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 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)


Composed and Conducted by JERRY GOLDSMITH

For the 1979 United Artists' film The Great Train Robbery, composer Jerry Goldsmith was offered a chance to score abundant action in a jolly, mischievous mode. In fact, Goldsmith’s score is instrumental in maintaining a playful, upbeat mood and providing an ornamental sophistication in keeping with the elegant expectations of the Victorian setting. His multiple instrumental lines aren’t just complex in and of themselves: Goldsmith also wrote graceful little introductions and concluding flourishes for each line, an approach which adds enormously to the score’s sense of character and its idiosyncratic feel. The Great Train Robbery was Goldsmith’s third collaboration with director Michael Crichton, after his rock-vibe score for Crichton’s telefilm Pursuit and his clanging, Bartok-flavored score for Coma.

At the time of the film's release, United Artists Records released a program that barely reached 28 minutes, and featured some absurdly long pauses between tracks. This same program (minus those pauses) was released on CD and paired with Goldsmith's earlier Wild Rovers. A subsequent, partially expanded release from Varese Sarabande premiered some striking omissions from the original LP program, including "Over the Wall," but also featured a different mix and omitted "Dead Willy," an aggressive action cue missing at the time. For this release, Intrada worked from the complete elements, restoring every note recorded for the score, including "Dead Willy," alternates, and source cues recorded by the composer and featuring a crisp, front-and-center sound. This is contained on the first disc. Disc two contains the original LP program as an added bonus from the original UA LP masters featuring Goldsmith's assembly.

In 1979, Crichton delivered something altogether different with The Great Train Robbery: an elegant and droll Victorian adventure with Sean Connery as an indomitable criminal genius, Donald Sutherland as a top-hatted British “screwsman” (a thief specializing in stealing and copying skeleton keys) and Lesley-Anne Down as a female criminal with a penchant for disguise—a trio embarked on history’s first-ever great train robbery.

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 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   foxmorty   (Member)

yea! ordered!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Ordered here too, now to bed.

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

I admit I was part of the "Does this need another release?" brigade but this actually looks like a great product! I had no idea so much material was missing from the Varese album, which was one of my first purchases after I started getting serious about this hobby. smile

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   Derek   (Member)

A Jerry Goldsmith release! Those are few and far between. I was getting worried when there would be one again.

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Ordered, thank you Intrada!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:40 PM   
 By:   Valiant65   (Member)

This is a must for me. Finally replace my LP. This is a wonderful Goldsmith score.

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Grozebear   (Member)

Love this score - ordered!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

I also told myself I wouldn't buy this sucker for the third time
but there went the credit card... That unreleased Willie cue sounded

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

There must be some mistake, this doesn't need two CDs, and it's not a fan favourite because I say so, and so wouldn't be released as an MAF; besides JAWS is supposed to be released isn't it? wink


 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

No respectable gentleman ... would fail to add this to his collection.

Now find me a dead cat.

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The wealth of material and improved sound quality makes this release a must buy!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

No respectable gentleman ... would fail to add this to his collection.

Now find me a dead cat.

You pick me clean, you put me in a coffin with a rotten, stinking cat, and now you strip me bollock naked and make me buy soundtrack CDs!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)




As expected, this puts the Varese CD to shame!!!!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   rickO   (Member)

I am stunned at the extent of unreleased material! I was always under the assumption that the Varese was complete other than the omitted "Dead Willy."

Definitely worth the upgrade.

-Rick O.

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

So about 30 minutes more than the Varese. I guess it's worth the redundancy *mumble mumble*

Interesting note about the source music too. Hmmm........

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   TruPretender   (Member)

The wealth of material and improved sound quality makes this release a must buy!

Couldn't have said it better myself! The sound is just incredible. Well done, Intrada! Thanks and looking forward to the next!!!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Good GOD, Norman-- look at the price, look at the PRICE! What a deal.

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Ordered here too, now to bed.

same here!

 Posted:   Nov 28, 2011 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

Never heard this score before, loving the samples! I'll order it, but it'll have to wait.

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