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Music Conducted By
Jerry Goldsmith

Orchestrations By
Arthur Morton

Recorded By
Bruce Botnick

Performed By
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Album Produced By
Jerry Goldsmith

Label
Varese Sarabande
VSD-5963


Previous Release(s)
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Year Of CD/Film Release
1998/1998

Running Time
31:04

Availability
Normal Release

Reviewed By
Brandon Moore


Cues & Timings

1. Assembly Line (3:33)
2. Alan and Archer (2:58)
3. Roll Call (4:49)
4. Prepare for Assult (3:46)
5. Branded (2:15)
6. Special Design (2:33)
7. I'm Scared (2:01)
8. Trust Me (4:04)
9. Off to Gorgon (4:41)





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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.

The album is a good representation of the score in the film but unfortunately leaves off some exciting cues. 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.

What is missing from the album is 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 (fortunately we get a small sample of similar music in track 8 Trust Me). 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.