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Goldsmith - Planet of the Apes-film score [SOUNDTRACK] [Soundtrack]

Jerry Goldsmith Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Original Soundtrack
  • Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Fox Classics
  • ASIN: B000025CVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jerry Goldsmith maintains he wrote his best work for director Franklin J. Schaffner. With Planet of the Apes there was so much to be intellectually stimulated by, it's intriguing to consider what he might have put together under another director's mind-set (like the largely conventionally scored four sequels). There's no indication of music in the Ape culture; the film's heroic focal point (Charlton Heston) is a self-centred misanthrope. Goldsmith therefore chose to represent the landscape and ideas (such as slavery). Where possible he turned musical convention on its head, suggesting the upside-down culture. In some places he even about-faced his instrumentation--inverting horn funnels to give a hollow rasp. This stark, bleak, uncomfortable collection of noise, comes at you in clusters. Often the composer's music is accessible without knowledge of the film, but it's imperative you've seen this movie to appreciate the full effect of the ram's horn in "The Hunt", a centrally important cue in the film's narrative and not incidentally one of Goldsmith's most inspired creations. A nice bonus is a suite from Escape from the Planet of the Apes, which takes all of two seconds to show how the series slipped into predictability with its cheesy electric guitars. They certainly convey the 1973 setting, and the complicated percussive tempos offer some reminder of his original score. In thinking, it cannot hope to match it, unfortunately. --Paul Tonks

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Le Sacre" of Film Music! 14 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
The great score by Jerry Goldsmith is incredibly bold, full of Bartokian and Stravinskian flavour. The instrumentation is particulary original and the rhytmic drive is a schocking experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unusual but enthralling listen 1 Aug 2000
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Jerry Goldsmith's music for 'Planet Of The Apes' has perhaps not reached the classic and cult status of the film, but it should be in the collective consciousness of every film and sci-fi fan. Don't expect an easy ride, because this is uneven, disjointed but captivating stuff. The range of percussional instruments used is astonishing, the steel drums being probably the most distinctive sound throughout the album.
This is only for those who have loved the film, and nothing can bring back the memories of the finest sci-fi fable of the '60s quite like this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The great movie's soundtrack 13 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
The original 'Planet of the Apes' movie was a huge hit when released in 1968 and it was helped no end by Jerry Goldsmith's quirky and inventive soundtrack which was also nominated for an Academy Award for 'Best Score.' This version is very comprehensive as it has 18 instrumental tracks and a full running time of 67.07 mins. The 18th bonus track is a 16 minute segment from 'Escape From Planet of the Apes.'

If you liked the film, then you'll enjoy adding the soundtrack to your CD collection. This is the unique sonic companion to a unique and groundbreaking movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats 7 July 2013
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This Soundtrack is a powerful Work from Goldsmith along with his score for Alien, he was at the top of his Game when he composed this.Highly Recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go "Ape" Over This One! 18 Dec 1999
By Reginald D. Garrard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of Hollywood's most prolific and innovative composers, Jerry Goldsmith truly surpassed anything that he had previously done with the score to the 1968 film. A groundbreakingly exciting composition, the music exudes mystery, danger, and otherworldly "terror" with its piercing strings, thunderous percussion, and simulated "ape" sounds. The music is a listener's treat to the magnificence of Goldsmith at his best. It would be several years later before he bested "Planet" with the Academy Award-winning "Omen" score and "Star Trek: the Motion Picture," both which should be included in any Goldsmith fan's audio library! The "extra" is a suite from "Escape to the Planet of the Apes," a relatively bland composition due to the setting of the film in contemporary America. But, the original's score is well worth the purchase. Besides, one doesn't have to bother with the latter score. That's the advantage of programmable CD players!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Le Sacre" of Film Scores 10 Aug 2001
By Pablo Iglesias Alvarez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An absolutely brilliant and completely original score by Jerry Goldsmith. The music must have been a shock for Hollywood in the 60's and probably still is!. It is an alien , atonal score that uses creatively many percussive sounds. In some moments the music recalls Stravinsky's "Sacre du Printemps" in its primitive drive. A must for music lovers and of course for Planet of the Apes fans!.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Turning Point in Motion Picture Soundtracks 24 Feb 2005
By Jeffrey Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure other reviews will discuss instrumentation, so I'll pass on that one. I will just tell you that I this score was so impressive that I loved it EVEN when the only version I'd ever known of was the trebly Project 3 release which only featured about 25 minutes of music. Acquiring this full-length release is absolute confirmation.

Who could've ever thought that experimental "cacophony" and melody could be cross-bred to create something so appealing and instantly memorable? You'll find after listening to it once that, upon the next listening, you remember the themes.

A Goldsmith classic, and truly THE turning point in film score history!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT was one of those years. 20 Dec 2008
By Good Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The year was 1968. The five Oscar nominated films for Best Score were "The Thomas Crown Affair" by Michel Legrand, "The Fox" by Lalo Schifrin, "The Shoes of the Fisherman" by Alex North, "Planet of the Apes" by Jerry Goldsmith, and "The Lion in Winter" by John Barry. Legrand was nominated thirteen times, won a total of three Oscars, but not in 1968. Schifrin was nominated six times, but never won the Oscar. Alex North, Jerry Goldsmith great mentor and friend, was nominated fifteen times without ever winning the little gold statuette. He was finally awarded a unique special Oscar in 1985 "in recognition of his brilliant artistry in the creation of memorable music for a host of distinguished motion pictures." Jerry Goldsmith was nominated eighteen times and won just once, for "The Omen". The winner for 1968 was John Barry for "The Lion in Winter". Out of seven career nominations, he won four Oscars.

So why did I decide to bore you with all this minutia? My way of pointing out that there was a time, not so terribly long ago, that film scoring as an art form offered, year in and year out, an embarrassment of riches.

While there are still fine composers in film today, the emphasis is much different now. We won't see a year like 1968 again, and I, for one, think we are the lesser for it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an original one of the BEST 4 Jun 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
also in response to a review that this is a bad score, sorry you missed the mark.This is one of Jerry Goldsmiths Best scores.Jerry uses many different styles of music and incorperates them into a very original score.He is a pioneer in the music score industry . Listen to this again and Listen to it.This is why I love the music of Jerry Goldsmith and he is my favorite.A +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ all the way.
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