James Horner was primarily involved in scoring science fiction and action movies before becoming Ron Howard's go-to guy on his drama pictures. Before Cocoon, Horner's best- known work were the scores of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Krull, 48 Hours, and Commando. Cocoon allowed Horner some artistic freedom to bring new elements to his work which in turn led toward creating perhaps his greatest dramatic theme ever. A lot of 80's movies had unique melodies that are great but are so typical of an 80's movie such as early stuff from Danny Elfman, Ira Newborn, and Alan Silvestri. The theme from Cocoon, though, is timeless and could still work in movies being produced in the here and now. Like a lot of other movies from the 1980's, the soundtrack came and went quickly, and is out of print. What sucks about this is that even though the music is beautiful, because it's never been remastered, audiophiles can't truly enjoy it's brilliance. Cocoon received two Oscar nominations, although Horner was shut out of any nominations for his brilliant theme. But Cocoon's score made James Cameron take notice. Cameron now uses Horner as his primary composer which would allow him to see his biggest success with the themes from Titanic and Avatar.
If you love great movie symphonies but never heard the theme from Cocoon, you are in a for a treat. At #29.... The Theme From Cocoon from James Horner.