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Back to the Future : Trilogy [Soundtrack, Import]

John Debney, Alan Silvestri, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00001QGS9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back To The Future Back To The Future
2. Skateboard Chase Back To The Future
3. Marty's Letter Back To The Future
4. Clocktower Pt. 1 Back To The Future
5. Clocktower Pt.2 and Helicopter Back To The Future
6. '85 Lone Pine Mall Back To The Future
7. 4 x 4 Back To The Future
8. Doc Returns Back To The Future
9. Hill Valley, 2015 Back To The Future Part II
10. Burn The Book Back To The Future Part II
11. He's Gone Back To The Future Part II
12. The Letter Back To The Future Part II
13. I'm Back Back To The Future Part II
14. End Logo Back To The Future Part II
15. The West Back To The Future Part II
16. Main Title Back To The Future Part III
17. Indians Back To The Future Part III
18. Point Of No Return (The Train Pt. III);Back To The Future Part III
19. End Credits Back To The Future Part III
20. Back To The Future: The Ride

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This could and should have been better 2 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was looking forward to listening to this CD, but when it finally arrived, I was dissapointed. As the cd is not an origonal soundtrack recording the music does not have the right tempo and 'feel' to it. Unfortunately this seems to be the only CD with music cues from the origonal Back To The Future film. Had the conductor made the music and tempo faster I think the overall result would have been a lot better. In summing up, this was an average CD when I expected a lot better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound Quality lets this Down... 31 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a good addition to the BTTF soundtrack collection, but I do feel that it has been mastered incorrectly. I like my CDs to be dynamic (thats what they were designed for!) and this one does sound as if the mics were turned down a little. Should be louder. Its not that bad, but could be better.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try, but don't get too excited 6 May 2000
By "shieh1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you want original quality, get the original scores. I would also have liked to get a boxed set of the original soundtracks. This CD is only for those who want to listen to alternate versions of certain music. Tracks 16 to 19 are all genuine from the Part III original score. I have always loved to hear the Part II theme, but the version on the Trilogy CD does not compare at all. The tempo is slower, and the instruments and tone are totally different...nothing like the original. The "Burn The Book" track is also altered. They took the drums out of the beginning, which changed the music completely. The Part I theme is also different. This version uses fewer instruments than the original. Even though you get certain Part I tracks that weren't on the original score, like the famous "Skateboard Chase," you can bet that Debney and RSNO changed the music in some way. I think fans shoud get this only if they want to hear music not found anywhere else (like the "Skateboard Chase").
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 23 Mar 2000
By SogeKing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recording sounds terrible, first of all. There is nothing wrong with the actual sound quality; the fidelity of the recording is fine. However, Varese's "concert hall" acoustic style of recording is getting on my nerves. This recording has none of the vibrancy or immediacy of a real film score recording. I dare you to listen to the original MCA soundtrack and tell me this recording compares. The snare drums are consistently muted throughout and in certain sections are dropped from the music! This happens in Clocktower pt. 1 and in Lone Pine Mall '85. The piano parts are all way too soft. Debney's interpretation and the RSNO performance is totally inferior. They did not do the original score justice. Their take on Clocktower pt. 1 is atrocious. The tempos are all too slow. However, in spite of all these problems, it's better than nothing. Clocktower pt. 2 actually sounds pretty decent. I am glad to finally have that on CD. There are a few other worthy cues too, such as "Doc Returns" and the music from BTTF 2.
33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars REASONS NOT TO GO BACK TO THIS FUTURE... 4 Aug 2005
By L. Velasco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First off I should point out the fact that not only am I a HUGE film score buff but I am also a trained and professional classical musician. I have attended both The Juilliard School and the Indiana University School of Music and have worked as a professional musician for the past nine years. I wanted to share this information so people would know that I am not just "talking ignorantly" but, in point of fact, I actually know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

Having said that, let me now say that I am an avid fan of the scores from all three "Back to the Future" films and quite an admirer of Alan Silvestri's body of work. I also have nothing but great respect for John Debney and his intentions behind this project. But, with that respect being paid, I must now say that this CD is one to avoid if you are a true conesseiur of the score from "Back to the Future" or if you are seeking a TRUE representation of the film's actual score.

Why do I say this? Well, I'll tell you. First of all, most of the recordings on this CD of tracks from "BTTF Part 1" are WAY too slow. Also, a lot of the tracks have been altered from their original representaion and recording. For example, in "The Skateboard Chase" the beginning of the track and end of the track have been altered. Certain notes by the brass have been left out of the intro. including a muted trumpet playing the famous first three notes of Marty's theme (the main "BTTF" theme motif). Also, the end has been altered as well to not include the cacaphonous diminished chord played in the film as Biff's car hits the manure truck.

Other flaws? Well, certain notes are not played in the right spots in the recording of "The Clocktower Part II". The track of "Lone Pine Mall 1985" has been altered to not include the famous snare drum/tom-tom triplet motif played in the film as Marty watches himself take-off in the DeLorean...also, the famous "BTTF" Petrushka chords that are played as Doc opens his eyes after being shot (the chords that are played by a Celesta to open both sequels; consisting of a G Major and C# Major chord) are totally BUTCHERED! They are supposed to be FULL BLOWN confidently played chords and on the recording it sounds as if they are played as an after-thought. It's painful to hear them muddle through such a staple of the music.

There are other major flaws in the re-recording of the music from "BTTF Part 1", but I think I will save you the pain of going into detail.

If you want a TRUE representation of the film's score try tracking down a copy of the CD from "Movie Music Records", a company based in Poland. They sell copies of the "BTTF Part 1" score on Ebay from time to time. This is an actual copy of the score used in the film, not a re-recording. It's pricey but if you're a fan you'll be glad you paid the money. Trust me.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining? YES! Flawless? Not exactly ... 5 Jan 2000
By Art Vandelay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved the instrumental music to Back to the Future, especially the music from the first Back to the Future movie. It was unfortunate that the original CD for BttF pt. I had only 2 instrumental tracks, but this Back to the Future Trilogy CD undoubtedly made up for it. Now, it's complete with the full theme, the thrilling skateboard chase, the climactic clock tower music, the highlights from Back to the Future II (although I would have liked to hear the tunnel chase), and an appropriate "medley" used in the Ride. I got this for Christmas and haven't been able to turn it off ...
Everthing has its share of problems, and luckily this has fewer problems than some. What I can pick out are : There should have been more of BttF II and III, BttF III COULD have been re-recorded, and, as it's already been pointed out, the microphone DOES seem to be a little distant.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this soundtrack to any fan of Back to the Future or just people who like instrumental music.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all BTTF fans!! 1 Jan 2003
By C.J. Roger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of the trilogy since it came out in 1985 and now with the release of the DVD set of all 3 movies, hopefuly fans will realize how great and powerful the music of all 3 movies were. The movie was great but Alan Silvestri's masterful score really brings the movies home.
The Trilogy set itself is a total instrumental work redone by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and includes most of the songs that weren't on the BTTF 1 and BTTF 2 soundtracks (That I recomend people to buy as well including this one). The first BTTF album was more of a real song album and only 2 of the songs that Alan did for the movie were on it. This CD though gives us all the songs we always wanted including the Skateboard chase (similar to the Hoverboard chase on Pt 2 album) and the complete Clocktower climax at the end of the movie, which alone makes it a great buy to get this album. Also it has the Old West preview music that you hear at the end of Part 2 where they show you the coming attractions to the next movie. That wasn't on the part 2 album.
Unfortunatly though this album isn't PERFECT. It does have a few flaws. The orchestra doing this album isn't as polished and powerful sounding as the Outatime Orchestra that does the music for the original 3 albums. Notes seem to be distant at times and when you play the similar theme on the other album or as you heard it in the movie there is a very noticible difference. Also none of the songs from Part 3 were redone . They just took the songs off the existing Part 3 album which is alright as they picked some good ones. (Point of No Return and End Credits are some of the best from the Pt 3 soundtrack in my opinion). Another down side is that they leave off some really great songs from part 2 like the tunnel chase and Hoverboard chase. Both really powerful songs that may have been done well recreated. But again I would just recomend people buy the second movie soundtrack to hear the great works . This soundtrack is great for those who want all the songs from Part 1 as well and the BTTF:The Ride song is intersting as well.
So overall its a great album and really completes the entire score now for fans to get all songs BTTF related that were left out on the previous. You won't be disapointed and for the price its well worth it. But do get the other 3 if you have the money or at least the second if you want to hear some of Silvestri's best BTTF work.
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