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ScoreKeeper Finds The Truth In THE X-FILES 4-CD Soundtrack Box Set

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here taking a brief breather from my extraordinarily busy schedule to let you know I've found the truth and it really was out there.

If you're a die-hard film music fan, chances are you've already heard the news about this uber-awesome release and have been teased mercilessly by its arrival for over a year. I've known your pain personally and now share in your jubilation.

I don't write about television much because, frankly, I don't keep up with it very well. I know there are some incredible shows out there and I try to engage myself with a few of them when I can. That doesn't mean I haven't been involved with my love-affair for television in the past.

Other than TWIN PEAKS (1990-1991), I can think of no other television show in my lifetime which ignited my passion and commanded my attention quite like THE X-FILES (1993-2002). It was the closest thing to a religious experience I've ever known from the boob-tube.

What initially got me hooked on the show was the exemplarily music by Mark Snow.

I was hanging ten one night during a haphazard channel surf when I stumbled upon a particular program whose music caught my ear. I didn't know at the time what the show was but my ears could not quit the beguiling sounds it soaked up. It wasn't long before I found out it was THE X-FILES. I watched it faithfully ever since.

Every film music lover has their list of holy grails...scores you're dying to have...scores you need to have. Mark Snow's music for THE X-FILES certainly has been among my most coveted acquisitions. Prior to this week the only solace came from a half-heartedly and not-too-satisfying album entitled "The Truth and the Light: Music from THE X-FILES" which is slightly spoiled by all the included sound effects and dialogue. It was adequate but woefully underrepresented the immense genius Snow brought to the program each and every week.

On May 10, 2011 La-La Land Records proudly announced the release of a limited edition (3000 units) four-disc box set featuring Mark Snow's music from THE X-FILES television series. The collection features tracks from forty of the series' 202 episodes totaling more than five hours of music. In addition, the deluxe packaging features a forty page booklet including detailed liner notes and track-by-track analysis written by Randall D. Larson.

I like to believe I have a lot of treasures in my soundtrack collection. This one will certainly be one of the crown jewels.

Click HERE for more information including a complete track listing and audio samples.

If you missed it the first time around, here's a link to an interview I did with Mark Snow a few years ago. I've interviewed more than thirty-five composers during my time at AICN and my interview with Snow remains one of my very favorites.




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  • May 10, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Best tv show ever

    by double_l88

    That looks good, I don't really want to have to buy cd's though, rather just download it.

  • May 10, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Only 3000 units?

    by blakindigo

  • May 10, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    First The Ron Jones Project for TNG...

    by wtriker1701

    ...which was pure gold - and now another treasure that will be bought and listened to and dreamed about. What's happening with releases nowerdays? Is there a trend visible? I sure do hope so. Next on my wish list: Stargate Sg-1 and its spin-offs. Joel Goldsmith had some tremendous impact regarding TV soundtracks, and yet they just delivered the first season - and stopped right there (except the Atlantis Pilot, of course). Ron Jones, Mark Snow (btw made a fantastic soundtrack for Smallville, if any studio reads this...) - they mark (sorry for the pun) my youth with TV Music. That's where I get really geeky... Any other suggestions for such projects?

  • May 10, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    No, I didn't want to wake up dioxholster...

    by wtriker1701

    ...who should be in a coma right now with his franchise Gone With The Wind...

  • May 10, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    The BBC comes to mind with Murray Gold!

    by wtriker1701

    They deliver seasony soundtracks EVERY year, and he's one hell of composer. Brilliant! Go, studios, go! Give us those pearls!

  • May 10, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Wow, I can't believe it's almost ten years since X-Files wrapped it up...

    by WriteForTheEdit


  • May 10, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Walkin' in Memphis should be a bonus track!...

    by DanielKurland

    POST-MODERN PROMETHEUS is the most beautiful hour of television!

  • May 10, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Here's hope for The X-Files movie in 2012!!!!!!!

    by wtriker1701

    You all know, it HAS to happen! Chris Carter, do you hear me???? Don't fuck this up like the last one. Make it an Event movie for December 2012 - show us, you still have it in you! Give us closure!!!

  • May 10, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Scully Gets her Tattoo

    by kiwicanuck

    Okay, there's a piece of music played when Scully gets her tattoo that is just amazing. The whole sequence was as erotic as hell - I'd go far as to say the most erotic I've seen on network TV. And that was with nothing approaching nudity. Just Gillian Anderson in the right lighting, with just the right expressions and connections - and that bloody music! Sure I'll miss the visuals when listening to the music, but the music on it's own is fantastic...but it looks like it's not on the CD collection. The episode is 'Never Again.' Does anybody know where I might find this on CD or otherwise? Does anyone even know what I'm talking about?

  • May 10, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    yeah, that's a bleepin' dead alien body alright

    by Cole_El

  • May 10, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The best X-FILES music

    by SnootyBoots

    Occurs over the closing credits of the first movie.

  • May 10, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    this rocks...i just bought it!!!

    by Bouncy X

    i'm a humongous X-Files fan and i gotta thank AICN, i wouldnt have known this existed if it hadnt been for this article. this looks awesome and its called "Volume One" so i assume they'll make more if it sells well enough. i've always loved this show's score and Snow's music in general. i remember watching the early Smallville episodes and just hearing XF all over their score cuz of him. i too have that Truth and Light CD from back in the day so this is an amazing upgrade. though that CD was cool in the way they set it up. instead of the generic "track after track" model, it was almost like a narrative without an cuts or silence between tracks. i'm sure this is simply "track by track" but thats good enough considering what they give.

  • May 10, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    What the hell...?

    by Larrythefatcat

    ... is "exemplarily music"? I'm not even 100% sure that that word is supposed to be 'exemplary' because of the amount of extra letters... wow. This is a cool set, but I can really only handle listening to so many discordant chords and atonal tones... the "Fight the Future" score (coupled with the soundtrack) is enough X-Files music for me. I love me some "Soda Pop", what can I say?

  • May 10, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    yes, but does this include LIVE FAST DIARRHEA by the Vandals?

    by Tigger Tales

    it played in DPO.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    The Best TV Score and Soundtrack EVER!!

    by SisterSpooky

    ScoreKeeper summed that up so well, Mark Snow gave some of the best background music, scores for The X-Files. If it wasn't for his wonderous score and music I wouldn't have watched The X-Files that religiously either. Mark Snow's music for The X-Files, truly what gave the show it's character and atmosphere. Truly wonderful.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by ScoreKeeper

    larrythefatcat...victim of auto knew what I meant. bouncy x...I too would love to see a volume 2...I probably wouldn't be happy until all the music is available. kiwicanuck...Indeed that is a classic episode with some amazing music. That entire episode is one of the hottest things I've ever seen on TV. Unfortunately that's not on this set. I'll be holding out hope it makes Volume 2. "The Field Where I Died" also contains some amazing music and there are two cues from that episode on there.

  • May 10, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    I heard the theme from Roland...

    by MovieGeekBlog

    in season 1 used in a couple of documentaries here in the UK!! I recognized it straight away! Great piano tune!

  • May 10, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by tensticks

    Can you see what's up with Cliff Martinez's score for PUMP UP THE VOLUME? That's *my* holy grail. (My other two were Thomas Newman's LESS THAN ZERO, which has since been made available on youtube and torrent, and Nick Bicat's 1984 CHRISTMAS CAROL, which he sells himself through his website.) And yes, this is VERY cool news indeed. Big X-Files fan. Even bigger TWIN PEAKS fan, but the music for that has been slowly trickling out already the last few years.... Keep up the good work sir.

  • May 10, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by TommyGavinsEgo

    ... was the name of the closing theme from the first X-Files movie. Written by Noel Gallagher. The fucking genius who brought rock 'n' roll and real music back to Britain in the 1990s and soundtracked my life. So there. Actually, there's a great passage in one of the Oasis "on-the-road" hagiographies, where he's playing it backstage on piano, and says to the manager "yeah, I've been working on it for a while, I think it's done, I'm giving it to the X-Files film people." To which his manager replies "don't fucking tell them you've finished it! Keep them waiting and you'll get more money out of 'em!" As for The X-Files - epic television. Groundbreaking, labyrinthine, and I honestly believed paved the way for proper, serialised storytelling that actually required a modicum of attention and intelligence from its audience. The list of shows that took its cue and ushered in such brilliant drama in US television is too long to even start mentioning. And - let's not mince words - I wanted to pound the living daylights out of Gillian Anderson. Still do. I remember her being voted Sexiest Woman In The World in around '97, and as far as I'm concerned she just got hotter and hotter after that. The less said about the second X-movie though, the better. A true case of the Crystal Skulls there. Years and years to get it right, and THAT's all they could come up with? Awful. We need a closer. X-Files III. Full on fuck-of alien apocalypse.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Snow's x-files soundtrack is well above average but....

    by Noddy93

    it doesn't compare to the Christopher Franke's (Tangerine Dream '71-'88) 'Babylon 5' nor to Stewart Copeland's (The Police) 'Equalizer' soundtracks.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Had to order one of these.

    by hank henshaw

    Massive X-Files fan. Please no more Chris Carter or Spotnitz involvement, if there is to be a third movie. Last movie was terrible, and the only reason that script was made into a movie was because of the screenwriters strike.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Thank you ScoreKeeper!!!

    by barry convex

    Thanks for the heads up. I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on this. I've got it ordered!

  • May 10, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    a favorite of mine

    by ScoreKeeper

    As much as I give Mark Snow props for his amazing work, I have to admit one of my favorite X-FILES music moments came at the end of the episode "Closure" from season seven when they used "My Weakness" by Moby. Damn, that music ripped my heart out during that climactic ending. My heart aches just thinking about it.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    So cool to hear others speak of the tattoo...

    by kiwicanuck

    Nice to hear some back-up on the tattoo scene, episode and music. I got into the X-Files late (when it was in syndication) so caught up in the fever well after everyone else had. It wasn't a perfect show, but when it was firing on all cylinders, I was as hooked as I ever have been - and the episode 'Never Again' just crystallized Dana Scully in ways we hadn't seen before, and if she was attractive before, that episode took her sexual allure to a whole new level. I loved the whole episode, but that tattooing scene in particular - and the one in the bar leading up to it and afterwards at the guy's place - was one of those really rare occurrences on TV when everything (writing, set design, acting, lighting and MUSIC) gelled perfectly, setting an erotic tone that probably far surpassed what the director had thought possible. (Hot) lightening in a bottle that hit me when I didn't expect it. I actually sent that scene to a couple of girlfriends after I saw it, I was just so blown away.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by ScoreKeeper

    You've got some pretty hard-to-come-by holy grails by the '84 CHRISTMAS CAROL would be sweet. And as much as I Thomas Newman completist such as myself would love LESS THAN ZERO, I would pick THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE first.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Mark Snow and Peter Gabriel

    by kiwicanuck

    Okay, one more thing - in that Never Again scene the music reminded me a little bit of some of the instrumental work Peter Gabriel has done (Passion - Last Temptation of Christ comes to mind)...kind of like if Gabriel composed a track while in the midst of a threesome.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    The Field Where I Died

    by kiwicanuck

    Yes, yes, yes, you are dead on Scorekeeper. Some FANTASTIC, heart-wrenching music in that episode. Beautiful.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Always good to see a SK thread

    by Six Demon Bag

    Never watched x-files.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    I love soundtracks but I'm sick of these expensive box sets

    by SmokingRobot

    Do we need FOUR DISCS of X-files music? Not really.

  • May 10, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Loving the X-Files love...

    by Viewer 3

    I don't think some people truly remember - or were too young to know - just how huge this show was in its prime. I was relatively young at the time, but this show left an enormous impression on me. It's one of those things that got so big, and was parodied so often, that these days many people tend to somewhat roll their eyes any time "The X-Files" is mentioned. But it's good to see that people here still remember what a great series it was. Sure, when you have THAT many episodes, you're going to have plenty of hit-and-miss moments. And there will always be those who will swear that the series died whenever Robert Patrick took over (although, for what it's worth, I think Patrick was phenomenal in that role). But at the end of the day... what a damn good show. So many good memories, so many good moments.

  • May 10, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    elfman/burton box set

    by Six Demon Bag

    thought id ask a question while im here... are the two batmans and mars attacks discs on the box set better than the LLL archival discs? i mean--is there anything on there that has possibly been left off the LLL discs? help me out brothas

  • May 11, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    No selection from Seasons 7 Closure?!?

    by StarQrtrs

    Not having that end theme of Closure where Mulder finds out that his sister is dead is one of the finest pieces of music from X-Files. It's truly a crime that it's not on this release. Another great theme was when Mulder is waking up in the hospital bed after his abduction in Season 8 called Dead Alive... which is also missing here. However, Scully's Theme from Season 8 and Starlight makes up for it... at least a little bit. =)

  • May 11, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Scorekeeper--Holy Grails

    by tensticks

    Well--*I* have Xmas Carol and LTZ, fortunately, but it WOULD be nice to see them get a wider release. But PUMP is at the top of my list. Newman used to have a Myspace page, I think--not sure about Facebook--have you tried communicating with him?

  • May 11, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Music Diarrhea

    by Marlboroliteman

    The bad thing about the music on the X Files was that there was just too much of it. So much that it got annoying. Loved the show, the constant music not so much.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    And still not a single show has learned from X-Files mistakes.

    by knowthyself


  • May 11, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Fringe is the new X-Files

    by SmokingRobot

    But damn, no one was cuter than Sculley and Mulder. They were so adoreable. Now she's AWOL and he's doing creepy porn on Showtime. Talk about falling from grace.

  • May 11, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by JTStarkiller

    Like Scorekeeper mentioned above, that music is called "My Weakness,"written and performed by Moby from his Play album. I've been trying to save some dough this month, and had no idea they were releasing this. It's my absolute favorite show and just COULD NOT pass up ordering this. Can't wait for it to get here.

  • May 11, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by JTStarkiller

    I fucking love that line from Arcadia. Nice one.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I preferred his 'Nowhere Man' theme more...

    by tangcameo

    ...which eventually got recycled and sampled in X-files after NM got cancelled.

  • May 11, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    A Scully Mulder moment on The Killing last Sunday

    by tangcameo

    The two detectives in a empty unlit meat locker with flashlights and guns drawn. I was waiting for the smartassed one to call the redhead Scully. Probably was shot at a former X-files location.

  • May 11, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    So far, no show has captured it's mood like

    by SisterSpooky

    The X-Files. Snow's music along with the writings and the great castings is what made The X-Files what it was. Marlbroliteman, are you sure too much music? The background music, the theme, and minimalistic music was what gave the show it's character, the mood. As the show grew so did the music. The music was a character in itself the show as Mulder & Scully was. It gave the show essence and soul. Smokingrobot not in my books it isn't, Fringe is no way the new The X-Files. The only one that comes close is 'The Walking Dead' or 'Game of Thrones'. The X-Files was one amazing show, truly a classic and nothing comes close except for the two mentioned above.

  • May 12, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    has scorekeeper

    by Seph_J

    ever mentioned the MG Doctor Who scores? Expressed an opinion? I don't recall. If not I highly recommend them, they are really quite fantastic, as are the DW proms which occasionally happen. Incredibly epic music.

  • May 12, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Dr. Who

    by ScoreKeeper

    No. That's one of the shows I keep hearing from friends and well-wishers that I should watch. From what I've heard I'm sure I'd love it. I do have five CDs worth of music from the show but haven't given them due diligence yet. It's hard to jump on board a show that's so deep. Assuming I can muster the time, where do I start?

  • May 13, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Watching X-Files on Netflix right now

    by Cindy

    Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose. Peter Boyle was so awesome in that one. The music was such a big factor in the overall creepy atmosphere of the show.