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Six Degrees of Separation
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra of Melbourne
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Elektra Entertainment
(March 1st, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're depressingly curious about a confusing commercial album that ranks among the worst ever produced for a soundtrack by a major composer.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear either the best quotes from the film (despite the plethora of spoken word slammed onto this product) or more than ten truly unique minutes of Jerry Goldsmith's uninspiring and blatantly snobby music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #562
WRITTEN 7/11/98, REVISED 9/10/08
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6 Degrees of Separation: (Jerry Goldsmith) For Fred Schiepsi's film adaptation of the Broadway play of the same title, a talented cast of actors was assembled to portray this intelligent culture comment piece. The film's drama and comedy are carried solely by its dialogue, and the role presented Will Smith in an unusually smart and sophisticated light. Generally well received critically, 6 Degrees of Separation still managed, despite several solid performances, to bore audiences with its endless pondering of abstract concepts. The score by Jerry Goldsmith was destined to mirror all of the snobby, elitist attitudes that the film presents at its core, extending the cultural statement into its complimentary musical form. Goldsmith responded by composing a short, though snazzy tango and sparingly intermingling it with urban jazz throughout the film. In the finished product, the music suffices to create the atmosphere of the upper-class environment (and some have argued that it did so brilliantly), but in the same way that Fierce Creatures would function a few years later, the score for 6 Degrees of Separation is a piece that nearly gets lost in the mix when compared to the dialogue in the film. It's one of the most blatantly trite and understated small-ensemble works Goldsmith had produced since the 1960's. Consisting of the expected tango essentials, as well as a few extra strings and woodwinds, the performing group makes its mark through its sharp, distasteful, and edgy style rather than its sheer volume. Lengthy scenes of dialogue (typically consisting of intellectual conversations of an inconsequential nature) are bracketed by short snippets of Goldsmith's score, and occasionally a somber, minimalistic jazz accompanies a few of these scenes as well. All in all, there is only about ten minutes of Goldsmith's material actually featured up front and center in the film. The composer is successful in his task of creating an unlikable score for an unlikable film, though this presents obvious problems for the listening experience on album, where the music is perhaps the last interesting of Goldsmith's work in the entire decade.



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267 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.19 Stars
***** 22 5 Stars
**** 26 4 Stars
*** 39 3 Stars
** 76 2 Stars
* 104 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 34:12
• 1. Ouisa and Flan* (1:53)
• 2. Six Degrees of Separation (1:22)
• 3. Just One of those Things** (1:06)
• 4. Sidney Poitier (1:26)
• 5. Give Six*** (2:32)
• 6. Painters (0:30)
• 7. There Is a God* (1:30)
• 8. Cats (0:51)
• 9. The Teacher* (1:36)
• 10. Dream about Painters (1:09)
• 11. The Blade* (0:43)
• 12. Imagination (1:55)
• 13. The Kiss* (0:55)
• 14. Dream Sequence (0:44)
• 15. Safe Trip* (0:45)
• 16. Both Sides* (0:25)
• 17. Do we Have a Story to Tell You (1:28)
• 18. No Heart* (1:05)
• 19. You're an Idiot (0:44)
• 20. Not Family* (0:33)
• 21. The Truth (0:29)
• 22. Quartet in G Minor, Opus 10# (1:18)
• 23. Listen to Me (2:04)
• 24. UNKNOWN TRACK*# (0:50)
        Mislabelled on packaging; all subsequent tracks out of sequence.
        The packaging claims the CD only has 25 tracks.

• 25. I Read Today (2:21)
• 26. No Heart* (5:05)
Tracks in white are quotes from the film, written by John Guare
* Music composed by Jerry Goldsmith
*# Mystery Goldsmith track missing from track listings

** Music/words composed by Cole Porter
*** Music composed by Paul Grabowsky
# Music composed by Claude Debussy


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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The packaging is very confusing, making it difficult to tell which tracks are score tracks and which are dialogue tracks.
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