- Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
- Original Release Date: June 20, 1974
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Varese Sarabande
- Run Time: 130 minutes
- ASIN: B0000014XW
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Goldsmith had ten days to both write and record a new score before CHINATOWN debuted. The resulting score was extremely sparse, making use of several songs popular during the 1930s and resting upon a single original theme--but it proved the perfect additive to the film, and it is extremely difficult to image CHINATOWN without it.
CHINATOWN is one of a wave late 1960s-early 1970s films noted as much for substance as for style, and more than a quarter of a century later it continues to be regarded as one of the great artistic triumphs of the era. Directed by Roman Polanski from a remarkable script by Robert Towne, the film paints an ultimately pitch-black portrait of greed, corruption, and evil in 1930s Los Angeles. The primary theme blends several idioms, opening first with a shimmering, metallic-like chord from harp and the rising with other strings to create a oddly American, oddly Asian tone; it then glides into a slightly plaintive trumpet solo that seems to blend both 1930s and 1970s music styles. The overall effect is inviting yet mysterious--and mingles elements of romance and danger.
Both the basic theme and elements from it repeat throughout the film, sometimes making a full musical statement, at other times echoing within more distinctly unsettling tones.Read more ›
The intro sets the entire mood. The sound of the trumpet always gives me goosebumps. It's that good!
In response to earlier reviews that "it was too short", this is exactly the amount of music that has always been in the movie. The soundtrack really does only run for over a half-an-hour. If the songs don't "fully develop," it's because they never were meant to. The tracks cannot be judged individually; they form an artistic and emotional masterpiece that must be taken as a whole.
Truly wonderful, particularly on the original vinyl soundtrack albums!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this CD just for the love theme to the movie "Chinatown" as performed by Gerry GoldsmithPublished on July 2, 2014 by Bud Kronfly
Story takes place in 1937 L.A. Chinatown. The music Captures the period Well. And adds to the Drama Of The Overall Story.
recommend Highly. Kenneth Dale
Couldn't find this disc on iTunes so I bought the real deal. Even though the item was used it is excellent condition. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by G. Stricklin
This is a good soundtrack but I should have waited for the price to be lowered. I was not thinking straight or I would not have bought it.Published on May 7, 2010 by Boots
Jerry Goldsmith's score is so good it can stand on its own. Paired with the film's images it becomes another character in the story. It's spare, evocative and haunting. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by PurrlGurrl
Every now and then I ponder what possesions I have that might be worth looking up to see what things are going for. Read morePublished on March 9, 2008 by Jason Platt
In the end, Roman Polanski's 1974 thriller Chinatown will be seen as one of the great beneficiaries of the popular zietgeist and not as some sort of cinematic landmark; released... Read morePublished on October 12, 2004 by Matthew Patton