60s Goldsmith cool and
a glorious homage to Hitchcock for an infectious spy themed conspiracy
thriller score. The composer delivers a sumptuous blend of thrills,
spills, elegance and even broad comedy, all shinning through
a beautifully dry orchestral stereo source. Goldsmith wrestles
an elaborate symphonic palette, charged with a varied percussion
section and requisite low end piano for the films cold
war espionage and suspense. While chases ensue, villains are
unmasked and romance blossoms, Goldsmith provides for with nervous
strings, Strav Violins and commanding brass statements via light
lounge Jazz interludes. The Prize is a rare glimpse at
Goldsmith on the up at a key moment in his career as he reinforced
his position on the A list. Marvellous!
An expansive FSM CD with bonus
music from the original MGM LP featuring Goldsmiths re-recorded
four tracks as well as the additional source music from the film.
Add to this the usual thorough booklet notes, cool production
values and FSM have produced yet another stunning Jerry Goldsmith
Expanded review to follow.