Jerry Goldsmith: 40 Years of Film Music

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This 57-track, four-CD set running nearly four-and-three-quarters hours and containing re-recordings of music composed by Jerry Goldsmith 1929-2004 for film and television scores over a period of more than 40 years was compiled from previously released Silva Screen collections, notably the 1989 album Goldsmith Conducts Goldsmith by the Philharmonia Orchestra originally on Decca but reissued by Silva Screen in 2002 and the 1998 two-CD set The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Collection by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. As such, it is not the ideal Goldsmith album, despite its length, because there are odd repetitions and omissions. For example,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This 57-track, four-CD set running nearly four-and-three-quarters hours and containing re-recordings of music composed by Jerry Goldsmith 1929-2004 for film and television scores over a period of more than 40 years was compiled from previously released Silva Screen collections, notably the 1989 album Goldsmith Conducts Goldsmith by the Philharmonia Orchestra originally on Decca but reissued by Silva Screen in 2002 and the 1998 two-CD set The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Collection by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. As such, it is not the ideal Goldsmith album, despite its length, because there are odd repetitions and omissions. For example, Goldsmith's music for the TV series The Waltons is part of a medley of "Television Themes" performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, but it also gets its own separate track performed by the Daniel Caine Orchestra. Similarly, musical excerpts from the Oscar-nominated films The Wind and the Lion, Poltergeist, and Papillon are part of a medley of "Motion Pictures" performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, but there are also separate tracks for each score performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Goldsmith was nominated for 18 Academy Awards he won only for The Omen, and it's a shame his nominated scores are not better represented: The Boys from Brazil, Star TrekĀ®: The Motion Picture, Under Fire, Basic Instinct, and L.A. Confidential all get tracks of their own; but A Patch of Blue, The Sand Pebbles, Patton, and Chinatown are represented only in medleys; and Freud, Planet of the Apes, Hoosiers, and Mulan are not heard at all. For those keeping count, his 18th nomination was for the song "Ave Satani" from The Omen. But even if there is too much of some scores and none of others, this album does give a good sense of Goldsmith as a composer. Running in roughly chronological order, it shows his versatility sometimes derided as facelessness, which allowed him to adapt to changing musical trends from the early 1960s to the early 2001s. Goldsmith could hold his own against the classically influenced writers who preceded him, but he also kept pace with the pop-influenced, synthesizer-savvy young composers coming up behind him, and that is made clear in this sprawling compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572118327
  • Catalog Number: 1183
  • Sales rank: 116,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (2:23)
  2. 2 First Flight (3:01)
  3. 3 The Bridge (3:14)
  4. 4 The Attack (5:09)
  5. 5 Finale (2:39)
  6. 6 Television Themes - Medley: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. / Doctor Kildare / (9:47)
  7. 7 Suite. Intermezzo / The Rock / Final Victory (9:40)
  8. 8 Motion Pictures - Medley: The Sandpebbles / Chinatown / A Patch of Blue (14:26)
  9. 9 The Generals Suite, for orchestra (5:28)
  10. 10 Main Title (3:28)
  11. 11 Bronco Bustin' (2:11)
  12. 12 Theme (2:22)
  13. 13 Suite. Raisuli Attacks / I Remember - Love Theme / Lord of the Riff (9:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Suite. Main Title (2:02)
  2. 2 Suite. Holocaust (2:52)
  3. 3 Suite. Visit to the Sheikh (2:14)
  4. 4 Suite. The Wailing Wall (3:15)
  5. 5 Suite. Kaddish for the Six Million (3:17)
  6. 6 Theme (3:58)
  7. 7 Out to Sea (3:55)
  8. 8 Police Story, television series theme (2:05)
  9. 9 Suite (11:47)
  10. 10 Overture (3:17)
  11. 11 Suite. The Bees Arrive / End Title (7:42)
  12. 12 Suite. Waltz / The Boys (7:09)
  13. 13 Overture (4:57)
  14. 14 The Nostromo / End Title (4:52)
  15. 15 End Titles / Klingon Attack (9:18)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Main Themes (5:40)
  2. 2 Main Theme (4:18)
  3. 3 First Blood / Rambo II Suite: Rambo II theme / It's a Long Road from Fi (5:58)
  4. 4 Suite (6:28)
  5. 5 Suite. Prelude (1:52)
  6. 6 Suite. Bajo Fuego (5:47)
  7. 7 Suite. A New Love (4:20)
  8. 8 Suite. The Rebel March (3:16)
  9. 9 Suite (7:43)
  10. 10 Baby's Alive / End Titles (7:24)
  11. 11 Faerie Dance / Reunited (7:12)
  12. 12 Robert's Theme (4:08)
  13. 13 Questions (3:03)
  14. 14 Main Theme (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Theme (2:00)
  2. 2 Main Theme (2:31)
  3. 3 Love Theme (5:13)
  4. 4 Theme (5:33)
  5. 5 The Trees (4:14)
  6. 6 Theme (2:37)
  7. 7 Theme (5:12)
  8. 8 Suite. Arthur's Fanfare / No Surrender / Arthur's Farewell (11:11)
  9. 9 Theme (4:30)
  10. 10 Main Title (1:50)
  11. 11 Theme (4:44)
  12. 12 Sand Volcano / Love Theme (2:55)
  13. 13 Theme (2:53)
  14. 14 Suite (7:40)
  15. 15 The Mission (5:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Primary Artist, Conductor
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nic Raine Conductor
Paul Bateman Conductor
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Charlotte Kinder Soprano (Vocal)
Daniel Caine Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Crouch End Festival Orchestra Performing Ensemble
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus Choir, Chorus
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Arranger
Alexander Courage Arranger
Mark McKenzie Arranger
Arthur Morton Arranger
Nic Raine Arranger
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
Mort Stevens Arranger
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Mastering
Mike Townend Arranger
Daniel Caine Arranger
Paul Bateman Arranger
David Wishart Liner Notes
Philip Lane Arranger
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Jan Holzner Engineer
John Bell Arranger
Damien Doherty Artwork
Christopher Tin Arranger
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Gary Thomas Engineering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Set Does Not Include Best Themes

    Any collection that reduces The Sand Pebbles and Chinatown down to medleys is not worth having

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