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Poltergeist (1982)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Poltergeist Poltergeist
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Price: $24.95
Limited #: 10000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: December 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 18
# of Discs: 2

Jerry Goldsmith was at the peak of his phenomenal powers when he scored Poltergeist, Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film about paranormal activity. With this 2CD set, FSM presents the definitive edition of one of Goldsmith’s finest and most popular works—including the complete film score on Disc 1 and the original LP soundtrack album (along with a few previously unreleased bonus cues and alternates) on Disc 2.  

Poltergeist was produced by Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Set in a fictional Southern California development, it tells the harrowing tale of a typical suburban family whose home is invaded by demonic spirits. It blends elements from previous Spielberg films in a new mix that is part sci-fi, part horror, and part contemporary thriller—all genres in which Jerry Goldsmith excelled.
Goldsmith’s score flows effortlessly between hard-core, dissonant modernism and some of the most lyrical, humanistic music he ever wrote. It is both a marvel of musical construction and a visceral listening experience. Composed over an uncharacteristically long period of fifteen weeks, the music for Poltergeist evokes both child-like simplicity and sheer terror. The complete presentation of the score on Disc 1 includes several passages that were not used in the film.
Mike Matessino restored Goldsmith’s Poltergeist score from the three-track stereo film mixes for this release; Bruce Botnick, the film's original recording supervisor, did the digital mastering. The deluxe 28-page booklet features an informative and perceptive essay on the film and score—incorporating remarks by the composer—and a complete cue-by-cue analysis by Matessino.
As a bonus, disc 2 also includes the re-recorded suite of cues (including one previously unreleased) from Goldsmith’s The Prize (1963). Originally recorded for MGM LP, four of these tracks were included on FSM’s CD of the complete score (FSMCD Vol. 5, No. 16), but all five have now been remixed for superior sound quality from newly-discovered ½” three-track masters.
The CD booklet also includes a personal reminiscence from Bruce Botnick about the 1982 Poltergeist recording sessions, as well as the original LP notes by Steven Spielberg. In the legendary producer’s words, “Jerry’s music conjures many classical impressions of ferocious drive and at the same time, cathedral beauty. So…let the imagination wander. Pleasant dreams.”


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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POLTERGIEST by Jerry Goldsmith with Bonus Music from THE PRIZE!

Film Score Monthly proudly presents this 2CD newly re-mixed from three-track stereo masters!

Looks awesome! W00t!

OH MY GOSH, I'm ordering this for sure!

Not a limited edition (I hope)?

Not a limited edition (I hope)?[/endquote]

10000 copies.

Brilliant! I've placed my order. Couldn't be more excited!! :D

"Carol Anne’s Theme (orchestra only)" I think... I'm going to faint.

Not a limited edition (I hope)?[/endquote]

Limited of 10000...

Brilliant! I've placed my order. Couldn't be more excited!! :D

"Carol Anne’s Theme (orchestra only)" I think... I'm going to faint.[/endquote]

I hear ya, I was hoping that they were going to put this track on it, I've been wanting just the orchestra version as well for a LONG time.

Wow! Complete film score in stereo AND remastered LP presentation on CD!? This is fantastic. Would be awesome even with just this and we get bonus goldsmith score!!
Will wait to order until I see what Intrada comes out with in the next batch though.

Wow. Just been listening to Wild Percussion and it sounds exactly like the opening of Williams' E.T.

I know Spielberg is said to have directed both films and definitely worked on both, so did he use what was in fact recorded for the Poltergeist score on E.T.? Or did Spielberg like what Goldsmith had done so much that he had Williams replicate it? Either way, I think it adds a further level of mystery to the Poltergeist/E.T. proceedings.

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

Rochelle S. Abramson, Jeanne E. Aiken, Haig Balian, Mark Baranov, Fred Broders, Tamara Chernyak-Popp, Howard Colf, Janet DeLancey, Harold Dicterow, Barbara Durant, Irving Geller, Guido M. Lamell, Michael Lefkowitz, Richard Leshin, Michael J. Nutt, William G. Rankin, Charlotte Sax, Barry Socher, Lawrence D. Sonderling, Roy Kiyoshi Tanabe, Alexander Treger, Lori J. Ulanova (Stern), T. K. Wang, Sidney A. Weiss, Robert Witte

Richard T. Assayas, Richard Elegino, Jerry R. Epstein, Sidney Fagott, Jack M. Gootkin, Dale A. Hikawa, Jan Hlinka, Charles D. Lorton, Irving Manning, Michael Nowak, Arthur A. Royval, Murray Schwartz, David Stockhammer

Stephen H. Custer, Edwin Geber, Ronald A. Leonard, Phyllis Green Ross, Nino Rosso, Daniel Rothmuller, Mary Louise Zeyen

Bruce Bransby, Jack R. Cousin, Barry M. Lieberman, Dennis M. Trembly

Roland F. Moritz, James R. Walker

David E. Weiss, Barbara Jo Winters

Merritt Buxbaum, Lorin E. Levee, Michele Zukovsky (Bloch)

David Breidenthal, Alan R. Goodman

French Horn:
John P. Cerminaro, William E. Lane, Brian D. A. O'Connor, George F. Price, Ralph S. Pyle, Calvin L. Smith

Irving R. Bush, Rob Roy McGregor, Thomas M. Stevens

A. Byron Peebles, Jeffrey C. Reynolds, Ralph C. Sauer

Bass Trombone:
Donald G. Waldrop

John T. "Tommy" Johnson, Norman W. Pearson, James M. Self

Zita Carno

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Dorothy S. Remsen

Larry Bunker, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Kenneth E. Watson, Jerry D. Williams

Arthur Morton, Herbert W. Spencer, Fred Steiner

Orchestra Manager:
Harry W. Lojewski

Charles F. Adams, Thomas Brown, Wayne Coster, Wendy Hall, Robert G. Hartley, Ray Mace, Robert L. Manrique, Donald J. Midgley, Zan Overall, Dave B. Roberts, Ernest Rosecrans, Paul Sprosty

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