Aliens (soundtrack)

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Aliens
Soundtrack album by James Horner
Released October 25, 1987
Genre Soundtrack
Length 39:57
Label Varèse Sarabande
Producer James Horner
Alien film series soundtrack chronology
Alien
(1979)
Aliens
(1987)
Alien³
(1992)
Alternative cover
Cover of the Deluxe Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
FilmTracks (Original) 3/5 stars [2]
FilmTracks (Deluxe) 4/5 stars [2]
MovieMusicUK (Deluxe) 4/5 stars [3]

The score to the James Cameron film Aliens was composed by James Horner. Released in 1986,[4] it was one of his first major Hollywood scores. The score itself includes musical references to Gayane's Adagio from Aram Khachaturian's Gayane ballet suite, which had been used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The score also uses musical motifs, sound treatments and excerpts from Jerry Goldsmith's original soundtrack to Alien (1979). Additional cues taken from Jerry Goldsmith's Alien score were used in the climax of the film when Horner was unable to finish some cues to Cameron's satisfaction. The film's editors also reportedly altered the score's chronological flow, sometimes looping, truncating or removing the music and placing it in fragmented form in the film out of context. Despite production issues, it was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986. It was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack album was released the following year, in 1987.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original track listing[edit]

  1. "Main Title" (5:10)
  2. "Going After Newt" (3:08)
  3. "Sub-Level 3" (6:11)
  4. "Ripley's Rescue" (3:13)
  5. "Atmosphere Station" (3:05)
  6. "Futile Escape" (8:13)
  7. "Dark Discovery" (2:00)
  8. "Bishop's Countdown" (2:47)
  9. "Resolution and Hyperspace" (6:10)

Deluxe edition track listing[edit]

  1. "Main Title" (5:13)
  2. "Bad Dreams" (1:22)
  3. "Dark Discovery/Newt's Horror" (2:07)
  4. "LV-426" (2:03)
  5. "Combat Drop" (3:29)
  6. "The Complex" (1:34)
  7. "Atmosphere Station" (3:11)
  8. "Med.Lab." (2:04)
  9. "Newt" (1:14)
  10. "Sub-Level 3" (6:36)
  11. "Ripley's Rescue" (3:19)
  12. "FaceHuggers" (4:24)
  13. "Futile Escape" (8:29)
  14. "Newt is Taken" (2:04)
  15. "Going After Newt" (3:18)
  16. "The Queen" (1:45)
  17. "Bishop's Countdown" (2:50)
  18. "Queen To Bishop" (2:31)
  19. "Resolution and Hyperspace" (6:27)
Bonus Tracks
  1. "Bad Dreams" (alternate) (1:23)
  2. "Ripley's Rescue" (percussion only) (3:20)
  3. "LV-426" (alternate edit – film version) (1:13)
  4. "Combat Drop" (percussion only) (3:24)
  5. "Hyperspace" (alternate ending) (2:08)

Credits[edit]

  • Edited By [Music] – Michael Clifford (2), Robin Clark (3)
  • Executive-Producer – Richard Kraft, Tom Null
  • Mixed By [Music Scoring Mixer] – Eric Tomlinson
  • Orchestra – The London Symphony Orchestra
  • Orchestrated By – Greig McRitchie
  • Producer, Conductor, Composed By – James Horner

℗ © 1986 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

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