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The Goonies
(1985)
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2010 Varèse
2019 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:
Dave Grusin

Produced by:
Robert Townson
Mike Matessino
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Varèse Sarabande
(Limited)
(March 15th, 2010)

Varèse Sarabande
(Regular)
(June 28th, 2019)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2010 Varèse Sarabande album was part of its Club series, limited to 5,000 copies, and sold through soundtrack specialty outlets $20. The product sold out within weeks and quickly escalated in value. The 2019 re-issue of that album, minus the bonus tracks, is a regular commercial product.
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Buy it... if you love the logic-defying spirit of adventure in the film, a reflection of which is heard in Dave Grusin's haphazard, genre-defying score.

Avoid it... if a poorly conceived combination of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Max Steiner sensibilities in music that was butchered upon editing into the film doesn't appeal to your quest for highly cohesive fantasy music of convincing depth.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,608
WRITTEN 6/24/10, REVISED 11/8/20
The Goonies: (Dave Grusin) Director Steven Spielberg made a reputation out of conjuring stories about children's interaction and family challenges and developing them into highly manipulative movies. Some of these productions were aimed at the fears of adults while others were purely meant as entertainment suitable for the youngsters themselves. Among the last of the latter category for Spielberg was 1985's The Goonies, one of Amblin Entertainment's early projects and one what combined Spielberg's writing and production talents with an all-star crew that included director Richard Donner and screenwriter Chris Columbus. Despite the scope of the latter two's involvement, The Goonies had a distinctly Spielberg touch on screen that led many to believe, as with Poltergeist a few years earlier, that he had influenced the direction of the film more than officially credited. The story required that logic be left at the door, telling of a group of kids (the "Goonies") in mystical (though actually just perpetually dreary) Astoria, Oregon whose parents are all facing foreclosure on their homes. On one last adventure together, they decide to seek out fabled treasure said to exist underground in the area, and their path to the discovery of the pristine pirate ship in hidden caves is inhibited only by a series of physical obstacles (a usual Spielberg favorite) and a family of bumbling criminals (a Columbus trademark). Along with the scenes of innocent adolescent romance, the closing scene of The Goonies is so ridiculously contrived that it's difficult to forgive the entire movie. At least Spielberg created waves by allowing the young cast to swear freely, an aspect of the film that drew some fire despite its realistic depiction of banter in that age group. Considering a heavy marketing campaign that included a Spielberg-directed MTV video with Cyndi Lauper, though, The Goonies was a relative disappointment. It failed to earn universally positive praise and lagged far behind its Amblin production sibling, Gremlins, at the box office. Still, The Goonies managed to achieve a tremendous cult following with viewers who were the pre-teen age of the protagonists in the story at the time of its theatrical release, and considerable momentum for the film generated decades later has long reaffirmed Donner and Spielberg's interest in someday revisiting the concept in a sequel (or, intriguingly, a Broadway musical).


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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2010 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 79:08
• 1. Fratelli Chase (2:49)
• 2. Map and Willie (2:16)
• 3. The Goondocks (Goonies Theme) (2:04)
• 4. Doubloon (1:47)
• 5. Lighthouse (1:19)
• 6. Cellar and Sloth (1:41)
• 7. Restaurant Trash (0:55)
• 8. The "It," Fifty Dollar Bills and a Stiff (4:36)
• 9. It All Starts Here (1:30)
• 10. Plumbing (1:25)
• 11. Skull and Signature (3:25)
• 12. Boulders, Bats and a Blender (2:33)
• 13. Wishing Well and the Fratellis Find Coin (2:49)
• 14. Mikey's Vision (1:52)
• 15. Oath and Bobby Traps (1:06)
• 16. Triple Stones and a Ball (2:11)
• 17. Pee Break and Kissing Tunnel (2:06)
• 18. They're Here and Skull Cave Chase (3:03)
• 19. Playing the Bones (4:19)
• 20. Water Slide and Galleon (1:38)
• 21. Octopus (1:02)
• 22. The Inferno (1:14)
• 23. One Eyed Willie (3:05)
• 24. Treasure, Data & Mouth, and Walk the Plank (3:18)
• 25. Sloth & Chunk (1:58)
• 26. Mama & Sloth (1:58)
• 27. The Fighting Fratellis, Sloth's Choice and Ultimate Booby Trap (3:24)
• 28. The Reunion and Fratellis on Beach (3:39)
• 29. No Firme and Pirate Ship (2:42)
• 30. End Titles (Goonies Theme) (3:06)

Bonus Tracks:
• 31. Fratelli Chase (Original Version) (3:35)
• 32. Triple Stones and a Ball (Original Version) (1:54)
• 33. They're Here and Skull Cave Chase (Original Version) (1:55)
• 34. Octopus (Original Version) (1:03)
2019 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:41

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both albums contain information about the score and film, including a list of performers and notes from the director and composer.
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