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The Swarm
(1978)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Album Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records
(December, 2002)
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Limited release, with only 3,000 printed copies available only through the label or soundtrack specialty outlets only. It sold out within a few years.
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Buy it... if you are a fan of vintage, Irwin Allen-style disaster epics and own several of Goldsmith's strong action scores of the 1970's and 1980's.

Avoid it... if you prefer digitally crisp recording quality and are inclined to gravitate towards Goldsmith's arguably more interesting 1980's style of integrating synthesizers into an orchestra for topics such as this.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,051
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 3/20/09
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The Swarm: (Jerry Goldsmith) The highly publicized film The Swarm ushered in the end of director and producer Irwin Allen's fantastic voyage through the ranks of Hollywood's disaster film renaissance in the 1970's. Unlike the previous hits of The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, audiences and critics gave a resounding sigh of impatience with the genre by the time The Swarm hit theatres in 1978, despite a similarly loaded cast of actors. The plots of these films were getting more bizarre and the special effects weren't holding up in the Star Wars and Close Encounters generation that represented the beginning of another age in Hollywood. The concept of a massive attack by killer African bees in the United States was simply one that couldn't be executed well on screen without relying too heavily on seeing blurry shots of people running around trying to avoid them, and time has not been as kind to this entry as it has been to Allen's others. The director's career would fizzle from that point on, banished to the realm of television, but the composer of the music for The Swarm was red hot at the time and was primed to get even better. Jerry Goldsmith was already a composer considered at the height of his profession in the late 1970's, fresh off of his Academy Award win for The Omen. He took over a genre that had been marked with memorable scores by John Williams, including The Towering Inferno, which is still considered by the majority of critics today to be the best disaster score of the 1970's. Goldsmith rose to the challenge of tackling The Swarm and produced what was one of the few bright spots for the entire production. The score is a large-scale thematic and creative endeavor for the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, with all the bells and whistles required for an Allen film (but curiously minus the trademark pop song that had always garnered Oscar consideration). A well-rounded work, Goldsmith's effort includes a major disaster theme, a love sub-theme, and a motif usually on the high strings and brass that imitates the buzzing noise required to foreshadow and announce the arrival of the killer bees invading Texas. The title theme, ironically, begins with nearly the identical three note progression that opens Williams' primary fanfare for The Poseidon Adventure (but then branches into its own). The love theme is sufficient in its high range string delicacy, almost reminiscent of the romance affairs of twenty years prior, but not as compelling, perhaps, as what Williams presented in the other scores.



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Average: 3.18 Stars
***** 176 5 Stars
**** 186 4 Stars
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A fabulous disaster score!
Indy2003 - September 10, 2005, at 4:44 a.m.
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What's the bloody use of creating only 3000 CDs for a whole planet?!? *NM*   Expand >>
cs^tbl - February 8, 2003, at 1:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 72:36
• 1. Main Title/Red Two Reporting (6:40)
• 2. The Black Mass (2:33)
• 3. What Happened? (1:11)
• 4. The Bees Picnic (2:18)
• 5. On Their Way (0:58)
• 6. Get Him Out (2:12)
• 7. Old Friends (1:26)
• 8. High Toxin (4:27)
• 9. The Boys and the Bees - Part One (2:05)
• 10. Oh Maureen/The Boys and the Bees - Part Two (2:31)
• 11. Bees on Fire/ Towards Marysville (2:05)
• 12. The Lollipop (0:42)
• 13. A Gift of Flowers (2:00)
• 14. The Bees Arrive (4:55)
• 15. Out of the Closet (A Boy's Story) (1:50)
• 16. The Park (0:41)
• 17. Rita and the Doctor (0:59)
• 18. Brad and Helena (1:36)
• 19. Train Wreck/No Effect (3:34)
• 20. Tommy's Dead! (3:24)
• 21. Exact Instructions (7:13)
• 22. Oh Walter!! (1:14)
• 23. The Glasses/Houston Headquarters (3:46)
• 24. Burn 'Em Out (1:11)
• 25. Get Reinforcements! (2:29)
• 26. The Bees Inside (5:21)
• 27. End Title (3:05)

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The insert includes extensive information (written by Gary Kester) about the film and score, as well as a list of performers.
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