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Outland (1981)
Music by Michael Boddicker, Jerry Goldsmith, Morton Stevens
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Price: $54.95
Limited #: 10000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: June 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 8
# of Discs: 2

FSM presents the definitive edition of a pivotal Jerry Goldsmith sci-fi score: Outland (1981), for Peter Hyams’s suspenseful “space western” set on an Io mining station in orbit of Jupiter. This 2CD set features the complete score as heard in the film, the 1981 LP configuration released by Warner Bros. Records, and never-before-heard alternates and outtakes.

Outland was written and directed by Peter Hyams, whose 1978 Capricorn One had featured a sensational score by Goldsmith. Sean Connery stars as O’Niel, a Federal marshal whose investigation of suspicious deaths throws him into conflict with the mine’s corporate administrator (Peter Boyle). Something of a cross between Alien (minus the monster) and High Noon (transplanting the conflict to outer space), the stylish film is one of Hyams’s best.

Goldsmith had made a mark on Alien in 1979—a film that Outland resembles in its hardware and atmosphere—and applied many of the same suspenseful textures to Outland. The score oozes menace and mood, evoking not only the dangerous environment of the space station, but the suspense-thriller human relationships (in which nobody is up to any good). Goldsmith’s musical modernism is perfectly tailored for the action scenes, especially a bravura chase through the station (“Hot Water”) which is treated with a Stravinsky-like pulse.

Outland has long been available in a 40-minute album program, but that sequence (recreated for disc 2 of this release) includes alternate takes—and omits many notable cues. Disc 1 of this album features the complete score as heard in (or intended for, in the case of unused cues) the finished film, including such Goldsmith cues as the film’s “Main Title” and action moments in “Stiffed” and “The Bags.”

Disc 1 also interpolates the work of two other composers, who stepped in when Hyams requested changes but Goldsmith was unavailable: Morton Stevens, who adapted Goldsmith’s thematic material for the film’s climactic fight on the exterior of the station (“The Last Battle [Broken Hose]”), and Michael Boddicker, who wrote and recorded the film’s rec room source music. Disc 1 also features a bonus section including Goldsmith’s original versions of these sequences as well as other alternates.

The deluxe 24-page booklet features liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall including new interview comments by Hyams and an essay from Boddicker. Goldsmith’s score has been newly restored by Mike Matessino from the three-track stereo film mixes, with Boddicker personally remixing his tracks. The entire 2CD set has been mastered by Bruce Botnick, Jerry Goldsmith’s longtime recording engineer.

Michael Boddicker Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Michael Boddicker (b. 1953) is an electronic music composer whose keyboard work has been featured in numerous films, including The Hunt for Red October, Aracnaphobia and RoboCop 3. He worked with Maurice Jarre on The Mosquito Coast, No Way Out and Prancer. As a session musician he played synthesizer on, among others, Michael Jackson's albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad and Dangerous.” His original work includes scores for Get Crazy, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Milo and Otis, and the Leisure Club source music for Jerry Goldsmith’s Outland. IMDB

Jerry Goldsmith Scores on FSM
About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

Morton Stevens Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Morton Stevens (1929-1991) was a veteran film and primarily television composer who wrote the famous theme to Hawaii Five-0 and contributed episode scores to all manner of classic shows, including Thriller and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He was a friend of Jerry Goldsmith's and had a similarly modern orchestral style on many projects; he completed the scoring of the miniseries Masada when Goldsmith was unavailable. In addition to his work as a composer, Stevens was head of music at CBS' West Coast operations (a lengthy stint that began in 1965) during which time he oversaw the scoring of many notable series. IMDB

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Film Score Monthly presents this expanded new 2CD release by JERRY GOLDSMITH


Well, of course I'm going to have to have this.....


Film Score Monthly presents this expanded new 2CD release by JERRY GOLDSMITH[/endquote]

ordered (in the near future)

Excellent news FSM!

I rather like Goldsmith's Outland. This expanded release will be very interesting to hear.

I'll be picking this one up for sure. ;)

YES! I love the 2-CD presentation with the original album on the second disc. Good show, FSM!

It never ends! Sold!

I'll say one thing about Peter Hyams. More definitive soundtracks have been produced for his films (by FSM, VS, and Intrada) than for Lucas and Spielberg!

YES! I love the 2-CD presentation with the original album on the second disc. Good show, FSM![/endquote]

And that second CD was prepared using our new material, so it sounds better than ever!


I'm so happy. I didn't expect the unheard portions that were rescored. Amazing! Thank you so much guys.

A big thumbs up!

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, Morton Stevens

Arnold Belnick, Norman Carr, David Frisina, Harris Goldman, Debbie Sue Grossman, William Hymanson, Davida Johnson (Oberman), Anatol Kaminsky, Mary Debra Lundquist, David Montagu, Erno Neufeld, David L. Newman, Stanley Plummer, Joseph Stepansky, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Polly Sweeney, David D. Turner, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Jerome R. Webster, Harold Wolf

Alan B. DeVeritch, James F. Dunham, Pamela Goldsmith, Gail Guarneri (Earn), Myra Kestenbaum, Louis Kievman, Virginia Majewski, Barbara A. Simons (Transue)

Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Barbara Jane Hunter (Badgley), Robert Martin, Harry L. Shlutz, Eleanor Slatkin, Gloria Strassner

John A. Hornschuch, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Sheridon W. Stokes

Earle D. Dumler, Arnold Koblentz

Dominick Fera, John Neufeld

Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh

William R. Perkins

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, David A. Duke, Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti

Robert Divall, Robert H. Findley, Warren H. Luening, Jr., Kenneth W. Mitchell

Richard "Dick" Nash, Phillip A. Teele, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Roger Bobo

Ralph E. Grierson, Craig Huxley (Hundley)

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Kenneth E. Watson, Robert J. Zimmitti

Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Kenneth E. Watson, Robert J. Zimmitti

Morton Stevens

Arthur Morton

Orchestra Manager:
Carl Fortina

Robert Bornstein, Glen N. Clement, Gerald Dolin, Julia Eidsvoog, Emmet L. Estren, Kenneth W. Mitchell

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