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Gremlins 2: The New Batch
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1990 Varèse
2015 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Additional Music by:
Alexander Courage
Fred Steiner
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Varèse Sarabande
(August 31st, 1990)

Varèse Sarabande
(June 22nd, 2015)
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The 1990 album was a regular U.S. release, but it became difficult to find in stores after a few years. The expanded 2015 Varèse Club album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you've always appreciated the first Gremlins score but seek that foundation of style and themes with more robust orchestral structures, a devious sense of suspense, and a matured application of synthetic effects.

Avoid it... if you are deterred by Jerry Goldsmith's detours into the realm of pure silliness, for the personality of the sound effects and rhythmic mayhem in this sequel score, along with tons of source adaptations, is among the quirkiest of his career.
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WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 10/18/15
Gremlins 2: The New Batch: (Jerry Goldsmith) It's been said before, but the lesson from the 1980's still remains; if you go to America and discover cute little creatures called Mogwais, you never do two things: feed them after midnight or get them wet. If you commit the first error, the cute little fuzzball 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 Star Trek's tribbles. Either way, expose them to sunshine and your problem is more or less solved. The original 1984 film Gremlins was a great black comedy success, and in the era of sequel exploitation, director Joe Dante took the opportunity to extend himself even further into the slapstick comedy genre with the somewhat belated 1990 sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Instead of taking over the small town of Kingston Falls, the little beasts cause their mayhem in New York City this time. The first film's two stars are back to witness the funny carnage, and a large corporation's skyscraper inspired by the blowhard Donald Trump, in this case the "Clamp Corporation," is the location invaded by those nasty gremlins. Once that little bit of story is set up for you, there really isn't much else to talk about in the plotline, because as in these Home Alone and Dennis the Menace kinds of films, the premise exists only to allow the series of gags to commence. The downfall of the Gremlins sequel was that those gags weren't really all that different from those already seen, though most would argue that the second film probably had more deserving victims, including the otherwise unstoppable Christopher Lee. While making a reasonable return for the investment, Gremlins 2: The New Batch wasn't the box office success of its predecessor, but at least the franchise allowed a short cameo acting role for composer Jerry Goldsmith, a regular Joe Dante collaborator. After a decade of several classic scores, Goldsmith was just stepping into the job of slapstick comedy writer, with the first Gremlins and The 'Burbs leading a trend that would see Goldsmith venture far into that and the light drama realms during the first half of the 1990's.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:25
• 1. Just You Wait (2:11)
• 2. Gizmo Escapes (3:43)
• 3. Leaky Faucet (3:45)
• 4. Cute... (1:58)
• 5. Pot Luck (3:00)
• 6. The Visitors (3:31)
• 7. Teenage Mutant Gremlins (3:23)
• 8. Keep It Quiet (3:10)
• 9. No Rats (2:23)
• 10. Gremlin Pudding (2:13)
• 11. New Trends (3:39)
• 12. Gremlin Credits (4:52)
2015 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:42

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The insert of the 1990 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 album contains extensive notation about both.
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