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Take a Hard Ride
(1975)
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2000 FSM
2016 La-La Land
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Conducted by:
Lionel Newman
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Film Score Monthly
(March, 2000)

La-La Land Records
(January 26, 2016)
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The FSM album was a limited release of 3,000 copies, available originally through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20 and sold out as of 2007. The 2016 La-La Land album is limited to 2,000 copies and retailed primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you seek the last Western score of Jerry Goldsmith's early career, featuring a maturation of his melodic sensibilities combined with a twist of the expected Ennio Morricone style for the dying genre.

Avoid it... if you are pondering the 2016 La-La Land album for this solid score but you already own the 2000 Film Score Monthly product; the presentation on the later album is not significantly improved.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #915
WRITTEN 3/25/00, REVISED 6/24/16
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Goldsmith
Take a Hard Ride: (Jerry Goldsmith) With Westerns falling from grace with mainstream audiences in the 1970's, Hollywood was doing everything it could to infuse some last breaths of life into the tired genre. If that meant inserting kickboxing, helicopters, black football stars, unconventional filming techniques, and the concept-bending sounds of Ennio Morricone into the mix, then it was done. The 1975 flop Take a Hard Ride was one entry that attempted to do most of the above, and it exuberantly did so to such an extent that the film drew its own unique form of ridicule. The emergence of the spaghetti western sub-genre and its subsequently quick demise forced the last few kings of the old 1960's Western classics to adapt in order to survive. One such artist was composer Jerry Goldsmith, who approached Take a Hard Ride at a time when his career was branching off in other, more successful directions. After such a grand variety of works for the genre over the previous dozen years, this film would be the last Western he would score until 1994's Bad Girls lured him back to the Wild West. He was very familiar with the direction that Morricone had taken the genre's music, and since the director was an Italian working under an altered screen name, Goldsmith knew that some of Morricone's experimental new sounds would need to be used to satisfy expectations. Interestingly, though, Goldsmith chose also to continue his own metamorphosis in the Western genre by leaning more heavily on lyrical themes to create a melodic identity for those works. He had discovered this lyrical style with The Wild Rovers several years earlier, and in Take a Hard Ride he would create arguably the most attractive Western theme of his career (though fans of both The Wild Rovers and Rio Conchos could make a stake for those scores' themes as well). With these easy melodies came a symphonic representation of Americana that brought Goldsmith as close to Elmer Bernstein's equally popular Western style at the time as he would get.



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A really good score!
Rende - November 18, 2006, at 1:54 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2000 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:37
• 1. The Hunter (2:48)
• 2. Main Title (2:15)
• 3. Memories (1:38)
• 4. The Search (1:10)
• 5. The Snake (2:09)
• 6. Uneasy Alliance (2:05)
• 7. Friendly Enemies (2:10)
• 8. Fancy Footwork (2:35)
• 9. Hunter's Harmonica (1:06)
• 10. A Sad Story (1:28)
• 11. The Ambush (4:20)
• 12. The Wagon (5:52)
• 13. The Big Dive (1:07)
• 14. The Aftermath (1:40)
• 15. The Trek (1:16)
• 16. The Mines (5:26)
• 17. Work Camp (2:16)
• 18. The Last Adversary (2:23)
• 19. A Long Walk (1:52)
2016 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:13

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The inserts of both the FSM and La-La Land albums include detailed notes about the film and score.
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