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Music Conducted By
Jerry Goldsmith

Orchestrations By
Arthur Morton

Recorded By
Bruce Botnick

Performed By
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Album Produced By
Robert Townson & Mike Mattessino

Varese Sarabande
VCL 0618-1185

Previous Release(s)
Varese Sarabande

Year Of CD/Film Release

Running Time

Normal Release

Reviewed By
Brandon Moore

Cues & Timings


1. Globotech (:58)
2. He’s Here / Chip Hazard / Just Toys (1:00)
3. The Assembly Line (2:44)
4. Alan’s Town (1:25)
5. The Boxes / Off The Truck (2:12)
6. Gorgonite Scum / Almost Gold (1:36)
7. Roll Call (4:52)
8. Alan And Archer (3:01)
9. Destruction / Branded (3:01)
10. Prepare For Assault (3:48)
11. Special Design (Extended Version) (2:38)
12. Talk To Me / Not Found (3:07)
13. Team Gorgonite (1:10)
14. Phone Wires / Gorgon / Top Of The Stairs (1:12)
15. Stand Down / Negative Target (1:52)
16. The New Army / Brain Chip (1:14)
17. Bombshelley (Franz Waxman) (1:21)
18. The Wind (1:01)
19. The Gwendys / Terms Of Surrender (1:50)
20. The Trojan Box / Rocket Entry (1:45)
21. Gwendys Attack (1:47)
22. This Is Fun (1:26)
23. Toast / Down The River / Lost Battle (1:21)
24. I’m Scared (2:04)
25. Negotiations (1:10)
26. Fire In The Hole (3:45)
27. Trust Me (4:07)
28. No Prisoners (4:38)
29. Chip Dies / Cleaning Up (1:39)
30. Off To Gorgon (4:44)


31. Globotech (Alternate) (:55)
32. Almost Gold (Alternate) (1:15)
33. The New Army / Brain Chip (Alternates) (1:51)
34. Toast / Lost Battle (Alternates) (1:03)
35. Ride Of The Valkyries (Richard Wagner) (:40)
36. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss) (1:30)

Soundtrack Ratings







Small Soldiers


Small Soldiers marked Jerry Goldsmith's eighth feature film collaboration with director Joe Dante. Goldsmith's score is an exciting take on familiar "Gremlins" territory in a story where small toy soldiers come to life and battle each other while terrorising a small town.

One of Goldsmith's main ideas centres around the Spanish American War song of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and used primarily for the Commando Elite leader Chip Hazard. Though electronic elements, like a guitar effect, also figures for Hazard and his soldiers. The music uses exciting brass and fast paced string writing for the sneaking around and plotting of the soldiers. Some of the more interesting music in the score is in the mystical/regal sounding passages for the Gorgonites, the peaceful toy "enemies" of the Commando Elite, slightly reminiscent of Goldsmith's writing from period films like First Knight and Lionheart.

The album contains some exciting action cues, like the music in the scene where Archer, the leader of the Gorgonites, swings himself onto a telephone pole to save his friend Alan while his other creatures do battle with the Commandos in the backyard. It is one of the only parts in the score where that mystical idea now becomes a jaunty trombone led march for the Gorgonite heroes. The album contains perhaps one of the most lyrical finales from the Dante/Goldsmith collaboration since Innerspace or even Explorers. Goldsmith uses a beautiful English horn melody for the farewell scene at the end and is a new thematic idea for the friendship of Alan and the Gorgonites.