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2001: a Space Odyssey (1996 Reissue) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 19 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Turner
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000033WB
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Overture: Atmospheres - The Sudwesfunk Orchestra, Ernest Bour
2. Main Title: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) - The Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert Von Karajan
3. Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra - The Bavarian Radio Orchetra, Francis Travis
4. The Blue Danube (Excerpt) - The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan
5. Lux Aeterna - The Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, Clytus Gottwold
6. Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio) - The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rezhdestvensky
7. Jupiter And Beyond - The Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Francis Travis, The Sudwesfunk Orchestra, Ernest Bour, Internationale.
8. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
9. The Blue Danube (Reprise) - The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan
10. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey) - Sudwesfunk Orchestra
11. Lux Aeterna - The Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, Clytus Gottwold
12. Adventures (Unaltered) - Internationale Musikinstitut, Gyorgy Ligeti
13. HAL 9000 - Dialog Montage

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Dum Dum Dum Da Dum! For the first time ever , here are the original full-length recordings from the actual film masters to the greatest science-fiction movie of all time, together with new liner notes and a photo-packed booklet. From Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra through Johann Strauss' The Blue Danube to Gyorgy Ligeti's eerie modern compositions-not to mention a few words from HAL-a profound listening experience.


This commemorative reissue of music from 2001: A Space Odyssey combines the Also sprach Zarathustra theme, various Johann and Richard Strauss segments, and a ballet suite by Aram Khachaturian--all of which prove how much Stanley Kubrick's film attempts to avoid the soundtrack clichés of most science-fiction movies. Instead of the expected sci-fi effects, there is a more ironic application of music that would be otherwise incongruous to the celestial settings. Here, "The Blue Danube" complements scenes involving weightlessness and descending spacecraft, while Gyorgy Ligeti's creepy "monolith" music connotes Armageddon more than interplanetary exploration. The tracks play as they had appeared on the original soundtrack release back in the '60s, but there is also previously unreleased supplemental material and a dialogue montage entitled "HAL 9000." --Joseph Lanza

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I saw "2001" when it first came out. I must have been 11 or 12, and it made a BIG impression! I went right out and bought the soundtrack -- it was the first album I owned. It took until now, buying the CD after all these years, to realize just how brilliant Kubrick was in selecting the music of Ligeti to feature in the film. The Richard Strauss "Zarathustra" overture gives a superhumanly heroic tone, which is thoroughly undercut by the eerie, tragic "Atmospheres," "Requiem," "Lux Aeterna," and "Adventures." Ligeti rightly sued Kubrick for using his compositions without permission, but by now I hope he is philosophical, given the wide exposure he gained as a result. This particular CD version includes complete versions of "Lux Aeterna," "Requiem" and "Adventures," along with the shortened "L.A." and ALTERED "Adventures" used for the film. The soundtrack is great, though, overall. I'm not a Richard Strauss fan, but the "2001 overture" is great! And who doesn't like to hear Johann Strauss II's "Blue Danube" every now and again? Thank goodness Kubrick rejected the score he commissioned, and went with these classics instead.
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If you're as much a fan of the 2001 film as I am--to me the best film in the history of the medium--you'll love this! The earlier versions didn't have the music in order. And that's a sacrilege to the REAL 2001 fan. And the closing measures of "Blue Danube" in the earlier version were not the same ones as in the film. Even the fabulous "Atmospheres" in the "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite" sequence of the film in the earlier "soundtrack" didn't have the hodgepodge of voices, yelling, and nondescript syllables included on this CD as "Adventures (unaltered)" even after you hear the complete soundtrack version, with those syllables.
I've always wondered how Ligeti wrote music such as that in the soundtrack, i.e., how it could be written AS music, and I'll probably never know. Nevertheless it was haunting, perhaps "introspective," whatever one calls it, it was perfect for this, the nearly perfect film.
Oh, then there's the samples of the film's script to end the CD. Yes, they make it even better--especially for those of us in love with the film who can't watch it every week, like, say those old time fans of "Rocky Horror Picture Show."
If you love the film, get this.
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Why cant they release a proper soundtrack this film? Almost every version I've owned has chopped the Blue Danube into 2 or 3 tracks, and they never get the full Star Gate sequencing right, always edited! This cd boasts "Music as it appears in the film", but the whole Star Gate sequence was incorrectly done. It jumped too quickly from Requiem to Atmospheres. In the film, the chorus reached its highest pitch as Bowman entered the Star Gate. On this cd, they dont come anywhere near this vocal climax. There is a good couple of minutes of music missing, specifically the segment when Bowman first goes into the Star Gate and the light show begins is edited out. The best version of this soundtrack was the 1990 CBS Special Products release which had the Blue Danube as one track, and the Star Gate sequence would have been perfectly done except that it didnt include "Adventures" (the dissonant music playing while Bowman is in the white room at the end.)Im so disappointed, you'd think with all the technology they have now, they could just record the Star Gate music sequence directly from the film so that it is done right! When they fix the Star Gate sequence, and put the complete Blue Danube back into one track I'll be happy. For now, I'll live with my cassette version on which I combined the 2 soundtracks to REALLY sound like the film! The 2.5 stars are 1 for the incredible music itself, 1 for the liner notes and for the inclusion of Adventures (finally!) on the soundtrack. Last 1/2 star for the sound clips and extra tracks, which were cool but really unnecessary. But, overall I am VERY annoyed with this package, because I have seen this film hundreds of times and this is NOT the music "as it appears in the film." Slightly false advertising. I just want justice done to this incredible soundtrack for once!!!!
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Before all these great digital advancements of sound and film processing, the best one could hope to experience, say, in 1968, was Cinemascope in a wide screen theatre--the theatre was large enough to have folks swallowed alive in its plush velvet covered seats. Kubrick's "2001: A Space Oddysey" was one of the last of the MGM Cinemascope(with a stereosonic, wraparound soundtrack) big epic movies. Anyone who's seen the film knows how mindblowing it is, and after some thirty years, still is heralded as one of the best films of all time. I know it's left an indeligible impression on me--I had to have been less than 12 or so when I first saw it in it's Cinemascope glory... Everybody can more or less identify "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by it's opening notes, but few remember its great use in 2001 as we, the audience, is taken through the sands of time by the giant Monolith to the dawn of mankind...I remember how the eerie "Requiem for Soprano.." was used when, centuries later, supposedly, a space crew found and unburied the same Monolith from the heavens....and how Strauss' beautiful "Blue Danube" waltz fit perfectly to the scenes of the space vessels in space. Kubrick and his editors are said to be exceptional talents when it came to placing the music with particular film scenes--indeed, I found the music to "A Clockwork Orange" "The Shining" and "Eyes Wide Shut" just as compelling to the overall storytelling. But this is the best marriage of film to soundtrack that I have ever witnessed. You can also place this CD with your classical collection or ambient collection, it'll be at home in either...and you can play it in it's entirety...it's so well crafted, it can stand on it's own (from the visuals). This, my friends, is what artistry is all about.
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