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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra
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Hollywood Records
(November 7th, 1995)

Intrada Records
(March 28th, 2016)
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The 1995 Hollywood Records album was a regular U.S. release but went completely out of print and was often found for more than $40 on the secondary market. The 2016 Intrada album is limited to an unknown quantity and retailed primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you regularly enjoy the predictable constructs of Jerry Goldsmith's soft, affable character themes of the 1990's and are attracted to idea of stripping that style to its basics and pouring on the syrup.

Avoid it... if you logically expect this score to create any sense of mystery, electricity, or magic, for without these elements, Powder remains extremely overrated.
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WRITTEN 6/3/98, REVISED 6/24/16
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 predictably well to angst-ridden teenagers or because their makers felt that way themselves when they were that age. The 1995 entry in the genre, Powder, faced considerable adversity of its own, with reporting of writer and 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's script received such positive buzz that two legendary composers, Goldsmith and John Williams, expressed an interest in writing the music for Powder. Only Goldsmith would sign on prior to seeing a final edit of the picture, however, and because time to write and record the score for Williams would otherwise be short, Goldsmith got the job. Salva had always been an enormous fan of Goldsmith's career, and despite significant disagreements and misgivings about the tone of the composer's handling of the main character, he ultimately professed to being very impressed with the outcome of the music, calling it the work of "genius." Likewise, collectors of the composer's music were generally pleased by the soft and sensitive melodies involved, the work maintaining a strong following many years later. As such, the score has a tendency to be vastly overrated by many of these listeners; while it is lovely in its basic, tonal appeal, it really breaks little new stylistic ground for the composer. As a very common representative of Goldsmith 1990's style for the drama genre, Powder is a project for the composer that simply furthered his lengthy pursuit of assignments that involved highly personalized character adversity.

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Powder Score
Jose Victoria - December 8, 2006, at 7:40 a.m.
1 comment  (2453 views)
Sarah Brightman has his song on her album
jimbob - August 18, 2006, at 7:27 p.m.
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One of his best!
Reinhard Ende - July 12, 2006, at 12:22 p.m.
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what the hell the reviewer was thinking about.
deffunk2000 - June 4, 2006, at 1:38 p.m.
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Only Average? Yeah, right.
Kram Sacul - January 25, 2006, at 12:38 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Hollywood Records Album Tracks   ▼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)
2016 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:14

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The insert of the 1995 album 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."

The insert of the 2016 Intrada album presents notation about both the score and film.
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