Composed and Conducted by ALAN SILVESTRI
INTRADA MAF 7118
Due to popular demand, Intrada has reissued Alan Silvestri's thrilling score to the 1987 20th-Century Fox film Predator. The first release sold out in hours, not giving everyone who wished to own a copy a fair chance to purchase. This newly repackaged edition not only features the complete score, including "The Aftermath" cue (the digital master of which had been located after the release of the previous edition), but also separates several edits due to collector demand.
Deftly blending full orchestral color with pounding synthesizer, Silvestri took on his first full-fledged horror/sci-fi genre-mash with gusto, offering music as hard and muscular as the testosterone-fueled commandos who people the film. Silvestri’s “Main Title,” heralded by a dissonant burst of brass and the eerie descending strings marks the Predator’s arrival on earth. Almost immediately, the Predator's opponents are introduced—the commando team—by one of the score’s most successful devices: a tough military march laid over a brutal six-note percussion figure that keeps circling back with relentless ferocity. From here, it's one of the most dynamic, exciting action scores written, with only brief moments of reflection or eerie suspense before returning to pulse-pounding action.
The film introduces an elite troop of muscle-bound commandos into the rain forests of Central America on a putative rescue mission, then tables are turned, making the team the prey of a heat-seeking sport hunter from another world. Starting as an action-adventure yarn with a military flavor, the film swiftly turns into Ten Little Indians in the jungle, with commandos being picked off one by one. By the climactic final sequences, mission leader Dutch
Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the last man standing and goes one on one with the terrifying apparition of the Predator (Kevin Peter Hall).
INTRADA MAF 7118
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Ok! You spoke... we listened! Completely re-mastered release of complete Alan Silvestri soundtrack for John McTiernan alien action movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger comes as both licensor (20th Century Fox) and composer seek re-release of wildly popular score to wider market. You asked for every drop of blood, we now give it to you. New CD restores tiny bits edited from earlier issue, removes select crossfades, includes brief cue "The Aftermath" prior to "End Credits". CD plays in chronological order as originally scored by composer. Silvestri's incredibly muscular score is dynamite example of scoring via small motifs. Rhythmic punctuation in low brass, melded with busy percussion figures, creates incredibly terse, aggressive foundation for melodic ideas in strings, upper brass. Another cool idea has heroic musical signature for Schwarzenegger anchoring score yet almost all motifs, ideas are rooted in minor harmonies, not the expected major. Resulting music remains grim, tough, violent throughout! Intrada MAF series release with modest enhancement to original graphic design by Joe Sikoryak plus reprise of informative liner notes from Julie Kirgo. Alan Silvestri conducts.
01. Fox Logo (Alfred Newman/Arranged by Elliot Goldenthal 1992) 0:26
02. Main Title 3:52
03. Something Else/Cut 'Em Down/Payback Time 7:37
04. The Truck 4:23
05. Jungle Trek 1:48
06. Girl's Escape 5:59
07. Blain's Death 0:47
08. What Happened? 2:01
09. He's My Friend 1:26
10. We're Gonna Die 3:29
11. Building The Trap 3:06
12. The Waiting 3:27
13. Can You See Him? 4:52
14. Dillon's Death 2:05
15. Billy And Predator 2:36
16. Dutch Builds Trap 9:29
17. Predator Injured 4:15
18. Hand To Hand Combat 3:10
19. Predator's Death 3:43
20. The Aftermath/The Pick-Up And End Credits 7:01
Anyone hoarding copies of the old Varese or Intrada editions hoping to sell them for big bucks just got completely screwed