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Music Conducted By
The National Philharmonic
Album Produced By
Luc Van De Ven
Prometheus PCD 127
Prometheus PCD 127
Year Of CD/Film Release
1. Main Title (2:34)
2. The Diving Bell (2:43)
3. "The Very Thought of You" (3:53) **
4. Beckdorf's House (1:45)
5. The Drowning (1:58)
6. Heaven Knows (3:29) ***
7. Love Scene (1:10) *
8. Boat Attack/Jungle Run (6:17)
9. Hide and Seek (6:26)
10. The Final Act Begins (1:54)
11. The End of Beckdorf (1:54)
12. "The Very Thought of You"/Finale and End Credits
* Contains music composed by Ray Noble
** Composed by Ray Noble
*** Lyrics and Sung by Carol Heather
One of sadly many assignments
hardly worthy of Jerry Goldsmith's talent. Goldsmith probably
signed up on the strength of the film's director; J Lee Thompson
whom the composer had collaborated successfully with before,
most notably on the Chairman and would work once more
with him on the 1985 remake of King Solomon's Mines.
Cabo Blanco the movie had little going for it but the
opening shots clearly stirred something within the composer who
turned in one of his most melodious Main Titles. It remains
the only real reason to sample Cabo Blanco, it's rich
south of the border feel makes for a dazzling Goldsmith theme,
a style the composer would often utilise for the many westerns
he scored, perfectly evoking an exotic romantic adventure, musically
far more lavish than the film deserved.
The Diving Bell introduces an ominous underwater environment
focussing on sinister brass, spotlighting Tuba along with swirling
strings as frogmen appear from the murky depths and assault the
descending Bell. As a charge is set by them Goldsmith builds
the anxiety of those stuck inside with a terrifying cacophony
of strings as the Bell explodes.
Ray Noble's classic song The Very Thought Of You pops
up throughout the movie, here in the next cue it's utilised as
a source track playing in the background of the local bar.
Berkdorf's House introduces Goldsmith's march for the
villain of the piece; a Nazi war criminal living in exile on
Cabo Blanco. The short cue opens with a tense Latin rhythm
for percussion and strings, that contrasts vividly with a flamboyant
secondary theme for a journey to Berkdorf's opulent home.
The Drowning initially reprises the infectious Cabo
Blanco theme as a local fisherman dives in to the picturesque
bay, but like the Diving Bell earlier comes under attack from
guarding frogmen who murder him. Goldsmith again provides growling
brass and swirling strings for the ensuing under water struggle
and his violent demise.
Heaven Knows is another source cue, though this time an
original piece by Jerry Goldsmith with lyrics by Mrs Goldsmith
(Carol Heather) reflecting on the film's post war mood. Disappointingly
Goldsmith doesn't develop this theme as part of the score for
the movie, leaving the Love Scene to an adaption of The
Very Thought Of You.
The Berkdorf theme gets a dramatic workout in Boat Attack/Jungle
Run, one of two lengthy cues. The second part provides low key
suspense before the Berkdorf theme explodes in the brass as a
chase ensues giving Goldsmith the opportunity to turn the theme
into a major action workout replete with virtuoso playing from
the strings. Hide and Seek follows in a similar vain as
shakers and castanets mingle with guitar, and strings whisper
alongside woodwinds to create a more suspenseful atmosphere.
The Final Act Begins has an elaborate Bolero-like variant
of the Berkdorf theme for snares and castanets for the classic
stand off between hero and villain. Goldsmith's thrilling finale
piece is pinned by a powerful statement for trumpets and backed
by strings. While The End Of Berkdorf focuses on low
key suspense with castanets and xylophone before a tragic secondary
theme for Berkdorf signals his demise, dramatically carried by
strings and guitar.
The album and the film close with another rendition of The
Very Thought Of You (Finale and End Credits). Sadly
no reprise of Goldsmith's stunning main theme.
The soundtrack to Cabo Blanco was one of a number of scores
that never had a soundtrack release at the time of the film,
which was hardly surprising considering its minor showing at
the box office. It was rescued from obscurity by the Prometheus
label in 1993 and re-issued again by them in 2005 with re-mastered
sound and new cover art. Though it has to be said in terms of
sound quality the first release sounded pretty damn good.