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The Ghost and the Darkness
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(October 8th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2002.
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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).

Avoid it... if you prefer your Jerry Goldsmith adventure scores of the 1990's to feature the composer's trademark infusion of synthetic elements, for this score instead offers a rich texture of mostly authentic sounds.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #139
WRITTEN 10/10/96, REVISED 9/7/08
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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 salves (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 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, and dumb, first-person style direction. Once again, one of the few people who 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, or 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, despite fans' sentimental attachment to the composer's Star Trek-related works.

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Average: 3.94 Stars
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N.R.Q. - September 2, 2007, at 1:55 p.m.
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You can download this score here!!!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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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)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
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 it difficult to read.
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