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 Posted:   Oct 14, 2009 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I can't believe it! This Varese Club CD solved a decade old question of mine - who scored the trailer music to Alien! I've been obsessed with finding out anything having to do with that horrifying bit of trailer music since I first heard it YEARS ago when the first DVD of the movie came out.

Thank you thank you thank you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2s41j8hn34

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Perky_Norm   (Member)

Received my CD today and am enjoying every second of it! Thank you so much to everyone involved in bringing this gem out - just in time for Halloween too smile

- John

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2009 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Perky_Norm   (Member)

Has anyone noticed a slight glitch on track 04, at 0:03 seconds in? Right after the piano note - sounds like very slight/quick tape 'slip' (anyone who's ever had a reel to reel tape recorder and accidently touched a reel whilst playing will know this sound).

Was this on the original LP? (to those that might have one). Other possibility is it's some weird 80s synth artifact.

Doesn't detract from a superb sounding re-issue which I am dead pleased with, but now I've noticed it it sorta jumps out everytime I hear it!

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2009 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Nothing like that on the LP.

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2009 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Perky_Norm   (Member)

Nothing like that on the LP.

It's VERY quick, and probably hard to notice without fairly decent headphones, but I don't recall this on the LP either...

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2009 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

Nothing like that on the LP.

It's VERY quick, and probably hard to notice without fairly decent headphones, but I don't recall this on the LP either...


Very true, though I would assume the engineers at Varèse have enough of a budget for a decent pair of headphones. wink

I, too, have just compared my Club copy with the excellent transfer a friend made me a few years ago from my mint and then-sealed LP. It's not on there for sure. Man, what a bummer. I don't see any good reason for it, quite frankly. Bloody annoying. And Varèse has a history of that: HALLOWEEN III and BLUE VELVET both have glitches on their first tracks that they never bothered to correct, glitches that were not on releases of these titles by other labels, so they clearly were not in the masters.

On another note, prior to buying the club release, I had a version I found in cyberspace, of course, with an added track just called "Theme," which runs 3:09. Anyone else know what this is and where it's from? Was this a concert version or is it another piece from the film that wasn't on the original release? It has some synth flourishes that I don't remember anywhere in the film. It's nice but I have no idea where it comes from. I'd purchase a legit version of it if it were on something commercial.

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2013 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Ive been listening to this wonderful wee score a lot recently. Guess its just that time of year. It really is quite brilliant the mood conjured up by Mr Elias. It has that whole 'dreamy' vibe going on and the climactic 'burning the cornfield' track is just outstanding. Really gets the blood going? Just shows how great synth scores can really be.
After creating this wonderful original how could he get it so wrong (IMHO) with the remake score! I was excited at the time thinking of what he might add to his original vision but revisiting that one again really made me think what a truly forgettable piece of work it is. The whole thing seems to just have one level monotonously driving on to the end of the album with no real highlights or even excitement. What a wasted opportunity.
Okay..back to the original.....one more time of burning that cornfield!
Happy Halloween folks smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Ive been listening to this wonderful wee score a lot recently. Guess its just that time of year. It really is quite brilliant the mood conjured up by Mr Elias. It has that whole 'dreamy' vibe going on and the climactic 'burning the cornfield' track is just outstanding. Really gets the blood going? Just shows how great synth scores can really be.
After creating this wonderful original how could he get it so wrong (IMHO) with the remake score! I was excited at the time thinking of what he might add to his original vision but revisiting that one again really made me think what a truly forgettable piece of work it is. The whole thing seems to just have one level monotonously driving on to the end of the album with no real highlights or even excitement. What a wasted opportunity.
Okay..back to the original.....one more time of burning that cornfield!
Happy Halloween folks smile


Can't say I agree. I think both the original and the remake score are decent, and quite similar. Elias has done lots of better scores in his career though.

Have you heard his score from The Son Of No One?

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Have to agree with Spook, the original COTC score by Elias is in a league of its own and to me where the 2009 album at moments excels is when it quotes those same themes and motifs from Elias' original, sometimes verbatim. That tv movie to me is amongst the worst King adaptations and makes the original movie look like a cinematic masterpiece in comparison. I suspect that also contributed to the more forgettable nature of the 2009 score by Elias.

I do hope one of the labels will reissue the now OOP Children of the Corn 1984 score and instead of sticking to the LP program like the Varese club did, finally offer an expanded release... The score by Daniel Licht to the third movie would also make for a good release.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   ddddeeee   (Member)

Shame the music when the little boy gets chased through the corn near the start is still unavailable, it's easily the highlight of the score.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)



Can't say I agree. I think both the original and the remake score are decent, and quite similar. Elias has done lots of better scores in his career though.

Have you heard his score from The Son Of No One?


Haven't heard that one, no. What kinda style is it?
I know you're a big j. Elias fan and i loved his earlier stuff like Vamp and Two Moon Junction. I thought the original COTC was a truly brilliant horror score that stands the test of time. I do think the remake score has a similar sound at the start but listening to it for any length of time makes you suddenly realise its not going anywhere. There doesn't seem to be any highs or lows in it, its just like one big track hitting the same note for about 40 minutes. In the original you had the creepy main title, the quiet dreamy, slightly threatening tracks and then the pounding exciting moments. There is no track for me on the remake that even approaches how wonderful Burning The Cornfield from the original sounds.
I just don't seem to get Mr Elias recent output. I found Pathfinder disappointing and even his follow up to the excellent Prayer Cycle didn't do much for me. As the original COTC was so brilliant i really thought a reworking of it was going to be something special.

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Have to agree with Spook, the original COTC score by Elias is in a league of its own and to me where the 2009 album at moments excels is when it quotes those same themes and motifs from Elias' original, sometimes verbatim. That tv movie to me is amongst the worst King adaptations and makes the original movie look like a cinematic masterpiece in comparison. I suspect that also contributed to the more forgettable nature of the 2009 score by Elias.

I do hope one of the labels will reissue the now OOP Children of the Corn 1984 score and instead of sticking to the LP program like the Varese club did, finally offer an expanded release... The score by Daniel Licht to the third movie would also make for a good release.


You're definitely on my wavelength Francis smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2013 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)



Can't say I agree. I think both the original and the remake score are decent, and quite similar. Elias has done lots of better scores in his career though.

Have you heard his score from The Son Of No One?


Haven't heard that one, no. What kinda style is it?
I know you're a big j. Elias fan and i loved his earlier stuff like Vamp and Two Moon Junction. I thought the original COTC was a truly brilliant horror score that stands the test of time. I do think the remake score has a similar sound at the start but listening to it for any length of time makes you suddenly realise its not going anywhere. There doesn't seem to be any highs or lows in it, its just like one big track hitting the same note for about 40 minutes. In the original you had the creepy main title, the quiet dreamy, slightly threatening tracks and then the pounding exciting moments. There is no track for me on the remake that even approaches how wonderful Burning The Cornfield from the original sounds.
I just don't seem to get Mr Elias recent output. I found Pathfinder disappointing and even his follow up to the excellent Prayer Cycle didn't do much for me. As the original COTC was so brilliant i really thought a reworking of it was going to be something special.


Well, I still haven't seen Son Of No One, and there is no soundtrack, so I don't know what style it is in. But I have my doubts that it will be very interesting, as Elias' two other recent scores for director Dito Montiel, A Guide To Recognize Your Saints and Fighting, wasn't particularly good. And Elias hasn't scored Montiel's two newest films, Empire State and Boulevard, scored by Elias' "assistants" David Wittman and Jimmy Haun. So I have no idea what Elias has been up to the last 2 years. But I agree that Part 2 of his film music career (2006-) has been kind of a disappointment, taking into consideration his great stuff from 1984-1994.

 
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