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Jerry GoldsmithAlien (Original Soundtrack From The Twentieth Century-Fox Film)

Label:20th Century Fox Records – T-593
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Indianapolis Pressing
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Classical, Stage & Screen
Style:Soundtrack, Modern Classical, Score

Tracklist

A1Main Title3:30
A2The Face Hugger2:32
A3Breakaway3:00
A4Acid Test4:35
A5The Landing4:29
B1The Droid4:40
B2The Recovery2:44
B3The Alien Planet2:28
B4The Shaft3:57
B5End Title3:02
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Notes

Label variation most easily identified by side numbering being on right side of labels.

Recorded at Anvil Studios, Denham, England.
Remixed & Edited: Contempo Recording Co, Los Angeles.
All songs published by Fox Fanfare Music, Inc. (BMI)

[from back cover]:
© 1979 Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation ℗ 1979 20th Century-Fox Record Corporation. A Subsidiary of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Also available on 20th Century-Fox Tape. Manufactured and distributed by RCA Records. Printed in U.S.A.

[from labels]:
© 1977 20th Century-Fox Record Corporation (typo in year as printed)
℗ 1979 20th Century-Fox Record Corporation. Manufactured & Distributed by RCA Records. Printed in U.S.A.

Record housed in a 20th Century Records's printed inner sleeve.
Some copies are promo stamped on the back which read "NOT FOR SALE DEMONSTRATION" in white or gold.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Pressing Plant ID (Stamped in runout areas): I
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): [stamped] I (two signs) [etched] G M-593 -AS-A- 3S SR/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): [stamped] I (two signs) [etched] A X M-593—BS-B- 2S SR/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A Identifier): M-593-AS-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B Identifier): M-593-BS-B
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Reviews

  • stuarte's avatar
    stuarte
    Along with Vangelis Blade Runner score nothing touches this in terms of atmosphere and brilliance.
    It fits the movie like a perfect glove.
    Genius movie and genius soundtrack.
    Classic status undeniable.
    • scott_o_k's avatar
      scott_o_k
      Edited 11 months ago
      Later editions made such a big deal about "Jerry Goldsmith's ORIGINAL unused music you didn't hear!" that it's a little funny to realize that the initial 1979 LP release already DID use Goldsmith's unused cues. If anything, the revised/substitute music in the actual movie has been underrepresented in soundtrack album form.

      It's all good, though, because while Ridley Scott was right to opt for a quieter and more consistently creepy tone in the movie, Goldsmith's original grander, more melodic material makes for a more listenable album experience (while still recognizable enough as "the music from Alien"). One of my favorite moments is in "The Droid" where the horns and low strings repeat in this rhythmic pattern that's both chilling and catchy, I wish it lasted longer. Various cues are edited together in suites that sometimes barely match their titles but it all flows well enough that I don't mind.

      I ripped a backup copy that adds the film version of "Main Title" as well as the Charles Gerhardt rendition of Hanson's "Symphony No. 2 (Romantic)" (used in the film's closing credits) and it's pretty much my perfect personal 'ALIEN' album.

      (Confession: I also added Nostromo's pop cover single of the main theme as a bonus track...)
      • Expansive09's avatar
        Expansive09
        Edited 5 years ago
        Complaining about surface noise from a vinyl pressing? Buy a cd problem solved!
        One of many favorite soundtracks from Goldsmith this one in particular the opening sequence for the movie is minimalist and brooding and conveys that airless void and uncertainty that awaits the crew of the Nostromo. A classic in JG catalog!

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