The Saucers - Jefferson Airplane
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Frozen Neptune - Russ Garcia & His Orchestra
2. Lunar Rhapsody - Les Baxter
3. Man From Mars - Ferrante & Teicher
4. On The Dark Side Of The Moon - Frank Comstock
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
2. Beep! Beep! - Louis Prima
3. The Blob - The Five Blobs
4. Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Soundtrack
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004ZDX9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jan Strnad on January 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This offering from Rhino Records sets a new standard for graphic design! Really, it's absolutely terrific. Before ever getting around to opening the box, I luxuriated in the marvelously rendered details, the perfect switches and gauges, the tongue-in-cheek labels from the "brainstorm" light to the warning to "replace fluids every 3000 hours." I got more kicks from just reading the box than I've gotten from many novels!
And the box is only the beginning! The 200-page booklet is a sheer delight for fans of 1950s sci-fi B-flicks. Really, you can't appreciate the genius that went into this package until you experience it for yourself! More than a box, it's Art.
Very highly recommended!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jayson Olson on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first thing you will notice is the beautiful box. Though not metal (decorated to look as if), it has a really cool hologram on three sides, with all track listings on the back. Decent construction, though some may not like the foam insert inside which holds the 5 discs and book.
The 5 discs are packaged with their own cardboard sleeve that is decorated in a 50's style retro design and categorized by a main theme: T.V., Movie, Lounge, Novelty & Pop. But the best part of the inserts is the small hard cover book included. It is chock full of old B-movie posters and artwork, news/articles, and information/history on 'space' related music over the years. This is truly a gem and adds quite a bit to this collection. You will spend hours marveling over the old retro designs and comic like appearance of all things sci/fi that are within this books covers.
Now why only 4 stars? Well though you will be giddy to hear old show tunes like 'Lost In Space', 'The Outer Limits', and some of the movie themes and lounge, it does lack some heavy hitters. One can argue that Rhino probably had hundreds of tunes to sift through, and they picked what they could for licensing reasons and taste, but while others may enjoy some tunes, others will wonder how this made it into the collection. For me, I was a little let down by the Novelty disc....some songs were actually annoying to me.
The biggest let down, and I realize the issues behind it, were the absence of a few major players: There is no Star Wars theme, no Cantina, no Dune, no Klingon music, a few TV shows that were not represented, but you can't please everybody right?
Otherwise a very good collection...and a stellar book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
With an ultra-cool holographic box that instantly transports you back to the sci-fi B-movie days of the past, "Brain in a Box" also serves as a fairly comprehensive library of all kinds of music relating to science fiction, from movie and TV themes to pop and novelty songs. If I had to introduce someone to sci-fi music, this wouldn't be a bad way to do it. I could easily quibble over what's missing, but I prefer to focus instead on what you DO get: an excellent hardbound book with info and commentary, several tunes I would never have heard otherwise (like "Tiny Space Man"), and the amazing brain storage container that is it all comes in. I do have complaints: the sound quality varies widely (couldn't be helped, I'm sure)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hartl on January 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're the kind of person that stays up weekends until 4AM just to see a rare '50's sci-fi drive-in movie on the tube, start saving up,you've got to have this. The other reviews point out the superb packaging (I can't imagine anyone bringing out a better graphic design for CDs this year,give the Grammy right now) and the esoteric music, and I fully agree. But I think I've found how to enjoy this set the most:stick all the discs in your 200-CD jukebox and use random play mode. This stuff is the greatest for spicing up your round-the-house listening! Extremely highly recommended (if you're into old sci-fi and unusual music).
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