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Jerry GoldsmithGremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Label:Retrograde Records – FSM-80130-2
Format:
2 x CD, Album, Reissue
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Classical, Stage & Screen
Style:Soundtrack, Score, Contemporary

Tracklist

1-1Max Steiner / Jerry GoldsmithFanfare In C / The Shop / The Little One
Composed By [Fanfare In C]Max Steiner
4:30
1-2Jerry GoldsmithLate For Work1:46
1-3Jerry GoldsmithMrs. Deagle / That Dog2:22
1-4Jerry GoldsmithThe Gift1:45
1-5Jerry GoldsmithFirst Aid2:17
1-6Jerry GoldsmithSpilt Water3:02
1-7Jerry GoldsmithA New One1:10
1-8Jerry GoldsmithThe Lab / Old Times2:35
1-9Jerry GoldsmithThe Injection2:56
1-10Jerry GoldsmithSnack Time / The Wrong Time1:49
1-11Jerry GoldsmithThe Box1:24
1-12Jerry GoldsmithFirst Aid1:39
1-13Jerry GoldsmithDisconnected / Hurry Home1:03
1-14Jerry GoldsmithKitchen Fight4:06
1-15Jerry GoldsmithDirty Linen0:43
1-16Jerry GoldsmithThe Pool1:07
1-17Jerry GoldsmithThe Plow / Special Delivery1:16
1-18Jerry GoldsmithHigh Flyer2:22
1-19Jerry GoldsmithToo Many Gremlins2:06
1-20Jerry GoldsmithNo Santa Claus3:27
1-21Jerry GoldsmithAfter Theatre1:39
1-22Jerry GoldsmithTheatre Escape / Stripe Is Loose / Toy Dept. / No Gizmo4:36
1-23Jerry GoldsmithThe Fountain / Stripe's Death5:42
1-24Jerry GoldsmithGoodbye, Billy2:56
1-25Jerry GoldsmithEnd Title / The Gremlin Rag4:10
Bonus Tracks
1-26Jerry GoldsmithBlues2:17
1-27Jerry GoldsmithMrs. Deagle (Film Version)1:27
1-28Jerry GoldsmithGod Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Arranged ByAlexander Courage
Written-ByTraditional
1:12
1-29Jerry GoldsmithAfter Theatre (With "Silent Night")1:36
1-30Jerry GoldsmithAfter Theatre (Without "Silent Night")1:36
1-31Milt FranklynRabbit Rampage0:47
1-32Jerry GoldsmithThe Gremlin Rag (Full Version)3:35
1-33Jerry GoldsmithGizmo's New Song0:35
1-34Jerry GoldsmithGizmo's Trumpet0:30
2-1Michael SembelloGremlins...Mega Madness
Words By, Music ByDon Freeman
Words By, Music By, ProducerMark Hudson, Michael Sembello
3:52
2-2QuarterflashMake It Shine
ProducerJohn Boylan
Written-ByMarv Ross
4:11
2-3Peter GabrielOut Out
Co-producerNile Rodgers
Written By, Co-producerPeter Gabriel
7:02
2-4Jerry GoldsmithThe Gift4:58
2-5Jerry GoldsmithGizmo4:14
2-6Jerry GoldsmithMrs. Deagle2:54
2-7Jerry GoldsmithThe Gremlin Rag4:13
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Notes

Recorded March 27, 28, 29, 30 and April 2nd 1984.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 38558 01302 1
  • Rights Society: BMI/ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): DIDX-778271 1 A01
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI L327
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 50A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): DIDX-778272 1 A01
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI L329
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 50F3

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Score) (CD, Unofficial Release)Mogwai MusicMCD-987201998
New Submission
Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (CD, Album, Reissue)WaterTower MusicWTM39735US2015
Recently Edited
Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (LP, Brown and White Swirl, LP, Green Swirl , All Media, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, 180g)Mondo (3)MOND-083US2016
New Submission
Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2×LP, Reissue, Remastered)Mondo (3)MOND-083US2016

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Reviews

  • curiositykilledshawn's avatar
    One could argue that the stark minimalism of Alien, the horns of Patton or Planet Of The Apes are more iconic but I say that Gremlins is easily Goldsmith's most identifiable score. Spielberg has Williams. Zemeckis has Silvestri. Dante's man was Goldsmith and this was the first score in an unbreakable partnership that would last until Goldsmith's death in 2004.

    Gremlins isn't a perfect score, at least not in comparison to the superior sequel. The film is a classic but the score falls just short of a 5/5 as it is a little too synthy and thus sounds dated in some parts as a result. It works well in the movie for the most part but I feel that just a slightly stronger orchestral backing would have made all the difference. If the meowing cat sounds were removed in favor of tense strings then we'd certainly have a perfect score, and maybe Mrs. Deagle's theme too. In contrast to Spielberg's and Zemeckis' high-key style Dante and cinematographer John Hora shot the movie in a dark, grubby style which really works in its favor. Goldsmith's cold, haunting synth is completely appropriate in this regard, so don't think I am totally dissing his work here.

    With over 70 minutes of score this complete album from 2011, 27 years after the movie's release, is what fans have been wanting for decades though casual movie fans will already be familiar with the lovely Gizmo theme, and, most famously, the Gremlins Rag - a demented circus fanfare of anarchy and mayhem, the sound of delightful destruction and cheerful chaos. It's an absolute blast and one of my favorite things ever. I've been humming that tune since I was a little kid and it was one of the first melodies I learned how to play on a piano.

    As an Xmas score it's okay. There are quotations from Silent Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen but the true nature of the sound is not Yuletide but dark, nasty comedy and in that regard it delivers all it needs to and more. I can't exaggerate just how good the Gremlin Rag is. If you've ever seen an orchestra performing it live you'll notice that everyone is doing so with a huge smile on their faces.

    Any Goldsmith or Gremlins fan will probably already own this, if not it is indeed a necessary purchase. A vinyl edition is available for you lucky people with the money for such luxuries.

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