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