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Runaway
(1984)
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1985 Varèse
2006 Varèse
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2013 Varèse
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:

Programmed by:
Joel Goldsmith
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Varèse Sarabande
(1985)

Varèse Sarabande
(November 15th, 2006)

Varèse Sarabande
(December, 2013)
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The 1985 album was a regular commercial product that is long out of print. The 2006 album was limited to 2,000 copies as part of the Varèse Sarabande CD Club and sold out quickly. Both could be found in the late 2000's for about $40 on the secondary market. Their value diminished in late 2013 when Varese re-issued another 2,000 copies of contents identical to the 2006 album and sold them for $18.
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Buy it... only if you desire to hear Jerry Goldsmith's first all-electronic score and are prepared for a badly dated and harshly grating rendering that firmly roots the work in its era.

Avoid it... if you expect the quality of Goldsmith's underlying composition to compensate for the irritatingly raw electronic tones employed to give the film a futuristic edge.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,522
WRITTEN 7/18/09, REVISED 2/2/14
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Runaway: (Jerry Goldsmith) Despite writing some of the most intriguing science fiction concepts of his time, Michael Crichton's career as a director did not flourish with the same success. His films of the late 1970's and early 1980's could all be classified as duds, failing to realize the potential of their concepts due to terrible adaptations into screenplays and, most devastatingly, Crichton's own poor direction. One entry in this series of disappointments was 1984's Runaway, the story of a futuristic society in which robots complete many of the mundane everyday tasks in the home and fields that are the domain of illegal migrant workers in current society. If Runaway had perhaps told its tale in a tongue in cheek fashion, perhaps explaining what happened to all the Hispanic illegal aliens in America upon the introduction of the robots into everyday society, then perhaps there would have been redemption for this production. There were oddities in the mix that suggested such an intent by Sony, however, including the casting of KISS bassist Gene Simmons (minus the make-up, thankfully) as the villain who reprograms the robots to comply with his attempt at world domination (what else?). Unfortunately, Crichton took the rest of the production seriously, casting Tom Selleck as the special unit police officer in charge of exposing and foiling the plot. Another serious aspect of Runaway was Jerry Goldsmith's score. The composer had collaborated with Crichton for several years, and the two agreed upon Goldsmith's idea to tackle the film with an all-electronic score. While Goldsmith had used electronics as part of his ensembles since the early 1960's, literally employing them as a fifth section of the orchestra by the 1980's, he had never attempted to create an all-electronic score that would consist almost completely of his own performances. He was quick to point out that this decision was not made for financial reasons. In fact, the troublesome and lengthy recording schedule for Runaway required the costly rental of a variety of equipment and a studio and turned out to be more of a headache for Goldsmith than he had anticipated. Programming electronics to emulate an orchestral score back in 1984 was not an easy task, and the composer employed his son, Joel, already an expert in synthetics, to assist him in arranging Runaway. The resulting score is admirable in intentions but, like Goldsmith's other two completely synthetic scores, Criminal Law and the rejected Alien Nation, nearly unlistenable in retrospect on album.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1985 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:54
• 1. Main Title (1:44)
• 2. Crazed Robot (3:08)
• 3. She Went Home (1:37)
• 4. Alley Flight (2:06)
• 5. Shootin' Up the Ritz (3:24)
• 6. The Bullet (3:06)
• 7. The Sushi Switch (3:16)
• 8. Lockons (4:06)
• 9. Psychic Reading (1:09)
• 10. Ground Floor (1:03)
• 11. 40th Floor (1:24)
• 12. Over the Edge (3:07)
• 13. Luther Dies (1:12)
• 14. The Resolution (5:32)
2006/2013 Varèse Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:02

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The inserts of all the albums contain information about the score and film.
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