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The Swarm
(1978)
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2002 Prometheus
2020 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Prometheus Records
(December, 2002)

La-La Land Records
(March 13th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2002 Prometheus album was a limited release of 3,000 copies available primarily through the label or soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out within a few years. The 2020 La-La Land Records album is also limited to 3,000 copies, debuting at the same specialty outlets for $30.
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Buy it... if you are an enthusiast of the campy Irwin Allen disaster epics and have an appreciation for Jerry Goldsmith's more ambitious action scores of the 1970's and 1980's.

Avoid it... if the thought of Goldsmith using every section of an orchestra, sans synthesizer, to emulate the swirling buzzing of bees as a technique of horror makes you squirm.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #996
WRITTEN 2/4/03, REVISED 4/11/21
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The Swarm: (Jerry Goldsmith) The highly publicized but embarrassing The Swarm ushered in the sudden end of director and producer Irwin Allen's fantastic voyage through the ranks of Hollywood's disaster film renaissance in the 1970's. Unlike the previous hits of The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, audiences and critics gave a resounding sigh of impatience with the genre by the time The Swarm hit theatres in 1978, despite a similarly loaded cast of actors forced to endure unusual circumstances. The plots of these films were getting more bizarre and the special effects weren't holding up in the Star Wars and Close Encounters generation that represented the beginning of another age in Hollywood. The concept of a massive attack by killer African bees in the United States was simply one that couldn't be executed well on screen without relying too heavily on seeing blurry shots of people running around trying to avoid them, and time has not been as kind to this entry as it has been to Allen's others. Part of the ridicule of The Swarm owes to Allen being allowed to direct the picture on his own this time, his techniques awful and the pacing of the plot insufferable. The director's career fizzled from that point on, banished mostly to the realm of television, but the composer of the music for The Swarm was red hot at the time and was primed to get even better. Jerry Goldsmith was already a composer considered at the height of his profession in the late 1970's, fresh off of his Academy Award win for The Omen. He took over a genre that had been marked with memorable scores by John Williams, including The Towering Inferno, which is still considered by the majority of critics today to be the best disaster score of the 1970's. Williams, incidentally, had been hired originally to score The Swarm but, perhaps due to a sense that the film would be terrible, he withdrew from the commitment. Goldsmith was less adverse to tackling films of questionable quality, and for The Swarm he produced what was one of the few bright spots for the entire production. The score for is a large-scale thematic and creative endeavor, with all the bells and whistles required for an Allen film but curiously minus the trademark pop song that had always garnered Oscar consideration on these films.


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Average: 3.2 Stars
***** 194 5 Stars
**** 210 4 Stars
*** 224 3 Stars
** 161 2 Stars
* 124 1 Stars
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African bees are not African men
ShiChong - July 12, 2021, at 4:10 p.m.
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A fabulous disaster score!
Indy2003 - September 10, 2005, at 4:44 a.m.
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What's the bloody use of creating only 3000 CDs for a whole planet?!? *NM*   Expand >>
cs^tbl - February 8, 2003, at 1:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2002 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 72:36
• 1. Main Title/Red Two Reporting (6:40)
• 2. The Black Mass (2:33)
• 3. What Happened? (1:11)
• 4. The Bees Picnic (2:18)
• 5. On Their Way (0:58)
• 6. Get Him Out (2:12)
• 7. Old Friends (1:26)
• 8. High Toxin (4:27)
• 9. The Boys and the Bees - Part One (2:05)
• 10. Oh Maureen/The Boys and the Bees - Part Two (2:31)
• 11. Bees on Fire/ Towards Marysville (2:05)
• 12. The Lollipop (0:42)
• 13. A Gift of Flowers (2:00)
• 14. The Bees Arrive (4:55)
• 15. Out of the Closet (A Boy's Story) (1:50)
• 16. The Park (0:41)
• 17. Rita and the Doctor (0:59)
• 18. Brad and Helena (1:36)
• 19. Train Wreck/No Effect (3:34)
• 20. Tommy's Dead! (3:24)
• 21. Exact Instructions (7:13)
• 22. Oh Walter!! (1:14)
• 23. The Glasses/Houston Headquarters (3:46)
• 24. Burn 'Em Out (1:11)
• 25. Get Reinforcements! (2:29)
• 26. The Bees Inside (5:21)
• 27. End Title (3:05)
2020 La-La Land Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 117:04

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The insert of the 2002 Prometheus album includes extensive information about the film and score, as well as a list of performers. That of the 2020 La-La Land Records album also features the same depth of information. The 2020 product also came with the following disclaimer: "This release is MQA encoded. Listeners with an MQA decoder can enjoy this album in high resolution, up to 176.4 kHz/24-bit, from these Compact Discs."
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