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Red Alert's original score was composed by Frank Klepacki and was voted the best video game soundtrack of 1996 by PC Gamer and Gameslice magazines. Among his most famous songs from the series is the theme of Red Alert, titled "Hell March", which accents the style of the game with adrenalized riffs of electric guitar, the sounds of marching feet, and synthesizers possibly to the German marching command, "Die Waffen, legt an!" (which loosely translates to "Aim your weapons!"). But under speculation that "Die Waffen, legt an!" is an inaccurate command, and makes no sense given the marching on the original audio file. The most commonly accepted version is "________(unknown military outfit) , quick march!" given the marching that follows afterwards and commands being shouted out in English through listening to the original audio.  Originally intended to be the theme for the Brotherhood of Nod faction in the Covert Operations expansion to the original 1995 Command & Conquer game, the track eventually ended up enlisting itself as a staple in the Red Alert series instead.
|“|| After C&C came out we wasted no time kicking out Covert Ops. I wrote some more ambient style themes they asked me for, and then I began tinkering with this heavy metal song that I was trying to gear towards Nod for the next big C&C game. Brett Sperry came in my office and said "You got anything I can hear for the new C&C?" I played it for him. He said "What's the name of this one?" I said "Hell March." He said "That's the signature song for our next game.".|
- Frank Klepacki, Senior Composer
Following the success of Hell March, Klepacki headed the composition of its two variations, each becoming the main theme for Red Alert 2 ("Hell March 2/HM2") and Red Alert 3 ("Hell March 3"), respectively. Recently, the original Hell March has been used in the motoring show Top Gear, particularly during their American Road trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in season 12 episode 2.
When playing the single-player campaign, a limited number of tracks are initially available, and more are unlocked as the player progresses through missions. When playing in a multiplayer or "skirmish" game, however, all tracks are available from the start. More tracks were included in the Red Alert expansion packs: Counterstrike, The Aftermath and Retaliation. The music tracks can be listened to on Frank Klepacki's website.
An official soundtrack was released with unique album art designed by Westwood Studios and, like the previous release, featured the official Command & Conquer series logo with the Red Alert series motif below. The album contained all fifteen songs plus a hidden bonus track. Half a minute after the end of track 15 plays an unnamed bonus track. Its melodramatic opening was used in the secret campaign, and the track itself is a tribute to Misirlou, using the rhythm of an earlier Command & Conquer music piece, "No Mercy". In the Listen feature on Frank Klepacki's website, the track is titled "Surf No Mercy". Fans speculate that it was initially intended to play in the secret ant missions.
- Hell March - 06:26
- Radio - 04:07
- Crush - 03:51
- Roll Out - 03:56
- Mud - 04:50
- Twin Cannon - 03:57
- Face the Enemy 2 - 05:38
- Run - 05:15
- Terminate - 05:22
- Big Foot - 05:17
- Workmen - 04:46
- Militant Force - 01:52
- Dense - 05:00
- Vector - 04:17
- Smash - 04:35
These tracks were not included in the Red Alert soundtrack disc.
- Face the Enemy 1 - 04:36
- Trenches - 05:18
- Fogger - 05:04
- Voice Rhythm 2 - 04:20
- Underlying Thoughts - 04:13
- The Second Hand - 04:43
- Shut It - 04:20
- Radio 2 Remix - 03:35
- Journey - 04:30
- Chaos - 04:17
- Backstab - 04:48
- Arazoid - 04:27
- Twin Cannon Remix - 03:46
- Wasteland - 04:06
- Traction - 04:01
- The Search - 04:41
- Running Through Pipes - 04:41
- Groundwire - 03:54
- Floating - 04:41
- Bog - 03:36
- Gloom - 04:01
The Red Alert: Retaliation soundtrack consisted of remixes of older tracks, as well as some tracks that were merely renamed from their PC/DOS originals. Some of them are shared with Sole Survivor.
- The Second Hand - 04:43
- At Our Base - 04:48 (renamed from Backstab)
- The Factory - 04:15 (renamed from Chaos)
- Crush Remix - 03:42
- No Mercy Remix - 03:32
- Mud Remix - 04:47
- Tanks Legion - 04:36 (renamed from Running Through Pipes)
- Chaos In Europe - 04:37 (renamed from The Search)
- Gain Money - 04:29 (renamed from Shut It)
- Tanks Assault - 04:01 (renamed from Traction)
- The Valley - 04:22 (renamed from Voice Rhythm 2)
- Take Some Rest - 04:03 (renamed from Wasteland)
- Workmen Remix - 03:25
- Radio 2 Remix - 03:32
- Militant Force - 01:52
- Hell March Remix - 03:32
- Twin Cannon Remix - 03:45
The original Red Alert tracks were released on a CD in 1996, bundled with the Special Collector's Edition.
- ↑ Frank Klepacki. COMMENTARY: Behind the Red Alert Soundtrack. frankklepacki.com. Retrieved on 27 July 2006.
- ↑ C&C Wikia - What is the C&C Slogan?
- ↑ Frank Klepacki. COMMENTARY: Behind the C&C Soundtrack. frankklepacki.com. Retrieved on 27 July 2006.
- ↑ Frank Klepacki. (Untitled). Facebook.com.
- ↑ Top Gear. Penny-Arcade.com (2008-11-13).