Jerry Goldmsith wrote some wonderful symphonic scores (The Blue Max, The Wind and the Lion, The Omen) but he also experimented with electronic music and was never afraid to explore new ground.
This film is a tense, action-packed story of drug trafficking and betrayal on the US-Mexican border. Director Walter Hill originally wanted Ry Cooder to score the film but he was unavailable and Goldsmith came in as second choice. Hill was concerned that Goldsmith would submit a heavy orchestral score, which is what in fact happened. Following talks with Hill, however, Goldsmith went away, re-scored the music for more electronic effects and came back with a score that had pulse-beating tension for the action scenes combined with Mexican melodies for the more pensive, romantic sub-plot.
The score was originally released as a 50 minute vinyl album. This CD includes all the music on the original, plus unused cues and a short score for the trailer (also unused) bringing the total to 65 minutes.
If you are a film score fan (and particularly of Jerry Goldsmith) this CD is well worth adding to your collection.