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The first disc contains the entire original score, with alternative versions requested by the director and studio. The second disc reproduces the version prepared for the original soundtrack album with a few more alternative tracks.
Contained in the 2-disc set are the complete 1979 recordings, re-mastered from newly found 1-inch master tapes and a detailed look into the scoring process, including notes on each individual cue, in what is probably the most extensive set of linear notes I have ever seen on a soundtrack release. In audio fidelity, this is a huge step above the original 1979 Silva LP and the subsequent bootlegs released. The difference is almost night and day. The hiss and muffled sound of the LP and bootlegs is replaced by a vibrant and bright sound, which fully encompasses what is probably Goldsmith's most complex score.
It is known fact that much of Goldsmith's original score had been tampered and re-mixed, yet I never fully realized the extent of the changes made by Ridley Scott (director of Alien) for the final cut.Read more ›
This 2 CD set has everything. The first disc is the complete 57 minute score, followed by 7 rescored alternate cues that are about 20 minutes long. The second disc is the original 1979 album recreated using the new remastered elements. This is about 35 minutes long. This is followed by 13 minutes of bonus tracks comprising the film version of the Main Title, 1 alternate take, 3 demo excerpts, 1 track of unused inserts and a piece of Mozart source music from the film.
So all together there is over 2 hours of music here! I have to say here that the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Alien movie had the complete isolated score...although a few of the songs are out of order and I suspect a few are missing. So buy the movie if you are also interested in seeing the images with the music.
So if you are a Goldsmith fan you have no doubt heard about this already. If not, buy it immediately!
I've lost count of the number of times I've watched Alien. I first saw it in theaters as a 12-year-old (thanks, Dad, I really needed all of those nightmares). I saved money to purchase the original vinyl LP back in 1980 or so, but once I was able to get the movie on video and watch it repeatedly, I became aware that the score on the LP was not nearly what was in the movie, and much of what was on the LP simply was not in the movie.
So when I was browsing Amazon recently, I found this title and bought it on the spot. I listened to it for the first time this week after arriving at work, where I usually get there before anyone else and have the office mostly to myself. This music brought back a lot of the uneasy feelings I associate with the movie, but I was happy to be listening to the score that Goldsmith wrote and a lot of which does appear in the movie.
For any fan of Alien, I highly recommend this release.
"Alien" is another amazing Goldsmith movie score.
But understand that Scott and Goldsmith got into a bit of pissing match on this movie score (and others as well, e.g."Legend") and the result is a little strange. In fact the pamphlet contained with the CD (which has a lot of great information), where Goldsmith is quoted as saying "I told Ridley working on 'Alien' was one of the most miserable experiences I've ever had in this profession ... ."
This CD release is brilliant, but the actual "Main Title (film version)" is actually a "bonus track" on the second CD!
Thus this CD contains: Disc 1: "The Complete Original Score," with bonus tracks; and Disc 2: "The Original 1979 Soundtrack Album," which as I have said, did NOT include the original "Main Title" to the actual film, with bonus tracks (including the actual "Main Title (film version)."
What does all this mean? Nothing! Goldsmiths' Alien "scores" are brilliant, just understand what you are buying here. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Getting to hear this classic Goldsmith work in clear sound is a joy. the insert booklet is a chock full of information on the history of the project as well as how they put all the... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Erik Johnson
I love the soundtrack to Alien!!! I've been wanting to get the soundtrack of Alien for a long time but had trouble finding it till I looked on Amazon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A price slightly higher than the average CD ensures that this soundtrack is for fans of the Alien score only (or mainly). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jake
I'm not going to write anything that other reviewers haven't said better, but I will say this is one of the finer scores I own. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ozone Joe
This is so worth the $30
The first disc alone is worth the price of admission. It was great to hear what Jerry had in mind originally. Read more
Absolutely brilliant score! A must have for any Alien fan. Oh- and if you want a laugh, read the liner notes. There's a fun little tale in there about Ridley.Published 2 months ago by Brent Duncan
Great soundtrack. Puts you right in the atmosphere of the movie.Published 5 months ago by Duane W. Myers