The Last Castle [Music from the Motion Picture]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Rod Lurie makes it clear in his liner notes to the soundtrack album of The Last Castle that he always intended to use Jerry Goldsmith to score the film and that Goldsmith gave him exactly what he wanted. The septuagenarian veteran, who has been a major Hollywood composer for nearly 40 years, is known for his restraint and sense of the functional in film music, often reworking a single theme through the course of a movie to create a variety of coloristic effects that rarely call attention to themselves separately. As Lurie notes, he has also made a specialty of military films such as Patton and MacArthur. It is the former that is recalled here, as he quickly ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Director Rod Lurie makes it clear in his liner notes to the soundtrack album of The Last Castle that he always intended to use Jerry Goldsmith to score the film and that Goldsmith gave him exactly what he wanted. The septuagenarian veteran, who has been a major Hollywood composer for nearly 40 years, is known for his restraint and sense of the functional in film music, often reworking a single theme through the course of a movie to create a variety of coloristic effects that rarely call attention to themselves separately. As Lurie notes, he has also made a specialty of military films such as Patton and MacArthur. It is the former that is recalled here, as he quickly introduces one of his overarching themes with a single trumpet played by Malcolm McNab on "The Castle" and then varies it throughout, building it up into a big orchestral piece in "Let's Go Ladies," for example. The haunting, heroic theme must take on added complexity for a film that combines the military and prison genres, and assistance is provided by a cover of Tom Waits' "Get Behind the Mule" by blues singer John Hammond and Dean Hall's bluesy "Chiseled in Stone." But Goldsmith always returns to his theme, which is both lonely and triumphant, just as the one for Patton was. It makes its point within the context of the film, and did not need to be renamed "September 11, 2001-- Theme From the Last Castle," as it has been here in the filmmakers' misguided scramble to latch on to the stunning events that occurred after the film was shot, but just before it was released.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 044001619328
  • Catalog Number: 0161932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Castle (1:32)
  2. 2 Irwin Arrives (2:18)
  3. 3 Rock Pile (5:03)
  4. 4 Get Behind the Mule - John Hammond Jr. (5:54)
  5. 5 Let's Go Ladies (2:40)
  6. 6 Full Alert (2:54)
  7. 7 Military Justice (2:22)
  8. 8 Count Down (2:20)
  9. 9 Hold Them (1:52)
  10. 10 Taking Command (3:36)
  11. 11 Flag (5:54)
  12. 12 September 11, 2001- Theme from the Last Castle (2:46)
  13. 13 Chiseled in Stone (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Primary Artist, Conductor
Dean Hall Track Performer
Malcolm McNabb Trumpet
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Producer
Bruce Botnick Engineer, Mastering, Engineering
Mark McKenzie Orchestration
Kathy Nelson Executive Soundtrack Producer
Penny Bennett Art Direction
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