The Last Castle CD

 

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Music Conducted By
Jerry Goldsmith

Orchestrations By
Mark McKenzie

Additional Music In The Film
Composed By
Mark McKenzie

Recorded By
Bruce Botnick

Performed By
-

Album Produced By
Jerry Goldsmith

Label
Decca
440 016 193-2


Previous Release(s)
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Year Of CD/Film Release
2001/2001

Running Time
43:06 (Score 36:00)

Availability
Normal Release


Cues & Timings

1. The Castle (1:32)
2. Irwin Arrives (2:18)
3. The Rock Pile (5:03)
4. Get Behind the Mule - John Hammond song (5:54)
5. Let's Go Ladies (2:40)
6. Full Alert (2:54)
7. Military Justice (2:22)
8. The Count Down (2:20)
9. Hold Them (1:52)
10. Taking Command (3:36)
11. The Flag (5:54)
12. September 11, 2001 - Theme from the Last Castle (2:46)
13. Chiseled in Stone - Dean Hall song (3:48)


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The Last Castle
 

Goldsmith's first and probably only new score for 2001 is a surprisingly low key affair and some what ineffective here on a 30 minute CD selection. Although haunting trumpet solo and restrained percussion seem at odds with the electronic pulses, Goldsmith's 'Ramboesque' theme is nonetheless perfectly judged and cannot fail to create the correct dramatic affect. The remainder of the score varies the theme slightly before hinting at action and suspense but disappointingly these elements are few and far between and a little under developed. A curiously low key score and not the patriotic action thriller we thought it would be.

Although Decca's album looks fine and some nice notes from director Lurie are good to see, there is a mastering fault on early Discs with distortion running in the background of most of the cues! A replacement disc can be sourced from Decca.

Expanded review to follow.