Cocoon: The Return

Colosseum (0030206521122)
Varèse Sarabande (4005939521127)
Movie | Released: 1988 | Film release: 1988 | Format: CD, Download

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# Track   Duration
1.Returning Home6:05
2.Taking Bernie to the Beach4:31
3.Joe's Gift8:06
4.Remembrances/The Break-In8:24
5.Basketball Swing6:58
6.Jack's Future2:44
7.Growing Old1:55
8.Good Friend3:16
9.Rescue/The Ascension11:29
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Cocoon: The Return - 06/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
However, this is James Horner and he is not one to ignore good material from an original and so much of the music from the original returns, or so I am told. It is for the most part a quiet and gentle score, making it the ideal music to relax to. Don't relax too much though, as there are some great big-band jazz tracks. Taking Bernie to the Beach and Basketball Swing are the tow longest portions. They are set very much in the Glenn Miller mould and I wouldn't be too surprised if there are a couple of almost direct lifts from Miller's music. The jazz also has the strange distinction of sounding a little like the theme to Victoria Wood's program on BBC television, which comes as a bit of a surprise. Anyway, for someone who really doesn't like jazz on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this score although perhaps the softer moments did seem to drag at times. The final track is the only non-jazz more moving track and is great fun although there are some horribly obvious direct lifts from Star Trek II and the like. The Ascension is a beautiful cue that swells, before becoming soft and with a little jazz to cap it off, ends a good example of a quiet James Horner score, albeit it not quite as good as the original and certainly it lacks some of the variety of its predecessor.
Cocoon: The Return - 08/10 - Review of Andreas Lindahl, submitted at
There's really not much to say about this soundtrack, except that it is a terrific score and that it sounds very much like the music for the first Cocoon movie, pretty much the same music reused. You'll find almost everything from the prequel soundtrack in here. Except for one thing - that awful disco/synth music cue, there's luckily nothing like that on this soundtrack. Here's the soft guitar music in "Growing Old", the big band music in "Taking Bearnie to the Beach" and "Basketball Swing", which is great swing music, except for the fact that some of it is directly taken from *batteries not included. You will also find the lush strings and echoing oboes in cues like "Returning Home" and the dramatic music in "Rescue/The Ascension".

As this soundtrack is becoming hard to find, I suggest you get the first Cocoon soundtrack instead. It's easily found, and it's, as I've already said, pretty much the same music.

Other releases of Cocoon: The Return (1988):

Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Screen Themes (1988)
Titanic and Other Film Scores of James Horner (1998)
Cocoon: The Return (2016)

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