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Caboblanco
(1980)
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1993 Prometheus
2005 Prometheus
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Prometheus Records
(1993)

Prometheus Records
(January, 2005)
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Both the identical 1993 and 2005 albums are regular commercial releases and can be found readily for under $20.
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Buy it... only if you are an established enthusiast of Jerry Goldsmith's Latin tones, for the five or so minutes of compelling ethnic material related to this score's primary theme stands apart from the rest of the work.

Avoid it... if you expect a significant amount of original contribution to this soundtrack by Goldsmith, because all of the film's romantic material is adapted from (or outright states) existing songs from the story's era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,645
WRITTEN 7/20/09
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Caboblanco: (Jerry Goldsmith) Charles Bronson existed on screen in the 1970's and 1980's to accomplish one thing: punish the wicked. In Caboblanco, he essentially meets that goal once again, though the screenplay is so awful that the payoff at the end is hardly worth the insufferably endless conversations prior. Obvious noir sensibilities and too many parallels to the 1942 classic Casablanca (extending well beyond just the title of the film) make Caboblanco laughable in parts and insufferable in others. Bronson is an inn owner in South America caught in the middle of a scheme by Jason Robards, the town's commanding force and a former Nazi in hiding, to sink and retrieve priceless, stolen wartime artifacts that exist at the bottom of the town's bay. A love triangle complicates matters, and regardless of how seriously Bronson tries to take his role in Caboblanco, his other collaborations with director J. Lee Thompson remained closer to his comfort zone. Also a regular partner in the productions of Thompson was composer Jerry Goldsmith, though none of their work together gained much attention in the mainstream due to the poor overall quality of those films. Goldsmith had been interested in exploring Latin sounds in his music for much of his life, gaining the opportunity to do so in several projects ranging from Bandolero! to Medicine Man (though none would prove quite as intoxicatingly effective as Under Fire). The Latin influence on Caboblanco is arguably more pronounced than in many of his other similar examinations of this cultural sound, with the highlights of this score firmly rooted in the subgenre. While performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the composer's most reliable players at the time, the straight symphonic elements are not the most memorable heard in Caboblanco. Castanets, tambourine, solo trumpet, acoustic guitar, and other stereotypical instruments for the region contribute to the flair of Latin rhythms and flourishes in counterpoint that very convincingly ground the score in the proper place. The complimentary tones of the two harmonious trumpets together is a welcome technique. If anything, though, Caboblanco contains too little flavor of this variety, for the score is ultimately sunk by its remaining parts.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:04
• 1. Main Title (2:34)
• 2. The Diving Bell (2:43)
• 3. "The Very Thought of You" (Instrumental)* (3:53)
• 4. Beckdorf's House (1:45)
• 5. The Drowning (1:58)
• 6. The Heaven Knows - performed by Carol Heather (3:29)
• 7. "The Very Thought of You"/Love Scene* (1:10)
• 8. Boat Attack/Jungle Run (6:17)
• 9. Hide and Seek (6:26)
• 10. The Final Act Begins (1:54)
• 11. The End of Beckdorf (1:54)
• 12. "The Very Thought of You"/Finale and End Credits* (4:41)
* contains music composed by Roy Noble

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The inserts of both albums contain information about the score and film.
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