Big Trouble in Little China (soundtrack)

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Big Trouble in Little China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
John Carpenter - Big Trouble in Little China soundtrack Eniga Records.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released1986
StudioElectric Melody Studios, Glendale, California
Genre
Length45:38 (1986 release)
71:35 (1999 release)
LabelEnigma Records (1986 release)
Super Tracks Music Group (1999 release)
ProducerJohn Carpenter
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth chronology
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
(1982)
Big Trouble in Little China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(1986)
Prince of Darkness
(1987)
John Carpenter chronology
The Fog
(1984)
Big Trouble in Little China
(1986)
Prince of Darkness
(1987)
Alternative cover
1999 release
1999 release
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Soundtrack.Net3.5/5 stars[2]

Big Trouble in Little China is a soundtrack produced by John Carpenter for the film of the same name.

With the soundtrack, Carpenter wanted to avoid the usual clichés finding that “other scores for American movies about Chinese characters are basically rinky tink, chop suey music. [He] didn’t want that for Big Trouble”. Carpenter instead opted for his trademark synthesizer score mixed with rock ‘n’ roll music.[3]

A soundtrack album, produced by Carpenter, was released in 1986 on Enigma Records and featured nine tracks for a total of just over 45 minutes. In 1999, an expanded edition was released by Super Tracks Music Group. It included two versions of Carpenter and his band, The Coupe De Villes (consisting of himself, Nick Castle, and Tommy Lee Wallace), performing the "Big Trouble in Little China" theme song, three tracks from Alan Howarth's previously unreleased score for Backstabbed (also known as Mørkeleg), and a track from Escape from New York, entitled, "Atlanta Bank Robbery".

Track listing[edit]

1986 release
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Big Trouble In Little China"The Coupe De Villes3:13
2."Pork Chop Express" 3:40
3."The Alley" 2:00
4."Here Comes the Storms" 2:20
5."Lo Pan's Domain" 4:30
6."Escape from Wing Kong" 8:00
7."Into the Spirit Path" 7:07
8."The Great Arcade" 7:50
9."The Final Escape" 6:58
Total length:45:38

1999 release[edit]

No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Big Trouble In Little China"The Coupe De Villes3:13
2."Pork Chop Express" 3:40
3."The Alley" 2:00
4."Here Comes the Storms" 2:20
5."Lo Pan's Domain" 4:30
6."Escape from Wing Kong" 8:00
7."Into the Spirit Path" 7:07
8."The Great Arcade" 10:00
9."The Final Escape" 4:47
10."Big Trouble In Little China -Reprise-"The Coupe De Villes3:08
Backstabbed
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Opening"Alan Howarth3:35
12."Alexandra"Howarth5:57
13."Blue Planet Interlude/Final Stab"Howarth5:41
Escape from New York
No.TitleLength
14."Atlanta Bank Robbery"3:31
Total length:71:35

Both the 1986 release and 1999 release are out-of-print.

2009 release[edit]

Big Trouble in Little China (Limited Edition)
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJanuary 2009
StudioElectric Melody Studios, Glendale, California
Genre
Length96:29
LabelLa-La Land Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Empire4/5 stars[4]

In 2009, a complete 2CD limited edition of the soundtrack was released by La-La Land Records which includes every note of music from the film, including both versions of the title song, remastered.

Disc One
No.TitleLength
1."Prologue"2:15
2."Pork Chop Express (Main Title)"4:01
3."Abduction At Airport"4:17
4."The Alley (Procession)"1:12
5."The Alley (War)"2:31
6."The Storms"2:42
7."Tenement / White Tiger"3:49
8."Here Come The Storms"4:15
9."Wing Kong Exchange"4:40
10."Lo Pan’s Domain / Looking For A Girl"3:16
11."Friends Of Yours? / Escape Iron Basis"7:18
12."Escape From Wing Kong"5:38
13."Hide"4:35
Total length:50:44
Disc Two
No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Call the Police" 7:32
2."Dragon Eyes" 1:12
3."Into the Spirit Path" 7:05
4."The Great Arcade" 7:53
5."The Final Escape (Lo Pan’s Demise / Getaway)" 7:02
6."Goodbye Jack" 3:14
7."Big Trouble In Little China (End Credits - Album Version)"The Coupe De Villes3:22
8."Stingers Montage" 5:24
9."Big Trouble In Little China (Original Version)"The Coupe De Villes3:01
Total length:45:45

Personnel[edit]

The Coupe De Villes

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "John Carpenter: Big Trouble in Little China [Original Soundtrack]". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Torikian, Messrob (August 25, 2003). "Big Trouble In Little China - Expanded Edition Soundtrack (1981-1996)". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Swires, Steve (August 1986). "John Carpenter: Kung Fu, Hollywood Style". Starlog.
  4. ^ Graydon, Danny. "Review of Big Trouble In Little China". Empire. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2010.