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Total Recall
(1990)
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1990 Original
2000 Deluxe
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

Deluxe Edition Produced by:
Robert Townson
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande (Original)
(June 12th, 1990)

Varèse Sarabande (Deluxe)
(December 5th, 2000)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both albums are regular U.S. releases, though the 1990 product is out of print.
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Buy it... if you love Jerry Goldsmith's top-notch, energetic, and cohesive action material that is saturated with his trademark styles of the 1980's and 90's.

Avoid it... if you prefer the earlier generation of Goldsmith action that didn't rely as heavily on considerable synthetic accompaniment to the orchestra.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #184
WRITTEN 12/13/96, REVISED 8/18/08
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Total Recall: (Jerry Goldsmith) A blockbuster of low moral character and extraordinary special effects, Total Recall was a top grossing, critically embraced action film of the highest order, with the right director, the right actor, the right story, and the right composer happening upon each other for an enormously entertaining result. Of director Paul Verhoeven's line of extremely violent films in the 1990's, Total Recall easily maintains the most mainstream praise in retrospect, even if it lands on plenty of viewers' "guilty pleasure" lists. Undemanding but enthusiastic performances by Arnold Schwarzenegger (fresh off his spirited role in Kindergarten Cop) and Sharon Stone countered a silly premise and dialogue so corny that it actually works (in context, that is). The film is a classic example of a concept and finished product that is so overwhelmingly stupid, but zealously tackled by its crew that is undeniably likable in almost every aspect. In his first collaboration with director Verhoeven (one that would eventually include the Oscar-nominated Basic Instinct and the less inspired Hollow Man), Jerry Goldsmith writes one of the best action scores of the Digital Age for Total Recall. The film's futuristic, outlandish story and flashy visuals are well-suited for Goldsmith's synthetically paced score. The composer was well experienced in the genre by 1990, having produced popular scores for Outland, Capricorn One, Alien, and the Star Trek films, and for Total Recall, Goldsmith would have the opportunity to engage his audience with his maturing use of light electronics while also brandishing his talents for raw, orchestral action. It is the delicate, but well-maintained balance between these two basic elements that makes Total Recall such an enjoyable score, even when divorced from the stunning visuals of the film (which won an Academy Award for its special effects without even any other nominated competition).

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3,124 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.87 Stars
***** 1,132 5 Stars
**** 1,032 4 Stars
*** 562 3 Stars
** 246 2 Stars
* 152 1 Stars
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Brendan Cochran - May 11, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
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Excellent
Sheridan 2 - November 17, 2006, at 8:50 a.m.
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Goldsmith best Score
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:13
• 1. The Dream (3:33)
• 2. The Hologram (5:36)
• 3. The Big Jump (4:33)
• 4. The Mutant (3:16)
• 5. Clever Girl (4:31)
• 6. First Meeting (1:10)
• 7. The Treatment (5:30)
• 8. Where am I? (3:56)
• 9. End of a Dream (5:45)
• 10. A New Life (2:23)
2000 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:58

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The original 1990 album's insert included no extra information. The expanded 2000 album's insert includes lengthy notes about the film and score, but early printings of the insert contained badly misaligned text. Contrary to the claims of a few wildly juvenile fanboys, neither insert includes a nude picture of the three-breasted midget featured in the film.
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