Wednesday, December 12, 2012

HAROLD FALTERMEYER - Top Gun unreleased score [Camelblue's version] (1986)

This is a revamped post from years ago, per request. The quality and the cult-status of this music deserves it.
Get it while it's hot...

As you may know, this is not a movie score music blog.
This will be the only one ever posted here, because it's special. It belongs to the # 1 icon movie of the '80s, and remains unpublished.

Harold Faltermeyer's score couldn't have complimented the film any better.
His work defined the '80s style of action scoring, heavily synthesized, tuneful and rhythmic. It was years ahead of everything in its genre for the time.
This music score was the first to be performed and recorded DDD on the polyphonic 16 bit stereo Synclavier Digital Music System.
All started jointly with Giorgio Moroder with the idea to also compose catchy AOR / arena rock songs to complement the incidental music. But Faltermeyer left the project (apparently due to differences with executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer) and the Top Gun score incomplete. That's why never was released.
Some tracks were re-recorded for the film, but Harold's takes are far better.

I made my own version of this score.
Sources vary; most of them from a very rare big Harold folder I own containing true gems like rock&pop songs used in different OST and never released on any format, rejected scores, amazing demos and this, the Top Gun unreleased score. Some tracks were ripped (not by me) from the 5.1 DVD version of the movie.
There's not included here any song / version present in the official V.A. soundtrack, just the unreleased stuff.
As bonus, you have Giorgio Moroder's "Radar Radio", the first song playing on the jukebox at the end of the film, track only appeared as b-side of the movie promo vinyl single 'Take My Breath Away' by the band Berlin.

There's a CD bootleg release of this score-soundtrack (German I think), but miss many tracks. Recently I've seen another double-boot on eBay including my 'Radar Radio' vinyl rip! And even a complete rip-off of this file sold as 'original CD'.
Hope you enjoy my version. I didn't followed the movie's sequence, my tracklist order is just according to my taste.
Some track names may differ from the bootlegs, like 'Flying Again' = 'Get Back In The Saddle', 'New Mission = Mission Briefing', etc.
That's how they are labeled in my archives.

All tracks are original 320 Kbps files.
Artwork designed by me included.

01 - Opening Theme (2:39)
02 - MIG 28's (1:42)
03 - Viper's Dog Fight (2:08)
04 - Flying Again (3:20)
05 - Duke Mitchell's Story (1:09)
06 - Goose's Death / Goodbye Goose (1:49)
07 - Negative G Pushover (3:22)
08 - Who's Side Are You On / Never Again (3:30)
09 - Top Gun Anthem [film version] (3:45)
10 - Dog Fight #3 (2:38)
11 - Mighty Wings [instrumental] (1:40)
12 - Still Awake / Can't Sleep (2:07)
13 - Take My Breath Away [instrumental] (1:40)
14 - MIG's Dead Ahead (3:00)
15 - Flat Spin (4:26)
16 - New Mission (2:28)
17 - Memories (2:50)
18 - Great Balls Of Fire [demo] (2:33)
19 - Radar Radio [G. Moroder feat. Joe Pizzulo] (3:38)




Anonymous said...

would love to hear this one possible of doing a depositfile link please

Carlos said...

Thank you so much, awesome job Camel, like always

Anonymous said...

I downloaded this and it works great, sounds good. But it came as one HUGE track and I want to know how I can divide them up into each song.

Camelblue said...

It is tracked into individual files. What player do you use?

St. Vitus Dance said...

Fantastic! As a kid, I loved Top Gun and once I was in the Navy, grew to love the F-14 Tomcat even more. I've looked and waited for this music for a quarter-century and here it is.

Thanks so much!!!

Camelblue said...

Glad you like it !

Orgio said...

Great as always, Camelblue! Thank you so much for your effort to bring out great and rare music!

Marco said...

is it possible to have this music in lossless format? At least CD quality (44.1 kHz / 16 bit) please? It would be really great.
Thanks you, Marco

PS: the track Memories is available as B-side on the Top Gun anthem 7" single. Radar Radio on the B-side of the Take my breath away 7" single. I have both ;)

Anonymous said...

This a superb and awesome work, I have seen TOP GUN and other similar movies like Iron Eagle, many many times, I love them... Thanks you so much for this amazing job!! I absolutely appreciate it. Greetings from Peru.

Moo Strength said...

This is an absolute gold mine. Thank you for a superb share, I don't know how exactly you came across the resource to assemble this, but if you have the non-compressed FLAC lossless type source files, I would love to see them.

I haven't been this excited to find something on the net since someone managed to snag a Laser Disc promotional copy of the Rad Soundtrack and digitally outputted it to an mp3 album.

Well done!

Camelblue said...

Moo Strength :
Glad you enjoy it. I don't have the files on FLAC, just 320K mp3.
If you want to share that Laser Disc "Rad Soundtrack" version, upload it to any free host and drop the link here.
I'm sure many other readers of this blog will rave about it.

Andrew said...

I have a unreleaed disc of the score with a few edits of the antehm as well as some edits of the songs. I used a program to rip them from the CD, but it did it in a low quality. I'm working on a solution to get the full 320kbps, but here's a track from it.
Thanks for this selection!

Cheef Roberts said...

You have actually taken tracks 4 and 5 from my 2CD bootleg as I mixed all the tracks together with no silence in between each track and they are the same on your version. My bootleg version 2 actually has your track 3 (Viper's Dog Fight) without sfx as well.

Unknown said...

Hi, I can't seem to get this downloaded. It stops at about 11mb every time. Is there another place you could upload it? I wish they would put out an official release one day!!

Camelblue said...

@ Michel Saucier:
Tested & working... anyway, I've added a mirror for you.

Unknown said...

Thanks a million! I'm stuck with pathetic internet.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! Especially love the Theme without the guitar.

Mr. Pippox Love said...

I pray that you find on the version of "take my breath away"(humming version) ... in the film's chase scene
This is nowhere to be found!
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. Thanks man!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! Took awhile to find this, I'm glad someone put this up since these tracks aren't available for purchase anywhere. It's great to finally have the full score.

wraith72 said...

can anyone please re-upload this ? to mega or another site.... i really want this and missed finding it in time. would really appreciate it !

Guenter Germany said...

just found this wonderful information about the real Top Gun music and would love to be able to hear this full Version,
anyone who can help me ?