Jerry GoldsmithMain Title (Original Version) (Alien: The Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack)

This is Goldsmith’s original version of the opening title music for Alien, which was rejected by Ridley Scott (as was most of the rest of his score):

Goldsmith: “I thought, ‘Well, let me play the whole opening very romantically and very lyrically and then let the shock come in as the story evolves’. So I wrote this very nice main title… There was mystery, but sort of a lyrical mystery. It didn’t go over too well and Ridley and I had major disagreements over that.

Scott: “Let me just say to start with that l think the man is a genius…[but] the score was way too lush….which was not really what anybody particularly wanted. We wanted it more haunting and weird and strange. lt wasn’t really any of that.”