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Islands in the Stream (1976)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Islands in the Stream Islands in the Stream
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 5000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: January 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 12, No. 20
# of Discs: 1

The work of Ernest Hemingway has inspired many great films and scores: Victor Young’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Dimitri Tiomkin’s The Old Man and the Sea and Bernard Herrmann’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro—to name just a few. Now comes a more recent work by a titan of the Silver Age, Jerry Goldsmith, and it is one of the finest scores in his entire career: Islands in the Stream (1976).

Islands in the Stream starred George C. Scott as a Hemingway-like character living on a Caribbean island, and remains one of the most moving portraits of the Hemingway mystique put on screen. The semi-autobiographical novel (published posthumously in 1970) was directed for Paramount Pictures by Franklin Schaffner, perhaps Goldsmith’s most fruitful cinematic collaborator (Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon). The composer was enormously fond of the project and spoke of it often as the favorite score of all his work.

The score is based on a sublime main theme subjected to countless variations throughout the film, making it seem as universal and all-embracing as the sea itself. Secondary material runs the gamut from bits of Caribbean color to two powerful action sequences, but the musical highlight may be the 12-minute-long sequence, “The Marlin,” in which Goldsmith creates a virtual tone poem that gets to the heart of George C. Scott’s Hemingway-like main character and his moving relationship with his three sons.

Unreleased at the time of the film, the score was re-recorded by Goldsmith for Intrada Records in 1986 (during the scoring sessions in Hungary for Schaffner’s Lionheart); all previous CDs feature the 1986 re-recording. FSM’s CD premieres the original soundtrack as recorded for the film itself in 1976 on the Paramount Pictures scoring stage with a 64-piece orchestra. (The “boat chase” music not included on the Intrada recording makes its debut here.)

Bruce Kimmel of Kritzerland Records supplied his personal ¼' stereo tape copy for this CD of the original music masters (which are now apparently lost), made when he was hoping to release an album on the Varèse Sarabande label in the late 1970s. (Go here for a note from Bruce.) The recording has been lovingly mastered by Bruce Botnick, Goldsmith’s longtime engineer after they worked together on 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The booklet includes a brief note from Botnick, plus the usual in-depth FSM background essay and detailed track commentary by Jeff Bond and Alexander Kaplan. Islands in the Stream is Jerry Goldsmith at the very height of his powers—a classic of film scoring that, once heard, cannot be forgotten.

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

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Jerry Goldsmith’s classic score for Ernest Hemingway’s ISLANDS IN THE STREAM

Film Score Monthly presents this new never before on CD complete score release in full STEREO!

Enjoy!!! :)

OH SHIT! :eek:

And this came from Bruce Kimmel's personal archives?! To think that it would have been lost otherwise... WOW.

Incredible! Thank you Lukas! It'll be great to hear the original recording including the boat chase.

Very happy that Mr. Kimmel's tape weathered the years so well.

A fine release. This is my kind of Goldsmith.

Great, FSM! Will order asap. :) THANKS!!!

Wonderful news!

Loving the Bob Peak art for the cover:


Many thanks to Lukas, Bruce Botnick, all at FSM, SAE and Paramount, and to Bruce Kimmel for saving the tapes! This is wonderful...

N.p. Neu! (Neu!)

Nice! I would still prefer PLAYERS instead, but this is a great score too and it's cool to be able to finally add Jerry's own personal favorite in its original version!

Huge thanks to all involved ;-)

i finally picked this up like 2 months ago so a little disappointing i guess that i grabbed it too early. but it was after all a rerecording so i suppose it could be worse. nothing wrong with having two completely different takes.

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith

Harold Ayres, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Harry Bluestone, Josef Brooks (Schoenbrun), Glenn Dicterow, Harold Dicterow, James Getzoff, Debbie Sue Grossman, Jacob Krachmalnick, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Stanley Plummer, Mary Ann Ringgold, Nathan Ross, Ralph Schaeffer, Sidney Sharp, Daniel Shindaryov, Haim Shtrum, Marshall Sosson, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Tze-Koong Wong

Alan B. DeVeritch, Allan Harshman, Myra Kestenbaum, Louis Kievman, Irving Manning, Robert Ostrowsky, Sven Reher, David Schwartz, David Stockhammer

Marie Fera, Armand Kaproff, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Daniel Rothmuller, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin, Frances Steiner, Gloria Strassner, Mary Louise Zeyen

Arni Egilsson, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Milton E. "Mickey" Nadel

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Sheridon W. Stokes

William Criss, John F. Ellis

Dominick Fera, John Neufeld

Don Christlieb, Norman H. Herzberg

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Robert E. Henderson, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi

Robert Divall, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Uan Rasey

Richard "Dick" Nash, Phillip A. Teele, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Artie Kane

Dennis Budimir

Dorothy S. Remsen, Anne Stockton (Mason)

Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro

Arthur Morton

Phillip Kahgan

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