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The Mummy
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1999 Decca
2018 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Studio Orchestra

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Decca Records
(May 4th, 1999)

Intrada Records
(July 16th, 2018)
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The 1999 Decca album was a regular U.S. release. The 2018 Intrada album is limited to an unknown number of copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $30.
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Buy it... if you don't mind hearing orchestras wielded like blunt instruments for exotic and noisy action romps, this one clobbering you with narratively inconsistent but overwhelmingly spirited force.

Avoid it... if you expect either the consistent sophistication or prevailing personality in style that Jerry Goldsmith's better adventure scores exhibit, a fantastic 30-minute consolidation necessary here to trim down the tedious album presentations.
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WRITTEN 5/16/99, REVISED 1/16/19
The Mummy: (Jerry Goldsmith) At times, it's a challenge to determine if director Stephen Sommers intended his 1999 blockbuster, The Mummy, to actually embody the characteristics of a serious action flick, because so much of the movie is ridiculously dumb that there's the possibility that a parody was an underlying goal. Nothing really remains from the classic 1931 Boris Karloff monster film of the same name, with the remake a cheap knock-off of the Indiana Jones concept that resorts to cliches and newly-developed digital rendering capabilities for a bloated running time. A high priest in 1290 B.C. Egypt is caught with the pharaoh's mistress and is both buried alive with flesh eating beetles and cursed for all eternity, as if the being buried with flesh eating beetles wasn't sufficiently disturbing a death. He, Imhotep, is the mummy stumbled upon and accidentally released by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, who, in their roles as an American treasure seeker and British historian, respectively, are plundering the riches of Hamunaptra in the 1920's. As Imhotep is resurrected, he sets upon unleashing Biblical plagues, among other auxiliary intentions, upon a population of extras just waiting for an untimely demise. The concept of Imhotep's attraction to the modern incarnation of his former Egyptian lover, the central theme of the 1931 film, is only alluded to in the 1999 version. Inevitably, the special effects of Imhotep's transformation and plagues are the main attraction while the story was damned by Sommers' own writing missteps. Sommers and composer Jerry Goldsmith had collaborated on the ridiculous action/horror film Deep Rising the previous year, and The Mummy came after an uncharacteristic six-month absence from the film scoring scene for Goldsmith. Without a doubt, 1999 was the veteran composer's last great year of production, treating audiences to robust orchestral scores for this, The Haunting, and The 13th Warrior. Though none of these films merited much praise, the ambitious quality of Goldsmith's output, as well as the similarly outstanding characteristics of the recordings' mixes, have caused these scores to become late staples in the collections of the composer's fans.

While the music for The Mummy certainly has all the building blocks of a five-star score (or at least a solid four-star one), it stumbles due to its odd lack of consistency in quality and organizational focus throughout. The concept's sequel scores by Alan Silvestri and John Debney, interestingly, used none of Goldsmith's material but were arguably more consistent self-contained endeavors. If you're the kind of devoted film music collector who enjoys Goldsmith's exotic orchestral bombast in its purest sense, then the aimless personality of The Mummy won't bother you. The score was Goldsmith's most densely ambitious "wall of sound" entry of the era, blatantly pulling inspiration from the bloated charisma of the story. It's difficult to determine if Goldsmith approached The Mummy with absolutely serious intentions, for his music certainly makes it seem as though that were the case. But given that the production elements of the film were extreme to the point of parody, one must wonder if Goldsmith didn't let rip with the overwrought tone of this score due to some "tongue in cheek" playfulness. Several of the rhythms in The Mummy are directly related to the militaristic parody movements in Small Soldiers, which could indicate either a nod to the comical elements of The Mummy or perhaps simply the composer's preferred style of ruckus at the time. Much of the style of Goldsmith's rambling, percussive rhythms in The Mummy would be reprised with greater coherence in The 13th Warrior. The sheer density of The Mummy is both its major attraction and its demise. The many thematic ideas in the score are often lost in the shuffle, though it should be noted that each of the four individual themes is above average compared to the composer's tendency in the following years to write scores reliant on some comparative clunkers. While all four ideas receive significant treatment throughout the score, none of them really establishes itself as the primary identity of the film. Two exist for the variations on the location and Imhotep and one is provided to each of the two heroic leads. When one of these themes is being developed by Goldsmith, this score is at its best, for there are some massively accessible, tonal expressions of them on brass and strings.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Decca Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 57:40
• 1. Imhotep (4:19)
• 2. The Sarcophagus (2:17)
• 3. Tauger Attack (2:21)
• 4. Giza Port (2:03)
• 5. Night Boarders (4:06)
• 6. The Caravan (2:52)
• 7. Camel Race (3:26)
• 8. The Crypt (2:26)
• 9. Mumia Attack (2:17)
• 10. Discoveries (3:41)
• 11. My Favourite Plague (3:59)
• 12. Crowd Control (3:12)
• 13. Rebirth (8:33)
• 14. The Mummy (6:19)
• 15. The Sand Volcano (5:40)
2018 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 157:37

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The insert of the 1999 Decca album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2018 Intrada product includes extensive information about both, with the exception of a list of performers.
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