New box set captures the best films scores from 1985

Six and a half hours of iconic film soundtracks, including new symphony orchestra recordings


1985 was one of the best years in cinematic history thanks to the release of films including Cocoon, Back to the Future, The Goonies, St. Elmo’s Fire, Legend, Out of Africa, and even Rambo: First Blood Part II. From the Oscar-winning to the cult classic, the year was packed with great movie moments. Inextricably tied to those moments are the scores and songs that are as memorable as the films themselves. That’s why Varèse Sarabande Records is celebrating the music of the movies with a new 6-CD box set, Back In Time … 1985 At The Movies. 

The highlight of the package is brand new recordings of classic themes from films like The Color Purple, A View to a Kill, Brazil, Silverado, Legend, and more. David Newman conducted the debut performance of the Varèse Sarabande Symphony Orchestra at 20th Century Fox’s historic Newman Scoring Stage for the sessions, which were produced by Robert Townson.

Also featured are selections of original scores from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure by Danny Elfman, Spies Like Us and The Black Cauldron by Elmer Bernstein, The Bride and Enemy Mine by Maurice Jarre, North and South by Bill Conti, and Jagged Edge by John Barry. Also included are complete CDs featuring Out of AfricaThe Goonies, and The Back to the Future Trilogy (recordings of Part I and Part II from John Debney and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, plus Alan Silvestri original score for Part III).

Finally, there’s a 10-track disc featuring some of the best original songs from ’85 cinema. That includes Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” from Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, Survivor’s “Burning Heart” from Rocky IV, Oingo Boingo’s title track from Weird Science, and Bryan Ferry’s “Is Your Love Strong Enough” from Legend.

The collection, housed in an LP-style gatefold sleeve with artwork from A Nightmare on Elm Street artist Matthew Joseph Peak, is on sale now at Varèse Sarabande’s website for $99.98. A special package, Back in Time… 1985 The Concert Experience, is also available, and includes a pair of VIP seats and passes to the after party and meet-and-greet for a special live performance of some of the scores on June 11th at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The performance will see Bruce Broughton conducting his Silverado score, David Shire conducting his Return to Oz score, and many more surprise.

Below, take a look at the packaging and the complete tracklist.


Back In Time… 1985 At The Movies Tracklist:

CD 1: Back In Time: 1985 At The Movies – A brand new recording featuring David Newman conducting the debut of the Varèse Sarabande Symphony Orchestra, Produced by Robert Townson
01.Back To The Future – Music by Alan Silvestri
02.The Goonies – Music by Dave Grusin
03.St. Elmo’s Fire — Love Theme – Music by David Foster
04.Legend — Re-United – Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Lyrics by John Bettis
05.Return to Oz – Music by David Shire
06.Lifeforce – Music by Henry Mancini
07.Revolution – Music by John Corigliano
08.Cocoon – Music by James Horner
09.A View To A Kill – Music by John Barry
10. The Color Purple – Music by Quincy Jones, Arranged by John Williams
11. Witness — Building The Barn – Music by Maurice Jarre
12. Agnes of God – Music by Georges Delerue
13. Silverado – Music by Bruce Broughton
14. Out of Africa – Music by John Barry
15. Brazil – Music by Michael Kamen – Arranged by Christopher Lennertz
16. Rambo: First Blood Part II – Music by Jerry Goldsmith

CD 2: 1985 At The Movies: The Songs – A classic collection of the original songs by the original artists from 1985 films
01. St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr – From the film St. Elmo’s Fire
02. Burning Heart – Survivor – From the film Rocky IV
03. When The Going Get’s Tough, The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean – From the film The Jewel of the Nile
04. Weird Science – Oingo Boingo – From the film Weird Science
05. Bit By Bit – Stephanie Mills – Theme from the film Fletch
06. Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge – From the film The Last Dragon
07. Say You Say Me – Lionel Richie – From the film White Nights
08. Is Your Love Strong Enough – Bryan Ferry – From the film Legend
09. To Live And Die In L.A. – Wang Chung – Theme from the film To Live And Die In L.A.
10. We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) – Tina Turner – From the film Mad Max-Beyond The Thunderdome

CD 3: 1985 at Varèse Sarabande
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – Music Composed By Danny Elfman
01. Overture / The Big Race
02. Breakfast Machine
03. Park Ride
04. Stolen Bike
05. Hitchhike
06. Dinosaur Dream
07. Simone’s Theme
08. Clown Dream
09. Studio Chase
10. The Drive-In
11. Finale
The Bride – Music Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre
12. The Bride
Spies Like Us – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein
13. The Ace Tomato Company
14. Off To Spy
North and South – Music Composed and Conducted by Bill Conti
15. Main Title
Enemy Mine – Music Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre
16. Before the Drac Holy Council
Jagged Edge – Music Composed by John Barry
17. Part XIII
The Black Cauldron – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein
18. Escape From The Castle
19. Taran
20. The Witches
21. Gurgi
22. The Horned King
23. The Fair Folk
24. Eilonwy
25. Finale

CD 4: The Back To The Future Trilogy – John Debney • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Back To The Future:
1. Back To The Future
2. Skateboard Chase
3. Marty’s Letter
4. Clocktower Pt. 1
5. Clocktower Pt.2 And Helicopter
6. ’85 Lone Pine Mall
7. 4 x 4
8. Doc Returns
Back To The Future Part II:
9. Hill Valley, 2015
10. Burn The Book
11. He’s Gone
12. The Letter
13. I’m Back
14. End Logo
15. The West
Back To The Future Part III*:
16. Main Title
17. Indians
18. Point Of No Return (The Train Pt. III)
19. End Credits
20. Back To The Future: The Ride

* From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, conducted by Alan Silvestri

CD 5: Out of Africa – Joel McNeely • Royal Scottish National Orchestra
01. I Had A Farm (Main Title)
02. Alone On The Farm
03. Karen & Denys
04. Have You Got A Story for Me
05. I’m Better At Hello
06. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto In A major: K622 (Adagio)
07. Karen’s Journey Starts
08. Karen’s Journey Ends
09. Karen’s Return From Border
10. Karen Builds A School
11. Harvest
12. Safari
13. Flight Over Africa
14. Beach At Night
15. You’ll Keep Me Then
16. If I Knew A Song Of Africa
17. You Are Karen M’Sabu
18. Out Of Africa (End Credits)

CD 6: The Goonies – Original Motion Picture Score – Music Composed and Conducted by Dave Grusin
01. Fratelli Chase
02. Map and Willie
03. The Goondocks (Goonies Theme)
04. Doubloon
05. Lighthouse
06. Cellar and Sloth
07. Restaurant Trash
08. The “It”, Fifty Dollar Bills and a Stiff
09. It All Starts Here
10. Plumbing
11. Skull and Signature
12. Boulders, Bats and a Blender
13. Wishing Well and the Fratellis Find Coin
14. Mikey’s Vision
15. Oath and Booby Traps
16. Triple Stones and a Ball
17. Pee Break and Kissing Tunnel
18. They’re Here and Skull Cave Chase
19. Playing The Bones
20. Water Slide and Galleon
21. Octopus
22. The Inferno
23. One Eyed Willie
24. Treasure, Data & Mouth and Walk The Plank
25. Sloth & Chunk
26. Mama & Sloth
27. The Fighting Fratellis, Sloth’s Choice and Ultimate Booby Trap
28. The Reunion and Fratellis On Beach
29. No Firme and Pirate Ship
30. End Titles (Goonies Theme)