RENT-A-COP

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 108
Date: 1987
Time: 0:51:31
Tracks: 22
World premiere release of complete score for Jerry London private detective thriller with Burt Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, James Remar. Jerry Goldsmith produced somewhat brief original 1988 album for Intrada, deleted much action music from final reels of movie, focused on romantic theme for piano & strings. (Gorgeous melody was admittedly a favorite of composer.) New release includes all previously unreleased cues plus two Christmas tunes heard early in film, recorded by Goldsmith, arranged by co-orchestrator Nancy Beach. Amongst several highlights are haunting solo trumpet line for lone cop Reynolds (a Goldsmith trademark) plus brief, exciting "Flash Bomb" sequence that brings killer Dancer (James Remar) to a vivid end! Entire CD mastered directly from digital two-track stereo masters mixed at CBS Studios in London. Jerry Goldsmith conducts. SOLD OUT!

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  • World premiere release of complete score for Jerry London private detective thriller with Burt Reynolds, Liza Minnelli, James Remar. Jerry Goldsmith produced somewhat brief original 1988 album for Intrada, deleted much action music from final reels of movie, focused on romantic theme for piano & strings. (Gorgeous melody was admittedly a favorite of composer.) New release includes all previously unreleased cues plus two Christmas tunes heard early in film, recorded by Goldsmith, arranged by co-orchestrator Nancy Beach. Amongst several highlights are haunting solo trumpet line for lone cop Reynolds (a Goldsmith trademark) plus brief, exciting "Flash Bomb" sequence that brings killer Dancer (James Remar) to a vivid end! Entire CD mastered directly from digital two-track stereo masters mixed at CBS Studios in London. Jerry Goldsmith conducts.
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    01. Rent-A-Cop (2:21)
    02. The Bust (6:02)
    03. Late Trick (1:29)
    04. Lonely Cop (1:38)
    05. The Platform (1:06)
    06. The Room (3:16)
    07. Russian Roulette (1:39)
    08. The Station (2:52)
    09. This Is The Guy (3:22)
    10. Get Dancer (1:33)
    11. They Need Me (1:47)
    12. Creep; Hello Roger (1:09)
    13. Lake Forest (2:11)
    14. My Car (0:55)
    15. Worth A Lot (2:35)

    16. Lights Out (2:17)
    17. Freeze; Flash Bomb (1:45)
    18. A Good Cop (0:50)
    19. Jump (4:36)

    Total Score Time: 44:31

    Bonus Track
    20. This Is The Guy (Original 1988 Album Assembly) (3:56)

    Two Christmas Carols Arranged by Nancy Beach
    Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith
    21. Deck The Halls (1:07)
    22. Jingle Bells (1:36)

    Total Bonus Track Time: 6:49

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    This release of Jerry Goldsmith’s music for Rent-A-Cop features the complete score, edited and mastered directly from the original two-track mixes made at CBS Studios in London. The actual digital tape used at the time, known as the F1 format, is now an obsolete technology. For the 1988 LP, Jerry selected 36 minutes of music and sequenced the cues for the best listening experience. However, with great foresight (or perhaps just because we were adoring fans), we made sure true first-generation two-track mixes of every track deleted from the album be preserved on high speed ¼” analog masters… just in case we could convince Jerry to re-visit the score one day.

    This CD presents the entire score in picture order. At the end of the main program, we have included the original album assembly of This Is the Guy (as described on page 6). This will enable anyone who so desires to program the exact sequence of Jerry’s original, tightlyproduced album. To reproduce that sequence simply program: 1 - 2 - 4 - 7 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 20 - 11 - 6 - 13 - 19.

    I can still recall the exact comment made by Jerry as we stood side by side at Contempo Recording Studios, discussing the final assembly as we worked. We reached the climactic action cue, Flash Bomb, a brief but intense finish to the thrills. I was excited about including it and said as much. Jerry looked at me, paused, and then said with a degree of finality, “I like the cue, Doug, but it’s not going on the album.” It didn’t suit the balance he wanted between pretty music and action music. So here I am, looking upwards and winking at this master of all film composers… and humbly offering that, this time, the Rent-A-Cop album is for his fans.

    —Douglass Fake