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King Solomon's Mines
(1985)
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1987 Milan
1991/1997 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
2006 Prometheus
Album 3 Cover Art
2014 Quartet
Album 4 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Milan Records
(1987)

Intrada Records
(1991/1997)

Prometheus Records
(December, 2006)

Quartet Records
(December 19th, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1987 Milan album was released commercially in Europe but has always been difficult to obtain. The identical 1991 and 1997 Intrada albums were both regular commercial releases, still available for retail prices as of the 2006 Prometheus album, itself a non-limited commercial product. The 2014 Quartet Records album is limited to 1,000 copies and available only through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you own and love Jerry Goldsmith's very similarly rendered score for Supergirl, though while King Solomon's Mines shares the same lofty, enthusiastic spirit of adventure, it bubbles along without the obnoxious electronics of the previous score.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for scores that cannot decide whether to treat the subject matter seriously or like a parody, for King Solomon's Mines could be too cheeky in its overly positive tone for some listeners to appreciate its otherwise decent constructs.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,416
WRITTEN 8/5/09, REVISED 2/7/15
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Goldsmith
King Solomon's Mines: (Jerry Goldsmith) So often Cannon Films attempted to imitate top flight movies in their efforts of the 1980's to strike box office gold, and yet so often they produced the kind of embarrassing comedic action that permeates their 1985 film King Solomon's Mines. Marking the 100th anniversary of H. Rider Haggard's famed novel, this J. Lee Thompson adaptation followed many authentic renderings of adventurer Allan Quatermain but, due to its timing, had Raiders of the Lost Ark firmly in its sights. Unfortunately, a combination of extremely poor casting (both Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone are completely out of place and uncomfortable with their cheesy dialogue), numerous production problems, including a much publicized curse placed on the crew, and a ridiculous level of silly comedy doomed King Solomon's Mines, betraying its solid conveyor belt of action with arguably racist depictions of the villains and lines so awkward that they draw unintentional laughs. By the time the soundtrack becomes a punch line in the film, you know that it has crossed into the realm of parody. Forced into that situation was composer Jerry Goldsmith, a veteran collaborator with Thompson despite no fantastic successes together. The task for Goldsmith was clear: rearrange the style and spirit of John Williams' music for the Indiana Jones franchise and weave it in with a very obvious piece of source music incorporated into the script. The story is one of almost perpetual chasing through Africa, and the two leads are being pursued by a tandem of villains, one of which a Nazi Colonel obsessed with Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." The fact that this character is frequently playing this theme on his gramophone on screen generates the punch line, and Goldsmith incorporates the well known melody of Wagner's piece into the score as the general representation of the villains.



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230 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.2 Stars
***** 52 5 Stars
**** 54 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 40 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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finally!!!
David Lounsberry - May 19, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
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Absolute rubbish!
JNH - August 28, 2009, at 1:09 a.m.
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I also totally disagree
van de Laak - August 26, 2009, at 9:13 p.m.
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I respectfully disagree   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 66:10
The Delta Force (Alan Silvestri): (32:08)
• 1. The Delta Force Theme (4:25)
• 2. Three American Soldiers (4:10)
• 3. The Selections (5:27)
• 4. The Takeover (2:56)
• 5. Saved (5:17)
• 6. Undercover (3:27)
• 7. The Landing (4:15)
• 8. The Collection (2:11)
King Solomon's Mines (Jerry Goldsmith): (34:02)
• 9. Main Title (3:40)
• 10. Upside Down People (4:51)
• 11. The Crocodiles (3:07)
• 12. Pot Luck (3:24)
• 13. Forced Flight (5:22)
• 14. Dancing Shots (3:38)
• 15. Good Morning (2:33)
• 16. No Pain (3:06)
• 17. No Diamonds - Generique Fin (4:21)
1991/1997 Intrada Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:12
2006 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:23
2014 Quartet Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 112:53

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of all the albums except the original 1987 pressing include notes about the score and film.
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