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Jerry Goldsmith: Total Recall [Expanded Edition]

Album Notes


TOTAL RECALL: THE DELUXE EDITION contains 30 additional minutes that had been left out of the original album version.

Original score composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

Producer: Jerry Goldsmith.

Reissue producer: Robert Townson.

Includes liner notes by Robert Townson.

Digitally remastered by Bruce Botnick.

Jerry Goldsmith is no stranger to science fiction, having composed the soundtracks for a number of STAR TREK films, the third PLANET OF THE APES flick, and ALIEN, among others. Here, he clashes with maverick director Paul Verhoeven's take on Philip K. Dick's classic short story, reinterpreted for the screen as a big-budget sci-fi vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenneger. Goldsmith perfectly captures every nuance of the experience as Quaid bounds from one calamitous chase to another, planet-hopping his way through various forms of malice and mayhem.

Goldsmith's main title track is an apprehensive tour de force of tick-tock strings, electronic effects, and stuttering horns swept up in the grandeur of Verhoeven's faux Martian skies and Quaid's fevered dreams. When he's on, as he is here, Goldsmith understands the nature of motion and the drama inherent in tension and release. During the climactic symphonic rush of "The Chase," the listener invents his own film to accompany the broad streaks of trumpet and brass whizzing below the composer's sprinting bursts of percussion. To paraphrase Quaid, Goldsmith's score is the best mindmelt yet.


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