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Varèse Sarabande was founded in 1977 as the result of a merger between the small classical labels Varèse International and Sarabande Records as a label to distribute reissues of classical albums from companies such as Decca Records and JVC. Eventually, they branched into jazz music, Broadway recordings and, most notably, film scores. In 1988, Varèse Sarabande began a partnership with MCA, and today it has released over 1,100 film scores and cast recordings. Robert Townson's long association with the label made it very familiar to soundtrack fans. (he paired up with them in 1985note  he left in 2019, to launch this), the company not only releases work from legends such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann, but also supports more recent composers such as Alexandre Desplat, Brian Tyler and Marco Beltrami. The label has also released two CD compilations of theme music from North American game shows.


The company's success has led to competitors (and often Friendly Rivals) such as Intrada, La La Land Records, Kritzerland, Silva Screen Records, Quartet Records and Perseverance Records, Dragon's Domain Records and Milan Records. In a way, Varèse Sarabande's success showed that there was a market for film scores and the company has benefited strongly. Although but Italy's C.A.M.(Creazioni Artistiche Musicali) and Cinevox actually predate them but they concentrate on Italian productions. France's Music Box Records and Spain's Quartet Records cast their nets wider.

The company also operates Varèse Vintage, a sublabel for pop music reissues and compilations.

In February 2018, Varèse was acquired by Concord Music Group.

The listing below only includes albums that had their initial release on the label (with a few exceptions, such as Spartacus in the Alex North folder). CD Club releases are in bold. Deluxe Editions are usually released as part of the CD Club.


Among their many, many releases (and the individual folders may not include all the albums on the label from that particular composer, usually just the ones with pages on this site - However the "Others" folder is just limited to titles with pages on this site.):

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     David Arnold 

    John Barry 
  • Jagged Edge
    • In 1992 reissued through the CD Club with the 1985 album programme (of long suites called "Jagged Edge, Part I" and "Jagged Edge, Part II") broken into separate cues.
  • Mercury Rising
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
    • And in 2016 an expanded Deluxe Edition via the CD Club.

     Christophe Beck 

    Marco Beltrami 
  • Blade II
  • Dracula 2000 Beltrami's scorenote  was previously released as part of the Little Box Of Horrors boxset; the score album got a solo release in 2020.
  • The Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
  • Gods of Egypt
  • This got an expanded Deluxe Edition through the CD Club in 2016.
  • I, Robot
  • Joy Ride
  • In 2021 this got a CD Club 2-CD Deluxe Edition release.
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • Followed by an expanded Deluxe Edition in 2011.
  • The November Man
  • The Omen (2006)
    • Scream - The first score releasenote  from Varèse Sarabande was a 30m album where it shared space with Scream 2...
  • This got an expanded Deluxe Edition through the CD Club in 2011.
  • Scream 2 - The first score release from Varèse Sarabande was a 30m album where it shared space with Scream... None of his score was on the Capitol Records soundtrack album.
    • This also got an expanded Deluxe Edition in 2016.
  • Scream 3 - Beltrami had no music on the Wind-up soundtrack album.
  • Scream 4 - Beltrami had two cuts on the Lakeshore soundtrack album. This expansion was released in 2022 as part of a 6-CD set (also out digitally) with the content of the label’s Scream & Scream 2 Deluxe Editions on the first two discs, as well as the composer’s expanded score from Scream 3 and Scream 4 on the third, fourth and fifth disc. The sixth disc features previously unreleased music from all films, as well as alternates and demo cues'' (Also the cue called "Sid's Advice" on the 2011 score albumnote  gets the non-bowdlerised name of "Don't Fuck With The Original" on the expanded release).

     Elmer Bernstein 
     Bill Conti 
     Don Davis 

     John Debney 

     Georges Delerue 

     Alexandre Desplat 

     Pino Donaggio 

     Patrick Doyle 

     Randy Edelman 

     Cliff Eidelman 

     Danny Elfman 

     Elan Ishkeri 
     George Fenton 
     John Frizzell 

     Michael Giacchino 

     Eliot Goldenthal 

     Jerry Goldsmith 

  • The 13th Warrior
  • Alien Nation (his thrown-out score; Later reissued by Kritzerland on a 2-CD set with Curt Sobel's replacement score.)
  • Air Force One
    • The 2019 2-CD Deluxe Edition includes Joel McNeely's additional music; the original album only included Goldsmith's music.
  • Along Came a Spider
    • In 2021 there was an expanded Deluxe Edition.
  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Basic Instinct (expanded edition later released by Prometheus; later given the 2-CD treatment by Quartet Records with the full score on CD 1 and the 1992 soundtrack album and bonuses on CD 2).
  • The Blue Max - They had a go at this one as well...
  • The 'Burbs - This CD Club release came in 1992; there was no soundtrack album for this in 1989.
    • 2007 there was an expanded Deluxe Edition
  • Chain Reaction
    • In 2015 this got an expanded Deluxe Edition.
  • City Hall
  • Criminal Law
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes - This entry in the series didn't get a soundtrack album in 1971; it didn't get an album of its own until 2009.
  • Executive Decision
    • This received an expanded Deluxe Edition in 2016.
  • Fierce Creatures - Because there's only about 20 minutes of score in the film, some extra material was recorded specifically to make the album come in at around the 30-minute mark (29 minutes to be precise).
  • Freud (Nothing to do with this.)
  • A Gathering of Eagles
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
    • This received an expanded Deluxe Edition as a 25th anniversary edition.
  • The Haunting (1999)
    • Followed in 2017 by an expanded Deluxe Edition.
  • Hollow Man
  • In Like Flint/Our Man Flint The first release of the film recordings. (With the sequel first for some reason). Silva Screen Records reissued the films' 20th Century-Fox Records soundtrack album rerecordings with both very short albums on one album. (And Intrada later reissued that pairing.)
  • Justine - this Deluxe Edition pairs the music heard in the film proper, (recorded in Hollywood) with the 1969 Monument Records soundtrack album, a re-recording done in London.
  • L.A. Confidential
    • The 2022 Deluxe Edition pairs an expanded score presentationnote  with the score album.
  • Leviathan (1989)
  • Link (Both Intrada and La La Land Records have issued remastered editions, no expansions as yet; the scoring masters are MIA.)
  • Lionheart - the 1987 historical adventure that was the final Jerry Goldsmith/Franklin J. Schaffner collaboration.
    • It has the distinction of being released at the time as two separate albums - Lionheart: Volume One and Lionheart: Volume Two.
    • In 1994 there was a 1-CD condensation called Lionheart: The Epic Symphonic Score including all of Vol. 1 and 6 tracks from Vol. 2.
    • Then in 2021 it was given the 2-CD Deluxe Edition treatment, presented remastered, complete (two added cues) and with the music in chronological order.
  • The List of Adrian Messenger
  • Lonely Are the Brave
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action - His final score. The album released with the movie doesn't contain any of John Debney's music - he completed the film when Goldsmith too ill to continue.
    • However, the 2021 2-CD Deluxe Edition does include Debney alongside Goldsmith, along with the 2003 soundtrack album.
  • Love Field
    • The 2021 Deluxe Edition also contains some of the blues piano pieces by Little Feat co-founder member Bill Payne that replaced some of Goldsmith's material in the finished product.
  • Malice
  • Matinee - Expanded by Intrada.
  • The Mephisto Waltz
  • Medicine Man
  • Mom and Dad Save the World
  • Mr. Baseball
  • The Omen Trilogy:
    • The Omen - Their first release of this was an expansion of the 1976 soundtrack album that was handled through RCA Records.
    • Damien: Omen II - this expansion includes the soundtrack album versions recorded in London, and the film versions which were recorded at 20th Century Fox.note 
    • The Final Conflict - was the first soundtrack album produced by Robert Townson.
      • It got a Deluxe Edition expansion in 2001.
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) - This expanded release (The original Project 3 release had one cue added when Intrada took a crack at it in 1992) also included a suite from Goldsmith's score for Escape from the Planet of the Apes.
  • Raggedy Man
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (expanded edition later released by Silva America. Intrada issued a 2-CD edition.)
  • Runaway
    • This one got its expanded Deluxe Edition in 2014.
  • Rudy
    • This beloved music received an expanded Deluxe Edition in 2022.
  • The Sand Pebbles - this first release of the complete score was issued as a Deluxe Edition in 2002.
  • The Secret of NIMH (expanded edition later released by Intrada)
  • Small Soldiers
    • The expanded Deluxe Edition arrived in 2018.
  • The Spiral Road
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
    • A 2-CD expanded Deluxe Edition came out in 2014.
  • Supergirl (1984) (expanded edition later released by Silva Screen Records)
  • Timeline His rejected score.
  • Total Recall (1990) Quartet Records later issued a 2-CD edition with the full score on CD 1 and the 1990 soundtrack album on CD 2.
    • In 2000 there was an expanded Deluxe Edition
  • U.S. Marshals
    • The expanded Deluxe Edition came out in 2020.
  • The Vanishing (the US remake).
  • It's also worth noting the 4-disc boxset Jerry Goldsmith At 20th Century Fox.

     Harry Gregson-Williams 

     Dave Grusin 

     Bernard Herrmann 

     James Horner 

     James Newton Howard 

     Mark Isham 

     Steve Jablonsky 

     Henry Jackman 

     Maurice Jarre 
  • Almost An Angel
    • The 2017 Deluxe Edition couples Jarre's complete score with the label's 1990 soundtrack album presentation. it all fits on one disc.
  • Dead Poets Society/The Year of Living Dangerously This release, unlike the Milan Records edition includes music from The Mosquito Coast and Witness.
  • Enemy Mine
    • The 2012 Deluxe Edition couples the 1985 soundtrack album with unreleased music and alternate cues.
  • Ghost (1990) (North America only - issued internationallynote  through Milan Records)
  • Jacob's Ladder (Quartet Records later issued a 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition with the 1990 soundtrack album on CD 1, and the film score on CD 2)
  • No Way Out (1987) (later expanded by Notefornote Music in 2018 as a 2-CD edition with the complete score on CD 1, and the 1987 soundtrack album and bonus tracks on CD 2)
  • Tai-Pan
  • Taps (later reissued by Kritzerland in 2013 paired with Jarre's music for 1970's The Only Game in Town starring Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty.)
  • Top Secret! - The UK release (the album was a rerecording of Jarre's music) on That's Entertainment Records includes Val Kilmer's songs which were released on a separate album by Passport Records in the US. La La Land Records later released a 2-CD set with the (previously unreleased) film tracks, the 1984 score album and the songs.
  • Witness

     Michael Kamen 
  • Die Hard - There was no soundtrack album issued in 1988; the first release was as part of the CD Club line in 2002. Later expanded by La La Land Records.
  • Die Hard 2 - This was given a release along with the film.
    • In 2012 there was a 2-CD Deluxe Edition.
  • The Iron Giant - Kamen had two tracks on the Rhino Records soundtrack album.
    • In 2022 there was an expanded Deluxe Edition.
  • Hudson Hawk (with Robert Kraft)
  • Suspect
    • Like John Barry's Jagged Edge music, the 1987 soundtrack release presented the music is the form of two long suites (one for each side of the record/cassette: "Suspect Suite Part I" and.. you can probably guess was on side 2. In 2014 it was reissued with more user-friendly sequencing.

     Harald Kloser 

     Christopher Lennertz 

     Henry Mancini 

     Joel McNeely 

     Ennio Morricone 

     David Newman 

     Thomas Newman 

     Alex North 
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (re-recording of his original score, conducted by his friend Jerry Goldsmith - Intrada later released the film tracks)
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy - the 2004 CD Club edition features much more music than the Capitol Records soundtrack release, and opens with Jerry Goldsmith's music for the prologue "The Artist Who Did Not Want To Paint."
  • Cleopatra - a 2-CD release, much more music than was on the 1963 soundtrack album from 20th Century-Fox Records.
  • The Dead
  • The Last Butterfly (North's final score)
  • Spartacus (former label head Robert Townson's all-time favourite score) - a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition including the complete score in mono, the surviving stereo elements,preliminary work and alternates and unused cues; a book, a documentary about North and his score with Alexandre Desplat, Mark Isham, Brian Tyler, John Williams and Christopher Young; an entire additional album: Spartacus Love Theme And Variations – blending previously released renditions and specially-recorded versions, featuring the likes of Carlos Santana, Lalo Schifrin, Dave Grusin, Mark Isham, Alexandre Desplat, Patrick Doyle, Brian Tyler, John Debney and others.
    • the single-disc Spartacus: The Complete Album Masters is also available ("all of the music featured on the original Spartacus soundtrack album, plus all of the cues that had been selected and prepared for an unreleased second volume, plus a few bonuses like the film’s thrilling Overture! Over 70 minutes of epic stereo Spartacus!")
  • Viva Zapata! - paired with his score for The 13th Letter.

     John Ottman 

     Basil Poledouris 

     Rachel Portman 

     John Powell 

     Trevor Rabin 

     Graeme Revell 

     William Ross 

     Marc Shaiman 

     Howard Shore 

     Alan Silvestri 

     Brian Tyler 
     John Williams 
  • The Cowboys - The track listed as an alternate main title is actually Harry Sukman's arrangement of Williams' main title done to be the theme music for the short-lived 1974 TV series based on the movie. No soundtrack album in 1972, by the way. This first legal soundtrack release came in 1994.
    • A Deluxe Edition came in 2018.
  • Dracula (1979) - a 2-CD Deluxe Edition with the film score on CD 1 and the 1979 MCA Records soundtrack albumnote  remastered on CD 2.
  • Family Plot - This album of Williams' score for Alfred Hitchcock's final bow in 1976 was issued under the CD Club banner in 2010.
  • Fitzwilly/The Long Goodbye - This coupling of the Fitzwilly United Artists Records soundtrack album (which was was a re-recording, as was usually the case at the time) and selected original music from The Long Goodbye was a CD Club release in 2004. Quartet Records gave The Last Goodbye a full album of its own in 2012, Music Box Records did the same for Fitzwilly (pairing the 1967 stereo album with mono film recordings) in 2013.
  • Heartbeeps - MCA Records cancelled the planned soundtrack album after the movie flopped hard in 1981. Williams' score got a limited edition in the label's CD Club line in 2001.
  • Midway (1976) - After doing a recording with Rick Wentworth conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 1998, the label issued an album of the film recordings in 2011.
  • Presumed Innocent
    • The 2022 Deluxe Edition has the complete score followed by album versions included on the soundtrack album they issued with the film in 1992, along with alternates.
  • Stanley & Iris
    • The expanded Deluxe Edition the label issued in 2017 paired it with Williams' very short score for 1972's Pete'n'Tillie.

     Christopher Young 

     Brian Zigman 

     Hans Zimmer 


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