When I first heard this CD was coming out, I was excited. I was hoping for a full score to the original at least, but I would have loved to have seen a boxed set of all three. Here are the flaws I see here.
1. Re-recording. Enough said, I would much rather here what was originally in the movie rather than a re-recording.
2. A bad re-recording. It just sounds horrible. I can hear mad echo from this concert hall they recorded in.
3. I wonder if its really the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I have the "Shadows of the Empire" CD, and they sound great on it. Why is it in some places on this it sounds like a high school band? I hear brass just blasting away in places, very bad tone quality. And the snare in Clocktower Part I: MY GOD. He is so out of time in places its not even funny. Its rather disgusting. Im thinking he was either drunk or just really having a bad day. And the tempos in general are just...sooo....slow... Seems like some of this should have been caught and they re-recorded the tracks. But, then again, since when does Varese care that much about anything?
All in all, if you want music from these films, buy the score to Part II and III, and look for the bootleg of Part I on ebay or somewhere. It might cost you a bit more, but it is the original soundtrack, so its the good stuff. I love Back to the Future, but this is definitely NOT an essential to a BTTF collection.