Total Recall [The Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
This Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack release is worth extended attention. The album is pulsingly rhythmic from the start, beginning with syncopation driven by whipcrack percussion and a clock-precise digital synthesizer pulse, on which Goldsmith builds ascending orchestra chords that sneakily reference "Mars" from Holst's "The Planets" without utterly aping the piece; this builds to a climax and changes, softening before managing to indicate menace without using the easy escape of minor chords. For once, despite the inevitable digital synthesizers and distinctive electronic percussion, Goldsmith has fashioned a score that's primarily driven by the orchestra, rather than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
This Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack release is worth extended attention. The album is pulsingly rhythmic from the start, beginning with syncopation driven by whipcrack percussion and a clock-precise digital synthesizer pulse, on which Goldsmith builds ascending orchestra chords that sneakily reference "Mars" from Holst's "The Planets" without utterly aping the piece; this builds to a climax and changes, softening before managing to indicate menace without using the easy escape of minor chords. For once, despite the inevitable digital synthesizers and distinctive electronic percussion, Goldsmith has fashioned a score that's primarily driven by the orchestra, rather than being primarily dependent on electronic keyboards. To that extent, it's a rather old-fashioned action/suspense score, building and releasing tension in many varied ways. "The Hologram" uses everything from a clock-like ticking to low-key orchestral discord to massive orchestral stabs designed to propel action along at a stunning rate, after which it's back to a supposedly calming effect -- which, of course, has a subtly unnerving counter-theme running through it. One can easily visualize action coupled to the music -- again, that old-fashioned, almost Hitchcockian nervousness where nothing makes any sense and everything is a threat. While themes, as always, reappear at points during the score, the repetition is kept to a minimum, which is also a plus. Also kept to a minimum is Goldsmith's tendency to insert the odd too-sweet theme (this worked very well with Gremlins 2, and not so well in other places). If anything, this particular score is a stunning display of Goldsmith's brilliance as a composer -- a great deal of it would not be out of place on the concert stage. By turns overwhelmingly dramatic, scary, and gorgeous, Total Recall is by far among Goldsmith's best, ranking with his score for the European release of Legend. On the audio and mastering side, Goldsmith engineer Bruce Botnick has done an excellent job, providing a clear and transparent stereo master that clearly delineates the separate instrument groups while maintaining an excellent balance of low, middle, and high (the bass is clean and powerful; this is usually the first area to suffer badly in a digital recording). [2000s Deluxe Edition was expanded by 17 tracks, none of which appeared on the original release of the soundtrack.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2000
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206619720
  • Catalog Number: 066197
  • Sales rank: 37,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Dream (3:35)
  2. 2 First Meeting (1:13)
  3. 3 Secret Agent (0:55)
  4. 4 The Implant (2:44)
  5. 5 The Aftermath (0:33)
  6. 6 For Old Time's Sake (3:03)
  7. 7 Clever Girl (4:33)
  8. 8 The Johnny Cab (3:50)
  9. 9 Howdy Stranger (2:03)
  10. 10 The Nose Job (1:58)
  11. 11 The Space Station (0:50)
  12. 12 A New Face (1:32)
  13. 13 The Mountain (1:30)
  14. 14 Identification (1:05)
  15. 15 Lies (1:08)
  16. 16 Where Am I? (4:03)
  17. 17 Swallow It (3:07)
  18. 18 The Big Jump (4:36)
  19. 19 Without Air (1:18)
  20. 20 Remembering (1:53)
  21. 21 The Mutant (3:19)
  22. 22 The Massacre (2:37)
  23. 23 Friends (1:43)
  24. 24 The Treatment (5:40)
  25. 25 The Hollowgram (5:40)
  26. 26 End of a Dream (5:46)
  27. 27 A New Life (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Primary Artist, Conductor
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Composer, Producer
Bruce Botnick Mastering
Arthur Morton Orchestration
Rob Townsend Producer, Liner Notes
Robert Townson Executive Producer
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