CONGO (COMPLETE)

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 220
Date: 1995
Time: 1:02:49
Tracks: 31
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!

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  • 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!
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    The Album
    01. Spirit Of Africa/The Expedition* (2:42)
    02. Zinj (1:17)
    03. The Eye (0:24)
    04. Meet Amy (2:43)
    05. Something I Lost (Alternate) (0:29)
    06. Meet Monroe Kelly (1:39)
    07. Road Block (0:39)
    08. Crossing The Border (1:29)
    09. Bail Out* (2:58)
    10. No Customs* (1:49)
    11. Deep Jungle - Picture (1:59)
    12. The Ghost Tribe - Revised (2:04)
    13. The Rapids (0:39)
    14. The Symbol (0:47)
    15. Hippo Attack* (2:26)
    16. The Other Side - Revised (1:17)
    17. Crash Site* (1:59)
    18. Sad Amy (0:37)
    19. Gates Of Zinj* (4:03)

    20. Help Me (2:18)
    21. We Are Watching (1:49)
    22. The Mine (0:53)
    23. Amy's Nightmare* (2:11)
    24. Kahega* (2:18)
    25. Amy's Farewell/Spirit Of Africa/End Credits* (10:29)
    Total Album Time: 52:45

    The Extras
    26. Something I Lost (0:20)
    27. Deep Jungle - Album* (2:33)
    28. The Ghost Tribe (1:21)
    29. The Other Side (1:20)
    30. The Collapsed City (2:21)
    31. The Villagers Chant (James Newton Howard/Lebo M) (1:50)
    Total Extras Time: 9:58
    * Original Album Track

  • 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.

    —Douglass Fake
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    Congo
    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

    CONDUCTOR
    Jerry Goldsmith

    CONTRACTOR
    Sandy DeCrescent

    VIOLIN
    Paul Shure
    Richard Altenbach
    Rebecca Barr
    Margaret Batjer
    Jennifer Bellusci
    Arnold Belnick
    Robert Brosseau
    Nicole Bush
    Darius Campo
    Ron Clark
    Mario De Leon
    Bonnie Douglas
    Bruce Dukov
    David Ewart
    Michael Ferril
    Fonald Folsom
    Armen Garabedian
    Berj Garabedian
    Julie Gigante
    Lawrence Greenfield
    Alan Grunfeld
    Roger Haines
    Clayton Haslop
    Tamara Hatwan
    Lisa Johnson
    Patricia Johnson
    Karen Jones
    Miran Kojian
    Connie Kupka
    Dimitrie Leivici
    Isabella Lippi
    Rene Mandel
    Liane Mautner
    Peter McHugh
    Greg Moore
    Ralph Morrison III
    Robin Olson
    Claudia Parducci
    Katia Popov
    Rafael Rishik
    Rachel Robinson
    Jay Rosen
    Anatoly Rosinsky
    Sheldon Sanov
    Haim Shtrum
    Eve Sprecher
    Polly Sweeney
    Miwako Watanabe
    North Wood
    Jennifer Woodward
    Kenneth Yerke
    Galina Zherdev

    VIOLA
    Pamela Goldsmith
    Denyse Buffum
    Marlow Fisher
    Rick Gerding
    Keith Greene
    Jennie Hansen
    Scott Haupert
    Carrie Holzman-Little
    Roland Kato
    Carol Kleister-Castillo
    Laura Kuennen-Poper
    Janet Lakatos
    Margot MacLaine


    VIOLA (continued...)
    Donald McInnes
    Victoria Miskolczy
    Dan Neufeld
    Maria Newman
    Michael Nowak
    John Scanlon
    Linn Subotnick
    Mihail Zinovyev

    CELLO
    Douglas Davis
    Armand Kaproff
    Vage Ayrikyan
    Antony Cooke
    Christine Ermacoff
    Marie Fera
    Rowena Hammill
    Todd Hemmenway
    Paula Hochhalter
    Barbara Hunter
    Dennis Karmazyn
    Armen Ksajikian
    Timothy Landauer
    Roger Lebow
    Dane Little
    David Low
    David Speltz
    Sebastian Toettcher
    John Walz

    BASS
    Arni Egilsson
    Nico Abondolo
    Timothy Barr
    Drew Dembowski
    Charles Domanico
    Timothy Eckert
    Steve Edelman
    Richard Feves
    Bruce Morgenthaler
    Charles Nennecker
    Sue Ranney
    Ian Walker
    Paul Zibits

    FLUTE
    Louise DiTullio
    Sheridon Stokes
    Stephen Kujala
    Geraldine Rotella
    David Shostac

    OBOE
    John Ellis
    Phillip Ayling
    Earle Dumler
    Barbara Northcutt

    CLARINET
    Emily Bernstein
    Dominick Fera
    James Walker
    James Kanter
    Ralph Williams
    Michelle Zukovsky

    BASSOON
    Patricia Kindel-Heimerl
    Kenneth Munday
    Michael O'Donovan
    Charles Coker
    Allen Savedoff
    John Steinmetz


    FRENCH HORN
    Brian O'Connor
    James Thatcher
    Steven Becknell
    Carol Drake
    David A. Duke
    Ronn Kaufman
    Bill Lane
    Todd Miller
    John Reynolds
    Kurt Snyder
    Richard Todd

    TRUMPET
    Malcolm McNab
    Warren Luening
    Rick Baptist
    George Dillon
    Boyde Hood
    David Washburn

    TROMBONE
    Richard Nash
    Phillip Teele
    George Thatcher
    Lloyd Ulyate

    TUBA
    J. Tommy Johnson
    James Self

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Larry Bunker
    Emil Radocchia
    Gary Coleman
    Alan Estes
    Michael Fisher
    Joe Porcaro
    Steven Schaeffer

    HARP
    Jo Ann Turovsky

    KEYBOARDS
    Ralph Grierson
    Randy Kerber
    Michael Lang
    Richard Ruttenberg

    BOOTH
    Evan Vidar
    Alexander Courage

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Alexander Courage
    Arthur Morton

    COPYIST/PROOFREADER
    Robert Bornstein (Supervising)
    Robert Joles
    Jeffrey Jones
    Margaret Maryatt
    David Izzard
    Kendall Schmidt
    Steven Juliani
    Jon Marquart
    Victor Sagerquist
    Laurie Robinson
    Kirby Furlong

    LIBRARIAN
    Emmet Estren
    Victor Sagerquist