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Link
(1986)
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1986 Varèse
1997 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
2011 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
2016 La-La Land
Album 4 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(1986)

(Bootleg)
(1997)

Intrada Records
(January 24th, 2011)

La-La Land Records
(March 29th, 2016)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The early Varèse CD was a regular commercial release, but it is completely out of print and extremely difficult to find. The expanded bootlegs replaced the previous album on the secondary market in the 1990's. The 2011 Intrada re-issue was available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets, but it sold out almost immediately and escalated in price to $50. The 2016 La-La Land album is limited to 2,000 copies and retailed primarily through the same outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... only if you require the ultimate tool of derangement, a bizarre and unlikely stylistic blend of Gremlins and Hoosiers with which to plunder the sanity of your dwelling partner or repel possible mates.

Avoid it... even if you consider yourself a faithful collector of Jerry Goldsmith's 1980's scores, because Link is a rare circumstance in which the composer nearly ruined an already suspect film with a totally inappropriate score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,479
WRITTEN 7/18/09, REVISED 6/25/16
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Link: (Jerry Goldsmith) Plenty of films have been made using the premise of cute monkeys in underdog roles. Only rarely, as in Planet of the Apes, are the tables turned against humans, and Richard Franklin's 1986 horror film Link was another such attempt to give the chimps the upper hand. Terence "kneel before Zod" Stamp plays a scientist studying monkeys in his creepy, hilltop English mansion in contemporary times, and when a student played by Elizabeth Shue comes under his employment and is made responsible for the animals, things unsurprisingly go awry. The oldest monkey, Link, known for wearing suits and smoking cigars, has learned that the scientist plans to sell him to certain death and, instead of facing his destiny willingly, goes on a murderous rampage that places the lone protagonist (unless you side with the chimps) in danger. Several devastating plot holes doomed Link, and not even some flashes of nudity from a Shue body double, admirable training of the monkeys (no men in suits or robots were used in the production), and a Jerry Goldsmith score could salvage the long forgotten film. At a time when the composer could do little wrong, with both Hoosiers and Lionheart highlighting his career in 1986 and 1987, Link was a truly bizarre sideshow. Goldsmith would make a career out of scoring such absolute trash in the 1990's, though Link remains the kind of picture that only Goldsmith collectors have much interest in pursuing. More interesting than the assignment itself is the composer's extremely unexpected approach to handling the subject manner. Film music critics often refer to wild, intolerable carnival music as some variant of "demonic circus music," and, quite frightfully, Goldsmith actually decided to construct an entire score around this cliche. His counter-intuitive method of addressing the otherwise straight forward horror elements in Link is based upon the creation of a wacky, electronic circus-like environment for the misbehaving monkeys and then the maniacal twisting of that sound into deviously frantic incarnations later in the narrative. The National Philharmonic Orchestra plays a secondary role behind Goldsmith's electronics of Gremlins fame. In fact, the film's plot could be described as an awkward merging of Gremlins and The Shining, and Goldsmith thus uses his previous score as a base of operation in Link. Unfortunately, when you take chances, you sometimes miss the mark, and Link is a distractingly inappropriate and nearly intolerable result.



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254 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.56 Stars
***** 28 5 Stars
**** 36 4 Stars
*** 56 3 Stars
** 65 2 Stars
* 69 1 Stars
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This music makes me want to...
Indy2003 - September 30, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.
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Mike - July 28, 2009, at 11:07 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1986, 2011, and 2016 Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:15
• 1. Main Link (1:34)
• 2. Welcome Link (3:03)
• 3. Helpful Link (4:55)
• 4. Bravo Link (4:37)
• 5. Swinging Link (6:19)
• 6. Missing Link (4:43)
• 7. Peeping Link (3:01)
• 8. Mighty Link (2:39)
• 9. Angry Link (2:05)
• 10. Flaming Link (3:19)
• 11. End Link (3:00)
1997 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:25

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts for the 1986 and 1997 albums contain no extra information about the score or film. Those of the 2011 and 2016 albums include detailed notes about both.
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