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The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Collection
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
The Crouch End Festival Chorus

Conducted by:
Nic Raine

Chorus Performed by:
The Crouch End Festival Chorus

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(September 15th, 1998)
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Buy it... if you seek a competent and occasionally brilliant sampling of Jerry Goldsmith's career, including a fantastic suite from Under Fire.

Avoid it... if you already own most of the other notable performances (Capricorn One, The Omen, First Knight, The Swarm) on other Silva compilations.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #740
WRITTEN 8/17/99, REVISED 8/5/07
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The Omen: The Essential Jerry Goldsmith Film Music Collection: (Compilation) The Silva Screen label released the first of its eventually lengthy series of composer-specific compilation sets in 1998, initially providing similar products representing the careers of James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith. The quality of these sets varied wildly between them, partly because of the choices of scores for inclusion but mostly due to the simple fact that The City of Prague Philharmonic, along with its arrangers and orchestrators, seem to perform some composers' works better than others. In the case of these first two "Essential" series compilations, it became even more evident that Prague does an excellent job capturing the essence of Goldsmith's work while losing much of the same in their performances of Horner's. From a consumer's standpoint, you also have to look at these Silva compilations from 1997 and 1998 with a careful attention, because the sheer volume of quality compilations they were releasing at the time yielded a significant amount of overlap in selections. In other words, more than half of the performances you hear on any compilation could already be in your collection elsewhere. For this Goldsmith set, Silva would actually provide far more new material than they would for the Horner one, though not without a few curiosities in selection. While the album does feature an astonishing number of Goldsmith's lesser known gems, others (such as Goldsmith's collaboration with director Joe Dante) would be missing. That last point is a bit awkward considering that Prague would eventually produce an outstanding concert version of Gremlins. Another aspect of this compilation's success to keep in mind is the importance of Goldsmith's trademark synthesizers in his 80's and 90's works, and one of the reasons for the set's overall success is the accuracy with which synth programmer Mark Ayres was able to recreate these sounds. He nails them more often than not, an impressive feat. Silva also usually offers a few excellent new suites as a selling incentive for each particular product, and on this album, those suites might be too difficult to resist.



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Average: 3.22 Stars
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It is worth to get all Omen albums and the Masada album
Sheridan - August 26, 2006, at 5:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 138:24
CD 1: (66:17)

Capricorn One
• 1. Overture (3:17)

Masada
• 2. Suite (5:11)

Under Fire - Suite
• 3. Prelude (1:53)
• 4. Bajo Fuego (5:47)
• 5. A New Love (4:20)
• 6. The Rebel March (3:14)

Basic Instinct
• 7. Main Theme (2:31)

The Great Train Robbery
• 8. Overture (4:55)

The Omen
• 9. Suite (11:49)

Baby: Secret of a Lost Legend
• 10. Baby's Alive/End Titles (7:24)

The Shadow
• 11. Main Theme (2:36)

The Russia House
• 12. Love Theme (5:12)

The Swarm
• 13. The Bees Arrive (4:24)
• 14. End Title (3:19)
CD 2: (72:08)

The Blue Max - Short Suite
• 1. Overture (2:17)
• 2. The Bridge (3:00)
• 3. Finale (2:38)

The Boys from Brazil
• 4. Waltz/The Boys (7:07)

First Knight - Suite
• 5. Arthur's Fanfare (0:44)
• 6. No Surrender (5:25)
• 7. Arthur's Farewell (5:00)

Total Recall
• 8. Main Theme (2:30)

Powder
• 9. Theme (4:29)

MacArthur/Patton
• 10. The Generals Suite (5:26)

Twilight Zone: The Movie
• 11. End Title Suite (6:27)

First Blood/Rambo II
• 12. Main Themes (5:58)

Medicine Man
• 13. The Trees (4:12)

Star Trek Symphonic Suite
• 14. Star Trek: TMP/Star Trek: Voyager/Star Trek: First Contact (16:23)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about each of the tracks, as well as thorough credits.
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