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The Ghost and the Darkness
(1996)
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1996 Hollywood Records
2015 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Hollywood Records
(October 8th, 1996)

Intrada Records
(April 27th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Hollywood Records album was a regular U.S. release, but it fell out of print as of 2002. The 2015 Intrada album is limited to an unknown quantity and retailed primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $30.
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Buy it... if you're baited by the smell of blood coming from the lips of ambitious brass players, as well as rowdy African percussion and a variety of ethnic chanting, for this score's epic scope and broad colors make it one of Jerry Goldsmith most unique career achievements.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Goldsmith adventure scores of the 1990's to rely upon the composer's trademark infusion of synthetic elements, this score instead offering more richly organic textures to produce an adequately indigenous horror sound.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #139
WRITTEN 10/10/96, REVISED 4/11/16
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The Ghost and the Darkness: (Jerry Goldsmith) The concept was very promising; late in the 19th Century, the British, French, and Germans were racing to build railroads across Africa to facilitate the ivory trade. The British were faced with one last bridge to build over the Tsavo River, requiring an engineering marvel and a brigade of slaves. Unfortunately, while the river and infighting amongst the slaves (due to religious differences) provided enough of a daunting challenge to sustain the film, the purpose for the existence of The Ghost and the Darkness is to tell the true story of the relentless lion attacks on the camp that claimed, by some potentially exaggerated accounts, over a hundred lives. Writer William Goldman is often blamed for the extremely poor critical and popular showing for The Ghost and the Darkness, conjuring some of the lamest lines of 1996 on the big screen and killing off all the best characters, though equal blame needs to be assigned to shoddy special effects (the lions themselves are ridiculously fake), uninspired acting by the two leads (a pre-bloat Val Kilmer and post-sex thrillers Michael Douglass), and dumb, first-person style direction. Once again, one of the few people who seemingly took the production to heart was composer Jerry Goldsmith, who was attracted to the exotic, cross-cultural aspect of the story when he accepted the assignment. In the mid-1990's, Goldsmith had become engaged primarily with smaller projects, films like Angie, Fierce Creatures, and Dennis the Menace that lacked the epic depth that his followers had become accustomed to during earlier phases of his lengthy career. The days of unique and personality-rich scores such as The Russia House, Basic Instinct, Medicine Man, and Total Recall had seemed a thing of the past, and his action scores of the following era had included substandard titles like Executive Decision and Chain Reaction. When 1996 rolled around and Goldsmith took the film score community by storm with his impressive tandem of Star Trek: First Contact and The Ghost and the Darkness, fans were understandably pleased. The latter score is easily the superior of the two efforts, despite fans' sentimental attachment to the composer's Star Trek-related works.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Hollywood Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:27
Music by Jerry Goldsmith:
• 1. Theme from "The Ghost and the Darkness" (2:11)
• 2. The Bridge (4:09)
• 3. Catch a Train (2:02)
• 4. Lions Attack (5:18)
• 5. First Time (2:00)
• 6. Starling's Death (5:57)
• 7. Lions Reign (2:40)
• 8. Preparations (2:46)
• 9. Remington's Death (2:31)
• 10. Prepare for Battle (2:00)
• 11. Final Attack (2:53)
• 12. Welcome to Tsavo (4:59)
Music by The Worldbeaters:
• 13. Hamara Haath ("Our Hands Unite") (3:05)
• 14. Dueling Chants, Part I: "Jungal Bahar" (3:20)
• 15. Safari Ya Bamba ("Journey to Bamba") (2:32)
• 16. Terere Obande (2:42)
• 17. Iye Oyeha (2:13)
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 154:06

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NOTES AND QUOTES
On the 1996 album, notes about the production from both Jerry Goldsmith and Michael Douglas can be found on the inside of the back cover, though the contour of the plastic case makes them difficult to read. The insert of the 2015 Intrada album contains notes about both the film and score.
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