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Inchon
(1981)
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1988 Intrada
2006 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
2013 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

2006/2013 Albums Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(1988)

Intrada Records
(September, 2006)

Intrada Records
(June 10th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1988 Intrada album was a regular commercial release, but it went out of print in the 1990's and has sold for over $40. The 2006 Intrada album was limited to only 1,500 copies and sold out quickly, eventually fetching over $150. The 2013 Intrada re-issue of the 2006 contents is a regular commercial release available initially for $20.
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Buy it... only if you consider yourself a staunch collector of Jerry Goldsmith's works, because while Inchon is a decent composition, its terrible recording nearly ruins the listening experience.

Avoid it... if you demand a truly vibrant and engaging representation of the war genre from an otherwise reliable Goldsmith, though the sound quality issues are mostly to blame for this score's ills.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,568
WRITTEN 7/16/09, REVISED 6/29/13
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Inchon: (Jerry Goldsmith) So what happens when a religious leader decides to bankroll a major American motion picture in order to put a positive spiritual spin on a ill-advised military operation of an era past? Inchon in the answer. When Korean Reverend Sun Myung Moon decided in the late 1970's to spend $48 million on a lavish tribute to the United Nations invasion of South Korea's important port of Inchon in 1950 to repel Communist forces from the North, little could anyone have predicted what an unimaginable nightmare the production would become. Poor casting, led by a completely out of place Sir Laurence Olivier as General Douglas MacArthur, astronomical cost overruns, an awful script with laughable dialogue, botched direction of action sequences by James Bond director Terence Young, and an anti-North Korean religious tone that defines the film purely as propaganda all combined to make Inchon one of the most unfortunate entries in the history of cinema. The process of making and editing the movie dragged on for four years, during which time the length of the epic war film was drastically cut several times and the death of a lead actor necessitated the total removal of his character. Decent action sequences could not salvage ridiculous side-stories for unnecessary characters, and the Communists are portrayed as such savages that they don't even have a spoken word of dialogue in the picture. Ultimately, Inchon's $48 million cost yielded a gross of only $150,000 in return, despite efforts by Reverend Moon's devoted followers to hype the film at its eventual 1981 debut. The situation regarding the music for Inchon was just as problematic, with Jerry Goldsmith stepping in when John Williams reportedly bowed out early in the process. Goldsmith was a natural choice for the assignment given his experience in handling large-scale war films, including those with an oriental tilt. It must have been tempting for the composer to utilize his familiar theme for General MacArthur from the 1977 film bearing his name, but instead he conjured a new identity for Olivier's sickly portrayal. The recording of the score was itself a nightmarish part of the production, forced into a small room under a church in Italy and rotating players over the course of a haphazard month of recording in 1980. The lack of a proper facility caused daunting restrictions for Goldsmith, especially with such a large percussion section and the inability to sonically separate the group's sections or eliminate copious, accidental room noise, but the composer looked back at the experience as a generally positive challenge.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1988 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 53:45
• 1. Prologue and Main Title (3:48)
• 2. Resignation (2:10)
• 3. The Children (0:44)
• 4. The Bridge (3:30)
• 5. The Apology (2:36)
• 6. The Church (4:41)
• 7. The Mines (5:07)
• 8. The Landing (1:18)
• 9. The 38th Parallel (1:15)
• 10. Corpses (1:44)
• 11. Task Force (3:07)
• 12. Medley (2:13)
• 13. Inchon Harbor (1:12)
• 14. Love Theme (2:49)
• 15. The Lighthouse (3:13)
• 16. The Tanks (3:53)
• 17. MacArthur's Arrival (0:50)
• 18. Lim's Death (3:12)
• 19. The Trucks (3:02)
• 20. Inchon Theme (3:21)
2006/2013 Intrada Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 93:50

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The inserts of all the albums include information about the score and film, the 2006 and 2013 booklets extensive in their detail.
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