1978 saw a bumper crop of
memorable Jerry Goldsmith film scores composed for a series of
major movies, and also afforded the composer and opportunity
to collaborate with respected British director; Sir Richard Attenborough
and award winning actor; Anthony Hopkins, who is said to have
livened up the recording sessions for Magic with some
inspired horsing around.
Until now, Magic remained
the only score not released as a commercial soundtrack that year,
a frustrating aspect considering the quality of the music. It
did appear as a selection of key cues on a CD produced by Douglas
Fake in 1993, for an SPFM awards dinner for Jerry Goldsmith though.
And it was this 20mins, along with other unreleased gems, that
introduced enthusiasts to this wonderful score. But the disc's
limited availability meant that it proved a difficult recording
to get hold of. Then in 2001 we had one of those rough boot CDs.
Album art and track titles sadly revealed a poor source for the
missing music and not surprisingly the remainder of the score
was lifted from the SPFM CD.
Previously released by the Varese CD Club this
latest version includes the short missing cue "Were gonna to be a
star." Goldsmith provided another one of his
famously short film scores at around the 35 minute mark and this
CD captures all of it plus a couple of bonus source cues all
sounding pretty polished. In fact the re-mastering here is quite
phenomenal. Those familiar with the score will be opened mouthed
at the extra detail and the ability to hear instruments playing
that they never knew were there.