How Goldsmith managed to write two extremely great scores in one year has always boggled my imagination. "The Blue Max' was incredible for its cinematography, its aerial work and its original music score.
When I finally acquired the Mainstream LP, I was in heaven. This and "The Sand Pebbles" were just two roadshows that year out of several, but they definitely had the best music I had heard in any of them.
Most of you are more than familiar with both scores, I imagine. Still, there must be some out there still waiting to discover them.
This is the "Retreat" cues from the Nic Raine-conducted recording of the complete score with the City of Prague orchestra.
Watching the "The Attack" performance, I am struck by how very odd it seems to have a "military" drummer drumming according to sheet music. Of course, yes. But you generally think of a pianist playing to notes on paper, violinists, etc. etc. . Just seems odd to actually look at it.
Another score I've tried to get into multiple times, but that just didn't do it. Always felt noisy and overblown. But I have it in my iTunes collection, and aim to try again. And again. I once wrote a fairly long post about this, but there are so many BLUE MAX threads, I can't remember which one.