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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 newer 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. In a way, Varèse Sarabande's success showed that there was a market for film scores and the company has benefited strongly. Although 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). Titles with asterisks have also been released by the label in expanded form. CD Club releases are in bold. (Bold titles with asterisks means their expansions had the CD Club branding.)


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 

     Christophe Beck 

    Marco Beltrami 
    Elmer Bernstein 

     Carter Burwell 

     Bill Conti 
     Don Davis 

     John Debney 

     Alexandre Desplat 

     Patrick Doyle 

     Randy Edelman 

     Cliff Eidelman 

     Danny Elfman 

     Elan Ishkeri 
     George Fenton 
     John Frizzell 

     Michael Giacchino 

     Eliot Goldenthal 

     Jerry Goldsmith 

     Dave Grusin 

     Bernard Herrmann 

     James Horner 

     James Newton Howard 

     Mark Isham 

     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.
  • Enemy Mine* - The 2012 Deluxe Edition couples the 1985 soundtrack album with unreleased music and alternate cues.
  • Ghost (North America only - issued internationallynote  through Milan)
  • 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 (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
  • Top Secret! - The UK release on That's Entertainment Records includes Val Kilmer's songs which were released on a separate album by Passport Records in the US.
  • Witness

     Michael Kamen 

     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. a 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 

     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 in 1972, by the way.)
  • 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 doublebill of previously unreleased scores (the Fitzwilly United Artists Records soundtrack album was a re-recording, as was usually the case at the time) was a CD Club release in2004. Quartet Records gave The Last Goodbye a full album of its own in 2012, Music Box Records did the same for Fitzwilly 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
  • 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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     TV Soundtracks:Mini-Series and TV Movies 


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