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Players
(1979)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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Intrada Records
(January, 2010)
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The album is a limited release of 3,000 copies, available originally through specialty outlets for a retail price of $20.
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Buy it... if Jerry Goldsmith's convincing light romance melodies offer you consistent enjoyment, for Players contains both a melancholy trumpet theme of noir-like despair and a redemptive acoustic guitar, woodwind, and piano theme of conventionally pretty heart.

Avoid it... if you expect the structurally impressive, but brief tennis-related fanfare provided by Goldsmith for the film to convey the same level of alluring appeal as the composer's later propulsive sports themes.
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Players: (Jerry Goldsmith) One of the rare mainstream feature films to involve the game of tennis, Players was a 1979 effort to merge the tale of an underdog in the sports arena with elements carried over by the producer and lead actress of 1970's popular Love Story. The plot was relatively simple, building upon the chemistry of its leads to produce drama from a love triangle that contained the still red-hot Ali MacGraw as the source of attention from both an older, wealthy tycoon and a younger, rising tennis star. With the romantic aspect of Players rather predictable and mundane (with the exception of one notable sex scene), the tennis scenes were left to carry the load. Cameos by real-life stars of the sport and an exposition of the Wimbledon tournament were interesting, but infrequent enough to classify Players as a qualified sports genre entry. The production was met with scathing critical reviews and poor performance in theatres, reducing it to the level of a footnote in the careers of many big industry names behind the camera. One such crew member for which Players was mostly forgotten was Jerry Goldsmith, who was coming off of an extremely strong year of composition in 1978 and in the midst of another year of high profile assignments. At a time when Goldsmith (and much of Hollywood) was emerging from an era of gloomy topics, Players joined The Great Train Robbery as a sudden ray of sunshine for the composer. While they could not compete with Alien and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in terms of public attention (neither of the two fluffier scores would receive comprehensive album treatment for decades), they were nevertheless an optimistic breath of fresh air compared to Goldsmith's lengthy series of grim (though technically impressive) works of the late 70's. In the case of Players, the assignment also showcased Goldsmith's first attempts to capture the competitive spirit of sports scenes in a dramatic context, a technique that would eventually mature into classic and fan favorite music, respectively, for Hoosiers and Rudy. Ultimately, however, there is very little full-ensemble propulsion for the matches in Players, with the only two of the tennis scenes depicted in the story containing any Goldsmith material at all. This leaves the 1979 score as one mostly comprised of pretty, straight-forward romance of both troubled and redemptive tones for conversational scenes. A large ensemble for the whole of the recording, aided by several acoustic guitars, gives the work considerable depth in even Goldsmith's least involving cues.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:14
• 1. Players (3:00)
• 2. Unhappy Woman (2:32)
• 3. New Freedom (1:06)
• 4. Night Meeting (3:19)
• 5. A New Life (1:37)
• 6. The Pleasure Circuit (1:21)
• 7. The Bedroom (Revised) (2:54)
• 8. Solitary Guitar (1:54)
• 9. Love Theme - Disco Version (2:43)
• 10. The Promise (Revised) (2:29)
• 11. Travel Time (1:38)
• 12. Winning Streak (4:03)
• 13. Which One (0:46)
• 14. The Boat (1:17)
• 15. A Final Decision (5:27)

Bonus Tracks (6:01):
• 16. The Bedroom (Original) (2:53)
• 17. The Promise (Original) (2:29)
• 18. 10M5 Fanfare (With Recording Studio Voices) (0:38)

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The insert includes extensive information about the score and film.
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