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Forever Young
(1992)
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1992 Big Screen
2011 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
Arthur Morton

Love Theme Arranged by:
Brad Dechter

Solo Performances by:
Joel Peskin
Michael Lang
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Big Screen Records
(December 8th, 1992)

La-La Land Records
(September 13th, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 Big Screen album was a regular U.S. release, re-pressed in identical form on December 11th, 1997. The 2011 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and was made available through soundtrack specialty outlets at an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you can be swept away by a touch of elegance, a dash of adventure, and a heavy dose of sentimentality from Jerry Goldsmith in his most predictable romantic form.

Avoid it... if the few moments of soaring adventure resulting from the score's memorable flying theme cannot justify the otherwise significantly mellow and understated majority of running time.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #582
WRITTEN 6/1/98, REVISED 9/26/11
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Forever Young: (Jerry Goldsmith) Nostalgically poetic and coated with about as much sugar as humanly possible, Forever Young is a fantasy love story that goes so far with its exploits of romanticism that it even throws in a dose of early J.J. Abrams science fiction to enhance a 1930's locale and soaring propeller airplanes. The film was immediately recognized for what it was by audiences and critic alike: a light-duty escape during which women can shed a tear while their boyfriends or husbands glance around for the nearest exit or alcoholic beverage. After his 1930's love interest is put into a coma by an accident, a test pilot played by Mel Gibson, with nothing left worth living for, decides to rely upon his best friend, a scientist played by George Wendt (warning flags should go up right there), to conjure an unusual solution. Rather than simply killing himself (where would be the fun in that movie?), the scientist freezes the pilot in an experimental cryogenics device that had been successfully tested on a chicken. Circumstances cause the pilot to remain frozen for over 50 years, mostly undisturbed in his capsule before a pair of kids accidentally thaws him out while playing in an old military storage depot. The film then follows the tender relationship between the pilot and the two boys, as well some sweetness between Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis, before the inevitable search for the now-elderly and recovered lover yields predictable results. A film like Forever Young relies heavily upon its score to create the right atmosphere for its love story (especially in the innocence of the 1930's settings), although in this particular case, the filmmakers had the need for some whimsical flying music as well. Director Steve Miner referred to composer Jerry Goldsmith, with whom he had worked on the lower budget Warlock a few years earlier, as a "godsend" to Forever Young. It is the kind of project very typical of Goldsmith's emphasis in the early 1990's, with high string love themes in the concurrent Medicine Man and Mr. Baseball leading to a similar flow of airy, pleasant emotion in Forever Young. A touch of elegance, a dash of adventure, and a heavy dose of sentimentality are the recipe once again, and Forever Young remains one of the better embraced by the composer's enthusiasts.



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VIEWER RATINGS
305 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.22 Stars
***** 65 5 Stars
**** 77 4 Stars
*** 68 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 42 1 Stars
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Beautiful Goldsmith score!
Chris_FSB25 - May 31, 2014, at 11:27 p.m.
1 comment  (500 views)
Excellent!
Mathias Sender - June 23, 2006, at 4:42 a.m.
1 comment  (1897 views)
We all see u dont like Goldsmith 90's...
F - July 11, 2005, at 5:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Big Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:20
• 1. Love Theme From Forever Young (4:02)
• 2. Test Flight (3:40)
• 3. The Experiment (3:12)
• 4. Tree House (3:04)
• 5. Kitchen Aid (2:41)
• 6. The Diner (1:57)
• 7. The Air Show (2:29)
• 8. She's Alive (3:28)
• 9. Let Go (3:01)
• 10. Reunited (7:42)
• 11. The Very Thought of You - performed by Billie Holiday (2:44)
2011 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:24

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1992 Big Screen album includes lengthy information about Goldsmith and a note from the director. The 2011 La-La Land album's insert includes an extensive analysis of both the score and film.
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