Superman III Soundtrack


Superman III was the first album in the film series to contain both a score and a soundtrack (released as a single album with side A as the score and side B the soundtrack).

Ken Thorne continues as musical arranger on the score. Two effective musical cues accompany the chemical fire scene and the scene following Superman's victory against his evil self. In both scenes, the music slowly builds to a crescendo that the listener knows is going to culminate in the John Williams Superman march. A very interesting use of anticipation for the familiar by Thorne.

Giorgio Moroder produces the soundtrack. Surprisingly absent from the soundtrack is "Earth Angel", the only song used because of its direct relevance to the characters. However, in 80's film, The Karate Kid, Part Two, New Edition records the seminal '80s version of "Earth Angel."

Chaka Khan's "No See, No Cry" can be heard as Gus Gorman pulls his new car into the Webscoe parking lot. Roger Miller's "They Won't Get Me" is playing in the background as Gus cons security guard Brad Wilson to gain access to the computer system.

The soundtrack also includes a song by Marshall Crenshaw, a "Love Theme" by Helen St. John, and Moroder's rendition of the Williams' Superman march on a synthesizer. That last one alone is worth uncovering the bootleg Japanese CD combined scores/soundtrack to Superman II and III.

Only Superman and Supergirl had film scores released on compact disc in the United States to date. Superman II, III, and IV have not.

Superman III was available on LP and cassette in the United States.

Of the scores associated with the five Super films, including Supergirl, Superman III was the weakest musical contribution in the series yet it still has its moments. The rising hysteria in the music during that disastrous opening scene is the only good thing I can point to in that scene so I guess that's saying something.

The following song tracks were featured in Superman III:

Track names in Bold are linked to a Soundtrack release.
Rock On  -  Marshall CrenshawNo See, No Cry  -  Chaka KhanThey Won't Get Me  -  Roger MillerLove Theme  -  Helen St. John
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Superman III Picture
Christopher Reeve stars as The Man of Steel
Score Music Composer(s): John Williams, Ken Thorne

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The following instrumental Score pieces were featured in Superman III:

Track names in Bold are linked to a Soundtrack release.
Main Title (The Streets of Metropolis) - John Williams, Ken ThorneGus on Computer After the Cents - Ken ThorneSaving the Factory -- The Acid Test - Ken ThornePay Day for Gus / School Gym -- Earth Angel / Vulcan - Ken ThorneLana and Clark in Cornfield / Clark Rescues Ricky - Ken ThorneGus Shows the Booze / Gus Finds a Way - Ken ThorneMontage - Ken ThorneColombian Storm - Ken ThorneKryptonite / Gus Down Building / Searching for Kryptonite - Ken ThorneLana and Clark on Telephone / Kryptonite Sting / Superman Affected by Kryptonite / Superman Too Late - Ken ThorneTower of Pisa / What Will It Do for Me - Ken ThorneSuperman and Lorelei on Statue / Superman Ruins Tanker - Ken ThorneBoxes in Canyon / Drunken Superman - Ken ThorneThe Two Faces of Superman - Ken ThorneThe Struggle Within - Ken ThorneThe Final Victory - Ken ThornePreparing Balloons / Superman Coming / Computer - Ken ThorneRockets / Video Games / Big Missile - Ken ThorneSuperman Confronts Ross / Computer Takes Over / Gus Fights Ross - Ken ThorneThe Computer Comes Alive / Superman Leaves Computer Cave - Ken ThorneMetal Vera / Computer Blows Up - Ken ThorneGus Flying With Superman - Ken ThorneDiamond Sting / Thank You Superman / Superman Gus / Clark Gives Lana Diamond Ring - Ken ThorneEnd Credits - Ken Thorne
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Superman III