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Sand Pebbles [Soundtrack]

Jerry GoldsmithAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: December 20, 1966
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000150T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Main Title
3. Getting Aquainted
4. Repel Boarders
5. Changsha Dock
6. Death Of A Thousand Cuts
7. My Secret
8. Jake And Shirley
9. The Wedding
10. Frenchy's Death
11. Maily's Abduction
12. Final Mission
13. Almost Home

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Blessing January 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This 1966 movie starring Steve Mcqueen was epic in scope and the music compliments it nicely. The score deserved a rerecording and finally got one a few years ago by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Goldsmith. The CD is a mixed blessing. The performance is good, however some of the quieter parts are barely audible. It's also a shame the CD left out good music from the film and original album which I am fortunate to possess on vinyl. The original album's overture was left out on the CD in favor of a new arrangement Goldsmith put together that mainly features the love theme. The original overture is more powerful and has a more epic sound. Otherwise, this is a very good CD and is among the best of Goldsmith's extensive 60's output.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some sellers on here are trying to pass off January 10, 2012
By Lou B.
Format:Audio CD
this new 2 disc Intrada edition of THE SAND PEBBLES as a limited edition. It is not, its a regular release from their MAF series for about $25.00 so be careful for those out there who want you to pay exorbant amounts of money for this great score album!!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete version of one of Goldsmith's best November 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Varese-Sarabande has recently released a more complete "deluxe" edition of the score. It contains the twelve cuts found on the '97 version, as well as seventeen others.
Here are the tracks found on the 2002 release:
1. Overture (2:16)
2. Main Title (2:57)
3. Getting Acquainted (3:53)
4. Hello, Engine (1:24)
5. Death Of A Coolie (:57)
6. Maily Appears (1:07)
7. Training A New Coolie (:40)
8. Repel Boarders (Mono) (2:40)
9. The Mission at China Light (2:05)
10. Death of A Thousand Cuts (4:46)
11. Act One Finale (:59)
12. Entr'acte (1:02)
13. Back To Port (:53)
14. My Secret (4:00)
15. Jake and Shirley (4:24)
16. A Conversation (2:02)
17. The Wedding (6:11)
18. Coolies Jump Ship (1:50)
19. State Of Siege (5:53)
20. Frenchy's Death (2:19)
21. Maily's Abduction (2:49)
22. Final Mission (5:46)
23. Battle Continues (2:12)
24. Death of the Assassin (1:46)
25. Sniper (:58)
26. Almost Home (Finale) (1:00)
27. End Title (:38)
28. Exit Music (2:39)
29. Overture (alternate) (2:54)
30. Chinese Love Theme (2:26)
Total running time: 76:28
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Nuggets October 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the great motion picture scores of all time. Composer Alex North, who was director Wise's original choice, opted out citing the film's (at that time excess) "violence" among other reasons. He recommended his protoge', a young Jerry Goldsmith, whom SAND PEBBLES would be his fourth or fifth film. (Goldsmith had also cut his teeth on Serling's legendary TWILIGHT ZONE.) Sadly, Mr. Goldsmith would not be recognized with an Academy Award for another ten years although he did receive a nomination for SAND PEBBLES.

Goldsmith tackled the job like a veteran, giving us one of the most beautiful and haunting scores--and one of the lengthiest for a non-musical, not only of the 60s, but of all time. The melancholy strings will remain with you long after you remove the disc or the film's final fade out. Perhaps the only criticism that can possibly be leveled at Goldsmith is that he should have made more and better use of traditional Chinese music, which I understand, is written radically different than Western music.

The present edition includes previously unreleased tracks plus some period or "source" music which is heard in the film. The liner notes are very informative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of a masterwork July 15, 2011
By Lou B.
Format:Audio CD
is what Varese Sarabande has provided with this regrettably limited edition release of Jerry Goldsmith's first
opus, THE SAND PEBBLES. Originally intended as an assignment for composer Alex North but he had passed on it and suggested Goldsmith for it.
And a great idea he had because the younger composer would be inspired to create his first truly powerful epic score for director Robert Wise (and the two would work together again for the last time on STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, his third opus). Even though Goldsmith had written another landmark score that same year for THE BLUE MAX
this would be the score that would forever put Goldsmith on the top for the remainder of his career. what we have on
this album is a great amount of music from the score never before released (and there are still a few cues missing
which prevents this from being a truly complete representation of this Goldsmith masterwork) and is still miles superior over the 1997 re-recording the composer conducted with the Royal Scottish national Orchestra.
THE SAND PEBBLES music is the score that first made me aware of the composer and film music in general so I have
a great feeling of sentimentality for it and was also my mother's favorite Goldsmith score and is also the favorite
of the late composer's father. Some may say that THE SPIRAL ROAD gave us the first hint of his ethnic scoring sound
for movies but he truly developed those skills with this score and others that came after.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad Jerry Goldsmith's entire score is finally available.
I owned this score in three CDs. The first was the re-recording with the Royal Scottish Orchestra released by Varse Sarabande. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Film Score fan
5.0 out of 5 stars I was young...
A time of War and a time of young love, a sentimental memory articulated in song by Jerry Goldsmith and
his associates.
Published 8 months ago by Joseph R. Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars For some reason Varese Sarabande Records seems to
turn out better re-recordings of the scores of other composers than Jerry Goldsmith. They turned out very fine product with releases of premiere recordings of the music of such... Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by Lou B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the original
The original overture was my favorite piece of this sound tract. It is missing here, in favor of a rehash of the love theme, which was good, but does NOT replace the original... Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by Donna D. Braendel
1.0 out of 5 stars Not an origianl soundtrack
This is of course, not an origianl soundtrack recording as one would be led to believe by the advertisement on Amazon. Read more
Published on August 15, 2010 by Joseph P. Durham, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sand Pebbles: The Deluxe Edition
Great orchestration with the full 20th Centruy Fox orchestra. Outstanding musical score, one of Goldsmith's best if not THE best.
Published on July 19, 2010 by 50danl
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-recording of the original
Although a beautiful rendition of the original soundtrack, this is NOT the original, but rather a re-recording by the master Jerry Goldsmith. Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by AJShadow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sand Pebbles - OST Re-Recording
I am a big fan of motion picture soundtracks and this one was exceptional.
I owned the original before they had CD's if I remember correctly and the re-recording of this OST... Read more
Published on September 10, 2008 by James A. Mcneely
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing of note to add
This was a gift for my sister, we've been waiting for it to become available for a very long time. The theme song is as haunting as when we first saw it in the theatre.
Published on February 9, 2008 by Carolyn L. House
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soundtrack But Not Definitive
One of Jerry Goldsmith's phenomenal gifts as a composer was his ability to evoke a place in music. Here, Mr. Goldsmith draws a picture of China during a turbulent time. Read more
Published on September 23, 2004 by David A. Wend
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