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100 Rifles
(1969)
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1999 Film Score Monthly
2018 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
David Tamkin
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Film Score Monthly
(February, 1999)

La-La Land Records
(June 26th, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1999 Film Score Monthly album was a limited release of 3,000 copies, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets and eventually selling out. The 2018 La-La Land album is limited to 2,000 copies and available initially for $25 through those same outlets.
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Buy it... if you delight in Jerry Goldsmith's darkly dissonant and richly textured Western action mode that tests you with its often harsh and brutal tone.

Avoid it... if you'd prefer to be entertained by romantic Western stereotypes without feeling the need to study any of Goldsmith's multi-cultural intricacies in this case.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #914
WRITTEN 3/8/99, REVISED 9/1/20
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
100 Rifles: (Jerry Goldsmith) Attempting to utilize the same basic elements as The Wild Bunch, 1969's 100 Rifles was a predictable failure. Stagnant direction by Tom Gries, worn action concepts in the Western genre, and a cast of stereotypically supporting stars like Jim Brown and Raquel Welch thrown into prominent roles doomed the film. The Indian versus Mexican versus lawman concept prompted significant spaghetti Western action scenes, but they were shot with such a fixed, unengaging technique that nobody could ever have expected audiences to stay interested in them. Trying valiantly to compensate for this bland direction was composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose score for 100 Rifles could most easily be described as overachieving. Goldsmith was already well established in the Western genre at the time, with most of his classics in that area already on film, and he was clearly defining the style of his sound as an alternative to Elmer Bernstein's more heroically fluid sense of Americana for 1960's Westerns. The composer approached 100 Rifles after having finished the highly acclaimed Planet of the Apes, and while the quality of later project represented a significant decline, the composer strove to maintain much of the instrumental creativity from that famous score in this undeserving Western. The complex, highly-layered music that Goldsmith provided for 100 Rifles saves the film from total mediocrity and embarrassment. It's an interesting paragraph in Goldsmith's career story, but isn't of the caliber of his classic Western scores. He utilizes, perhaps more pervasively here than in any of his other genre scores, a creative array of traditional Latin instruments along with the more typical, moderately sized orchestra for broader genre expectations. His energetic Latin rhythms are mixed directly with his bombastic, brassy style of thematic resonance, making 100 Rifles a more intelligent multi-cultural listening experience than some of his other Westerns. At the same time, though, Goldsmith also infuses a significant sense of dissonant darkness into the score as necessary for some of the film's brutal scenes of killing.


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Average: 3.11 Stars
***** 105 5 Stars
**** 123 4 Stars
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** 122 2 Stars
* 73 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:08
Stereo:
• 1. Main Title (1:25)
• 2. The Hanging (3:08)
• 3. Escape and Pursuit (3:52)
• 4. The Church (1:13)
• 5. Journey to the Fort (3:54)
• 6. I Want Their Heads (1:37)
• 7. Cliff Fight (1:21)
• 8. Burn and Pillage/Retribution (5:00)
• 9. Burning the Stronghold/New Morning (3:56)
• 10. Lyedecker and Sarita (2:30)
• 11. Across the Plains (1:04)
• 12. Ready for Ambush (1:31)
• 13. I'll Go Back (1:33)

Source Music:
• 14. Mariachi #1, stereo (2:04)
• 15. Mariachi #2, mono (1:33)
Mono:
• 16. Main Title (1:24)
• 17. The Hanging (3:08)
• 18. Escape and Pursuit (3:52)
• 19. The Church (1:12)
• 20. Journey to the Fort (3:54)
• 21. Our String Has Done Run Out (2:12)
• 22. I Want Their Heads (1:38)
• 23. Cliff Fight (1:22)
• 24. Downhill Ride (5:12)
• 25. Burn and Pillage/Retribution (5:00)
• 26. Burning the Stronghold/New Morning (3:54)
• 27. Lyedecker and Sarita (2:30)
• 28. Across the Plains (1:04)
• 29. Ready for Ambush (1:30)
• 30. Eulogy for Sarita (1:28)
• 31. I'll Go Back (1:32)
(On the 2018 La-La Land album, 100 Rifles occupies disc one of the set.)

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Both albums' inserts contain detailed information about the film and score.
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