The Edge/Goldsmith

July 2, 2010

Directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin the story centered on a huge Kodiak bear who felt his space was being invaded by humans with subplots around murder and a love triangle. The scenery, acting from Hopkins and Baldwin, and the Goldsmith score all contributed to this being a must see picture if you happened to miss it. The build up tension was at an all time high as survival over the 1500 pound bear becomes paramount.

1997 was a busy year for Jerry as he also did fine scores for L.A. Confidential (Oscar nominee), Air Force One, and Fierce Creatures. While some will argue that The Edge was his finest in 97 and was worthy of the Oscar nomination this reviewer very early on fell in love with the theme of Confidential, considering it one of his finest efforts albeit it very close to the Bernstein main theme from All On The Waterfront. Having said that I really like this score and fell for the infectious theme from the first moment I heard it. From being played on the oboe in a minor key very sadly to being featured on the heroic and majestic French horns it is proud and filled with beauty and nicely complemented by the strings. It is featured on many tracks of this expanded score, which includes 30+ additional minutes of material in this new limited 3500 release from La-La Land (LLLCD 1131). One of the bonus tracks, an alternate jazz rendition of the Edge theme performed by a jazz trio of Bunker, Lang, and —- did a fine piano bar version with crisp cymbals, positive bass line, and a nice improvisational solo from the piano featuring upper register and a nice harmonic left hand. Back in the days it could have been a Bill Evans piece as it had a similar sound although far less complex than Bill. “The Birds” is a good underscore cue with ominous horns, a shrieking sound imitating the birds and some minor moments in the use of the Edge theme creating a very listenable cue. “Stalking” is another good underscore featuring dissonant sliding trombone cues with appropriate sounding violin harmonics creating an eerie sounding cue. The main attraction is the main theme and you’ll not be disappointed in the number of times you get to hear it.

If you own the original RCA release purchasing the La-La Land will give you an additional 30 minutes of material including my favorite jazz cue of the Edge. Liner notes by Jeff Bond are a bonus as he gives you a mini book of information about the film and cues. One could always sell the RCA on e-bay and upgrade to this new release. Goldsmith fans have already purchased this CD and if not are making plans to do so. While not my favorite it is certainly one of his better efforts. Recommended.

Track listing

1. Early Arrival* (01:32)

2. Lost In the Wild(s) (02:59)

3. A Lucky Man / Open Door* (01:41)

4. Mighty Hunter (01:31)

5. The Spirit* (00:36)

6. Birds (02:22)

7. The Fire / Breakfast* (02:31)

8. Rich Man* (00:58)

9. The Ravine (04:36)

10. Bitter Coffee (03:01)

11. Wound* (01:38)

12. Stephen’s Death* (02:26)

13. The Cage / False Hope / No Matches* (03:34)

14. Stalking (05:46)

15. Deadfall / Bear Fight (06:21)

16. The Discovery / Trust Your Back* (05:01)

17. The River (02:26)

18. Rescued (06:03)

19. End Title (Lost In the Wild) (s)* (01:59)

20. The Edge (02:55)

Bonus tracks:

21. False Hope (Alternate Take)* (01:08)

22. Rescued (Film Version Ending)* (01:19)

23. The Edge (Alternate Take)* (03:00)

*Previously unreleased

Total Duration: 01:05:23

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