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Independence Day Soundtrack

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Independence Day - Original Soundtrack Recording - Cd

On the Homer Simpson palm-to-the-forehead scale, many sci-fi fan gave Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster three slaps; their heads hurt just thinking about it. But as stoopid as the filmmaker's efforts were (and they hadn't even signed on for Godzilla yet!), at least composer David Arnold "rose" to the occasion, producing a Williamsian piece of overwrought orchestral and choral melodrama that virtually begs you to take the proceedings seriously. If Arnold had been working the genre in the '50s, there's a fair chance that that vaunted AFI top 100 films list would've included Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers; now, there's a movie. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: July 2, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003G4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Zachary S. Houp on November 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the first few film scores I bought after catching the bug and for a few months it didn't stop rotating in my CD player. For many, this was the first time they had ever heard the name David Arnold, but certainly it wasn't the last as he continues to wow audiences and will no doubt lead the next generation of film composers. The music is probably the best he's ever produced for the big screen, though it isn't nearly as inventive or personal as Stargate. What ID4's music has is a magnificent spirit and bravery that traverses the seemingly endless action cues and exceptional themes that are some of the most rousing in film history.
One listen to the End Titles and Arnold will have you hooked; you'll see why this score has become so publicly praised and why it probably played more than a small part in the film's success. Though it doesn't sound flattering, I consider this a compliment to Arnold's work: David Arnold has a propensity to create the most stirring and fitting B-style action scores. Listen to ID4, Musketeer, even his offerings in Wing Commander, and one will understand why; in short, the themes fall to a stereotypical simplicity, but are executed so perfectly that it seems undoubtedly appropriate.
As previously stated, the themes here represented don't quite surpass those offered in Stargate, but they tend to have a more exciting and appealing use. The main theme is decidedly simple, yet to good effect since you can exit the theatre humming; the main action theme, with a glorious trumpet fanfare and underlying low brass is awe-inspiring; the still minor themes are all perfect and developed beyond the traditional silly, summer, sci-fi flick, which no doubt spells the success for this superb score.
The CD is heavily packed with action--as was the movie.
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Format: Audio CD
Before I buy soundtracks, I watch the movie to see how well it goes. If I like it I buy it. Well after watching Independence Day I knew for sure I wanted the soundtrack. as it was just amazing.. David Arnold did a wonderful Job with each track..

It's just a shame that half the traxks didn't make it on the official release. as their is another Soundtrack which has 2 Discs and features every single song from the movie. Indepedence Day Bootleg. It's really hard to find on the internet. But if you use the right toolz. You might be in luck..

Track Listing for the Bootleg Score

* 1. Prologue* (2:05)

* 2. S.E.T.I. Radio Signal* (1:54)

* 3. Satellite Destroyed (0:42)

* 4. That's Impossible (0:18)

* 5. Cropduster (0:56)

* 6. The Destroyers Detach (0:35)

* 7. AWAC Gets Fried (1:01)

* 8. The Darkest Day* (4:15)

* 9. Hiller Sees the Saucer (2:11)

* 10. Cancelled Leave* (1:47)

* 11. Launching Welcome Wagon (0:48)

* 12. Welcome Wagon Moves In (0:34)

* 13. Evacuation/Firestorm* (7:12)

* 14. Aftermath* (3:37)

* 15. Base Attack - Canyon Chase* (6:13)

* 16. First Lady Found (1:30)

* 17. Area 51 (1:34)

* 18. Spaceship from Roswell (0:57)

* 19. The Freak Show (1:52)

* 20. El Toro Destroyed* (1:32)

* 21. Alien Autopsy (5:22)

* 22. Nuke Attack - Reunions (6:02)


* 1. 1969 - Film Version (1:59)

* 2. The First Lady Dies (2:43)

* 3. David Gets an Idea (0:56)

* 4. Planning the Attack (1:47)

* 5. International Code* (1:34)

* 6. Pre-Flight Check (1:51)

* 7.
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Format: Audio CD
When 'Independence Day', Roland Emmerich's film about a massive alien assault on Earth and the human race, hit theaters in 1996, it was an immediate hit. This was due, in no small part, to the bombastic, patriotic, military-inspired score by David Arnold, which both captured some of the meaning behind the 4th of July and the very human determination to survive - no matter what. The full score, with over 70 minutes of previously unreleased cues, is presented here in chronological order - something soundtrack buffs greatly appreciate.

Arnold's style is similar to that of Alan Silvestri, who scored 'Van Helsing' and 'Predator'; he uses low brass, percussion & low strings to create an atmosphere of dread and even terror in such tracks as 'Destroyers disengage'; as the film shows the multiple city-sized alien destroyers deploying from the mother ship to their various targets, Arnold uses low trombones, French horns and a distinct choir theme which conveys the sheer size & deadly threat the destroyers present. In 'Russell Casse-Pilot', a patriotic trumpet cue is used as we are introduced to cheerful, alcoholic, crop-dusting pilot and former Vietnam vet Russell Casse (Randy Quaid) as he crop-dusts the wrong field in a biplane. 'First sighting/AWAC Attack' is a chilling track that uses cello/viola/violin at the start, as a USAF AWAC plane follows a signal through a fog, tracking the alien destroyer off the California coast. The tone quickly changes as the visibility clears, to a frightening French horn cue as the AWAC plane meets a massive wall of fire the destroyer has used to conceal itself. A panicked burst of strings & brass follows as the pilots try to pull the plane up & out of its path, then the track ends abruptly as we see on-screen the terrible fate of the men working in that aircraft.
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