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Music Conducted By
Jerry Goldsmith

Orchestrations By
Arthur Morton

Recorded By
Bruce Botnick

Performed By

Album Produced By
Jerry Goldsmith

Varèse Sarabande
VSD 5469

Previous Release(s)

Year Of CD/Film Release

Running Time

Normal Release

Cues & Timings

1. Angie's Theme (3:32)
2. Shopping (1:21)
3. Family Life (1:20)
4. The Museum (2:32)
5. Two Bells (2:34)
6. Thais (Massenet) (4:21)
7. We're Having a Baby (1:07)
8. The Prognosis (3:28)
9. The Journey Begins (2:27)
10. Something Better (3:52)
11. It Ain't Easy (3:02)
12. He's Alive (3:07)
13. Angie's Theme (reprise) (1:22)

Soundtrack Ratings








As much as Jerry Goldsmith seems to excel in any genre he works in, after all he is the 'musical chameleon', ask him what kind of movies he prefers to write for and a film like Angie will probably be the response. There seems to be nothing more rewarding for the composer to delve into a human drama, and write a score of a more intimate nature, than making the score manuscripts go black with notes. However, as good as these scores are, they don't often travel as well on soundtrack album, or get much of a mention compared to say an action score. Ultimately they often become an exercise in presenting and adapting a very good theme.

Goldsmith's sentimental score to Angie is much in this tradition with a light but memorable folk like theme heard chiefly for Accordion, and ably supported by unobtrusive keyboards. Here Goldsmith has created a winning melody, with a somewhat European feel to it, that oozes warmth and perfectly captures the feisty, but sensitive nature of Gena Davis' heroine. However, once established it's called upon for the remainder of the score with only minor changes leaving the listener with a feeling of repetition. To be fair, Goldsmith does compensate with some latter cues though. Most notably the best of the album; The Prognosis, creating a wonderfully melancholy piece for strings. While Journey Begins introduces the theme to some mobility.

Ultimately though this is about another well written theme from the Goldsmith cannon that gets a thorough workout over the playing time of the score. And providing you like it, then you'll enjoy this album. Noteworthy is Varese's CD package, which has a note from the director and extensive session photography, clearly revealing the enthusiasm Goldsmith had for this project.