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Soundtrack review : Back to the future (Alan Silvestri – 1985)

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Soundtrack review : Back to the future (Alan Silvestri – 1985)


Few movies from the 80s have as much appeal for people my age than “Back to the future”. The deLorean has become a symbol of that decade, while Christopher Lloyd’s crazy scientist portrayal is still one of his best. I remember how 15 years ago, when I visited Universal Studios with my family, what we loved the most was the “Back to the future” ride, where you got to experience the flying DeLorean in all its glory, in 4D. The thrills were great, and it’s one of the nicest memories from that trip. We also saw the clock tower, and I was so happy to be there, to see it even out of context, in the middle of that backlot. It was actually my favorite thing to see there and I imagined the thunder coming and us travelling back in time.

In 2009, Intrada released the complete Alan Silvestri score for the first movie. It is very hard for me to separate the score from the sentimental connection I have with the movie. The music was as much part of the experience as the actors and I remember most of the themes.
“Skateboard chase”… how could I forget the fun of that scene and how the music helped? It contains the “Back to the future” theme which is a landmark of the 80s. It’s one of the themes that make me the happiest. This score makes me relive the adventures, the fun or the moments when I completely disliked Biff. The 10 minutes long “It’s been educational: Clocktower” brings back all the thrills of the climax of the movie, with the twists and turns and I cheer once again for Marty and Doc to connect those wires.

The “Back to the future” score is the perfect companion for the movie. There’s not a single note in excess or a motif that doesn’t fit. The themes are as familiar to me as the skateboard, the sports almanac or Marty’s clothes. This score holds a special place in my treasure chest of memories and I take it out every now and then when I want to remember one of the most fun movies of my childhood.

Cue rating: 79 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 65 / 89

Album excellence: 73%


Disc 1:

Peabody Barn; Marty Ditches Delorean

Lorraine’s Bedroom

Retrieve Delorean

Picture Fades

Skateboard Chase

Marty’s Letter

George To The Rescue, Part 1

Marvin Be-Bop (Source Cue)

George To The Rescue, Part 2

Tension; The Kiss

It’s Been Educational; Clocktower


’85 Lone Pine Mall


Doc Returns

Back To The Future (End Credits)

Disc 2:

The Picture

Skateboard Chase

George To The Rescue

Tension; The Kiss


’85 Lone Pine Mall

Doc Returns


Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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