Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 116
Date: 1985
Time: 1:29:08
Tracks: 39
At last! 2-CD set of complete Alan Silvestri masterpiece! Intrada Special Collection limited release!

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  • Wow! At last! Alan Silvestri's complete orchestral soundtrack for legendary Robert Zemeckis movie, released by Universal, produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Spectacular 2-CD set offers every cue Silvestri fashioned for landmark movie, presented from complete multi-track scoring session masters. CD 1 features now-iconic score used in movie. (Songs can be found on MCA label release.) But there's more! Many film fans know movie underwent changes in lead actor & serious tone of initial production. Find out now how Silvestri made changes as well! CD 2 presents early sessions featuring entire score Silvestri recorded before re-scoring with now-familiar one. Early version features darker, more serious tone in music than final version. Cool alternate scoring highlight: powerful trombone chords for initial version of Marty arriving in "Peabody Barn". Another powerful highlight: lengthy, intense action music for "George To The Rescue". Highlighting both discs, of course: early and final versions of complete "Clocktower" sequence, a genuine cinema-scoring milestone. Authoritative notes by Michael Matessino on background of production, scoring details, session dates plus great color stills complete package. Both early version and familiar "famous" version of score offer non-stop excitement! Alan Silvestri conducts. Intrada Special Collection limited release!
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    Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    01. Logo (0:20)
    02. DeLorean Reveal (0:46)
    03. Einstein Disintegrated (1:22)
    04. '85 Twin Pines Mall (4:43)
    05. Peabody Barn; Marty Ditches DeLorean (3:09)
    06. '55 Town Square (1:18)
    07. Lorraine's Bedroom (0:47)
    08. Retrieve DeLorean (1:15)
    09. 1.21 Jigowatts (1:37)
    10. The Picture (1:09)
    11. Picture Fades (0:17)
    12. Skateboard Chase (1:39)
    13. Marty's Letter (1:20)
    14. George To The Rescue - Pt. 1 (0:50)
    15. Marvin Be-Bop (2:25)
    16. George To The Rescue - Pt. 2 (2:34)
    17. Tension; The Kiss (1:33)
    18. Goodnight Marty (1:31)
    19. It's Been Educational; Clocktower (10:30)
    20. Helicopter (0:19)
    21. '85 Lone Pine Mall (3:46)
    22. 4 x 4 (0:40)
    23. Doc Returns (1:14)
    24. Back To The Future (End Credits) (3:16)

    CD 1 Total Time 49:24

    The Creation Of A Classic... Alternate Early Sessions

    01. DeLorean Reveal (0:40)
    02. Einstein Disintegrated (1:25)
    03. Peabody Barn (2:17)
    04. Marty Ditches DeLorean (1:56)
    05. '55 Town Square #1 (Trumpet Open) (1:35)
    06. '55 Town Square #2 (Trumpet Mute) (1:35)
    07. Retrieve DeLorean 1:16
    08. (1.21) Jigowatts (1:36)
    09. The Picture (1:08)
    10. Skateboard Chase (1:40)
    11. George To The Rescue (4:13)
    12. Tension; The Kiss (1:42)
    13. Clocktower (11:02)
    14. '85 Lone Pine Mall (3:50)
    15. Doc Returns (1:19)

    Alternate Scoring Session Time = 37:41

    Bonus Tracks
    Unused Source Cue From The Scoring Sessions
    16. Ling Ting Ring (2:01)

    CD 2 Total Time = 39:44

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Alan Silvestri’s score for Back to the Future was certainly an impressive milestone for the composer in 1985. In fact, it quickly became regarded as a genuine classic of modern film music. When the original soundtrack album arrived, it recreated a sensational movie experience via a treasure-trove of cool songs. But the classic score by Silvestri was reduced to a mere two sequences. No one could have imagined this would lead to one of the most requested film score releases of all time. But it did.

    It is with great pride that we realize this release at last. The best news is that we have managed to locate and preserve everything Silvestri recorded for this musical triumph, from his very first print take on May 16 of 1985 right through his final mixing on June 11. It was a lengthy scoring process. Customary with filmmaking, changes were made during post-production. Unlike the norm, however, was the unusually coherent shape and structure of Silvestri’s score—even as it underwent numerous changes to meet the needs of the unfolding picture.

    At the heart of Silvestri’s contribution one finds the musical interval of a raised fourth, more commonly referred to as the tritone. Whether highlighting melody or spotlighting harmony, this distinct interval ties everything together. Hearing the creation of Silvestri’s musical ideas from initial stages through final completion is a special treat. In some cases, the changes are striking; powerful trombone chords during the original Peabody Barn sequence bring intensity to the scene, while exciting and lengthy extensions to George’s heroic rescue scene bring considerable unused action into play. Some of the changes were less dramatic; muting a trumpet here, removing a cluster of rhythmic ideas there. But each cue grew organically from Silvestri’s fundamental tritone motif into a fascinating display of musical pyrotechnics, ranging from compelling mystery to clever adventure, from subtle tenderness to spectacular action.

    The complete score as used in the final picture is included on CD 1 and comprises material recorded mostly during the period from June 5 through 11. CD 2 offers a rewarding glimpse into the earlier May sessions and plays as a dynamic listening experience on its own. Two original source cues heard briefly in the film are both presented in their entirety on CD 1. A final original source cue not used in the finished film can be heard for the first time ever, wrapping up CD 2.

    Our presentation showcases all of Silvestri’s music sans the popular songs played by other artists. Since the “Enchantment Under the Sea” sequence unfolds in the film with several edits between period 1950s dance numbers and Silvestri’s original score, we elected to marry each of the tiny scoring pieces together into a single brief suite, beginning with Marty’s dramatic fading on stage through George and Lorraine’s final sweeping embrace.

    We were given access to all of the master elements vaulted at Universal Pictures. While the sessions occurred less than three decades ago, some of the tapes were already badly decomposing. Fortunately, we had everything available to us, ranging from 2˝ masters for the original source cues and ½˝ three-track stereo mixes right on down to ¼˝ two-track stereo masters and separate safeties. In addition, Silvestri provided us with his own copies as well. This allowed us to reconstruct virtually everything, making available for the first time anywhere all of the unused early May print takes right on through the final score as heard in the picture. While the audio quality is crisp and dynamic, it is worth mentioning that due to variances in tape stock and machine performances of the day, there are minor differences in the timbre (or EQ) of some cues depending on which format was used, the condition of the reels, or what number of tracks were involved. All final mixes and transfers were made at the Blu-Wav studio facilities at Universal.

    So just like Marty McFly would do…check your watch and set aside 90 minutes of your time. Alan Silvestri will now take you forward into the past and back to the future!

    —Douglass Fake

  • Composed and Conducted by Alan Silvestri.

    Recorded on May 16, 17, 20, 21, and June 5, 6, 10 and 11, 1985 at The Burbank Studios Scoring Stage, Burbank, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

    Alan Silvestri

    Sandy DeCrescent

    Jeanne E. Aiken
    Patricia Aiken
    Judith Aller
    Mark Baranov
    Jackie Brand
    Darius Campo
    Stuart Canin
    Norman Carr
    Ron Clark
    Herman Clebanoff
    Harold J. Dicterow
    Assa Drori
    Henry Ferber
    Ron Folsom
    David Frisina
    Irving Geller
    Reggie Hill
    Alexander Horvath
    Bill Hybel
    Lisa Johnson
    Patricia Ann Johnson
    Karen Jones
    Connie Kupka
    Rene Mandel
    Ralph Morrison III
    Jack Pepper
    Stan Plummer
    Sheldon Sanov
    Daniel Shindaryov
    Haim Shtrum
    Lya Stern
    Bob Sushel
    Polly Sweeney
    Alex Treger
    Gerald Vinci
    Dorothy Wade
    Sidney A. Weiss
    Harold Wolf
    Jennifer Woodward
    Kenneth Yerke

    Myer Bello
    Denyse Buffum
    Alan DeVeritch
    Jerry Epstein
    Steven A. Gordon
    Allan Harshman
    Roland Kato
    Myra Kestenbaum
    Linda Lipsett
    Virginia Majewski
    Irving Manning
    Carole Mukogawa
    Dan Neufeld
    Dave Schwartz
    Leonard Selic
    Joel Soultanian
    Lynn Subotnick
    Milton Thomas
    Mihail Zinovyev

    Robert Lee Adcock
    John Antony Cooke
    Larry Corbett
    Marie Fera
    Barry R. Gold
    Dennis Karmazyn
    Raymond Kelley
    Dane Little
    Earle Madison
    Nils Oliver
    Judy Perett
    David Speltz

    Chuck Domanico
    Jay R. Grauer
    John Hornschuch
    James D. Hughart
    Milton Kestenbaum
    Ed Meares
    Sue Ranney
    David Henry Young

    Louise DiTullio
    Dave Shostac
    Sheridon Stokes
    Jim Walker
    Gary Woodward

    Dominick Fera
    James Kanter
    John Lowe
    Ray Pizzi

    Donald Ashworth
    Phil Ayling
    Tom Boyd
    Earle Dumler
    John Winter

    Alan R. Goodman
    Norman Herzberg
    Jack Marsh
    Kenneth Munday
    David W. Riddles
    Walter E. Ritchie

    Carol Bacon Drake
    David Duke
    William E. Lane
    Arthur Maebe
    Todd Miller
    Brian O’Connor
    Richard Perissi
    Henry Sigismonti
    James Thatcher
    Richard Todd

    Charles Davis
    Charles Findley
    Gary Grant
    Larry Hall
    Jerry Hey
    Allen Vizzutti

    Miles Anderson
    Charlie Loper
    Lew McCreary
    Richard Nash
    Bill Reichenbach
    Lloyd Ulyate

    John Thomas Johnson

    Michael Boddicker
    Ralph Grierson
    Randy Kerber
    Michael Lang
    Ian Underwood
    Randy Waldman

    Catherine Gotthoffer
    Dorothy Remsen
    Ann Stockton

    Larry Bunker
    Alan Estes
    Daniel Greco
    Peter Limonick
    Steven Schaeffer
    Robert Zimmitti

    James Campbell

    James Campbell

    Stuart Balcomb
    Terence Allen Bonnell
    Julian Bratolyubov
    Glen N. Clement
    Michelle Dalton
    Josephine Dapar
    Gerald Dolin
    Jack DuLong
    Julia Eidsvoog
    Dominic Fidelibus
    George Fields
    Robert Gibson
    Leonard Graves
    Robert G. Hartley
    James F. Hoffman
    Deborah S. Jones
    Suzie Katayama
    Michael Kibbe
    Donald McGinnis
    Kenneth Mitchell
    John Killian Nelson
    Dave Oyler
    Randolph Rayburn
    Robert L. Reid
    Howard Segurson
    Robert G. Skinnell
    Richard Thurik
    Terry O. Wolfe

    Small Sessions/Prescore

    Dayton “Bones” Howe

    Neil Stubenhaus
    Chuck Domanico

    Gary Herbig

    Michael Melvoin
    James Sheridan Roberts
    Randy Waldman

    Paul W. Hanson
    Timothy May

    Hal Blaine
    Walter M. Keeley
    Michael D. Rogers