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Music Conducted By
Jerry Goldsmith

Orchestrations By
Arthur Morton

Recorded By

Performed By

Album Produced By
Nick Redman and Mike Matessino

La-La Land Records LLLCD 1344

Previous Release(s)
SPFM Tribute CD (selections)
Boot CD
Varese CD Club

Year Of CD/Film Release

Running Time

Limited Edition Release

Cues & Timings

1 Main Title 2:07
2 We’re Gonna Be a Star* :25
3 Corky’s Retreat 3:00
4 Didn’t Remember Me 1:50
5 Memories 2:57
6 What Can’t You Explain? :58
7 Appassionata 2:10
8 Let’s Take Off :55
9 One Chance 1:12
10 Stop the Postman 1:52
11 The Lake 2:48
12 The Ruse 1:30
13 Duke’s Catch 1:40
14 Blood 1:07
15 Duke’s End 1:07
16 Two Birds With One Stone :47
17 I’ll Tell 2:42
18 Fats Blows the Whistle 1:46
19 The Wooden Heart 2:40
20 Us Was You 1:19
21 End Titles 2:10
22 Previous Act (source) 2:48
23 Next Act (source) 2:45

* Previously unreleased

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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.