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 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

I couldn't find a dedicated thread for this score, which would make thematic sense as it was written at a time where Kamen was much more famous for working with Joel Silver. To wit, I'm just listening to it all the way through for the first time now, but I have to say I'm blown away. It actually fits in perfectly with scores like LETHAL WEAPON, DIE HARD, and LICENCE TO KILL in that it favors atmosphere over exposition and features the kind of instrumental textures, harmonics, and percussive quirks that were hallmarks of his writing at the time.

I have to admit, his style wasn't always a fit for me. Sometimes exploratory, sometimes meandering; all well and good but not always propulsive in a way that connected with me. CRUSOE checks a unique box because it's all of those things at once. It's totally beguiling and I was riveted start to finish. Surprises like this are what keep me drawn to this medium despite all the other bullshit.

Some samples:

(his low-end writing is particularly fascinating here)

Anyone else dig this score? Quartet put this out in 2013 but I believe it's sold out. I just got a copy from

 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

I love it as well - but then I tend to fall for all of 80's Kamen scores. I was stoked when Quartet released this and Mona Lisa.

 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I had not heard of this film or score.

It's wonderful.

 Posted:   Dec 7, 2021 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Needs to be revisited.

Thanks for the reminder.


 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I know there was a previous thread on it, but I can be arsed to look at the moment.

I found the score offputting the first time I heard it (surprisingly stark, bleak and dissonant at times -- contrary to what you expect a Crusoe film to be). It was certainly no CAST AWAY, with its warm colours. It has more in common with Kamen's THE DEAD ZONE. But it has grown on me, and I now consider it excellent.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

There's a standout cue from CRUSOE for cello and orchestra on Kamen's Opus album. It's gorgeous.

We should also have a LICENCE TO KILL thread soon.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, I was first exposed to the score on that compilation. I later got the OST.

 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   Ray1992   (Member)

It sounds pretty good!
Kamen is great.

I also real love the Highlander and the Dead Zone - my most favorites scores from Kamen!

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