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Diamonds
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Joel Goldsmith

Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 25th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek something other than Joel Goldsmith's well known television/sci-fi music, for Diamonds is a lovable romantic comedy score.

Avoid it... if you're easily annoyed by scores that borrow inspiration heavily from several contemporary, mainstream composers.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,288
WRITTEN 2/3/00, REVISED 6/30/08
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Diamonds: (Joel Goldsmith) The details of the plot of John Asher's 1999 Miramax film Diamonds are largely irrelevant, but any character drama of the era that could reunite Lauren Bacall and Kirk Douglas wins points for sentimentality. Douglas, in his first role since suffering his stroke several years earlier, leads his family from Canada to Reno in search of a stash of lost diamonds and, along their journey, they patch up their own relationships in tender fashion. The romantic comedy didn't make much of a splash at the box office, but for film score collectors it represented an important step for composer Joel Goldsmith. The son of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith had been struggling to define his own career in the late 1990's, eventually becoming lodged in the "Stargate SG-1" television series for many years. Diamonds was definitely a departure for Joel Goldsmith, requiring a snazzy and heartfelt score consisting of an occasionally unsteady balance between big band and melodic orchestral sequences. It's a work that both borrows heavily from other composers' styles (with his father thankfully not among them) and changes moods quite frequently in the middle portions of its length. Most attractive among those parts are a handful of very lovely cues that convey intimate and contemplative symphonic undertones to match the sensitivity of the relationships in the story. Goldsmith's orchestral ensemble is only marginal in size for Diamonds, but sharp orchestrations by Nicholas Dodd and an extremely crisp recording provide for a surprisingly vibrant and enticing atmosphere. Thematically, Goldsmith's score is dominated by one lush string theme heard over "Main Titles" and in several incarnations later. While the performances of this theme on solo piano at the very outset (and elsewhere) will remind of James Horner's smaller-scale recordings, the theme itself has significant similarities in tone and progression to any one of Cliff Eidelman's similarly light-hearted themes of the era.



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Total Time: 39:09
• 1. Diamonds Main Title (1:53)
• 2. Sneaking Out (1:26)
• 3. He's a Writer (1:09)
• 4. Harry Drives (0:51)
• 5. Photo Album (1:29)
• 6. House is Gone (1:47)
• 7. Walk Through Casino (1:52)
• 8. Paper Tearing (1:14)
• 9. Mirror Reflection (0:53)
• 10. My Son the Boxer (0:36)
• 11. Lance's Girl (0:59)
• 12. Reno Lights (2:33)
• 13. Hi Pop (0:21)
• 14. Aunt & Uncle's House (0:30)
• 15. Border (0:19)
• 16. Mugger (1:13)
• 17. Reno Rooftop (0:52)
• 18. Harry Chooses (1:49)
• 19. Married (3:43)
• 20. Not Again (2:06)
• 21. Box in the Wall (1:34)
• 22. Diamond Hunting (1:47)
• 23. Split the Diamonds (1:20)
• 24. Compartment in Box (4:14)
• 25. Keeps this World Alive (2:28)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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