Varese Sarabande (VSD 5963)
Release Date: July 28, 1998
Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith
|2.||Alan And Archer||2:58|
|4.||Prepare For Assault||3:46|
|9.||Off To Gorgon||4:41|
|Total Album Time:||30:40|
|by Dan Goldwasser
September 19, 1998
From their first collaboration on TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE, through GREMLINS, EXPLORERS, "Amazing Stories", INNERSPACE, THE 'BURBS, GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH, and MATINEE, there has always been a chemistry between the music and the images on the screen which just worked so well, you couldn't help but enjoy the experience any more. MATINEE was released in 1993, and five years would pass before we would see the next Joe Dante / Jerry Goldsmith film. That film was SMALL SOLDIERS.
SMALL SOLDIERS came out only a month and a half after Goldsmith's excellent score to Disney's MULAN was released - and there are some stylistic similarities. But Goldsmith returned to "Dante Mode", and provided us with some quirky, exciting, energetic and bold music for SMALL SOLDIERS. The Varese Sarabande CD release contains 31 minutes of music - while not as much as people might like, it's certainly enough to get an overall feel for the score.
Goldsmith established a great musical rhythm which is present in his past few movies - and even more prevalent in this film. The theme seems to be a mutation from THE 'BURBS (at least, it reminded me of it), and when you put it all together - with a little "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" thrown in, you get a score which at times was almost more exciting that the visuals on the screen.
To me, Goldsmith is a unique composer - every movie he scores he writes a theme for. The theme he writes is so good and powerful that you tend to remember it after leaving the theater. In a time where a lot of film scores contain all underscore and action cues, it is refreshing to have a score come along which is thematically based. If you can hum it when you leave the theater, it's a good sign.
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