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
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.