Soundtrack Review: Escape From L.A. (1996)

Soundtrack Review: Escape From L.A. (1996)

Escape From L.A. Soundtrack Review: this is a review of the film score Escape From L.A. by Shirley Walker & John Carpenter.

At a glance:

32 tracks
79 minutes of score
Geek Score: 76.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 15.07
Album Excellence: 19%
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I love these old Kurt Russell movies. Snake is such a bad-ass character, I wanted more from him, much more. La-La Land recently released an all new expanded and remastered edition of this score starring Shirley Walker and John Carpenter. Walker does most of the score it seems and she was involved in a lot of action scores in the 90s.

The opening title ‘Main Title’ is pure awesome. I’ve always loved that theme and they used it on the original Escape From New York as well, but with a different arrangement. Snake is so bad-ass in ‘Snake Arrive / Deportees’ that they had to use some western grooves because he’s clearly THE sheriff. It sounds almost Terminator-ish at times and it brings back memories. ‘History Of Los Angeles’ is particularly Terminator-worthy.

It’s definitely a nostalgia trip, but the score itself isn’t superb if I’m being honest with myself. There are some fantastic moments like the main theme, some Terminator stuff and most importantly Snake’s theme, but it’s a bit thin for 1 hour and 20 minutes worth of music. I wanted to like this more than I actually did, but this is still a must own for 90s action fans or Snake fans.

Get this score at La-La Land Records (if still available).

1. Main Titles
2. History Of Los Angeles
8. Weapons / Snake’s Uniform
9. Snake’s Escort
10. Submarine Launch
16. Showdown
17. Push On Through / Snake Takes A Breather

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Escape From L.A. (1996), 7.2 out of 10 based on 6 ratings


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