37 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes


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4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings
51 Ratings

David Arnold's FIRST Masterpiece

Many people might only know of David Arnold's more famous score for the more well-known movie "Independence Day," but this is the score that catapulted him to fame. Thii score is so great, it might be considered a bit better than the one for "Independence Day."

David Arnold nailed it. He provided a score that represented the awe and majesty of the Stargate (Giza, 1928, The Stargate Opens), the spirit of journey and discovery (Mastadge Drag, Caravan to Nagada), and even a sense of spirituality and love (You're On The Team, Daniel and Sha'uri, The Seventh Symbol). You have your brassy main theme, a secondary action theme, a very spiritual/love theme, and a militaristic theme, all intertwined with such precision that it feels perfect. Ethnic intruments plus voices add texture to the score, which really make the movie seem much grander than it actually is.

Trust me, once you hear this score, you will want to see this movie, even if it might not be the greatest thing ever. You might even end up falling in love with the movie.


David Arnold at his very best

Of course I'm a little biased because I'm a fan of the movie and the show it spawned, but I believe this soundtrack to be even better than his more well known Indepedence Day score. While the score from Independence Day is good it is a loud bombastic kind of experience, much like a triumphal march, which of course fits the movie well. The score from Stargate is better to me because of its softer more emotional melodies. Of course it has plenty of loud patriotic moments as well but they are evenly balanced with more emotional undertones. If you are even a passing fan of the film, the series, or David Arnold in general than buy this immediately. Some of the best tracks in my opinion are the Overture, Mastadge Drag, Battle at the Pyramid, Kasuf Returns, and Going Home.


One of the Best Scores of the 90's

Classic movie score indeed!! Arnold has also done the score for the last couple James Bond films as well so check that out sometime. Giza 1928 and Battle at Pyramid I could listen to all day long. Long time favorite album of mine.

About David Arnold

David Arnold is a film and television composer most recognized for his work in the James Bond franchise, with directors Roland Emmerich and John Singleton, and on the Sherlock TV series. Also a producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, he's crossed over to the pop/rock realm to work with artist such as Damien Rice and Garbage.

Born in Luton, England, Arnold grew up with an interest in music and participated in school music ensembles and later played in bands, both through college. He learned composing and scoring largely on his own by volunteering to score student films at the National Film and Television School. After earning credit for several film shorts and documentaries, college flatmate and frequent collaborator Danny Cannon asked his friend to score his 1993 feature The Young Americans. In the process, Arnold co-wrote "Play Dead" with Björk, resulting in a British Top Ten hit for the film.

With a copy of his breakthrough soundtrack in hand, Arnold visited Los Angeles and secured an assignment to score Roland Emmerich's 1994 sci-fi adventure film Stargate. His dynamic score, which integrated Middle Eastern folk music and limited electronics into symphonic adventure fare, led to work on the subsequent Emmerich films Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998).

In the meantime, Arnold was welcomed into the James Bond franchise for 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies, starring Pierce Brosnan. It included the song "Surrender," which was produced and co-written by Arnold and performed by k.d. lang. He was invited back to score the Bond films The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Daniel Craig's debut Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008). Among several other film and TV projects during the 2000s, Arnold also became a regular collaborator with director John Singleton, composing music for his Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Four Brothers (2005).

Highlights of Arnold's screen work in the 2010s included The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, released in 2010, the Simon Pegg-Nick Frost feature Paul from 2011, and the popular BBC series Sherlock, which he co-composed with Michael Price. The show received individual season soundtracks by the Silva Screen label. ~ Marcy Donelson

Luton, Bedfordshire, England
January 23, 1962



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