Special Collection Volume ISC 220
World premiere of complete Jerry Goldsmith score!
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Doug's Tech Talk
Wow! World premiere of complete Jerry Goldsmith score for Frank Marshall film from Micheal Chrichton thriller with Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh. Original album produced by Goldsmith only featured about 23 minutes of score plus ten minutes of admittedly dynamic African choral material. But that left out virtually half of magnificent score. Goldsmith's approach to thriller offers some of his most riveting action music of the nineties. Intrada presentation includes everything composer recorded, including two versions of rich "Deep Jungle," in which version recorded specifically for album deleted tense snake sequence. Standing out in new tracks are thrilling action cues: powerful Rambo style "Meet Monroe Kelly" airport escape cue, intense "Help Me" where Tim Curry meets his violent end. Other new cues include two versions of mysterious "The Ghost Tribe," "Meet Amy" sequence with alternating thrills, tenderness. Alternates plus "Villagers Chant" written by James Newton Howard & Lebo M complete 62-minute program. Entire score mastered from original digital two-track session masters, vaulted at Paramount, stunningly recorded, mixed by Bruce Botnick. Packaging features both original Epic Soundtrax label album cover plus exciting "flipper" cover. Jerry Goldsmith conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
Tech Talk From The CD Producer…
Jerry Goldsmith provided some of his most ferocious action music of the ‘90s with Congo. He surrounded it with a magnificent theme for French horns ("The Expedition"); a beautiful line for Amy, the gentle gorilla; and a stirring work for orchestra and chorus with Lebo M ("Spirit Of Africa") that frames the score. Peppered throughout are exciting and explosive sequences that give the score a striking edge. Goldsmith was gifted at scoring action and he turns up the juice with his electrifying action cues for Congo.
Ironically, when it came time to select highlights for the Epic Soundtrax CD that coincided with the picture’s release in 1995, Goldsmith left off much of this exciting action music. In fact, he selected approximately 25 minutes of the score, framing the 33-minute album with "Spirit Of Africa," just as he did the film. Absent were the propulsive "Meet Monroe Kelly," the brief but intense "The Eye," the riveting "Amy Has Bad Dreams" and, perhaps the most aggressive cue, "Help Me." (Goldsmith could be critical of his work, even dismissive. Shortly after the original CD was released in 1995 he phoned Intrada’s store to ask how well the album was selling with his fans, something he often did in those days. I told him that it was doing well, then asked why certain action cues had been left off of the album, especially the airport escape sequence ["Meet Monroe Kelly"], to which he simply said, "Just play Rambo" and changed topics.)
Goldsmith planned for an album from the beginning of the composition process. He wrote two versions of the "Deep Jungle" cue, with one—an alternate that deletes the brief but intense action motif accompanying a snake on screen—called out at the sessions as the album take. We offer the film version (or "picture" as it’s called in the slate titles) in the album portion of this CD and the alternate version of the cue as track 27 among the extras.
The use of music in Congo was altered during postproduction more extensively than usual. Several scenes recycle music used in other scenes ("Hippo Attack" and "Bail Out" were popular choices) and other cues (e.g. "No Customs") were truncated. Still other cues were significantly re-scored during the sessions. "The Other Side" (track 16) is one such example, with Goldsmith revising the cue for the film by rewriting the melody for Amy and removing the harp. Both versions are on our CD. Even the very brief sequence "Something I Lost" required two
versions. Again, both are included.
One extra, "The Collapsed City" (track 30) is of particular interest: while the original cue was written and recorded for the climax of the film, the filmmakers recycled earlier action music instead. The unused music, scored for the explosive climax, was performed by a large percussion section. Since this music was designed to play solely as rhythm under the volcano eruption, and is not dramatic scoring per se, we sequenced it as one of the extras. The final extra features "The Villagers Chant" written for reel 7 by James Newton Howard and Lebo M.
Happily, Paramount Pictures vaulted all the recording sessions on digital tape, preserving Bruce Botnick’s extraordinarily crisp and vibrant digital two-track stereo mixes. Having these unedited sessions complete, from the first take to the last, allows us to include every one of the re-scored or deleted sequences. We are, in fact, presenting every note of music Goldsmith recorded. One audio note: "The Villagers Chant" was mastered from the sessions held by Howard and Lebo M, but was never intended to be heard all the way through in the film. While the piece fortunately does come to a dramatic finish, the audio quality of the chant is considerably pinched in comparison with the orchestral sessions and the "Spirit Of Africa" recordings.
Enter now, deep into the Congo, to explore, to find a particular diamond, to release Amy back into the wild … and to remember with fondness the most exciting composer to ever score an action picture.
Recorded on May 5-9, 1995 at PARAMOUNT PICTURES SCORING STAGE M, Hollywood, California
This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada
Mario De Leon
Ralph Morrison III
David A. Duke
J. Tommy Johnson
Jo Ann Turovsky
Robert Bornstein (Supervising)