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Contract on Cherry Street
(1977)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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Prometheus Records
(October, 1999)
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Limited and numbered release of 2,000 copies, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you can't get enough of Jerry Goldsmith's stylistic mannerisms of the late 1970's, for Contract on Cherry Street is absolutely saturated with them.

Avoid it... if you expect most of the basic rhythmic, instrumental, or thematic ingredients of this score to be equal to their equivalents in Goldsmith's feature films of the era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,222
WRITTEN 10/11/99, REVISED 6/14/08
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Contract on Cherry Street: (Jerry Goldsmith) This Columbia Tristar Television picture from 1977 may not be remembered more than thirty years later, though it did leave a mark with collectors of the music of Frank Sinatra and Jerry Goldsmith. Sinatra had been absent from his usual acting roles for a few years, and his central character in Contract on Cherry Street is a gritty cop on a mission for vengeance on the streets of New York. Also starring Martin Balsam, the crime film was well adapted from the novel of the same name and shot on location. For Goldsmith, Contract on Cherry Street represented one of the veteran composer's last television films; only the series "Masada" and an occasional theme here and there would remain for Goldsmith in that media during the subsequent decades. It was a particularly memorable full-fledged television film on which to finish that aspect of his career, though, for his music for Contract on Cherry Street is very similar in style to many of his feature film scores of the era. Throughout his career, Goldsmith was considered a master in many genres, usually receiving mention for his Western, science fiction, or adventure styles, but it is sometimes easy to forget that he was also well practiced in the genre of police mysteries and thrillers. From Chinatown to L.A. Confidential, Goldsmith's cop thrillers included everything from swinging jazz beats to the pace of tense, electrifying orchestral pursuits. The late 1970's also happened to be a transitional period in Goldsmith's career, and the changing style of Goldsmith's orchestral grit is clearly foreshadowed in Contract on Cherry Street. With its fair share of murder and suspense, the film called upon Goldsmith to create a tense, rocky musical experience. Sharp rhythmic edges and poignant yearnings for the age of noir sentimentality strike an odd balance in the score, looking both back at some of Goldsmith's character theme sensibilities of the Silver Age while definitely standing with a firm posture in the stalking and killing scenes.



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Average: 2.92 Stars
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Total Time: 47:18
• 1. Main Title (3:57)
• 2. Trickin' Along (1:18)
• 3. Red Light (0:42)
• 4. Equal Partners (2:58)
• 5. False Arrest (5:09)
• 6. Prowling (1:33)
• 7. The Execution (0:52)
• 8. Eulogizing (4:23)
• 9. The Vigilantes (1:20)
• 10. The Deal (1:20)
• 11. One Way Ride (4:59)
• 12. A Dusty Death (3:17)
• 13. Bird Watching (2:20)
• 14. Trouble Downtown (2:18)
• 15. Saturday Night Special (1:03)
• 16. Breach of Contract (5:10)
• 17. Finale (2:10)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains lengthy notes (by Gary Kester) about the film and score. A few of the track times listed on the packaging are incorrect, often indicating times that are too short.
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