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The Fly & The Fly II Soundtrack

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Disc 1: Music Composed and Conducted by Howard Shore. Performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. Disc 2: Music Composed by Christopher Young. Performed by The Munich Studio Orchestra

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Main Title (1:54)
  2. Plasma Pool (1:54)
  3. The Last Visit (2:24)
  4. Stathis Enters (2:19)
  5. The Phone Call (2:07)
  6. Seth Goes Through (2:03)
  7. Ronnie Comes Back (:54)
  8. The Jump (1:20)
  9. Seth and The Fly (2:19)
  10. Particle Magazine (1:00)
  11. The Armwrestle (:51)
  12. Brundlefly (1:41)
  13. Ronnie’s Visit (:35)
  14. The Street (:43)
  15. The Stairs (1:25)
  16. The Fingernails (2:34)
  17. Baboon Teleportation (:56)
  18. The Creature (2:07)
  19. Steak Montage (:57)
  20. The Maggot/Fly Graphic (1:36)
  21. Success With Baboon (:57)
  22. The Ultimate Family (1:58)
  23. The Finale (2:49)

Disc: 2

  1. The Fly II (1:51)
  2. Come Fly With Me (2:32)
  3. Fly Variations (6:22)
  4. Musca Domestica Metastasis (7:21)
  5. The Spider And The Fly (1:34)
  6. More Is Coming (3:33)
  7. The Fly March (4:11)
  8. Accelerated Brundle Disease (4:16)
  9. Bay 17 Mysteries (2:39)
  10. Bartok Barbaro (5:16)
  11. What’s The Magic Word? (4:57)
  12. Dad (2:57)


Product Details

  • Performer: Howard Shore, Christopher Young
  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000B8I8UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Twenty years after the release of the original album, Varèse Sarabande has been gracious enough to re-release the two scores for the resurrected "The Fly" franchise. Both of the original albums have long been out of print and are extremely difficult to find; this disc constitutes an exact re-release of those two albums in one package, with the exact same tracks as the original releases.
It is impossible to praise the score for "The Fly" without recognizing the brilliance of the film itself. Director David Cronenberg's crowning achievement is an ingenious reworking of what is essentially a B-movie concept; the film has been interpreted as an allegory for aging, cancer, and the AIDS virus, and functions as a tragic love story as well as a genuinely disturbing horror picture.
To score "The Fly", Cronenberg turned to his longtime collaborator Howard Shore, now of "The Lord of the Rings" fame. Shore's score, while meeting the obligatory requirements of horror film scoring with dissonant string harmonics and dissonant brass intervals, also includes an unusually strong dose of theme. Shore mentions in the liner notes that both he and Cronenberg felt the music should have an operatic quality to it, and from the very beginning of the "Main Title" it is clear that this is to be a tragic, operatic tale. Shore weaves two primary themes throughout his score: the first, an pattern of descending and ascending major seconds, represents Seth Brundle's frightening and disturbing transformation; the second features the outlining of a minor triad with an added sixth as its primary melodic material, while a descending countermelody plays above; this theme heightens the tragic state of Brundle and his love for Veronica that is inevitably doomed.
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If you haven't delved into horror scores, The Fly might be a good place the start.

Howard Shore's score for David Cronenberg's The Fly is a bit of a difficult listening experience, but it's perfectly married to its film. With all the chaos and dissonance in the orchestra accompanying the gory and shocking scenes, there is also a gentler, lovely sound reflecting the love story being masterfully transformed to tragedy, and a more "sciencey" feel for the outwright sci-fi scenes that resembles one of those 80's school videos or documentaries.

Personally, the price of the album was very well worth the second score, by Christopher Young for the inferior sequel, alone. Young has been considered a master of the horror genre, and with The Fly II you can clearly understand why. Again, the gore and scares are backed by dissonance with the orchestra, but the tender moments are the heart of this score, and Young wrote some of the most beautiful music ever to grace a trashy horror sequel. You only need to listen to "Come Fly with Me" to fall in love with it. Still, the menacing, straight terror cues are also quite badass, and can satisfy your needs for some terrifying action.

That being said, both scores are definitely alienating for the neighbors, and, thus, aren't the most optimal listening experience. Still, they are interesting, if not fascinating, and the type of stuff that deserves to be taught in schools, and this set by Varese Sarabande including both scores is a welcome treat. While Shore's score accompanies the better film, and it is technically outstanding, Young's score is the winner here.
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