Intrada (MAF 7139)
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Conducted by Craig Safan
|4.||Centauri Into Space||5:59|
|8.||Victory Or Death||0:54|
|15.||Alex's First Test||2:53|
|18.||Good Luck Starfighter||0:44|
|19.||Death Blossom, Ultimate Weapon||4:46|
|20.||Big Victory March||2:15|
|22.||Into The Starscape||7:21|
|Total Album Time:||62:36|
Craig Safan's score to the Warner Bros. and Univeral Studios co-production The Last Starfighter (1984) remains the most popular and iconic of his numerous film scores. The late-Romantic symphonic approach was almost a prerequisite for genre scores in the '80s, and Safan met the challenge with a large-scale score for orchestra with electronics. To distinguish himself from the other guys composing similar genre scores at the time, Safan turned for inspiration to the works of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), whose lush symphonies and tone poems he found particularly beautiful.
Safan also strove to distinguish himself through his integration of electronicschiefly, in his music for the film's alien characters. The aggressive material for Xur and the Ko-Dan, for example, was accompanied by a bed of low synthesizers, doubled with tubas, low strings and contra bassoon. The centerpiece of Safan's music, however, is his powerful and multifaceted main theme, kicking off with a lengthy, hard-driving fanfare for brass.
The soundtrack was originally released on LP and CD in 1984 on the Southern Cross label (a brief half-hour presentation), followed by a modest expansion on the Intrada label in 1995. Both previous editions were drawn from 1/4" two-track mixes made for the composer at the conclusion of the 1984 scoring sessions. This new Intrada disc, featuring the premiere of the complete score, is the first release sourced from the multi-track masters, mixed directly from the 2" 24-track session elements and includes a wealth of previously unreleased music.
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Released: January 30, 1990