Music Editor Ken Hall Has Passed Away
Goldsmith's long time Music Editor Ken Hall has passed away. The news was
Varese Sarabande who has passed on the sad news to film music fans via
their Twitter Feed.
Hall originally studied piano but began his career when he broke into the world
of film music working with the legendary music director Lionel Newman at 20th
Century Fox. Hall cut for television before making the break into film. Hall
worked with Jerry Goldsmith for most of his career but he also worked with other
famous composers of the past that included Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, John
Williams and John Barry.
A music editor is the composer's best ally among the film making team. The music
editor prepares the ground work for the film scoring project for the composer
before getting to the scoring stage with work on preparing spotting and timing
notes. The music editor is invaluable making sure the hits, the composer's
calculations, and the click details are correct.
Listen to Ken Hall talk extensively about his work as an editor and his career
with Jerry Goldsmith.
Masters Ken Hall Interview
Rambo First Blood Part II - Definitive 2 CD Presentation!
At last the
incredible Intrada label have finally been able to present their deluxe
presentation of Jerry Goldsmith's jaw dropping 1985 action opus to the First
Blood sequel. The remarkable score has appeared twice before; once in the
original 1985 album form, featuring many of the score's highlights, but due to
the abundance of action music Goldsmith wrote still managed to miss off a good
portion of powerhouse music. Then an expanded release in 1999 from Silva Screen
featured the majority of this missing music. But the story did not end there; a
mythical end title piece not used in the film was missing along with the film
intro to Home Flight. Plus a number of cues did
not sound as special compared to the original album source.
Now after all these
years Intrada have finally been able to present this score to avid fans in its
most complete form with even more than expected. The full film
score with improved sound over
the previous release. And a 2nd disc featuring an alternate mix of most of
the score, plus alternates, trailer music and that rare opportunity to hear the
end credit from the only known source. Add Intrada's impeccable attention to detail and high quality
presentation and Goldsmith fans finally have the release this score deserves!
Intrada Records today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerry Goldsmith Action Figure?
strangest item linked to the world of film music fandom has appeared on the
internet - a Jerry Goldsmith action figure! It really is a bizarre idea but the
item does appear real. At the time of posting the hand painted limited run
figure is available for pre-order with a $60 price tag and is due for sale at
the end of September. The figure itself doesn't actually look that detailed from
what can be seen of it and there appears to be no additional parts with the
item; surely a baton or manuscript for the composer to hold would have been an
idea? The package notes this is 'late 80's Goldsmith'. Check the item out at the
Petrox Plastic website!
'Hollywood Walk Of Fame' Star For Jerry Goldsmith!
been announced, by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, that the recipients for a
'Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star' in 2017 will include a star for the maestro
himself - Jerry Goldsmith!
Some 2,583 stars have been presented on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1960,
with a donation of $30,000 required to receive the award. The dates of next
year's star ceremonies are still to be announced.
Watch the event on
You Tube. Jerry
Goldsmith is name checked at around 4:08. Read more at the official website
Chinatown - New Definitive Presentation!
Goldsmith's legendary film score Chinatown finally gets the release it
deserves from Intrada Records. This third CD incarnation, following on from two
by Varese Sarabande, features both the album content, newly mastered featuring a
more natural sounding presentation of the stereo content, as well as for the
first time the complete score from a clean mono source - actually from the late
composer's own archive.
wrote and recorded the score in around 10 days after composer Phillip Lambro's
score was rejected at the last minute. Goldsmith often commented how he pictured
the make up of the score in his head and knew instantly what it was going to
sound like. The composer assembled a small orchestra of strings, four pianos,
four harps, two percussionists and solo trumpet. The trumpet became the key
though with its haunting rendition of one of film music's finest themes. A piece
of film music history now properly preserved by the great Intrada Records.
Order this film music
Disney's Soarin’ Around the World
Shanghai have debuted the new Disney Ride Soarin’ Around the World (in
Shanghai it goes by the name of Soaring Over the Horizon). The new ride
builds on the success of Soarin' over California and features a new piece
by acclaimed composer Bruce Broughton. But the great news is Broughton has paid
homage to Jerry Goldsmith by incorporating Goldsmith's stunning Soarin
theme into his music!
Soarin’ Around the
World will be in Disney's Epcot Center in the Summer. Let us hope the music
is available from Disney soon.
Twilight Time Blu-ray News
specialist film label Twilight Time known for releasing films with isolated
scores has released a couple of 60s dramas with Jerry Goldsmith scores. Although
both The Detective and Lilies Of The Field have now had soundtrack
CDs released, both films feature a small amount of missing extra music and the
new Blu-rays allow fans access to this for the first time. Note both films do
feature some sound effects with some of the music score.
Twilight Time also have The Russia House due for release in July and I
would expect this film to be no different and include the isolated score. I hope
this score also gets a new CD presentation as well but I have no information on
whether that will happen at this time. Admittedly the original lengthy CD was a
very good representation of the lovely Goldsmith score but as always to hear an
expanded presentation is very welcome for hardcore Goldsmith fans.
Order your Twilight Time Blu-ray titles (multi-region) at
Powder - Complete Score From Intrada
complete their expansion of Jerry Goldsmith scores previously released by
Hollywood Records with the complete score release of Powder! This new CD,
following their expansions of Deep Rising and The Ghost And The
Darkness, doubles the running time to over 65 minutes.
Jerry Goldsmith went head to head with John Williams for this 1995 assignment
and won out in the end to score the film. It's understandable why Goldsmith was
so keen to get it as it was a rare opportunity to score a magical and
uplifting human drama.
The unusual story involved a shy young man who has white powdery skin as well as
mysterious powers linked to lightning. He is, not surprisingly, misunderstood,
shunned and tormented by people from his small town. Thankfully he also makes a
number of important friends who ultimately show him love, compassion and help
him attain his destiny.
Goldsmith almost wrote a mono thematic score for Powder showcasing his
wonderful theme throughout the score in various guises; at times sentimental and
melancholy but also giving the theme a dramatic workout. Now fans can enjoy all
elements of the score in this full on presentation.
Link CD Re-issue From La-La Land
Land Records present another re-issue of this minor 1985 assignment from
composer Jerry Goldsmith. The odd film saw a homicidal Orangutan in a remote
English farm house terrorising a young Elizabeth Shue. Goldsmith's follow up
assignment for Psycho II director Richard Franklin cleanly fused
synthesisers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra that made for an exciting
often powerful score. A likeable quirky circus like theme for Link
himself plays throughout. A brilliant recording by Mike Ross-Trevor is another
bonus along with new art from Jim Titus.
This will be the third time on CD for this score. Sadly La-La have not found the
complete recordings and this is the same original album content. One for those
who missed out on the previous Intrada and old Varese version.
Link is limited to 2000 copies. Order from
La-La Land Records!
New Damien TV Series To Feature Goldsmith Music!
The new Damien
TV series set after the events of the original Omen film will feature new
music from acclaimed composer Bear McCreary. But interestingly there is news the
composer and producers are to pay homage to Jerry Goldsmith's iconic Omen
music and feature his score in their production. They reveal they had access to
the original score and have re-recorded Goldsmith's "Ave Satani" as well as
utilising his mournful theme for the Thorn family.
Read more on the composer's own website about creating the music for the
intriguing new series and working with Goldsmith's horror classic.
Executive Decision - The Deluxe Edition!
Sarabande's CD Club announces a deluxe edition version of Executive Decision.
Greatly expanded over the original 1996 CD which ran just 30 minutes. Action
scores were of course Jerry Goldsmith's forte' and this score in particular
features its fair share of action and suspense music that only Jerry Goldsmith
could do this well every time he was called upon. This new release features the
missing action at the beginning of the film - the assault on the Trieste
mansion, the exciting powerhouse music for the approach of the Remora on the 747
as well as all of the final approach and crash landing of the 747. Goldsmith
headlines with a strident full on military theme, adds some ethnic percussion
elements for the terrorists, tantalising suspense onboard the hijacked plane and
exhilarating workouts of the theme for the US Air Force Jets that intercept and
shadow the hijacked plane.
Order now from
Varese - limited to just 2000 copies!
Planet Of The Apes - New Recording
intriguing project from the writer of the acclaimed book Simians and
Serialism John O'Callaghan. A brand new recording of Jerry Goldsmith's
legendary score to the Planet Of The Apes. O'Callaghan's album is a
natural progression from his detailed book examining the score in minute detail.
The accurate recording combines live instruments, some from the original
sessions, with synth orchestral elements. Sadly no live orchestra but what John
has achieved many should find pretty remarkable though it may not be to all
tastes. Still you cannot but applaud the writer for this unusual and incredible
Order the CD direct
Warlock - LP 180 Gram Vinyl Release
present a vinyl version of their complete score to Jerry Goldsmith's Warlock.
Intrada issued the restored score last year on CD but now film music loving
vinyl fans can have the score on two long playing records and packaged in a
Goldsmith's unusual score features the composer in restrained mode; bringing
together his love of electronics and a low key orchestral performance to give
the likeable horror thriller a different sound to what a lot of fans at the time
expected. Ultimately it works and Goldsmith fans are still treated to glimpses
of the histrionics that we always loved the composer for.
Vinyl fans order
Take A Hard Ride - New Improved Sound!
Land Records has announced a re-issue of Jerry Goldsmith's western adventure
score from the 1975 Take A Hard Ride; a curious hybrid of Spaghetti and
Hollywood western. The lively western score with a memorable theme was
originally issued by FSM back in 2000 but the disc has been long out of print.
The new disc has striking new artwork as well as dramatically improved sound
sourced from the original elements and restored by Mike Matessino. New notes and
original track titles also feature.
The disc is released
January 26th and is limited to 2000 copies. Order from
La-La Land Records.
New Recording of The Blue Max Score And More
present a new recording by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra of Jerry
Goldsmith's acclaimed score for the World War I airborne drama The Blue Max.
Goldsmith's early career score is considered one of the composer's greatest
works. The epic score features some of the composer's most spectacular action
Jerry Goldsmith's original soundtrack has been issued many times over the
years on various LPs as well as expanded CDs and received a definitive
presentation courtesy of La-La Land Records two years ago, which is now sold
Tadlow presents a complete reconstruction of the film soundtrack by Leigh
Phillips and is conducted by Nic Raine. A
second CD featuring suites and themes from other Goldsmith scores, mainly war
themed, completes the package and is available to pre-order from Tadlow and will be
released 15th February.