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Raggedy Man
(1981)
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The album was the seventh entry of Varèse Sarabande's original CD Club series, VCL 9102.07. It was limited to 1,500 numbered copies and has sold for over $150 since selling out from the label.
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Buy it... only if your love of highly personal, intimate Jerry Goldsmith themes from the 1960's and 1970's for small ensembles has no boundaries despite their occasional redundancy.

Avoid it... if the cost of the collectible album is not worth a highly disjointed, repetitive score that offers very little new material for the learned Goldsmith enthusiast.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,126
WRITTEN 8/10/97, REVISED 10/31/11
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Raggedy Man: (Jerry Goldsmith) One of a few films directed by regular production designer Jack Fisk, Raggedy Man suffers from a very odd, disjointed script that can't decide if it's a wholesome love story or a cheap slasher film. Opening in the early 1980's, it could have been either, and despite a flourishing acting performance by Fisk's wife, Sissy Spacek, along with the outstanding art direction and cinematography, the film's strange plot dooms it. Starring as the sole telephone operator in a small Texas town during World War II, Spacek's character meets a traveling sailor and the film essentially follows the innocent emotional attachment that the two feel towards each other and the woman's two young boys. The colors of the film are very deeply rooted in the early 1940's, with the time capsule effect very well conveyed. But the movie goes all awry with the involvement of a scarecrow type of character, a "raggedy man," a group of loudmouth men who have a keen eye for the operator, and a strikingly violent and disturbing end. Critically, the film performed well, though there was widespread sentiment that the narrative should have kept its focus on the budding love story rather than the larger symbolism that the violent elements are supposed to represent. This strange pairing of movie genres presented a challenge for whoever scored the film, for the original music would have to somehow strike the same balance without losing cohesion. Composer Jerry Goldsmith was no stranger to small-scale drama, the humbling vistas of Americana, or the brazen violence that exists in his horror ventures. His qualifications in the department of sensitive, highly personal woodwind themes extends from A Patch of Blue to A Girl Named Sooner, and it is this type of intimacy that Goldsmith would largely abandon later in his career in favor of the more largely romantic sound of a full ensemble behind his solo highlights. As hard as it might be to imagine for enthusiasts of his more modern, digital age works, Goldsmith had received award nominations for scores like A Patch of Blue, making him a very credible choice for a small-scale, personal project like Raggedy Man. Unfortunately, Goldsmith's score predictably suffers from the same identity crisis as the film's itself. As expected, he establishes a gorgeous primary theme for the film, but it will instantly remind listeners of several of his others, and he repeats that theme here until it's beaten like a dead horse.



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Nice Goldsmith score
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Total Time: 33:58
• 1. Main Title (3:53)
• 2. Henry and Harry (5:11)
• 3. Number Please (4:34)
• 4. The Kite (4:40)
• 5. Runaways (6:28)
• 6. Mexican Tune (2:57)
• 7. End of Calvin (3:54)
• 8. End Title (2:09)

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