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Legend
(1985)
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1986 Album
1992 Expanded
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2002 Re-Issue
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

Lyrics by:
John Bettis
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Filmtrax PLC (Germany)
(1986)

Silva Screen
(April 13th, 1992)

Silva America
(May 7th, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1986 Filmtrax album out of Germany is difficult to find outside of Europe. The 1992 Silva album is still floating around, and you could occasionally find a new copy in stores upon the arrival of the 2002 album, which is a regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to hear a fascinating and melodic venture by Jerry Goldsmith that remains one his most stylish and effective integrations of synthesized and symphonic elements.

Avoid it... if you prefer Tangerine Dream's less striking music for the American release of the film, despite the fact that Goldsmith's partially rejected work is extremely memorable in its own hybrid fantasy construction.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #350
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 3/22/09
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Goldsmith
Legend: (Jerry Goldsmith) If film score disasters could be ranked on a top ten list, then Legend would exist somewhere near the top of that list. Director Ridley Scott was coming off of two unpleasant films in the middle of the 1980's, Alien and Bladerunner, and had decided to create an uplifting fantasy film targeted towards families. The convoluted story conveyed all the genre staples of the best alternate worlds, with incredible creatures, demonic villains, and a sappy love story. Plagued by production cuts, stage fires, and studio meddling, Scott's Legend turned out to be just as much of a nightmare for the director as it would be for composer Jerry Goldsmith. The veteran composer had not been entirely happy with his experience working on Alien with Scott, but he was nevertheless won over by the fantasy script and was eagerly brought in on Legend's pre-production to assist in adapting John Bettis' lyrics into songs that would fit into appropriate points during the film. Goldsmith had just completed the synthetically jarring music for Runaway, and he thankfully utilized his newly developed array of synthesizers in a much more harmonious fashion with a London orchestra and choir for Legend. The massive score was destined to initially suffer the same fate as Scott's entire film, however, with the earlier, European release cut significantly and arbitrarily in length. Goldsmith's score experienced the same fate. With half an hour removed from various places in the project, Goldsmith's score was ultimately jumbled and out of place, with several temp cues remaining in the final cut of the film. Goldsmith's frustration with this process would be out of his hands, however, for all of the drastic changes came after he had been paid and left the project for greener pastures (including his famous effort for Hoosiers the following year). Like many others, Goldsmith had his scores mutilated or rejected altogether on multiple occasions, so the event really was not considered earth shattering at the time. Only in retrospect, with the help of a director's cut DVD that revisited copies of the original master tapes for the score, has the situation been deemed tragic.

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Average: 3.21 Stars
***** 212 5 Stars
**** 209 4 Stars
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One more of Goldsmith's masterpieces
Richard Kleiner - October 17, 2010, at 1:03 a.m.
1 comment  (807 views)
An addictive masterpiece... *NM*
I was scepticle at first - August 13, 2009, at 4:08 p.m.
1 comment  (1041 views)
This is a true epic fantasy score!
C.J. - March 12, 2007, at 10:01 p.m.
1 comment  (2093 views)
Extraordinary score!
Rende - January 19, 2007, at 1:48 p.m.
1 comment  (1786 views)
Unavoidable To Listen
Sheridan - April 17, 2006, at 7:10 a.m.
1 comment  (2239 views)
Goldsmith's most unique
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - October 15, 2003, at 3:51 a.m.
1 comment  (1788 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1986 German Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:06
• 1. My True Love's Eyes (5:02)
• 2. The Riddle (3:40)
• 3. Sing the Wee (1:06)
• 4. The Goblins (3:41)
• 5. The Dress Waltz (2:44)
• 6. The Ring (6:29)
• 7. The Unicorns (7:53)
• 8. Bumps and Hollows (5:03)
• 9. Forgive Me (5:11)
• 10. Re-United (5:17)
1992 and 2002 Silva Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:50

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 1986 German album has sparse packaging, but both Silva albums are overflowing with extra details about the film and score.
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