ALIENS – SOUNDTRACK

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for Cinetalk.net

Mondo Records released Academy Award-nominated score for Aliens. This deluxe edition double LP soundtrack features over a dozen cues that have never before been released on vinyl, including 5 bonus tracks.
A longtime before their association on Titanic (1997), when James Cameron directed Aliens(1986), he turned upon composer James Horner (1953-2015) to step in and compose the follow up to the late Jerry Goldsmith landmark score for the previous Installment, Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979).
An obvious fan of Goldsmith, Horner was sometimes wrongly accused of plagiarism because of an early assignment (on Roger Corman’s produced Battle Beyond the Stars, 1980) for which the producers insisted it should resemble another Goldsmith’s iconic work, the Oscar nominated music for Star Trek : The motion picture (1979).

A More interesting assignment followed, in 1982, ironically to pen another Goldsmith follow up, the music of Star Trek II : The wrath of Khan. In 1983 Horner wrote two of his best scores for sci-fi box office disasters Brainstorm and Krull. So, Horner was certainly no stranger to sci-fi scoring when it came to Aliens.

As sequel music, Aliens offers the same aura of suspense and horror, but with more symphonic overtones then its predecessor, including lyrical and vigorous suspense and action music that contain all of today’s standards with large scale orchestration performed by the London symphony Orchestra (of Star wars fame) and great percussive moments. It adds to the the mix some experimentation on sound manipulation (sometimes close to Contemporary composer krzysztof Penderecki’s Awakening of Jacob as used in The Shining) and reverb sounds echoing Goldsmith earlier input. It is a bit more of an easier listening than the experiments of Goldsmith on the first film with its own soul.

A Very well written and satisfying orchestral score.

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