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L.A. Confidential: Original Soundtrack [IMPORT] [SOUNDTRACK] Soundtrack, Import

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  • Orchestra: Original Soundtrack
  • Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000152Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bloody Christmas
  2. The Cafe
  3. Questions
  4. Susan Lefferts
  5. Out Of The Rain
  6. Rollo Tomasi
  7. The Photos
  8. The Keys
  9. Shootout
  10. Good Lad
  11. The Victor

Product Description


Though it won more critical praise than any film in 1997, L.A. Confidential, director Curtis Hanson's smart adaptation of James Ellroy's gritty crime novel, was ultimately iced at the Oscars by Titanic, that overwrought cross between Love Story and The Poseidon Adventure. Scored by Jerry Goldsmith in a style reminiscent of his great work on Chinatown, L.A. Confidential includes just two cuts by the composer on its soundtrack. The film's--and soundtrack's--canny use of period jazz and pop standards is hard to fault, though; Johnny Mercer's lively "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" is particularly sublime, and also featured are songs by Dean Martin, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Betty Hutton, Kay Starr, and others. --Jerry McCulley

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superb film score , buy this with soundtrack and you have two awesome sound experiences, just to emphasise , this is the "score" , not the soundtrack with individual songs.
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The cd is ok, but due to a mistake on my part, I ordered the wrong cd. I was really after the music track that contained the songs that were played throughout the film.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x932e18a0) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x932f5300) out of 5 stars Goldsmith back to his brilliant best 23 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After writing some mediocre scores for mediocre films such as Chain Reaction & Executive Decision, Goldsmith has recently got back to his absolute best with brilliant scores for films such as Air Force One, The Ghost & the Darkness, & The Edge. His work here, however, is arguably the pick of the crop. Goldsmith could hardly fail to be inspired by Curtis Hanson's masterful adaption of James Ellroy's novel, & he provides a dramatic, powerhouse score. This score is typically Goldsmithian, with harsh, attacking string rhythms, and some stormingly vicious percussive writing - most notably where the two are combined in the opening track 'Bloody Christmas'. He also makes extremely good use of percussive piano rhythms, particularly at the low end of the scale, which is very typical of this composer. The melodic base of the score is a quite wonderful theme, usually entrusted to the solo trumpet - which links the score not only to the masterful Chinatown, but also to some songs featuring the playing of Chet Baker & others. Indeed, the film features possibly the most assured use of music (including those songs) that I have ever seen - easily matching the brilliance of Scorsese. This pure score CD is a wonderful listen, unfailingly thrilling & dramatic. That Titanic won the oscar over this gem is undoubtedly a tragedy, but not surprising, given it's huge commercial success. Most of all, however, this CD makes you want to watch the film again. Which could never be bad.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x974b24d4) out of 5 stars Almost perfect 10 Mar. 2006
By Spidey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music is perfect, the only problem is really that the songs are too short. When you listen to it your left wanting to hear more, thats how good it is the music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9374a094) out of 5 stars One of Goldsmith's best scores in years 8 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
During the 1990's Jerry Goldsmith's music has gone from interesting and experimental to downright ordinary (exceptions:Rudy,First Night). LA Confidential returns Goldsmith to an earlier style of writing. Harkening back to his Chinatown score, Goldsmith writes a score dripping with noir (low key jazz, and moody strings)that will convince you that you are listening to a master at work. The major detour from Chinatown is Goldsmith's use of heavy percussion (tympany) and jarring strings. This most noticably comes out in "Bloody Christmas" the opening track. Highly recommended for a 30 minute listening experience.
Todd Smith
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HASH(0x9348a720) out of 5 stars Off The Record, On The Q.T. And Very Hush-Hush. 4 Mar. 2013
By HAMLET - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Note: I have the soundtrack as mp3 files.

The original motion picture score for L.A. Confidential is excellent. Jerry Goldsmith (the musical genius behind PATTON) works up a jazz-infused sound that evokes the 1940's. Each track is meticulously constructed with the utmost care and precision. The only fault? The album is only 29 minutes long, as the film is a little over 2 hours. However, that is only a minor complaint and should not detract from the enjoyment of this melodiously rich soundtrack. Off the record, on the q.t. and very Hush-Hush.
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HASH(0x932f57bc) out of 5 stars Original film score 30 April 2014
By MB627 - Published on Amazon.com
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Not worth listening to unless you are a fan of background filler music ground out by Hollywood studio musicians. Thought I had purchased a CD of the 'popular' music played in some of the scenes, so was quite disappointed. Apparently there is another CD such music available separately.
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