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The Day the Earth Stood Still Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1951
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008J2KU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude And Outer Space
2. Radar
3. Danger
4. Klaatu
5. Gort
6. The Visor
7. The Telescope
8. Escape
9. Solar Diamonds
10. Arlington
11. Lincoln Memorial
12. Nocturne
13. The Flashlight
14. The Robot
15. Space Control
16. The Elevator
17. The Magnetic Pull
18. The Study
19. The Conference
20. The Jeweler
See all 33 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This Robert Wise classic set a new standard for sci-fi films, and its outlandish score by Bernard Herrmann did likewise for film music. It features not one but two Theremins, three organs, two pianos, two harps, three timpani, four tubas, strings, guitar....this is madness, brilliant madness, re-recorded at Abbey Road especially for this release!

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Very dramatic, intelligently directed and a well-craft screenplay with an outstanding cast.
J. Lovins
One of the reasons is because of Bernard Herrmann's which is conducted perfectly by Joel McNeely with the essential theremin by Celia Sheen.
Autumn M.
This CD comes with excellent liner notes that includes studio photos and explanation of the musical construction of the score itself.
Daniel R. Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The year is 1951 and director Robert Wise is about to throw panic into Washington D.C. and the film world with "The Day the Earth Stood Still", when an extraterrestrial spacecraft lands near the White House. Very dramatic, intelligently directed and a well-craft screenplay with an outstanding cast. Our players are Klaatu (Michael Rennie) plays the alien invader and the Earth People who may be worth saving are Helen Benson (Patricia Neal), Dr. Barnhardt (Sam Jaffe), Bobby Benson (Billy Gray) and Tom Stevens (Hugh Marlowe). With first-rate cast we have a first-class composer of Bernard Herrmann, who creates the well established trademark of sci-fi with the theremin-dominated musical score. The theremin on this album is played by Celia Sheen, haunting with eerie imagery seeping through the orchestration. Wonderful arrangements by the composer himself, with excellent conducting by Joel McNeely. Each section of the orchestra ~ the pianos, hammonds, harps, brass and electronic instruments amplify within each cue. As Celia is carefully in complete control with the entire ensemble. The result is colors come shining through with a perfect performance and a credit to the classic composition by Bernard Herrmann.
Total Time: 38:43 on 33 Tracks ~ Varese Records 302-066-314-2 ~ (3/04/2003)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By James D. Eret on March 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bernard Herrmann, the famous coposer of so many classics of the cinema, has never written a boring film score, and in this science fiction classic,he sets the standard high again for great film music. This film is one of the classic science fiction movies of all time and this film score matches its subject with great force, music of the heavens and space and great music for Gort the robot. Highly recommended. This music fills you with awe and great harmonies. Herrmann was one of our greatest film composers and anything he wrote is worth listening to again and again.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Pomeroy on June 8, 2008
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but I like it as well if not better. This is Bernard Hermann's original score performed by orchestra (including Theremin) at Abbey Road Studios in 2002. The attention to detail and consideration of original arrangement is exemplary. As a long time fan of this film classic (and if you haven't seen it, find it ! After 58 years, it still speaks volumes of the human condition and futile politics) I've heard the original soundtrack within the film many times. This is different, of course, but excellent within its own right. If you wish to study the Theremin exquisitly used in an orchestral environment, this is the score and one the best recordings I've heard. Hermann's composition is simply classic of the genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Perry on August 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is not the original, but a fairly faithfull re-recording of the score. Purists may be put off by this and wish to seek out the original, but I think most will find this a beautifully recorded album. There are only minor changes to be found here, most have to do with the difference in recording techniques. The sound is fuller and richer that the one used for the film. I have to admit I purchased this thinking it was the original, but any bad feelings I had about that fact quickly went away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noel Hadley on May 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Day the Earth Stood Still is perhaps the greatest science fiction film of the 1950's; a decade shrouded not-so-much with pink poodle skirts, jukeboxes and hula-hoops as its growing fear of a confrontation with the Soviet Union and the atomic holocaust surely to follow. If the purpose of film as an art is to dissect the culture in which we live, then screenwriter Edmund H. North and director Robert Wise are the two guys in the sugar-filled ice cream truck making their rounds across suburban neighborhoods of America, shouting their terrifying message of self-destruction, the need for a stronger United Nations, and eventual demolition of nuclear arms to children running up and down those streets with silly putty in their hands and Davy Crockett hats on their heads.

Before listening to The Day the Earth Stood Still, I conducted a little research into its scoring sessions in order to further wet my appetite. Following Bernard Herrmann's writing efforts with 1941's Citizen Kane, and more recently his 1949 atmospheric score to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (both of which I have yet to hear but expect to later unearth), Herrmann, like most masters of any particular trade, still had something to prove; he wasn't your typical Hollywood musician.

Recorded in August of 1951, Earth Stands Still showcased unusual overdubbing and tape-reversal techniques, a skill that 1960's experimental rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Brian Wilson (with Good Vibrations) and the Beatles would further develop. Unusual instrument combinations were used as well; violins, cellos, three electric basses, two Theremin electronic instruments, organs, electric organs, vibraphones, glockenspiels, marimba, tam-tam, timpani, celesta, and others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rwprince on November 6, 2012
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This is a great soundtrack from one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. When I was a child and heard this on TV, I hid behind the couch. More than 50 years later, it still has a dramatic other-worldly character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giskard Reventlov on February 2, 2011
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I originally heard this soundtrack on the classical music station in Central Oregon. It took me a few moments to recognise what I was listening to but I caught on quickly enough.
Soon afterward, I did the usual Internet search and found the 'Day the Earth Stood Still' soundtrack on Amazon. My purchase was sent out promptly and the item was delivered exactly as advertised.
The soundtrack itself is excellently recorded and mixed. The liner notes are quite informative.
The various tracks each provided the soundtrack for various scenes in the film 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'. Each is appropriately titled.
I've seen that film more times than I care to remember and was pretty much able to place each CD track to its proper place in the film.

I've listened to the soundtrack album several times, both at home and on automobile tours. If anything, the 'Day the Earth Stood Still' soundtrack CD is creepier than the movie. A definite recommendation from me !!
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