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July/August 2016
8/27/16 Capricorn One   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 1993, 2009, or 2012 CD re-issues of the original LP presentation if you seek a fantastic rearrangement and re-recording by Jerry Goldsmith of this brutally propulsive score.
Avoid it... on those albums if you prefer the sparse and harshly raw version of the score recorded by Goldsmith at MGM for the film itself, of which the 2005 and 2015 Intrada Records albums are very loyal representations.
8/19/16 Take a Hard Ride   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
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.
8/14/16 Warlock   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if even a bland, surprisingly uninspired combination of Jerry Goldsmith's trademark sound effects, instrumental choices, recognizable motifs, and basic synthesized rhythms can sustain your interest.
Avoid it... if you expect Goldsmith to make much of an effort to raise a little hell when a warlock is trying to hasten the end of the world, his understated score a boring, muted journey for most of its length.
8/7/16 Link   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... only if you require the ultimate tool of derangement, a bizarre and unlikely stylistic blend of Gremlins and Hoosiers with which to plunder the sanity of your dwelling partner or repel possible mates.
Avoid it... even if you consider yourself a faithful collector of Jerry Goldsmith's 1980's scores, because Link is a rare circumstance in which the composer nearly ruined an already suspect film with a totally inappropriate score.
7/31/16 The Secret of N.I.M.H.   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of its albums if you seek an impressive preview of Jerry Goldsmith's future wealth of strong, consistent music for children's fantasy and animated films.
Avoid it... if a more outwardly dynamic and powerful spirit uninhibited by archival sound quality is what you seek in your Goldsmith material of lyrical romanticism and grand fantasy scope.
7/22/16 Powder   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you regularly enjoy the predictable constructs of Jerry Goldsmith's soft, affable character themes of the 1990's and are attracted to idea of stripping that style to its basics and pouring on the syrup.
Avoid it... if you logically expect this score to create any sense of mystery, electricity, or magic, for without these elements, Powder remains extremely overrated.
7/17/16 Basic Instinct   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on especially the longer albums featuring this score if you are ready to hear truly unique erotic thriller music that perfectly balances the inescapable sensuality and chilly dread of the film's shamelessly lurid plotline.
Avoid it... if even a clever exploration of the noir genre in Jerry Goldsmith's contemporary methodology cannot keep you from being disturbed by the score's legendarily turbulent, challenging, and musically graphic sex and orgasm sequences.
7/8/16 The Ghost and the Darkness   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you're baited by the smell of blood coming from the lips of ambitious brass players, as well as rowdy African percussion and a variety of ethnic chanting, for this score's epic scope and broad colors make it one of Jerry Goldsmith most unique career achievements.
Avoid it... if you prefer your Goldsmith adventure scores of the 1990's to rely upon the composer's trademark infusion of synthetic elements, this score instead offering more richly organic textures to produce an adequately indigenous horror sound.
7/3/16 Judge Dredd   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on any of its albums if you seek some of the most glorious orchestral bombast of the 1990's on film, a score that stands as muscularly robust in stature as anything Alan Silvestri has ever produced.
Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for super-heroic themes of simplistic major-key expression, especially if they're predictably blasted out as punctuation to every scene in which Sylvester Stallone delivers one of his painfully awful lines of dialogue.
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