November 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm #268EarlKeymaster
This one is almost as requested as The Black Hole. Film Score Monthly’s doing the honors and taking preorders now. [LINK] So excited was the soundtrack collecting community that FSM’s web site was crashing continuously as I tried to load the above page…that didn’t even happen when they were releasing two tons of ST:TNG music last year.
Disc one of this 2CD set features the premiere release of the complete score for Gremlins, mastered from the original PCM live stereo mixes by Bruce Botnick, supervising engineer of the original recording sessions. Disc two features a recreation of the 1984 soundtrack album, billed as a “Specially Priced 7-Cut Mini Album” with three pop songs on side one and a 16:12 suite from Goldsmith’s score on side two.
At the center of the score is a ragtime theme played on synthesizer—a raucous celebration of mayhem that harkens back to the early days of animation yet gives the music a funky, contemporary twist.
This is balanced by a heart-warming lyrical theme for the endearing mogwai character, Gizmo (which doubles as a love theme for the young couple portrayed by Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates). An off-kilter waltz theme for Polly Holliday’s modern-day equivalent of the Wicked Witch of the West may be Goldsmith’s most outrageous comic confection. Solo fiddle invokes the devil (as in Herrmann’s The Devil and Daniel Webster), eerie bells (both acoustic and electronic) invoke the mystery of the mogwai, and pulse-pounding action music aptly supports the wild physical antics of the destructive creatures. The music for Gremlins is a fan favorite that has long been recognized as one of Goldsmith’s most original works. Most of it has never been available in a legitimate release—until now.
FSM’s 28-page booklet includes a reminiscence from audio engineer Botnick as well as a detailed essay on film and score by Jeff Bond and Mike Matessino (incorporating comments from an interview with director Dante).
Fans of Goldsmith and Gremlins are urged to purchase these CDs immediately, but be warned: Do not get the discs wet and absolutely never play them after midnight!
The very rare early Peter Gabriel soundtrack single “Out Out” is on disc 2.
The Film Score
Fanfare in C (Max Steiner)/The Shop/The Little One 4:30
Late for Work 1:46
Mrs. Deagle/That Dog 2:22
The Gift 1:45
First Aid 2:17
Spilt Water 3:02
A New One 1:10
The Lab/Old Times 2:35
The Injection 2:56
Snack Time/The Wrong Time 1:49
The Box 1:24
First Aid 1:39
Disconnected/Hurry Home 1:03
Kitchen Fight 4:06
Dirty Linen 0:43
The Pool 1:07
The Plow/Special Delivery 1:16
High Flyer 2:22
Too Many Gremlins 2:06
No Santa Claus 3:27
After Theatre 1:39
Theatre Escape/Stripe Is Loose/Toy Dept./No Gizmo 4:36
The Fountain/Stripe’s Death 5:42
Goodbye, Billy 2:56
End Title/The Gremlin Rag 4:10
Total Time: 62:26
Mrs. Deagle (film version) 1:27
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (traditional, arr. Alexander Courage) 1:12
After Theatre (With “Silent Night”) 1:36
After Theatre (Without “Silent Night”) 1:36
Rabbit Rampage (Milt Franklyn) 0:47
The Gremlin Rag (full version) 3:35
Gizmo’s New Song 0:35
Gizmo’s Trumpet 0:30
Total Time: 13:35
Total Disc Time: 76:01
1984 Soundtrack Album
Michael Sembello—Gremlins…Mega Madness (Produced by Michael Sembello and Mark Hudson) 3:52
Quarterflash—Make It Shine (Produced by John Boylan) 4:11
Peter Gabriel—Out Out (Co-Produced by Nile Rodgers and Peter Gabriel) 7:02
Total Time: 15:04
The Gift 4:58
Mrs. Deagle 2:54
The Gremlin Rag 4:13
Produced by Bruce Botnick and Jerry Goldsmith
Total Time: 16:12
Total Disc Time: 31:25
Like the Star Trek II and III reissues they did, FSM is releasing these through its Retrograde Records imprint, which doesn’t place the traditional limit of 3,000 copies on its titles (unlike the usual soundtrack boutique label fare). The price tag is $24.95.
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