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JAMES HORNER FILM MUSIC | November 20, 2017 |

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  •  	Track listing  1.  	Main Title (05:07) 2.  	Going After Next (03:16) 3.  	Sub-level 3 (06:34) 4.  	Ripley's Rescue (03:16) 5.  	Atmosphere Station (03:13) 6.  	Futile Escape (08:26) 7.  	Dark Discovery (01:52) 8.  	Bishop's Countdown (02:49) 9.  	Resolution & Hyperspace (06:24)
    1.  	Main Title (05:13) 2.  	Bad Dreams (01:22) 3.  	Dark Discovery / Newt's Horror (02:07) 4.  	LV-426 (02:03) 5.  	Combat Drop (03:29) 6.  	The Complex (01:34) 7.  	Atmosphere Station (03:11) 8.  	Med. Lab. (02:04) 9.  	Newt (01:14) 10.  	Sub-Level 3 (06:36) 11.  	Ripley's Rescue (03:19) 12.  	FaceHuggers (04:24) 13.  	Futile Escape (08:29) 14.  	Newt Is Taken (02:04) 15.  	Going After Newt (03:18) 16.  	The Queen (01:45) 17.  	Bishop's Countdown (02:50) 18.  	Queen To Bishop (02:31) 19.  	Resolution And Hyperscape (06:27) 20.  	Bad Dreams (Alternate) (01:23) 21.  	Ripley's Rescue (Percussion Only) (03:20) 22.  	LV-426 (Alternate Edit - Film Version) (01:13) 23.  	Combat Drop (Percussion Only) (03:24) 24.  	Hyperspace (Alternate Ending) (02:08)

  • Recording Dates : 15-26 april 1986
    Studio : Abbey Road Studios, Londres
    Orchestrations : Greig McRitchie
    Sound engineer : Eric Tomlinson
    Musical editor: Michael Clifford
    Synthesizer: Ian Underwood

    The climax of the track Bishop's Countdown ranks fifth in the most commonly used soundtrack cues for film trailers.
    Aliens earned James Horner his first Academy Award nomination

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