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Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
(1985)
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2008 Intrada
2018 Intrada
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(April 8th, 2008)

Intrada Records
(May 14th, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2008 Intrada album was a limited release of 3,000 copies, available originally through specialty outlets. It sold out quickly and fetched $50 or more in subsequent years. The 2018 Intrada album is limited to an unknown number of copies and retailed at the same outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you are comfortable with Jerry Goldsmith's distinct merging of electronics and orchestra for the fantasy genre in the 1980's, because this dynamic score is a very symbolic representation of that era for the composer.

Avoid it... if ten to fifteen minutes of explosive and resounding action material for percussion and low brass is not enough to compensate for a score dominated by an overly cute and derivative synthetic theme for the fuzzy family side of the story.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,557
WRITTEN 7/15/09, REVISED 6/28/18
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Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend: (Jerry Goldsmith) When Walt Disney Pictures decided to venture into the realm of non-G-rated films, it created the Touchstone Pictures studio in 1984 to reap the benefits of such productions without tarnishing their own reputation as the industry leader in the children's genre. Among the new studio's early ventures was Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, a concept that really had no chance of obtaining an audience given its inability to determine what its target demographic exactly was. At its heart, the story is a political statement against the hunting of rare species, brutally depicting senseless killing and its impact on a family of brontosaurs hidden deep in the contemporary African jungle. The existence of the dinosaurs and the plight of a pair of young idealists to bond with one remaining baby dinosaur and reunite it with its captured mother is a topic suitable for a children's film, however. When merging these two halves of Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, you have a fundamentally flawed film. Without significant star power and relying upon dinosaur effects that were decent but not anywhere near those of the CGI revolution that arrived with Jurassic Park less than a decade later, the film was lacking in both production values and a purpose, relegating it to obscurity. It is precisely because of this odd combination of children's and adult elements in Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, however, that composer Jerry Goldsmith remembered the assignment so fondly. His ability to bring both halves of the film together into one cohesive score was an accomplishment of which he remained proud for many years. When he insisted that the score become one of four of his works represented on an obscure industry tribute album to him in 1993, collectors resurrected interest in it. Since then, the score has maintained a mild cult status due to its unusual origins on album and the music's tendency to resemble Rambo: First Blood Part II and other triumphs of the composer's outstanding 1980's production.



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Average: 3.12 Stars
***** 41 5 Stars
**** 45 4 Stars
*** 51 3 Stars
** 43 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2008 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:08
• 1. The Sketch (0:44)
• 2. No Problem (0:44)
• 3. The Visitors (2:27)
• 4. New Friends #1 (1:17)
• 5. New Friends #2 (0:33)
• 6. The Family (4:04)
• 7. Dad (7:10)
• 8. Tears (1:25)
• 9. The Tent (2:53)
• 10. Dragon Breath (6:48)
• 11. The Search (3:09)
• 12. The Jump (4:31)
• 13. The Captives (2:01)
• 14. Base Camp Assault (4:15)
• 15. The Rescue (3:37)
• 16. Just a Legend (7:31)
2018 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 66:01

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The inserts of both Intrada albums include extensive information about the score and film.
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