Jerry Goldsmith

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Gremlins 2 Deluxe Edition From Varese!

Varese Sarabande's infrequent CD Club of expanded titles has had a shot in the arm with the release of Jerry Goldsmith's wild and crazy sequel score to Gremlins. The New Batch may not have been as successful, or as likeable as the original but Dante's kitchen sink attitude to throwing in as much craziness as possible inspired Jerry Goldsmith to write one of his funniest scores. Along with the returning theme for Gizmo and the manic classic Gremlins rag Goldsmith threw in a fabulous Rambo parody, sleazy Jazz and electrifying new music for the odd new Gremlins that hatch; along with an abundance of silly sounds mixed with orchestra and synths.

Limited to 3000 Copies. Order from Varese today!

 

The Music Of The Planet Of The Apes - The Book!

A new book titled Simians and Serialism examines and dissects in detail Jerry Goldsmith's acclaimed avant-garde score to the 1968 sci-fi classic The Planet Of The Apes.

The book is written by John O'Callaghan and is available as a 272 page paper back book only. The book also features 49 illustrations.

It can be purchased online. Read more from the author..

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The Planet Of The Apes Film And Score - Live!

The recent trend to show a classic film and perform the accompanying score live in front of an audience continues with the announcement that The Planet Of The Apes - the 1968 original directed by Franklin J Schaffner and of course featuring the magnificent Jerry Goldsmith score will premiere in London August 28th at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Order tickets from their website.

 

Judge Dredd Trailer Music On Intrada 2 CD Set

Intrada have confirmed they will be replacing disc 1 of the Judge Dredd set around mid June with the correct and original Jerry Goldsmith trailer music. Those who have already had their orders fulfilled will receive a replacement via post automatically. New orders placed will not ship until they have the replacement disc.

Great news and superb customer service from Intrada. In the meantime if you already have this set enjoy Alan Silvestri's epic score.


Goldsmith was originally to have scored Dredd but due to a busy schedule was unable to score more than this early trailer piece. But what an incredible 47 seconds it was! Goldsmith wrote one of his most intense orchestral action themes and proved a tantalising glimpse of what the score might have been like. The trailer music has proved very popular over the years with a number of attempts at re-recording it but now for the first time we have the original and of course the main event for this set; Alan Silvestri's superb score over two CDs.

Order from Intrada Records today!

 

The Ghost And The Darkness 2CD Set

Intrada has announced their 2 CD presentation of Jerry Goldsmith's adventure score The Ghost And The Darkness. The massive set features the complete score and numerous alternates along with the missing music not featured on the original 1996 album. The set is completed by the original album, which contains unique versions of the main score cues.

The Ghost And The Darkness told of an unusual true story set in 1880s Africa in which two lions repeatedly attacked a British bridge building project killing many workers. And the efforts of two men to kill the lions.

Jerry Goldsmith was fortunate to score a big screen epic reminiscent of the days of the grand Hollywood adventures from the 50s and 60s. The composer captured each element of the story in his music; the lead character's Irish heritage, the English colonials who fund the project and the exotic African setting and its people. Exotic percussion and chanting taking centre stage, juxtaposed by a whimsical and touching Irish theme that often develops into a powerful statement for the British. Aggressive and frightening scoring for the lions themselves bring the full force of the orchestra and Goldsmith's wonderful ability at scoring action before making way for an eerie ghost like secondary theme for the lions ability to evade death or capture.

 

Jerry Goldsmith Tribute Concert Paris

On May 31st at 17:00 hours at the Theatre Des Champs Elysees in Paris there is a special tribute concert to composer Jerry Goldsmith featuring his music from Capricorn One - Gremlins - Alien - Planet Of The Apes - The Boys from Brazil - Rambo - Basic Instinct - The Shadow - Air Force One - The Omen - The Russia House and The Mummy.

The concert is conducted by Laurent Petitgirard featuring the Orchestre Colonne.

Ticket booking is available now. Visit their
website for all the details.

 

Warlock - New Presentation

Intrada announce an expanded version of their Warlock soundtrack from 1989. Along with an improved overall sound the electronic elements that were dialled out of the first soundtrack by the composer have now been restored!

Warlock remains quite an oddity amongst Jerry Goldsmith's modern era scores and has divided fans ever since its release. On hearing Goldsmith was scoring an action adventure horror movie many thought it would mean a large scale orchestral score perhaps with Omenesque chorus! But what Goldsmith wrote was a complete contrast; a low key score with generally muted orchestral forces. A number of action sequences did bring us some Goldsmith histrionics but there stop-start nature was in contrast to his rhythmic action scoring style of the time.

Ultimately Goldsmith's approach was correct and complimented the enjoyable film perfectly. For the original album Goldsmith removed numerous synth work to favour orchestra but these layers did rob the listener of a better listening experience.

Now you can enjoy the complete score with everything restored. Order from Intrada today!

 

Magic - Complete Soundtrack

La-La Land Records announce a new version of the Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack Magic. Previously released by the Varese CD Club in 2003 and now out of print this should appeal to fans who missed it first time round. As expected the release gets a re-mastering as well as including the short 25 second cue missed off the Varese release "We're gonna be a star". Plus booklet and a great new cover.

The late great Richard Attenborough's 1978 thriller saw a young Anthony Hopkins play a failing stand up comedian who's career is turned around when he introduces Fats, a ventriloquists' dummy, to his act and becomes a major star. But inevitably the personality of Fats begins to take over and Hopkins' unstable character fights to retain his personality with tragic consequences, endangering the life of lost love Ann Margaret.

Goldsmith provided a subdued thriller score, one of his finest. His gentle slow burning main theme remains the haunting highlight juxtaposed with violent harmonica to signal Fats' influence. As well as a gentle love theme variant, typically melancholy in tone, for his relationship with Ann Margaret.

Goldsmith revealed in interview that Hopkins actually attended the sessions for the score and entertained all in attendance by proving he could throw his voice just like his character.

 

The River Wild 2 CD Set

Intrada announce a complete presentation of Jerry Goldsmith's exciting action thriller score for the 1994 film The River Wild. The running time of the score is now doubled and also comes with a plethora of alternates. Goldsmith's rousing adventure score is anchored by an arrangement of the traditional piece 'The Water Is Wide'. Goldsmith transforms the theme into a beautiful arrangement but its Goldsmith secondary material for the breathtaking vistas, scary white water rapids and the darker thriller elements that give fans the chance to savour Jerry Goldsmith adventure scoring at its best. Round it out with a detailed recording by Bruce Botnick and you get a fantastic start to 2015.

The 2nd disc presents Maurice Jarre's unused score for the first time. This is a unique opportunity to compare Jarre's take on things with Goldsmith's. Notably Jarre did not use the Water Is Wide until the end credits and provides an alternate theme as well as typically aggressive Jarre style histrionics for the adventure elements.

A fantastic opportunity to own two takes for one film over two CDs! Fans get two composers for the price of one! Order from Intrada now!