- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Soundtrack, Limited Edition
- Label: Film Score Monthly
- ASIN: B004GND3ZQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Poltergeist Soundtrack, Limited Edition
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This is some of Goldsmith's best work and it still sounds good.
In spite of the lovely theme for Carol Anne, Goldsmith manipulated our fears with suspenseful moments , especially 'The Tree', 'Night Visitor/No Complaints', and 'It Knows What Scares You'. Tension is also felt with tracks like 'Twisted Abduction' and 'Rebirth', which is one of the finest thrilling moments in this work. Of course, let's not forget the action as the Freeling family tries to escape their haunted house, as Goldsmith makes us join the runaway in the tracks 'Night Of The Beast' and 'Escape From Suburbia'. In general, Goldsmith knew how to scare our wits with his unique understanding of the horror medium.
It's a good thing that Rhino released this expanded edition of one of Jerry Goldsmith's most eloquent, yet creepiest, works. This album should not be looked over.
I can see why Jerry Goldsmith was nominated for this one! It is not only powerful and effective in the movie, but it is also wonderful as a listen-alone experience. The powerful choir during "Twisted Abduction" will enchant you as much as the brass stings (a frequent Goldsmith trademark) and the strings will sweep you into a world of your own! "The Light" is a very beautiful track in which Dr. Lesh (played by the wonderful Beatrice Straight) explains the concept of the light that the spirits must go through. The spectacular string effects will leave you breathless and begging for more. Another cue I would highly recommend is the "They're Here" cue. When the hand comes through the TV, it will make you jump. You just don't know exactly when that trombone is going to snap at your ears! Then comes the swirling strings as the poltergeist burns as hole through the bedroom wall and shakes the room.
If you are a Goldsmith fan, then this is essential to your collection. No question about it! Every cue on this CD will have you pressing the "Skip Back" button many times!
The inclusion of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the opening track is a great, ironic prelude for the storm to come in Goldsmith's orginal score. This arrangement is the most familar verison of the song, but the track's ending gives a hint of what's to follow. The static at the end of the track signals the end of the dream and the beginning of the nightmare. The synthesized sounds which usher in track #2 (just as the TV static fades) instantly set the creepy atmosphere of the film. Keeping "The Calling" and "The Neighborhood (Main Title)" in one track (as they are in the film) effectively introduces the two sides which will do battle, both musically as well as in the film.
The outtakes of "The Tree," "Broken Glass," and "The Hole" were finished along with the rest of the score before they were cut from the film; as a result, they sound as good as the rest of the score. Thankfully, the album producers decided to include them because the are marvelous additions to the score. They remain understated while retaining an unnerving, unsettling quality.
This is where the hints of "something's wrong here" end and terror boldly takes centre stage. "Twisted Abduction" begins quietly, but with a frenzied urgency which only increases with the dynamic level of the music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a MUST for fans of Jerry Goldsmith and a must for non fans as well 😬 This soundtrack paints a TALE on its own of HORROR SUSPENSE & it doesn't need any Visuals which is a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert Madiou
I ordered this some time ago and I'm still listening to it and enjoying it everyday.Published 18 months ago by sandra rubalcaba
This is a soundtrack that you do not think to listen to on a regular basis. It is an amazing piece of work married to an amazing movie. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Eric Moore
I enjoy film music and Poltergeist has a very unique score, its scary and beautiful to listen to. Carol Anne's theme is my favourite from the film.Published on June 14, 2013 by Ray Keeper Jr
Jerry Goldsmith brilliantly balances his sweet lullaby for little Carol Anne with the ethereal theme for "The Light" with some of the nastiest off-rythm ostinatos you've ever... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Michael D. Kuhlman
To all who are wondering whether this is a worthy reissue after the release of the Rhino edition 14 years ago, the answer is a resounding YES! Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Brad
Poltergeist would have been a lesser movie without this amazing score. It hits all the right notes, adds tension and atmosphere in all the right places. Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by ShiroiHikari
The late Jerry Goldsmith ranks right up there with John Williams and Elmer Bernstein as one of the greatest composers of film music in history. Read morePublished on April 8, 2005 by Erik North