Terminator Salvation Original Soundtrack
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Terminator Salvation Original Soundtrack

May 19, 2009

  Song Title Artist
Opening Danny Elfman
All Is Lost Danny Elfman
Broadcast Danny Elfman
The Harvester Returns Danny Elfman
Fireside Danny Elfman
No Plan Danny Elfman
Reveal/The Escape Danny Elfman
Hydrobot Attack Danny Elfman
Farewell Danny Elfman
Marcus Enters Skynet Danny Elfman
A Solution Danny Elfman
Serena Danny Elfman
Final Confrontation Danny Elfman
Salvation Danny Elfman
Rooster Alice In Chains

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2009
  • Release Date: May 15, 2009
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2009 Motion Picture Artwork and Photography C2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.; This compilation C2009 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 50:24
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  • ASIN: B0029OWB34
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,944 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terminator Underwhelming May 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Danny Elfman fan since I was a kid, he scored much of my beloved childhood films (Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before X-Mas). I've watched him advance from just a lot of wonk bonk wonk bonk wonk bonk and occasional spits of chorus to some amazingly deep orchestrations like his heavy handed Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks, Hellboy 2 and even Wanted scores, which prove he can hit a range of emotion and setting than 99% of composers. Corpse Bride the score was AMAZING despite how eh the movie itself was.

So wtf happened here Danny? I got worried the second he said he'd use the theme "if appropriate" in interviews when his signing on to this got announced. Brad Fidel's scores for T1 and 2 were amazing due mainly to how understated they were. The more understated they were, the more intimidating they became. The Arnold T-800 had his own sort of repetitive beat theme which perfectly told you he was mechanical, seemingly unstoppable and damn scary. The overall Terminator theme was strangely and welcomely emotional, speaking to the weight of the circumstances and how the overall plot was to save mankind. In T2 you got the T-1000's more wave pulse like theme, a slow drone getting louder and fading out, louder and fading out. Again, creepy, repetitive and mechanical, but smoother than the Arnoldbot theme, symbolizing his shape shifting and advanced design. The various assemblies of percussion Fidel used for incidental pieces were as intricate as the Terminator Endoskeletons themselves. They created drama, horror, tension, humanity... whatever the films needed he expertly delivered.

Brad McCreary, who did the TV show's score, took his ques from Fidel while adding his own themes for Sarah and John that were quite emotional and fitting.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the best part of the whole soundtrack June 1, 2009
By Rokit
Format:Audio CD
Saw Terminator: Salvation and the very next day bought this soundtrack. What made me want to buy it was the awesome score during the opening credits, specifically the very end when you hear the main Terminator theme found in all the movies.....clank clank...clank......clank clank.............clank clank...clank.......clank clank. It was arguably done the best and sounded the best out of all the movies. It only lasts for a few seconds, but that alone would have justified the cost of the soundtrack. Unfortunately, whoever was involved with putting this soundtrack together said, "Nah, lets not include the coolest part of the whole soundtrack in the release." Whoever that was I'd like to just give a sarcastic thank you. I mean what a disappointment. What a let down. This is such a serious violation that they need to just scrap the current release and make a new version with that piece included. That is what defines a Terminator movie. I still can't believe it's not in there. Tell me it was political so I can be mad at the system, because I truly think any sane person would have included it. If politics takes the best part out of the whole soundtrack, then it's time to get rid of politics. I gave it 3 stars because it's still the Terminator and I think any fan would enjoy listening to it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the opening drum roll???!?? May 24, 2009
By BigRob
Format:Audio CD
I was extremely disappointed with the opening track. When I saw the movie, the opening track has the familiar drum track from all the terminator movies towards the end of the song. The soundtrack for some reason left it out. Now the opening track sounds like something left over from the batman movies!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The cover says it all. July 22, 2009
By A. Romo
Format:Audio CD
Danny Elfman IS dark music.

If you want to be completely submerged into a sinister setting in which you almost feel the cold metallic hand of the terminator grabbing you, this is the album to buy. Picture a slow melodic pace of semi-rock instruments that bring to life a haunted steel mill. Only to intensely become charged with a banging of violent drums and horns that amp up the listener to lead their very own revolution against the machines. The thunderous crashing of hammers can only point to one thing, the music quickly continues to highten and the battle lines have been drawn. Surprisingly just when your palms beging to sweat, Danny caresses your ear drum with a silky back drop of strings that lets you breathe before the sound of danger jumps out of your speaker again. Elfman is on his A-game for this one and to this crtitics' belief, creates music that surpasses the film which failed at continuing the highly successful franchise that made Arnold a household name. Thank you mr. Elfman for breathing life into another one of Hollywood's attempts to empty our pockets visually while audibly creating a solid and powerful score.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different than I thought but really good May 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was pleasantly surprised by this soundtrack, after seeing the movie I couldn't remember the music because of the loud action scenes but I knew I liked the opening sequence so I decided to get the CD. Well the Opening is definitely my favorite. The rest is really good but I wish it has more of the T1 and T2 famous sounds like the intro of the T1.
Anyway great soundtrack and it doesn't sound like Danny too much so it's cool.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a new theme and it works! December 19, 2009
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I almost didn't buy this score because of the downbeat reviews (even though it was rated at 3.5 stars), but I took a chance because, for some reason, I liked the movie more than I should have. You'll read a lot about how Danny Elfman spit in the eye of Brad Fiedel and the entire Terminator franchise by coming up with his own theme for this movie. I don't agree with the 'Elfman is arrogant' sentiment ... here's why ...

If you're a fan of the Terminator franchise, then you'll understand that this movie differs from the first two (I choose to ignore the 3rd, because its a black mark on the franchise and should never have been made) in two critical ways ... the setting (this is set in a post apocalyptic future, where the others where set in the 'present') and the fact that the first two are mainly pursuit minded (evade the T101 and T1000). I think the Elfman theme for Salvation is so great because it keeps that in mind.

The theme and the entire score is very dark ... but not in a frantic way, like the first two. Its a lot more foreboding and heavy. There are these big heavy thumping motifs that run through the whole thing that just add to the sense of dread ... In fact the big heavy sounds that he uses in the opening theme, at the start of "The Harvester Returns" and in "No Plan" (they were heavily used in the trailer to transition from one cut of action to the next), where you can almost actually feel that sickening feeling in your stomach that the humans must have felt when the big machines show up to grab/kill them in the movie, were what made me seek out the score in the first place.

The theme also does a good job of accounting for the presence of the machines (probably because they are a bigger presence in this move, quantitatively, than in the first two).
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4.0 out of 5 stars this was a gift
It arrived in decent time and without defect. This was a gift to a friend, so I haven't any personal reviews to give.
Published 3 months ago by Paige Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
The musical sound track of Termination Salvation by Danny Elfman is okay. I don't think it's as good as Brad Fiedel's sound track for Terminator 2 though, that score was epic.
Published 11 months ago by B. Elazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminator 4: Salvation
This is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack!!
I really love soundtracks and this one doesn't disappoint. I have a lot of cd's that Danny Elfman has done and this one is just another one that I can add to my list of great... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Angela Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman A Much More Better Choice Then T3's Marco Beltrami
In 2009 when I found out Danny Elfman was going to score Terminator Salvation I was pretty excited he has composed some of the best soundtracks I've ever heard such as Batman,... Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Dastallionj
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
I've never been a big fan of Elfman's music until he scored Terminator Salvation. But this is one of the best soundtracks ever written. Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by Nikolei Romanov
2.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack Review
This soundtrack was ... ok but definitely lacking the Brad Fiedel overtones, which is essential. Franchise sequels depend upon the originals to sell the continuity, why destroy... Read more
Published on January 5, 2010 by Darryl Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate Elfman!
"Terminator Salvation" is Danny Elfman in top form. His score is dense and powerful during action sequences, utilizing an enormous orchestra with thunderous percussion; the... Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by steve
2.0 out of 5 stars This darn thing called ego...
Danny Elfman said that he would use the famous Terminator theme if he felt it was appropriated. Well, i started to worry from then on. This condescending attitude was the warning. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by Jean-rené Leroux
2.0 out of 5 stars Elfman is good, but this sountrack of his....
....not so much.

Danny Elfman. He's one of my favorite composers, but the second that I found that he composed the soundtrack for the new Terminator film, I wasn't... Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Jamin Koehn
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