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Arnold: Independence Day: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] [Soundtrack]

David Arnold Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Original Soundtrack
  • Conductor: Nicholas Dodd
  • Composer: David Arnold
  • Audio CD (19 Aug 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G4G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 1969 - We Came In PeaceNicholas Dodd 2:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. S.E.T.I. - Radio SignalNicholas Dodd 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Darkest DayNicholas Dodd 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Canceled LeaveNicholas Dodd 1:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. EvacuationNicholas Dodd 5:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fire StormNicholas Dodd 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. AftermathNicholas Dodd 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Base AttackNicholas Dodd 6:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. El Toro DestroyedNicholas Dodd 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. International CodeNicholas Dodd 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The President's SpeechNicholas Dodd 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Day We Fight BackNicholas Dodd 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jolly RogerNicholas Dodd 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. End TitlesNicholas Dodd 9:09£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Europe 1996

11969 - We Came In Peace2:04
2S.E.T.I. - Radio Signal1:52
3The Darkest Day4:15
4Cancelled Leave1:45
6Fire Storm1:23
8Base Attack6:11
9El Toro Destroyed1:30
10International Code1:32
11The President's Speech3:10
12The Day We Fight Back4:58
13Jolly Roger3:15
14End Titles9:08

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack you'll come back to 30 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Action movie soundtracks don't come much better than this. Not only has Arnold produced a moving and powerful score which perfectly reflects the film's underlying theme of gung-ho patriotism in the face of a worldwide disaster...he's also created a soundtrack that's great to listen to in its own right.
It's hard to believe that so many memorable themes can be written for one movie. There's the slow, majestic president's theme which opens the soundtrack and is heard at the climax of 'The President's Speech', contrasted with the triumphant victory fanfare played at the beginning of 'End Titles'. In addition, the 'alien' themes are appropriately dark, ranging from the tense, menacing brass theme as the aliens' destroyers cast shadows over the Earth in 'The Darkest Day', to the haunting choral sounds as the destroyers 'open up' in preparation for their strike in 'Evacuation'.
In short, for an exciting, fun soundtrack that's as epic as it is enjoyable, you can't buy better. A modern classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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After the major success with STARGATE (1994), written by Dean Devlin (Producer) and Roland Emmerich (Director), it was only inevitable that the same team would return to create one of the biggest box offices hits of all time.

INDEPENDENCE DAY was released on 2nd July 1996 and was the fastest film at the time to reach $100 million in six days. As well as being praised for its special effects, strong characters and good script, the score got as much appraisal. For his second outing with Devlin/Emmerich, David Arnold produced one his best scores to date.

The original CD release only contained 50 minutes worth of the score and featured a sparse selection of the main cues. However, this new La La Land Records release provides not only the missing cues but also alternate takes of various cues of the score. In total there is 2 hours and 9 minutes worth of material to listen to. And as part of the package, there is an in-depth booklet on how the score was conceived, David Arnold's thoughts on how the whole experience went and what he thinks of the proposed sequel.

Overall, this release does Arnold's score justice with crisp clean remastered tracks and contains a full package well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the original should have been.. 7 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Independence Day * * * * *
Composed by David Arnold
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1113
(RT Disc 1 - 65:31, Disc 2 - 63:33)

It's been a long time in coming, but the expanded Independence Day is finally here - and what a nice package this is. Comprising two discs, it also features detailed notes from Dan Goldwasser and on first impressions, is well worth the money. Please note that I'm concentrating on what's solely new in this review. The first track features the revised main title as seen in the film and it's finally nice to have the real version in my player after owning the original CD that had the wrong one for all of these years. Moving on from 2: SETI, we then get some of the new stuff.

3: Mysto Bridge/Satellite Collision/Destroyers Disengage/Russell Casse-pilot is a cracking track featuring the ominous Alien theme three times and introducing Russell's 17-note theme as he crop-dusts the wrong field. 4: First Sighting/AWAC Attack is new, with ominous brass heralding the Aliens' arrival, then with a drum flourish, the AWAC investigates and Arnold hammers home the Aliens' theme on frenetic brass.

The music then passes through familiar territory onto track 8: Commence Lift-off/Parabolic Indenwhat, where Arnold fires in a drum backing as the President attempts communication with the Aliens.

Further into the CD, sad strings and horn play in 13: Marilyn Found, as Arnold backs the discovery of the First Lady with a lovely 5-note string-led melody. 14: Area 51/The Big Tamle/Formaldehyde Freak Show is absolutely superb, with the President's theme for Area 51, then echoed voices for the trip in, a lovely choir for the ship unveiling and finally echoed deep bass for the Aliens in the tank.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 19 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great soundtrack that really captures the spirit of the film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack Connisseur 28 July 2005
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I'm not really a kid, but i don't want to sign up for Amazon to write this review. I have been collecting soundtracks for almost 10 years now. I started with this soundtrack in 1996 and have built to 300+ orchestral soundtracks. Having listened to most all of them, 10 years later ID4 still reigns supreme. David Arnold has been the basis of comparison to every composer i have ever heard, and i have heard ALOT!

This may upset a few people, but i think he is definitely the best in the business. Not necessarily for his ability to write catchy tunes (Williams), or recycle his own music (Horner), but because he can write music with the complexity that boggles the mind. I have listened to my copy of ID4 so many times in the last decade, that i bought a 2nd copy just in case the first one wears out.

The way each theme is captured and rarely heard the same way each time: i.e. the love theme, the alien theme, the good/bad guy theme....all of it is so amazingly tasty each time it's heard. You don't get bored with any theme! My favorite tracks are Evacuation/Firestorm, Base Attack, and The Day We Fight Back. And I can't go on without touching on his "End Credits" titled track. A nine minute masterpiece that is the best medley from any movie i have heard; and again, i have heard my share. These showcase the true genius of his writing. That's the only way to describe it: pure genius. His use of brass and his perfect blend of strings and voices just provides so much power behind whats going on in the movie, that you can literally see the movie on your eyelids as you lean back and listen to the soundtrack. How many soundtracks do that?!?!?

There are so many levels to his music, not to mention the brilliance that comes from every measure. He doesn't flaunt multi-meter like James Newton Howard or the Newmans (randy, thomas, and david)....but keeps the overflowing sound in a driving 4/4 time. This is what kept me seeking his upcoming soundtracks when i was 10 years younger. After i heard ID4, i had to see what else he had done: Stargate and Last of the Dogmen were all that had been out. I immediately purchased both. Since, i have acquired his other titles: The Musketeer, Godzilla, The Stepford Wives, all the bond films, Shaft (2000), even Changing Lanes. I have NEVER been disappointed with his music. He is consistently fresh and free with his styles and layered composition. I challenge anyone to compare David Arnold with any other composer out there.

In closing, I am a musician myself, in college going for a BAE in Music and composition. I give credit to David Arnold as my inspiration to write music. To me, he is the Mozart of film composition and i will watch his career and all of his works with great anticipation until one of two things occurs: he dies or i go deaf. I hope neither happen......
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic; Beautiful; Exciting; Awe-Inspiring! 19 Nov 2001
By Zachary S. Houp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the first few film scores I bought after catching the bug and for a few months it didn't stop rotating in my CD player. For many, this was the first time they had ever heard the name David Arnold, but certainly it wasn't the last as he continues to wow audiences and will no doubt lead the next generation of film composers. The music is probably the best he's ever produced for the big screen, though it isn't nearly as inventive or personal as Stargate. What ID4's music has is a magnificent spirit and bravery that traverses the seemingly endless action cues and exceptional themes that are some of the most rousing in film history.
One listen to the End Titles and Arnold will have you hooked; you'll see why this score has become so publicly praised and why it probably played more than a small part in the film's success. Though it doesn't sound flattering, I consider this a compliment to Arnold's work: David Arnold has a propensity to create the most stirring and fitting B-style action scores. Listen to ID4, Musketeer, even his offerings in Wing Commander, and one will understand why; in short, the themes fall to a stereotypical simplicity, but are executed so perfectly that it seems undoubtedly appropriate.
As previously stated, the themes here represented don't quite surpass those offered in Stargate, but they tend to have a more exciting and appealing use. The main theme is decidedly simple, yet to good effect since you can exit the theatre humming; the main action theme, with a glorious trumpet fanfare and underlying low brass is awe-inspiring; the still minor themes are all perfect and developed beyond the traditional silly, summer, sci-fi flick, which no doubt spells the success for this superb score.
The CD is heavily packed with action--as was the movie. And, also due to the movie's style, there is little in the way of emotion in most places, just straightforward and bombast pirate music. But, if you can overlook the lack of variety, then you hold in your hands one of the most successfully implemented scores of all time. This CD deserves the attention of any film score fan, passing or lifelong. There is a rich, powerful, heroism to this score that modern filming too often neglects by choosing a less prevalent use of the orchestra. David Arnold's work on Independence is not one of those films, and thus redefines the soundtrack for the modern sci-fi epic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Classic Soundtrack.. 16 Mar 2005
By Mr. L. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before I buy soundtracks, I watch the movie to see how well it goes. If I like it I buy it. Well after watching Independence Day I knew for sure I wanted the soundtrack. as it was just amazing.. David Arnold did a wonderful Job with each track..

It's just a shame that half the traxks didn't make it on the official release. as their is another Soundtrack which has 2 Discs and features every single song from the movie. Indepedence Day Bootleg. It's really hard to find on the internet. But if you use the right toolz. You might be in luck..

Track Listing for the Bootleg Score

* 1. Prologue* (2:05)

* 2. S.E.T.I. Radio Signal* (1:54)

* 3. Satellite Destroyed (0:42)

* 4. That's Impossible (0:18)

* 5. Cropduster (0:56)

* 6. The Destroyers Detach (0:35)

* 7. AWAC Gets Fried (1:01)

* 8. The Darkest Day* (4:15)

* 9. Hiller Sees the Saucer (2:11)

* 10. Cancelled Leave* (1:47)

* 11. Launching Welcome Wagon (0:48)

* 12. Welcome Wagon Moves In (0:34)

* 13. Evacuation/Firestorm* (7:12)

* 14. Aftermath* (3:37)

* 15. Base Attack - Canyon Chase* (6:13)

* 16. First Lady Found (1:30)

* 17. Area 51 (1:34)

* 18. Spaceship from Roswell (0:57)

* 19. The Freak Show (1:52)

* 20. El Toro Destroyed* (1:32)

* 21. Alien Autopsy (5:22)

* 22. Nuke Attack - Reunions (6:02)


* 1. 1969 - Film Version (1:59)

* 2. The First Lady Dies (2:43)

* 3. David Gets an Idea (0:56)

* 4. Planning the Attack (1:47)

* 5. International Code* (1:34)

* 6. Pre-Flight Check (1:51)

* 7. The President's Speech* (3:13)

* 8. Farewell - Launching the Ship (2:03)

* 9. Lift Off - Mothership* - Rebellion (13:54)

* 10. Jolly Roger* (3:18)

* 11. Independence Day (3:42)

* 12. End Titles* (9:11)

* Previously Released
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An explosive spectacular full of fireworks 20 Dec 2002
By Brandon Cutro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After his tremendous success for Stargate, David Arnold returns once again with another absolute jewel of a score to Independence Day. I am convinced that David Arnold is turning into the next John Williams, but we'll have to wait and see on that one. This soundtrack contains some of the best patriotic music I have ever heard written for a film. Complete with triumphant brass fanfares and incredible war drums, along with dancing strings, this makes for one heck of a score. "1969 - We Came In Peace" starts off the soundtrack with an ominous feel, leading into a trumpet solo and a full orchestra performance. Some spectacular action music is found throughout several of the tracks, most notably in "Fire Storm", "Base Attack", and "The Day We Fight Back". The action music is explosive with plenty of brass, snare drums, and strings that sounds incredible and makes you want to hear more. "Aftermath" contains a sorrowful theme that turns into a bright and joyous cue. "The President's Speech" is a very inspirational cue that crescendos into an orchestral delight. The best track of them all is the last one "End Titles" in which Arnold combines all of the themes into one long 9 minute suite that leaves you breathless. When the soundtrack is over, you still want to hear more because it is absolutely marvelous stuff. This should have gotten at least an Oscar nomination, if not an Academy Award. I definitely would of given it one hands down. If you haven't guessed already, get this soundtrack! It's a delight and an orchestral masterpiece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks of the 90's!! 21 May 2001
By Eric Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw "Independence Day" with my wife on the day it came out, and left the theatre hungry to find the nearest CD store. We drove 'til I found one, and I bought the CD then and there. The music was fantastic! It made the movie much stronger than a lesser score or composer might have, and it had a noticeable aural impact even over the pyrotechnics and thundering avalanche of sound from the movie. "Independence Day" is a perfect example of just how important a score can be for a film. Thank God for David Arnold!
Fortunately the CD tracks here are in sequence, not randomly (and incomprehensibly) scattered as on some other soundtracks, and so the CD effectively traces the movie's emotional trajectory. The ominous and almost overwhelming buildup heard in "S.E.T.I. - Radio Signal" and "The Darkest Day" (neat stuff to listen to in a thunderstorm, by the way) leads to the frantic activity of "Evacuation" -- and then the orchestra unleashes with "Fire Storm", a short, brutal cue that practically blows your speakers out. The mood then eases with "Aftermath" ... but takes off again in "Base Attack", a thrilling aural rollercoaster ride if ever there was one. The strongly patriotic (and eminently whistleable) "International Code" and "The President's Speech" give us hope for those puny humans, and the explosive "The Day We Fight Back" and "Jolly Roger" resolve the issue triumphantly. All in all, it's one hell of a ride!
That having been said -- this CD could have been so much more! I'm giving it 5 stars since it is so tremendously exciting and listenable, but as noted by other rviewers there's a LOT of music missing. Further, some of the music on the CD differs considerably from that in the film (like "The Day We Fight back", for instance). This is frustrating, to say the least. In my humble opinion, "Independence Day" truly deserves to be re-released as a more complete work, like one of Arnold's other scores, "Tomorrow Never Dies". But in the interim, the present CD remains an exceptional work! Buy it and enjoy!
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