Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Rhino's other-worldly Brain in a Box compiles five CDs of science fiction music about spacemen, creatures, blobs, rockets, UFOs, and flying saucers that trek to the bottom of the sea, the Outer Limits, and the planets and stars in between. The 113 stylistically diverse tracks send us traveling through time, from 1946, with Les Baxter's theremin workout "Lunar Rhapsody," through the Sputnik-crazy late '50s and early '60s, eventually arriving in 1999, with the theme from The Matrix. Disc One collects dark ominous movie themes, ranging from the early electronic sounds of 1956's Forbidden Planet to the familiar 2001: A Space Odyssey and more recent themes from Robocop and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Rhino's other-worldly Brain in a Box compiles five CDs of science fiction music about spacemen, creatures, blobs, rockets, UFOs, and flying saucers that trek to the bottom of the sea, the Outer Limits, and the planets and stars in between. The 113 stylistically diverse tracks send us traveling through time, from 1946, with Les Baxter's theremin workout "Lunar Rhapsody," through the Sputnik-crazy late '50s and early '60s, eventually arriving in 1999, with the theme from The Matrix. Disc One collects dark ominous movie themes, ranging from the early electronic sounds of 1956's Forbidden Planet to the familiar 2001: A Space Odyssey and more recent themes from Robocop and Mars Attacks! Disc Two spotlights retro-futuristic TV themes, such as The Jetsons, My Favorite Martian, Star Trek, and Doctor Who. On the eclectic Pop disc, British singer-songwriter Graham Parker's "Waiting for the UFOs" falls between Jefferson Airplane's sci-fi anthem "Have You Seen the Saucers" and the late Harry Nilsson's "Spaceman." With its orbits of beeps, blips, and whirrs, the Incidental/Lounge CD goes way out for eccentric jazz bandleader Sun Ra's "Space Is the Place," Dick Hyman's "Moon Gas," and Leonard Nimoy's "Alien." Finally, the Novelty disc culls endearing silliness from the gravelly-voiced Jimmy Durante "We're Going UFO'ing", the B-52's the quirky, infectious "Planet Claire", the brilliant Ella Fitzgerald "Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer", and Parliament the funky "Unfunky UFO". Housed in an elaborate metallic container with a very cool brain hologram on each of the four sides, plus a 200-page hardbound guidebook full of essays and reference material, Brain in a Box is a fantastic voyage through the sci-fi galaxy.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard not to look at Rhino's lavish five-disc set Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection as it sits encased in a large metal cube covered with 3-D illustrations and wonder why does it exist and who is it for. This is an expensive set, retailing at nearly $100, and it's filled with recordings that aren't exactly designed for casual listening. Then again, this box is not designed for listening -- it's designed as a conversation piece, a piece of pop culture, and, most likely, a sure-fire Grammy nominee (and winner) for best packaging. And, if you ignore the fact that this isn't really that listenable, even though it covers nearly every base in its five designated categories -- movies themes, TV themes, pop songs, incidental/lounge music, and novelty tunes -- this is a pretty remarkable package, capturing much of the irresistible kitsch of sci-fi pop culture. Make no mistake about it, even if Ray Bradbury contributes an essay for the hardcover 200-page book, this is all about the wonderfully silly comics, B-movies, and dime store magazines that thrived in the '50s and '60s, then was recycled and ironically revived throughout the remaining three decades of the 20th century. Occasionally, Brain in a Box delves into the more measured, intellectual side of sci-fi -- not just by acknowledging that films like Planet of the Apes were very smart, but spending time on think-pieces as varied as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Matrix. Still, when the second in the set kicks off with Richard O'Brien's "Science Fiction/Double Feature," the incomparable opening salvo from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it's clear that the compilers favored kitsch and camp. That's fine -- that's what makes this set fun. And, truth be told, the book is as much fun, if not more, than the discs, since not only are the essays strong, but the pictures of old movie posters, magazine covers and ads, comic books, ViewMasters, and action figures from '50s tin robots to Futurama's Bender are utterly enthralling -- at least if you're a pop-culture junkie. Does that make Brain in a Box worth all the money? Well, if (and only if) you found that list of artifacts exciting and you like "Telstar," Esquivel, and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, plus aren't annoyed by Dr. Demento and don't find Dr. Who strangely unsettling; it may be, you may not put it on much, but it looks nice on the shelf and there are all sorts of great geeky treasures inside. Which might mean that it's worth it, provided that you realize you're buying the package for the package, not the music.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Aliens, monsters, mad scientists, even robots could probably share a laugh with this collection... The music is as varied as human reactions to the unknown, conjuring awe and fear, curiosity and silliness.

Aliens, monsters, mad scientists, even robots could probably share a laugh with this collection... The music is as varied as human reactions to the unknown, conjuring awe and fear, curiosity and silliness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: RHINO
  • UPC: 081227993627
  • Catalog Number: 79936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (4:29)
  2. 2 2001: A Space Odyssey - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (1:50)
  3. 3 Forbidden Planet (2:22)
  4. 4 The Day The Earth Stood Still (4:14)
  5. 5 It Came From Outer Space (1:44)
  6. 6 Creature From The Black Lagoon (3:04)
  7. 7 The Incredible Shrinking Man (2:55)
  8. 8 The Time Machine (1:52)
  9. 9 Them! (0:53)
  10. 10 The Thing (1:49)
  11. 11 First Men In The Moon - Laurie Johnson (2:38)
  12. 12 The Beast From 20, 000 Fathoms (1:14)
  13. 13 Fantastic Voyage (0:53)
  14. 14 Fantastic Voyage (Main Title) (1:43)
  15. 15 Planet of the Apes - John Goldsmith (2:13)
  16. 16 The Andromeda Strain - Gil Melle (4:12)
  17. 17 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - John Williams & the Universal Orchestra (2:21)
  18. 18 Aliens (3:17)
  19. 19 E.T. Extra-Terrestrial - John Williams & the Universal Orchestra (3:00)
  20. 20 Robocop - Howard Blake (2:07)
  21. 21 Robocop (Main Title) - Howard Blake (0:40)
  22. 22 Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1:37)
  23. 23 Outland - Jon Goldsmith (3:54)
  24. 24 War Of The Worlds - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (1:32)
  25. 25 Predator (3:27)
  26. 26 The Fly - Howard Shore (1:54)
  27. 27 Mars Attacks (2:23)
  28. 28 The Matrix - Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (8:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Twilight Zone (2:10)
  2. 2 Lost In Space (1:59)
  3. 3 My Favorite Martian (0:51)
  4. 4 Doctor Who (2:24)
  5. 5 The Jetsons (0:59)
  6. 6 The Time Tunnel (0:40)
  7. 7 One Step Beyond (5:24)
  8. 8 The Outer Limits (1:08)
  9. 9 The Outer Limits (Main Title) (1:25)
  10. 10 Men Into Space (2:44)
  11. 11 The Thunderbirds - Barry Gray (2:33)
  12. 12 Stingray - Barry Gray (1:56)
  13. 13 Astro Boy (1:13)
  14. 14 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (0:31)
  15. 15 Land Of The Giants (1:03)
  16. 16 Star Trek (1:20)
  17. 17 Star Trek: The Next Generation (2:56)
  18. 18 V (The Series) (1:04)
  19. 19 Babylon 5 (1:31)
  20. 20 The Simpsons (1:36)
  21. 21 The X-Files - Mark Snow (3:24)
  22. 22 Changing Channels (4:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Telstar (3:18)
  2. 2 Blast Off (2:05)
  3. 3 Out Of Limits (2:07)
  4. 4 Have You Seen The Saucers (3:37)
  5. 5 Waiting for the UFOs (3:08)
  6. 6 Spaceman (3:34)
  7. 7 Space Child (3:42)
  8. 8 Flying Saucer Safari (2:16)
  9. 9 Ufo (2:44)
  10. 10 Rocket - Joe Bennett (2:05)
  11. 11 Rocket To Nowhere (4:10)
  12. 12 For Science (1:17)
  13. 13 Machines - Lothar & the Hand People (2:39)
  14. 14 Beyond Tomorrow (6:45)
  15. 15 Theme For The Creature From Under The Sea (2:38)
  16. 16 Humans From Earth (2:47)
  17. 17 Fear (2:24)
  18. 18 Rocket Ship - The Medallions (3:08)
  19. 19 Radar Blues (2:42)
  20. 20 Creature With The Atom Brain (4:14)
  21. 21 Rocket Ship (4:13)
  22. 22 After The Gold Rush (2:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Frozen Neptune - The Russell Garcia Orchestra (5:55)
  2. 2 Lunar Rhapsody (3:10)
  3. 3 Man From Mars (2:26)
  4. 4 On The Dark Side Of The Moon (2:18)
  5. 5 Saturday Night On Saturn (1:43)
  6. 6 Welcome To Tomorrow (3:06)
  7. 7 Space Reflex (3:16)
  8. 8 Mars, Bringer Of War (8:07)
  9. 9 Theremin Solo (1:33)
  10. 10 Guitars In Space (1:59)
  11. 11 Nova - The Russell Garcia Orchestra (2:26)
  12. 12 Space Is The Place (4:24)
  13. 13 Twilight Zone - Raymond Scott & His Orchestra (2:25)
  14. 14 Cosmic Ballad (3:26)
  15. 15 Moon Gas (2:17)
  16. 16 Monsters Of Jupiter - The Russell Garcia Orchestra (3:07)
  17. 17 She Likes Me (2:38)
  18. 18 Tone Tales From Tomorrow (4:27)
  19. 19 Alien (1:59)
  20. 20 On Planet X - John Zorn (3:28)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Flying Saucer (4:19)
  2. 2 Beep! Beep! (2:12)
  3. 3 The Blob (2:41)
  4. 4 Martian Hop (2:13)
  5. 5 Music To Watch Space Girls By (2:21)
  6. 6 Planet Claire (4:36)
  7. 7 Gigantor (2:40)
  8. 8 Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (3:25)
  9. 9 Flying Saucer Attack (2:51)
  10. 10 Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll - Billy Lee Riley (2:01)
  11. 11 Ufos, Big Rigs and BBQ (3:51)
  12. 12 We're Going Ufo'ing (2:26)
  13. 13 Surf Trek (2:41)
  14. 14 Mr. Spaceman (1:53)
  15. 15 Meet Space Pilot Jones (1:22)
  16. 16 The Purple People Eater (2:14)
  17. 17 Knocked Out Joint On Mars (2:29)
  18. 18 Tiny Space Man (1:54)
  19. 19 (When You See) Those Flying Saucers - Buchanan Brothers (2:28)
  20. 20 UnFunky Ufo (4:26)
  21. 21 You Came From Outer Space (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buchanan & Goodman Track Performer
Sheb Wooley Track Performer
Ferrante & Teicher Track Performer
The Holy Modal Rounders Track Performer
Louis and Bebe Barron Track Performer
Jerry Goldsmith Track Performer
Louis Prima Track Performer
Les Baxter Track Performer
The B-52's Track Performer
The Dickies Track Performer
Roky Erickson Track Performer
Vernon Green Track Performer
Jefferson Airplane Track Performer
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Harry Nilsson Track Performer
Mojo Nixon Track Performer
Graham Parker Track Performer
Parliament Track Performer
The Rezillos Track Performer
The Sparkletones Track Performer
Spirit Track Performer
They Might Be Giants Track Performer
The Ventures Track Performer
Webb Wilder Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald Track Performer
Dick Hyman Track Performer
Gil Melle Track Performer
John Williams [composer] Track Performer
Joe Bennett Track Performer
The Marketts Track Performer
Prelude Track Performer
The Rubinoos Track Performer
The Rumour Track Performer
Suburban Lawns Track Performer
Bill Carlisle Track Performer
Jimmy Durante Track Performer
Billy Mure Track Performer
Leonard Nimoy Track Performer
Artie Kane Track Performer
National Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Perrey-Kingsley Track Performer
Tony Britton Track Performer
Barry Gray Track Performer
James Horner Track Performer
Lothar & the Hand People Track Performer
T Bone Burnett Track Performer
Frank Comstock Track Performer
Christopher Franke Track Performer
Charles Gerhardt Track Performer
Jon Goldsmith Track Performer
Laurie Johnson Track Performer
London Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Harry Lubin Track Performer
Richard O'Brien Track Performer
Sun Ra Track Performer
Nic Raine Track Performer
Stan Ridgway Track Performer
Leonard Rosenman Track Performer
Howard Shore Track Performer
Sinfonia of London Orchestra Track Performer
Warner Bros. Orchestra Track Performer
John Zorn Alto Saxophone
The Tornadoes Track Performer
Mark Ayres Track Performer
Milton DeLugg Track Performer
Kathy McCarty Track Performer
Bebe Barron Track Performer
Vic Perrin Track Performer
Berlin Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Lothar Track Performer
The Medallions Track Performer
The Ran-Dells Track Performer
Fred Steiner Track Performer
Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra Track Performer
Buddy Morrow Orchestra Track Performer
Kirby Stone Four Track Performer
Raymond Scott & His Orchestra Track Performer
Howard Blake Track Performer
Daniel Caine Track Performer
Mark Snow Track Performer
Attilio Mineo Track Performer
Buck Trail Track Performer
Soul, Inc. Track Performer
Samuel J. Hoffman Track Performer
The Five Blobs Track Performer
World Famous Blue Jays Track Performer
The Russell Garcia Orchestra Track Performer
Dick Jacobs & His Orchestra Track Performer
Georgia Catamounts Track Performer
Satellite Singers Track Performer
Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men Track Performer
Frank Coe Track Performer
Chris Conner Track Performer
Jimmie Haskell and His Orchestra Track Performer
ABC Television Orchestra Track Performer
Eric Winstone & His Orchestra Track Performer
Carl Brandt Track Performer
CBS Television Orchestra Track Performer
John Goldsmith Track Performer
John Williams & the Universal Orchestra Track Performer
Dominic Frontiere & the ABC Television Orchestra Track Performer
Hans J. Salter & His Orchestra Track Performer
Bernard Herrmann & His Orchestra Track Performer
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Buchanan Brothers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dr. Demento Liner Notes
Harry Nilsson Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
Jimmy Durante Composer
Ray Bradbury Liner Notes
James Austin Liner Notes
Bootsy Collins Composer
Hugh Brown Liner Notes, Art Direction
George Clinton Composer
David Garland Liner Notes
Raymond Scott Composer
Steve Vance Art Direction
Gary Snider Composer
Matt Groening Liner Notes
William Hanna Composer
Joseph Barbera Composer
Hoyt Curtin Composer
Jackie Barnett Composer
Ferde Grofé Composer
G.D. Wallace Liner Notes
Arthur Pitt Composer
Elaine Wise Composer
Anne Francis Liner Notes
Ricky Jay Liner Notes
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