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Coma
(1978)
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1992 Bay Cities
2000 Chapter III
Album 2 Cover Art
2005 FSM
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Produced by:
Harry Lojewski
Barry Oslander
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Bay Cities
(March 15th, 1992)

Chapter III Records
(July 25th, 2000)

Film Score Monthly
(October, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 and 2000 albums were both regular commercial releases, though both fell totally out of print. The 1992 Bay Cities remained very affordable throughout the 2000's, however, often found for under $10. The 2000 Chapter III album was limited in pressing because of the label's closure not long after, and with Logan's Run on the same CD, sold for $50 or more. The 2005 Film Score Monthly album features Coma only as a minority of the product and was limited to 3,000 copies (selling for $25 but readily available for several years).
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Buy it... only if you specifically seek five minutes of a generic contemporary love theme from Jerry Goldsmith, or if you wish to study an intelligently unpleasant score.

Avoid it... if you expect any of the suspense cues to shake the dissonant monotony of an unconventional, challenging atmosphere that defines the vast majority of this edgy score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,648
WRITTEN 7/22/09
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Coma: (Jerry Goldsmith) The understandable obsession of writer and director Michael Crichton with topics relating to medicine and experimental science collided with the public's interest in deception and manipulation from powers beyond their control in the 1978 film Coma. One of Crichton's most fiscally successful pictures, Coma took advantage of public fears of the establishment by targeting the medical community, suggesting the possibility that doctors could intentionally induce comas in patients visiting a hospital for otherwise mundane surgeries, allowing them to perform experiments on those patients once a significant collection of brain-dead patients could be assembled. When a young female doctor in a hospital causing and collecting comatose patients begins to suspect that something is awry, she sets off a tense thriller in which she naturally becomes a target, eventually putting her on the operating table herself. A solid cast highlighted by young stars competently brought Crichton's story to life, though it was the general creepiness of the story that helped Coma earn solid grosses at the box office. Conspiracy films were certainly not absent from composer Jerry Goldsmith's career during this time, with Capricorn One largely defining this style of music from the veteran later in 1978. Goldsmith had already collaborated with Crichton for the writer's directorial debut on television, and the two friends would work together again twice in the short term future. One thing that can be said about Goldsmith's music for Crichton films with absolute certainty is that you never know exactly what you're going to get. Some of the composer's most unorthodox compositions have accompanied these productions, and Coma is undoubtedly a perfect example of this creativity. Unfortunately, none of Goldsmith's music for films directed by Crichton translates into a particularly enjoyable listening experience, the 1984 electronic score for Runaway intolerable in many places. Coma presents different challenges, because the composer made several wise decisions about the score that make it highly effective in the context of the picture while also dooming it as album. Along with his recommendation to leave the first hour of the film unscored, allowing the tension to speak for itself in an eerily quiet atmosphere, Goldsmith also decided to treat Coma with a rough, dissonant tone through an unconventional instrumentation. Much of the score's personality is defined by an otherworldly element of discord that twists reality to suit Crichton's ominous plot.



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92 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.88 Stars
***** 15 5 Stars
**** 17 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 20 2 Stars
* 19 1 Stars
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2 stars? Ridiculous...   Expand >>
Bernardo - March 4, 2011, at 7:49 a.m.
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Coma Formula
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Bay Cities Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 36:27
• 1. Love Theme from Coma (2:38)
• 2. Study in Anatomy (3:13)
• 3. Jefferson Institute (1:58)
• 4. Disco Strut (2:33)
• 5. A Chance Encounter (5:01)
• 6. Love Theme from Coma (Disco Version) (4:28)
• 7. A Free Ride (2:58)
• 8. O.R.8 (4:53)
• 9. A Long View (3:42)
• 10. A Lucky Patient (5:05)
2000 Chapter III Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:18
2005 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 146:53

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of the 1992 and 2000 albums include basic information about the score and/or film. The 2005 album is extensive in its detail about both.
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