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

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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Intrada Records
(April 8th, 2008)
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The album is a limited release of 3,000 copies, available originally through specialty outlets. It sold out quickly and has fetched $50 or more.
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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 very symbolic of that era for the composer.

Avoid it... if ten 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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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,599
WRITTEN 7/15/09
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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 its 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 the 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 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 was proud. When he insisted that the score become one of four of his works represented on an industry tribute album to him in 1993, collectors took a second look at it. The style of Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is saturated with all of the tendencies that Goldsmith followed regularly at the time, from the blending of organic and electronic elements to meter structures and thematic progressions that will all be familiar to other Goldsmith works of the early to mid-1980's. His knack for applying the electronics to unlikely fantasy situations was especially intriguing in this era of Goldsmith's career, and this score, perhaps even more than Legend, epitomizes this oddly effective technique. Many of the oddly wobbling synthetic effects that Goldsmith was fond of at the time (among some of his other most strident effects) are prevalent in this work. For collectors of the composer's works, therefore, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is a predictable but welcome entry.



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***** 38 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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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)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film.
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