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Stargate
(1994)
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1994 Milan
2006 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

2006 Album Produced by:
Robert Townson
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
BMG/Milan
(November 8th, 1994)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 17th, 2006)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both albums were regular U.S. releases, though the 1994 Milan album is now out of print.
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Buy it... if you want to hear a triumphant return to the massive, epic scores of Hollywood's Golden Age, as well as a breakthrough effort from an upstart David Arnold.

Avoid it... if you weren't impressed by the similarly rendered score for Independence Day or any of Arnold's other subsequent orchestral work.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #227
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 12/31/06
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Arnold
Stargate: (David Arnold) It was largely by luck that the team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin happened upon Stargate, but by comparison the far bigger surprise to Hollywood was composing newcomer David Arnold. Nobody predicted that the film would be such an influential success at the time, though with its own strong performance and two spin-off television series to its credit, the sci-fi concept by the Emmerich/Devlin team has become a lasting phenomenon. Merging mystical science from the age of the great Egyptians with a modern military and interplanetary travel, Stargate was essentially envisioned as a Lawrence of Arabia on another planet. There are differing viewpoints on how well that plot held up to critical standards; nearly everyone agreed that the first half hour of Stargate was immensely entertaining, while the rest of the film remains debatable. Of no debate whatsoever are the merits of Arnold's score. By the time one lucky connection suggested him to Emmerich and Devlin, young British artist David Arnold had scored exactly one feature film: Young Americans in 1993. Having been impressed by that melodic score and more than willing to give a new, young artist a chance in the industry, Arnold was hired on a whim (without much discussion) to score Stargate. So successful was the score (and not to mention a pleasant surprise for everyone involved with the project) that the same collaboration would lead to the subsequent scores for Independence Day and Godzilla, the first of which is commonly considered a modern classic. Nobody in the industry or in the film score community was expecting Arnold to haul off and produce one of the most impressive ethnic sci-fi adventure scores of all time for Stargate, but he did just that. Listeners cite many different reasons as to why Arnold's score for Stargate would become so enticing for collectors and an important element of the film. One widely accepted possible reason for the success is the score's return to the roots of classic Hollywood music.



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2,787 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 4.14 Stars
***** 1,381 5 Stars
**** 802 4 Stars
*** 354 3 Stars
** 141 2 Stars
* 109 1 Stars
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A massive epic score for the composer's successful career
LordoftheFuture - November 13, 2012, at 7:08 a.m.
1 comment  (690 views)
How improved is the sound quality of the 2006 release?   Expand >>
My Name Is Tim. - July 22, 2007, at 10:29 a.m.
2 comments  (2888 views)
Newest: December 24, 2007, at 10:57 a.m. by
Thom Jophery
James Horner stole this big-time!   Expand >>
Sam - January 1, 2007, at 10:21 a.m.
11 comments  (9138 views)
Newest: July 17, 2007, at 6:13 p.m. by
roybatty
Stargate The Deluxe Edition
Pudgy - November 29, 2006, at 11:57 a.m.
1 comment  (1733 views)
Stargate & 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Jeroen Admiraal - October 10, 2006, at 6:47 a.m.
1 comment  (1438 views)
Excellent album
Sheridan - August 31, 2006, at 9:30 a.m.
1 comment  (1471 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 64:46
• 1. Stargate Overture (3:01)
• 2. Giza, 1928 (2:10)
• 3. Unstable (2:07)
• 4. The Coverstones (0:58)
• 5. Orion (1:29)
• 6. The Stargate Opens (3:58)
• 7. You're on the Team (1:55)
• 8. Entering the Stargate (2:57)
• 9. The Other Side (1:44)
• 10. Mastadge Drag (0:56)
• 11. The Mining Pit (1:34)
• 12. King of the Slaves (1:15)
• 13. Caravan to Nagada (2:16)
• 14. Daniel and Shauri (1:53)
• 15. Symbol Discovery (1:15)
• 16. Sarcophagus Opens (0:55)
• 17. Daniel's Mastadge (0:49)
• 18. Leaving Nagada (4:09)
• 19. Ra - The Sun God (3:22)
• 20. The Destruction of Nagada (2:08)
• 21. Myth, Faith, Belief (2:18)
• 22. Procession (1:43)
• 23. Slave Rebellion (1:00)
• 24. The Seventh Symbol (0:57)
• 25. Quartz Shipment (1:27)
• 26. Battle at the Pyramid (5:02)
• 27. We Don't Want to Die (1:57)
• 28. The Surrender (1:44)
• 29. Kasuf Returns (3:06)
• 30. Going home (3:09)
2006 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 72:36

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert notes for both the albums include extra information about David Arnold and the score.
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