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Extreme Prejudice
(1987)
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1987 Intrada
1987 Silva
Album 2 Cover Art
2005 La-La Land
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Alexander Courage

Performed by:
The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(1987)

Silva Screen Records
(1987)

La-La Land Records
(February 22nd, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
All of the albums were commercially available at some point, with the Silva Screen album released in Europe and the Intrada and La-La Land albums released in America. The original two identical releases of 1987 were long out of print by the time of the 2005 album.
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Buy it... if you have always admired the strong, rhythmic balance between orchestra and electronics heard in Jerry Goldsmith's classics of the 1980's, notably Under Fire and Hoosiers.

Avoid it... on the 2005 album if you already own the one of the original 1987 albums representing this solid but derivative score and are satisfied with the surprisingly decent sound quality and cue selection of those earlier products.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,130
WRITTEN 2/12/05, REVISED 10/21/11
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Extreme Prejudice: (Jerry Goldsmith) The name of director and producer Walter Hill is synonymous with gritty action of the 1980's, a resurrection of the stylistic genre created by Sam Peckinpah decades earlier and revised for the era of honor exemplified by Rambo and a rash of law enforcement and Western films along similar lines at the time. Like many of the films in this genre, 1987's Extreme Prejudice is largely forgotten today, its stars faded and its ilk largely neglected. Its premise involves a good versus evil battle of torn love and drug trade in a small Texas town on the Mexican border, with the drug lord and Texas Ranger standing firm on their convictions until the obligatory duel of Peckinpah proportions at the end of the film. Relying on the building of suspense through brooding weight and occasional massive bloodshed, Extreme Prejudice added a twist of modern military commandos to the traditional Western setting, updating the genre for Rambo-friendly audiences. Composer Jerry Goldsmith was, of course, no stranger to this genre, and it was by the fate of mistaken timing that he landed on the project of Extreme Prejudice. Hill's usual collaborator was Ry Cooder, who passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts that turned out to resolve themselves. By then, however, Goldsmith was at work on the film and Cooder only provided a handful of source cues as a contribution. While Goldsmith's exemplary efforts of the 1980's, the most inventive decade of his career and arguably the best, often saved B-rate films from the pits of despair, even an above-average result for Extreme Prejudice failed to salvage the film for mainstream American audiences. Hill was never a fan of large orchestral scores, a sound he believe to be a relic of 1950's vistas, and was likely swayed to hire Goldsmith in part because of the composer's versatility with synthesizers at the time. Coming off of Hoosiers just months before, Goldsmith had proven that his synthesizers could be combined with an orchestral ensemble to create a magnificent result in situations where the synthetics were certainly not an inherently logical choice of instrumentation.



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Average: 3.29 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Intrada/Silva Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:59
• 1. Arrivals (5:19)
• 2. Cash (7:28)
• 3. The Set-Up (3:21)
• 4. Dust (4:16)
• 5. Identities (1:48)
• 6. Extreme Prejudice (2:13)
• 7. The Plan (9:22)
• 8. To Mexico (3:05)
• 9. No Friendlies (2:40)
• 10. They Didn't Care (3:39)
• 11. The Funeral (2:07)
• 12. A Deal (4:41)
2005 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 64:10

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of the 1987 albums include no extra information about the score or film. The La-La Land album of 2005 has extensive information about both the score and film. A portion of the proceeds from the sale the 2005 product was initially donated to the Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship Fund for Film Music Composition.
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