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 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)



Jerry Goldsmith - Along Came A Spider: Music From the Motion Picture (CD)
$ 19.98

One of Jerry Goldsmith’s final film scores comes to the CD Club in a long-awaited Deluxe Edition: Along Came a Spider (2001), Paramount Pictures’ second film adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross thriller novels, although taken from the first book. Morgan Freeman reprised his role as Cross (from Kiss the Girls), teaming up with Monica Potter as a Secret Service agent in search of a U.S. Senator’s daughter, who is kidnapped by a twisted adversary.

Goldsmith reteamed with New Zealand-born director Lee Tamahori, for whom he scored The Edge (1997), and provided a tense, taut score in his thriller wheelhouse. From his earliest days scoring television, to 1970s landmarks like Capricorn One and Coma, to the granddaddy of the 1990s sex thrillers, Basic Instinct, no composer was as fluent or effective with the thriller genre as Goldsmith. By 2001, the composer had modernized and refined his suspense style to the point where there was not a single wasted note. Along Came a Spider pulses and twitches with uneasy throbs, lurching into orchestral action for moments of shock and violence, and nobly sets a powerful French horn theme (for the forces of good) against a brooding tapestry of darkness—all while the clock ticks away on a young victim’s life.

Released as a 35-minute CD by Varèse Sarabande at the time of the film, Along Came a Spider is expanded for the Deluxe Edition to the complete 64-minute score, in film sequence. A bonus track of outtakes (including Goldsmith’s chit-chat on the scoring stage) is curated by Goldsmith’s longtime friend, recording engineer and album producer Bruce Botnick.

Limited Edition of 1500 Copies

1. Night Talk (3:07)
2. Testing (2:10)
3. Alone (1:03)
4. Megan’s Abduction (3:19)
5. The Message (:52)
6. A Closed Book (1:49)
7. Re-Play (:45)
8. Watching (:36)
9. Hello Megan (1:04)
10. The Missing Picture (4:20)
11. The Photos (2:25)
12. Please Help (:38)
13. Megan Overboard (4:51)
14. Cyber Meeting (1:52)
15. No Guard (1:15)
16. Cop Killer (3:50)
17. Missing Girl (1:07)
18. The Ransom Pt 1 (4:36)
19. The Ransom Pt 2 (2:51)
20. Hi Alex (:47)
21. Where’s Megan? (2:29)
22. The Rat (:55)
23. Not Alone (1:50)
24. Profiling (3:46)
25. Open The Door (1:02)
26. Not My Partner/The Ransom (End Credits from the motion picture Along Came A Spider) (10:38)
27. That’s It! (2:13)

https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/jerry-goldsmith-along-came-a-spider-music-from-the-motion-picture-cd

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Great title, but son of a bitch I just bought a copy last week!frown

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   connorb93   (Member)

it's a real pity Jerry stopped writing end titles toward the end of his career...

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


A bonus track of outtakes (including Goldsmith’s chit-chat on the scoring stage) is curated by Goldsmith’s longtime friend, recording engineer and album producer Bruce Botnick.


That's great, and I hope we start getting stuff like this more often

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!


Thank you varese!!!!!

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

Know nothing about this score and have never seen the film. My only memory is picking up the CD at Best Buy back in the day and being dissuaded by the $15 pricetag for barely a half hour of music.


For those in the know--what are your opinions on this score?

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

"By 2001, the composer had modernized and refined his suspense style to the point where there was not a single wasted note."
So Goldsmith's earlier and infinitely better suspense scores were relatively unrefined and consisted of wasted notes?

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Yeah, that's what we know Jerry for, for the bulk of his career: Wasted notes.

What genius what that crap?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

I STILL don't know what this has to do with a gutter.

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

Yes!

And Goldsmith can waste how many notes he want!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I STILL don't know what this has to do with a gutter.

It means I will throw the old copy I bought last week in the gutter!wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Know nothing about this score and have never seen the film. My only memory is picking up the CD at Best Buy back in the day and being dissuaded by the $15 pricetag for barely a half hour of music.


For those in the know--what are your opinions on this score?



This score has some fond memories for me. I was working in Halifax at the time it was released and had some downtime so I saw the movie I think 3 times just to absorb the music. I got the old CD on day one and was pretty happy that they at least included “The Ransom” - which was the cue I wanted most.
That track is the main thrust of the score for me. I also rate it as one of the single best cues of his latter work.

I also love the lengthy synth cue that opens the film. It’s practically all electronic and harkens back to his Logan’s Run / Runaway sound which is dear to me. I wish he had done more all-synth stuff to be honest.

Megan Overboard is another highlight. The stuff I’m really excited about is all the “snooping” detective stuff. That was left almost entirely off the original album. (The Messsge/ A closed Book)

Also the attempted kidnapping scene which leads into “Cop Killer” was sliced up on the old album.


Obviously if you’re not a fan of Jerry’s 2000 work, you’re probably not gonna like it. I personally can’t get enough of it. Definitely the best thing going for this otherwise forgettable flick.


I’m also glad they recreated the film version of the end credits which reprises the Ransom material.




Thanks again, Varese. Both of these releases absolutely made my day. You guys rock.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I STILL don't know what this has to do with a gutter.



The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

QP

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

QP.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

QP.

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

"By 2001, the composer had modernized and refined his suspense style to the point where there was not a single wasted note."
So Goldsmith's earlier and infinitely better suspense scores were relatively unrefined and consisted of wasted notes?


What a bizarre statement to make. Written by one of Hansies' henchmen?

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I was working in Halifax at the time

Grim! frown

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I was working in Halifax at the time

Grim! frown



It was great! I was smoking weed with Han Solo and getting paid per diem!

And the seafood... oh baby

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2021 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

"By 2001, the composer had modernized and refined his suspense style to the point where there was not a single wasted note."


What my dad would call talking bollocks.

 
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