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Coma/Westworld/The Carey Treatment (1978/1973/1972)
Music by Roy Budd, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Karlin
Coma/Westworld/The Carey Treatment Coma/Westworld/The Carey Treatment Coma/Westworld/The Carey Treatment
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Price: $24.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: September 2005
Catalog #: Vol. 8, No. 16
# of Discs: 2

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

This 2CD set features three 1970s M-G-M soundtracks for films involving the work of renowned "Hollywood author" Michael Crichton, including two related to the medical field.

The Carey Treatment (1972), based on Crichton's pseudonymous novel A Case of Need, starred James Coburn as an unconventional pathologist who solves a murder mystery at his Boston hospital. The melodic score by British phenom Roy Budd recalls his "mod symphonic" caper and adventure scores such as Get Carter, Fear Is the Key and The Black Windmill. This is the premiere release of the complete soundtrack.

Westworld (1973) was a popular "high concept" film starring James Brolin and Richard Benjamin as tourists at a futuristic amusement park. The park's humanoid robots run rampant (including a gunslinger portrayed by Yul Brynner) and Benjamin is forced to flee for his life. Fred Karlin's quirky, unconventional score combined ersatz western scoring, source cues, and strikingly original electronic music (with acoustic flavorings) by the versatile composer and performer. The Westworld soundtrack was earlier released on LP and CD, and this album features an expanded presentation with several corrected mixes.

Finally, Coma (1978) was a medical thriller starring Genevieve Bujold as a doctor who uncovers a terrible conspiracy at her hospital. Jerry Goldsmith's long-admired score came amidst what many consider to be the peak of his action and suspense writing: the late 1970s (e.g. Capricorn One, The Cassandra Crossing and others). The coiled, imaginative cues (spotted exclusively in the second half of the picture) feature strings, pianos and percussion (no brass) for a terrifying musical analog to the queasiness of the medical profession. Coma was earlier released on LP and CD, and this album features the complete, expanded soundtrack.

FSM's jam-packed 2CD set includes bonus tracks and outtakes for all three films, and a colorful 28-page booklet with liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall. All three scores are in newly remixed stereo. 

Roy Budd Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Roy Budd (1947-1993) was a child prodigy—a breathtaking jazz pianist—who burst onto the film scoring scene while still in his early twenties, writing a string of bluesy and utterly catchy scores to crime thrillers like Get Carter, Fear Is the Key, The Stone Killer and The Black Windmill. Away from urban jazz, he wrote memorable scores to Soldier Blue (a western), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (fantasy) and The Wild Geese (WWII). He more or less abandoned film scoring as the 1980s progressed—though he did write a complete score to the 1925 silent The Phantom of the Opera—and tragically died young (aged 46) of a cerebral hemorrhage. IMDB

Jerry Goldsmith Scores on FSM
About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

Fred Karlin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Fred Karlin (1936-2004) was a composer, trumpeter, songwriter and author whose memorable film and TV projects include Up the Down Staircase, Westworld, Futureworld and The Man From Atlantis. The bulk of his work was in television (TV movies and miniseries) but he was also known to film music aficionados for his three books on the subject, including the seminal On the Track with Rayburn Wright. IMDB

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Coma
Westworld

Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, Fred Karlin

Violin:
Leonard Atkins, Arnold Belnick, P. M. Bradley, Debbie Sue Grossman, Ezra Kliger, Jacob Krachmalnick, Bernard Kundell, David Montagu, Alexander Murray, Irma W. Neumann, David L. Newman, Stanley Plummer, Nathan Ross, Haim Shtrum, Marshall Sosson, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Tibor Zelig

Viola:
Myer Bello, Pamela Goldsmith, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Robert Ostrowsky, Sven Reher, David Schwartz, Barbara A. Simons (Transue)

Cello:
Selene Depuy-Hurford, Armand Kaproff, Dennis Karmazyn, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Harry L. Shlutz, Eleanor Slatkin, David H. Speltz, Gloria Strassner

Bass:
Charles C. Berghofer, Arni Egilsson, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Milton E. "Mickey" Nadel

Woodwinds:
Roy A. D'Antonio, Dominick Fera, Gary G. Gray, James M. Kanter, Dominic Mumolo, Hugo Raimondi

Piano:
Artie Kane

Keyboards:
John D. Berkman, Ralph E. Grierson, Artie Kane, Pearl Kaufman (Goldman)

Guitar:
Richard Bennett, Lee M. Ritenour, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Fender (electric) Bass:
Charles C. Berghofer

Banjo:
J. H. Kurtz

Harp:
Dorothy S. Remsen

Harmonica:
Tommy Morgan

Drums:
John P. Guerin

Percussion:
Edward J. Brown, Jr., Gene Paul Estes, Tommy Vig, Kenneth E. Watson

Unknown:
Neal Brostoff, W. C. Campbell, K. W. Dye, Daniel Ferguson

Orchestrator:
Arthur Morton, Donald G. Peake

Orchestra Manager:
Lloyd Basham, Harry W. Lojewski

Supervising Copyist:
Harry W. Lojewski

Copyist:
Willard W. Jones, Ray Mace, Aime Vereecke, Ricardo Vettraino

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