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Powder
(1995)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(November 7th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print and often found for more than $40 on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you regularly enjoy the predictable constructs of Jerry Goldsmith's character themes of the 1990's and are attracted to idea of stripping the style to its basics and pouring on the syrup.

Avoid it... if you logically expect this score to create any sense of electricity or magic, for without these elements, Powder remains extremely overrated.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #559
WRITTEN 6/3/98, REVISED 9/14/08
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Powder: (Jerry Goldsmith) Stories about young misfits trying to fit into a judgmental school environment are surprisingly common in Hollywood, either because such films appeal well to teenagers or because their makers felt that way themselves when that age. The 1995 entry in the genre, Powder, faced considerable adversity of its own, with reporting of writer/director Victor Salva's past history of child molestation raised and protested during the film's release. On top of the public outcry against the studio for allowing Salva to make the film, Powder also suffered from a sappy, sometimes unbearable plotline that drove the rest of the audiences away. To say that the film was a failure is kind, and Jerry Goldsmith's average though overachieving musical effort is dragged along for the ride. Salva had always been an enormous fan of Goldsmith's career, and was very impressed with the score for Powder (calling it the work of "genius"). Likewise, collectors of the composer's music were generally pleased by the soft and sensitive score, maintaining a strong following over a decade later. As such, the score has a tendency to be vastly overrated by many of these listeners; while the work is lovely in its harmonic appeal, it really breaks little new stylistic ground for the composer. As a very common representative of his 1990's style, Powder is a project for Goldsmith that simply furthered his lengthy pursuit of assignments that involve highly personalized character adversity. Goldsmith's main theme, explored extensively in the arrangement of "Theme from Powder" for the album, is lovingly passionate, simple, and unassuming, and it is adapted in many variations throughout the score.

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Powder Score
Jose Victoria - December 8, 2006, at 8:40 a.m.
1 comment  (2183 views)
Sarah Brightman has his song on her album
jimbob - August 18, 2006, at 8:27 p.m.
1 comment  (2128 views)
One of his best!
Reinhard Ende - July 12, 2006, at 1:22 p.m.
1 comment  (1708 views)
what the hell the reviewer was thinking about.
deffunk2000 - June 4, 2006, at 2:38 p.m.
1 comment  (1847 views)
Only Average? Yeah, right.
Kram Sacul - January 25, 2006, at 1:38 a.m.
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Steve McEnroe - March 17, 2004, at 8:05 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:39
• 1. Theme from Powder (4:32)
• 2. Spoon Trick and the Trestle (2:17)
• 3. Nightmare in the Forest (5:10)
• 4. First Kiss (2:25)
• 5. Steven and the Snow (8:26)
• 6. Freakshow (4:42)
• 7. Wanna See a Trick? (4:01)
• 8. Everywhere (3:54)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from director Victor Salva, from which the following excerpt is taken:

    "Incredibly haunting and powerful, while it is full of the musical colors that Jerry does like no one else, it is also unique in tone even among his considerable body of work. All this comes from much more than just his own intrinsic understanding of the film -- which I found impeccable. It comes from more than even his great artistry. It comes, I believe, from his deep, deep love for movies."
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