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Gremlins
(1984)
Album Cover Art
1993 Geffen
1999 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
2011 Retrograde
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Co-Produced by:
Bruce Botnick
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Geffen
(1993)

Bootlegs (Mogwai)
(1999)

Retrograde Records/
Film Score Monthly
(November 3rd, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The original 1993 Geffen release with only 16 minutes of score is long out of print and sold for as much as $75 prior to the 2011 expanded release. The bootleg albums began appearing on the secondary market in 1999. The 2011 Retrograde/FSM album is not a limited product but was primarily distributed through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $25. All the albums feature nearly identical cover art.
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Buy it... if you've already sought and enjoyed the more readily available and possibly easier to appreciate Gremlins 2: The New Batch on album and are prepared for Jerry Goldsmith's cat-howling original.

Avoid it... if you tend to be annoyed by Goldsmith's harsher electronic tones that existed primarily in his mid-1980's scores, for they dominate the soundscape in this ultra-quirky entry.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #316
WRITTEN 11/30/99, REVISED 11/10/11
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Gremlins: (Jerry Goldsmith) Joe Dante's comedic answer to every horror movie cliche in the playbook was the 1984 romp Gremlins, a darkly violent laugh fest involving the now infamous little fuzzballs that grow into nasty killers and terrorize a perfect little American town. The rules are relatively simple, and audiences became well aware that when you happen across a cute little creature called a Mogwai, it's generally a good idea to avoid feeding it after midnight and/or getting it wet. If you commit the first error, the adorable ball of fluff grows into a big vicious "gremlin" that will act similarly to the monsters in the Alien series. If you commit the second error, you compound the problem by causing them to multiply like tribbles. Either way, as everyone knows by this point, expose them to sunshine and your problem is more or less solved. The setting in Gremlins is the kind of unsuspecting town you might see in any horror film, and along with exploiting the Christmas season and common myths about your local Chinatown, Dante successfully shocked audiences with enough funny scares to earn massive box office returns and merit a 1990 sequel in which the same lead characters fight off the little beasts in an urban skyscraper. The director's relationship with composer Jerry Goldsmith had begun with Dante's Twilight Zone: The Movie and was just beginning to roll with Gremlins, a project obviously tackled with much humor by the veteran composer. His period of experimentation with electronics was in full swing by 1984, many of his most successful largely-synthetic scores coming in the following few years. In many ways, Goldsmith's technique in Gremlins would be a warm-up act for Dante's satirical The 'Burbs, for which Goldsmith would write a remarkably funny score with a perfect combination of snappy Americana spirit and synthetic mayhem. Some listeners might even say that Goldsmith's merging of the orchestral and synthetic styles would make Gremlins 2: The New Batch a more mature and listenable score. But maturity wasn't the primary idea for Gremlins, a score that was supposed to sound ridiculous for much of its length and thus achieves its goal through similarly subversive silliness.



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Brazilian - April 19, 2016, at 12:32 a.m.
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5 stars
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Track Mega Madness   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Geffen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:53
• 1. Gremlins... Mega Madness - performed by Michael Sembello (3:50)
• 2. Make It Shine - performed by Quarterflash (4:10)
• 3. Out Out - performed by Peter Gabriel (7:00)
• 4. The Gift (4:51)
• 5. Gizmo (4:09)
• 6. Mrs. Deagle (2:50)
• 7. The Gremlin Rag (4:03)
1999 Bootleg Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:35
2011 Retrograde Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 107:06

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of the 1993 Geffen and 1999 bootleg albums include no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2011 Retrograde/FSM album contains extensive information about both.
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