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A Patch of Blue
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1991 Mainstream
1992 Tsunami
Album 2 Cover Art
1997 Intrada
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

1997 Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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Intrada Records
(June 17th, 1997)
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The 1991 Mainstream album was available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. The same was true of the 1992 Tsunami album, but that label is widely considered a publisher of bootlegs. The 1997 Intrada album is a regular U.S. release.
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you are a Jerry Goldsmith collector who has done some research into the importance of this small, intimate score and its place in history.

Avoid it... if you expect any tiny part of this score to get your pulse racing and you generally avoid scores that require a significant increase in volume to even hear them.
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WRITTEN 6/24/97, REVISED 12/16/06
A Patch of Blue: (Jerry Goldsmith) One fascinating aspect of A Patch of Blue is that it can sometimes remind you of its era while still remaining timeless as a whole. As seen in a 1965 grocery store, apples are sold for 23 cents/lb, and you have to wonder about how far society has grown. At the same time, the race issues explored in A Patch of Blue are just as applicable today as they were in the 1960's, a major contributor to the film's success. The film stars a rising Sidney Poitier as a man who befriends a young woman who is both blind and abused, helping to teach her about the possibilities of a life outside the dirty apartment she mostly exists within. Poitier's character is just a normal guy with no intention of taking advantage of the girl, allowing the film to remain strictly innocent. The problem, of course, is that Poitier is black and the young woman is white, and a mildly heartbreaking conclusion is the only logical course. Written and directed by former cinematographer Guy Green, the film was shot by normal Hitchcock collaborator Robert Burks, elevating the merely normal surroundings in the film to fine art. To the surprise of MGM, A Patch of Blue garnered a multitude of Academy Award nominations (with one win for supporting actress) and finished as one of the top grossing films of 1966. One of the highly acclaimed and Oscar nominated elements in the film was the restrained score by Jerry Goldsmith, and it was with this second nomination and popular recognition that the composer confirmed his presence as a major artist in the field. A Patch of Blue was a "discovery score" for many Golden Age collectors of LPs, placing Goldsmith firmly on their radar and leading, critically, to several more Oscar nominations throughout the early 1970's. He was especially a revelation for those who enjoyed the jazzy, thematic style of a young, but already-established Elmer Bernstein. As difficult as it may be fathom today, the small and extremely intimate style of score heard in A Patch of Blue was popular in 1960's mainstream films, especially with the hint of jazz spread throughout.

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A Patch Of Blue Soundtrack
johnny - July 6, 2012, at 1:50 p.m.
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Excellent movie, excellent score!
Reinhard Ende - July 12, 2006, at 12:27 p.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1991 Mainstream Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:42
A Patch of Blue:
• 1. Main Title - Theme from "A Patch of Blue" (1:56)
• 2. The Park (2:05)
• 3. Stringin' Beads (1:43)
• 4. Pineapple Juice & Discovery (2:43)
• 5. Ol' Pa, Help Me (1:41)
• 6. Just the Radio (1:26)
• 7. Waiting (1:03)
• 8. Friends (1:44)
• 9. Grandmom's Music Box (1:08)
• 10. I Walked Myself (2:00)
• 11. Finale/Love, the Equalizer (3:23)
David and Lisa:
• 12. Main Title - Theme from "David & Lisa" (2:49)
• 13. Muriel (1:50)
• 14. Clock Smash (1:32)
• 15. Lisa's Waltz (0:48)
• 16. David's Nightmare (0:57)
• 17. Play With Me (1:03)
• 18. Museum (1:36)
• 19. Discovery (1:38)
• 20. Finale (2:20)
• 21. Theme from "David & Lisa" (3:50)
• 22. Lisa's Waltz (Reprise) (0:48)
1992 Tsunami Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:45
1997 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 31:46

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The 1991 Mainstream album includes some of the most childish liner notes ever pressed on a score album. The 1997 Intrada album includes extensive liner notes by producer Doug Fake, as well as a picture of a young Jerry Goldsmith. Some addendum information about the production of the album includes the following:

    "In preparing this album we had access to virtually all of the 15 i.p.s. multi-track session master tapes for both the score and the radio source cues. The tapes were in fine condition - with the single exception of about three seconds of material towards the End of track 5. The masters mere played on Ampex ATR reproducers, digitally mixed down to two tracks, and transferred to the Sonic Solutions system for digital editing and mastering. Instrumental detail not previously evident was now possible, as well as proper balancing between the left, center and right channels. The tapes yielded only a small amount of hiss, allowing this new mix to retain the clarity of the original performance with only minimal noise reduction. The "No Noise" computer program was employed, allowing us to address the hiss without interfering with the warm equalization and rich dynamic range present on the masters.

    The original sessions were very closely miked in a tight recording studio, resulting in a dry sound with a degree of "room noises" (chairs moving, woodwind keys rattling, etc.) as well as achieving a very intimate sound within the orchestra. To maintain the integrity of this unique sound we chose not to edit the noises nor add any artificial reverb, thus allowing the original performance to dominate."
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