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. JohnAre We Missing Any?Song Trivia
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