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Gremlins 2: The New Batch (Original Score) Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, August 31, 1993
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Near Mint CD and Inserts

1. Just You Wait
2. Gizmo Escapes
3. Leaky Faucet
4. Cute...
5. Pot Luck
6. The Visitors
7. Teenage Mutant Gremlins
8. Keep It Quiet
9. No Rats
10. Gremlin Pudding
11. New Trends
12. Gremlin Credits

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 31, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: June 15, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000014RM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Miller on March 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This, like 'Mon and Dad Save the Earth' displays Jerry Goldsmith's ability to create suspense and humor, often at the same time. Short and sweet, this disc is worth owning by anyone who enjoys fine orchestral music as well as Goldsmith's scores.
"The Visitors" in particular puts the mix of moods and elements present in this score on display... it almost answers the question, "What would it sound like if Spike Jones and the City Slickers were to score a horror film?"
Other high points are "Cute" (where the Gizmo theme is contrasted with the theme of the mad scientist portrayed by Christopher Lee), the nifty action tracks "Pot Luck," and "Teenage Mutant Gremlins," "Keep in Quiet," and "Gremlin Pudding"--the similarity that another reviewer pointed out to James Bond themes was an accurate one and that's what makes these tracks so much fun! (Do my ears deceive me, or is that "The Omen" that's being quoted toward the end of "Gremlin Pudding"?) And the closing tune--"Gremlin Credits"--is great both for its presentation of a slightly skewed reprise as well as the "rag" version of the Gremlin theme from the first movie. "The Gremlin Rag" is definately one of Goldsmith's best themes.
Most of the above tracks (as well as the ones I don't mention) also make great use of elements of the Gremlins theme to great effectiveness. A great effort all around.
There are only two complaints I can voice, which is why I knocked off a star--I wanted more "Gremlins Rag"! (The only time it's really heard here is on the "Gremlins Credits" track. But this is a slightly unfair criticism; I bought this CD hoping to get that track as it was why I loved the original score so much, now unplayable by yours truly because my turn-table broke and it's not available on CD at present.)
That aside, this is a worthwhile addition ot the collection of any Goldsmith fan, whether you've seen the movie to which this score belongs or not. It stands fine on its own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Director Joe Dante gives this sequel a more light-hearted, sort of spoof to the original outing. Mogwai once again spawns little creatures that raise cane within the entire story-line, but with one difference...here they are not as violent, but rather silly and goofy in temperament. Dante brings out the madcap "keystone cops" antics...although none of this would work, but for our maestro Jerry Goldsmith.
Goldsmith's score is the main character in this fun-filled-comedy, each cue has his signature on it. Must mention the stand outs ~ "LEAKY FAUCET", "POT LUCK" (would make a great James Bond film title theme), GREMLIN PUDDING", all three tracks are "Pure Goldsmith"...but the highlight has to be ~ "GREMLIN CREDITS", orchestra gets into the swing of things with a full workout, as Goldsmith pulls out all the stops with brass, percussion, strings overlays of each theme interwoven into one brilliant tapestry.
Goldsmith's other scores from Varese Sarabande are all worthy of a good listen ~ "The Final Conflict" (Varese Sarabande VSD-5282), "Lionheart" (Varese Sarabande VSD-5484), "Rudy" (Varese Sarabande VSD-5446), "In Session:A Film Music Celebration" (Varese Sarabande 302-066-225-2)...check out my reviews ....
A big thank you to ~ Robert Townson (executive producers), always first class quality releases, Arthur Morton (orchestration) and of course the man responsible for the wonderful time we had ~ JERRY GOLDSMITH!
Total Time: 39:26 on 12 Tracks ~ Varese Sarabande VSD-5269 ~ (1990)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Little on May 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This score has its moments, but it is a bit too 'wacky' for my tastes...
The end track is a keeper though, Jerry integrates the original Gremlins theme with some ideas from Gremlins 2, which creates a very enjoyable five-minute finale for this album.
Buy it for the "Gremlins Credits!"
The album has a playing time of about 39 minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on July 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Once again Varese Sarabande either puts so much or very little onto their soundtrack CDs. Sadly, for fans of this movie, they have opted for the latter. Much like the release of Die Hard 2, the tracks included here are the lesser, uninvolving and unexciting cues.
The movie is filled with wonderful, bizarre and (using a word I usually hate) zany music which drives the fast-paced action along brilliantly. The sequel a great deal busier and livelier than the first and one can tell this just by listening to the action packed score.
But this is not the score that is on the CD. The tracks 'Pot Luck' and 'Teenage Mutant Gremlins' are the only tracks with a rythmn or beat in places and the only tracks really worth listening to. Except of course the last track 'Gremlins Credits' which revists the best themes of the film (some not even included on the CD) and features the wacky and cartoonish Gremlins theme played out in a gloriously silly style. As expected. For this one track alone it is worth buying this CD.
It is still a real shame that Varese Sarabande never thought to include every musical cue from the film. One can only hope they re-release this as a 'Deluxe Edition' like they did with Goldsmith's scores for 'The Omen' and 'Total Recall'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Jerry Goldsmith shows the depth of his skill in this offbeat soundtrack, which runs through an incredible variety of different moods and styles. My favorite track is "Pot Luck", a high-energy, aggressive brass fanfare with a compelling beat, which then shifts to a horrific hiss of synthesizers and chords of doom as the gremlins reproduce. "Cute" is also a wonderful track, alternating Gizmo's song (Howie Mandell's vocalization) with a wonderful, campy evil-scientist's-lab tune, for Christopher Lee's theme. The Dizzy gremlin's theme provides a great deal of humor to the score, with its boings, quacks, and other odd sound effects. The only way this score could have been even better and more true to the spirit of the film would have been to end it up with a track of the gremlins singing "New York, New York." :o) But there are no other disappointments here!
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