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The Goldsmith Odyssey
Yavar, David, and Clark
A chronological journey through the filmography of composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Jun 15, 2020
Gold Nugget 7 - Dropped Names with Bryan Erdy
Ever wonder what a ballet set to the music of Capricorn One might be like? For our latest Gold Nugget, Jens sits down with film critic and film music enthusiast Bryan Erdy, who talks about his pair of first-hand encounters with Jerry Goldsmith, conversations with other notable film composers (including Michael Giacchino, Danny Elfman, and Tom Holkenborg) who expressed admiration for Jerry, frightening Hans Zimmer, witnessing the aforementioned ballet Belling the Slayer, and writing a memorial tribute to Jerry that reached a far wider audience than anticipated. This one is full of entertaining stories and touching memories, so give it a click! * 0:00:00 - Psycho: A Suite For Strings - Prelude (Bernard Herrmann) * 0:01:33 - Psycho II - Mother’s Room (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:02:20 - Patrick - Suite (Brian May * 0:08:28 - Star Trek (2009) - Enterprising Young Men (Michael Giacchino) * 0:10:00 - Basic Instinct - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:14:00 - Gremlins - The Gremlin Rag (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:15:21 - Hoosiers - Theme From Hoosiers (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:17:41 - The Lonely Guy - House Hunting (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:20:18 - Meet the Robinsons - The Year 3000 (Jonas Brothers covering a song by Busted) * 0:23:13 - The Dark Knight Symphony - Put A Smile On That Face (Hans Zimmer) * 0:27:25 - 300: Rise of an Empire - Marathon (Junkie XL aka Tom Holkenborg) * 0:30:43 - Rambo: First Blood Part II - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:31:31 - Total Recall - The Dream (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:40:30 - Star Trek: Voyager - Main Theme (Concert Version) (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:44:52 - Capricorn One - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:47:44 - Capricorn One - The Message (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:49:48 - Capricorn One - Break Out (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:52:12 - The Illustrated Man - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:53:50 - Medicine Man - Rae’s Arrival (Jerry Goldsmith) * 1:01:18 - The Salamander - Funeral: Requiem for a General (Jerry Goldsmith and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) * 1:06:41 - Masada - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 12 min
May 31, 2020
Odyssey Interviews - Neil S. Bulk Part 2
Who wants seconds? Hot on the heels of our first installment, here's part two of Yavar and David's Odyssey Interview with soundtrack album editor and producer Neil S. Bulk. In this part of the conversation, Neil offers his memories of working on a host of additional Goldsmith scores (Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Total Recall, The Great Train Robbery, and more), discusses why certain scores have an easier time staying in print than others, and details some of the unique music production problems he has solved. If you're a serious soundtrack collector, you won't want to miss the illuminating stories and insights Neil has to offer. Enjoy! For specific tracks used in both parts of this interview, please consult this Google Doc for a thorough breakdown. Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 hr 31 min
May 31, 2020
Odyssey Interviews - Neil S. Bulk Part 1
Double your interview, double your fun! The latest Odyssey Interview not only offers two installments, but two interviewers: Yavar and David team up for a wide-ranging chat with renowned soundtrack album editor and producer Neil S. Bulk. In the first half of their conversation, Neil talks about how he got his start in the world of film music album production thanks to Mike Matessino, working with Lukas Kendall at FSM, the differences between titles like "producer" and "editor," the unique challenges of working with various analog and digital music sources, working on Goldsmith album releases like The Swarm, The Challenge, and The Blue Max, and much more! It's a chat sure to fascinate anyone interested in the album production process. Enjoy, and be sure to check out part two when you're done! For specific tracks used in both parts of this interview, please consult this Google Doc for a thorough breakdown. Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 26 min
Apr 30, 2020
Gold Shavings - The Inside Scoop on Episode 25
On infrequent occasions, members of the Goldsmith Odyssey team will disagree about something. On rare occasions, we will disagree about something without even realizing it. On the rarest of occasions —just the once, so far— examining the cause and nature of that disagreement requires its own miniature episode. Something a little less than a Gold Nugget, and a little more than Gold Dust. Join David and Yavar for our very first episode of Gold Shavings, a behind-the-scenes look at a complex misunderstanding regarding Jerry Goldsmith's thematic ideas for the GE Theater episode "The Legend That Walks Like a Man" (which we discussed in detail in Episode 25 of The Goldsmith Odyssey). Plus: a few insights into how our show gets made, a surprising musical connection to a Goldsmith score that has just been released on CD, and some additional observations that have emerged in the wake of our Episode 25 recording. Enjoy! Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apr 23, 2020
Gold Nugget 6 - Expanded Archival Collection
Dear Goldsmith Odyssey Listeners, In these uncertain times, we want to remind all of our loyal customers that we are here for you. In response to the unprecedented events that we are all experiencing, we are taking a series of new measures to ensure a satisfactory podcast experience. Measures taken in the latest Gold Nugget include: * The return of all four core members of the Goldsmith Odyssey Family (David, Yavar, Clark, and Jens) * A casual, fun, music-filled examination of the many exciting Jerry Goldsmith CD releases that have been offered since our podcast first debuted in 2018 * Dozens —and in some cases, thousands— of miles of social distancing applied during the entire recording process * Thoroughly cleaning the raw audio to remove any bugs So consume. Enjoy. And we’ll get through this... together. Releases covered in this episode: * U.S. Marshals: The Deluxe Edition (Varèse Sarabande) * Morituri (Intrada) * The Swarm: Expanded Archival Collection (La La Land Records) * Simians & Serialism: Expanded Second Edition (John O'Callaghan) * The Great Train Robbery (Quartet Records) * Air Force One: The Deluxe Edition (Varèse Sarabande) * Planet Of The Apes Original Film Series Soundtrack: Limited Edition (La-La-Land Records) * Barnaby Jones in The Quinn Martin Collection Volume 1 (La-La-Land Records) * Raggedy Man: Encore Edition (Varèse Sarabande) * The Jerry Goldsmith Songbook (Buysoundtrax) * Archer / Warning Shot (La-La-Land Records) * The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud (Intrada) * The Lonely Guy (Intrada) * The Mummy (Intrada) * Small Soldiers: The Deluxe Edition (Varèse Sarabande) * 100 Rifles / Rio Conchos (La-La-Land Records) * Baby: Secret Of The Lost Legend (Intrada) Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 56 min
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 25 - The Legend That Walks Like a Man - General Electric Theater (1961)
The Goldsmith Odysseys of this world don't come back. Comebacks are for ordinary podcasts. I don't know, maybe there never was a Goldsmith Odyssey. Maybe it's just the eternal fresh carnation, the eternal grin, the eternal hope. It's a legend. A legend that plays like a podcast. Well, here's to both of 'em: the legend... and the podcast. Within that podcast, your humble hosts David, Yavar, and Clark examine the General Electric Theater episode "The Legend That Walks Like a Man," and the alternately playful and tender Goldsmith score that accompanies it. Enjoy! *Cues from "The Legend That Walks Like a Man":* * 0:00:00 - "That’s a Wrap" (prologue version) * 0:19:50 - "My Town" (film version) * 0:28:19 - "My Town" (most music-only version possible) * 0:40:52 - "The Comeback" * 0:43:56 - "Here You Are" * 0:48:30 - "The Convincer" * 0:50:45 - "Practically Done" * 0:52:58 - "Image of Desire" * 0:57:54 - "That’s a Wrap" (main storyline version) * 0:59:57 - "The Legend * 1:34:10 - "End Credits" (source for music-only section of "My Town") *Other Sources:* * 0:02:38 - Themes from The General Electric Theater - Emblem (Opening Theme) (Elmer Bernstein) * 0:13:31 - Thriller - "Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook" - Abduction pt. 1 (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:17:12 - Studs Lonigan - Out Of Work (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:24:01 - The General With The Cockeyed Id - Suite (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:25:19 - 8 ½ - 8 ½ Theme (Nino Rota) * 0:42:07 - Raggedy Man - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:42:10 - Raggedy Man - Runaways (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:42:36 - Raggedy Man - The Kite (Jerry Goldsmith) * 0:45:28 - Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (Ron Goodwin) * 0:47:23 - Fanfare For The Common Man (Aaron Copland) * 0:51:23 - The Puzzle (Franco Micalizzi) * 1:14:41 - Poltergeist - The Neighborhood—Day (Jerry Goldsmith) * 1:18:48 - House: After Five Years of Living - Living Room (Elmer Bernstein) * 1:19:48 - Themes from The General Electric Theater - David's Love Song (Elmer Bernstein) Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 hr 35 min
Mar 31, 2020
Odyssey Interviews - Nasrollah Davoodi Part 2
Don't miss the fascinating conclusion of Yavar's conversation with film music scholar Nasrollah Davoodi! After opening with a discussion of Jerry Goldsmith's assorted forays into the Middle East (in works such as Justine, The Wind and the Lion, and The Mummy), Davoodi offers a crash course in the history of Iranian art music and a tour through some of the most important composers and exceptional film music the country has produced. Loaded with insight and wonderful music that will likely be new to most listeners, this episode stands as one of our most distinctive Odyssey Interviews. * 0:02:09 – Under Fire - Nicaragua * 0:05:45 – The Mummy - The Caravan * 0:07:07 – Valley of the Kings - Prelude (Rózsa) * 0:08:00 – Pishdaramed-e-Esfehan (Reza Mahjoobi) * 0:08:27 – The Message - Building the First Mosque (Jarre) * 0:12:02 – QB VII - Visit to the Sheik * 0:12:20 – The Mummy - Closed Door, Undiscovered Creature * 0:13:24 – Justine - The Beach, The School * 0:14:30 – The Wind and the Lion - The Horsemen * 0:15:18 – O My Country Girl (Farid al-Atrash) * 0:19:23 – The Wind and the Lion - The Raisuli, Morning Camp, The Riff * 0:22:56 – The Mummy - Giza Port * 0:23:29 – Oshagh (perf. Faramarz Payvar) * 0:23:59 – Shooshtari (perf. Fazlollah Tavakkol) * 0:24:32 – Kord Bayat (perf. Majid Kiani) * 0:24:48 – Masada - The Moabites * 0:25:36 – The Ipcress File - Main Title (Barry) * 0:25:54 – Shooshtari (perf. Tavakkol) * 0:27:23 – Rambo III - Peshawar, Afghanistan * 0:28:10 – Not Without My Daughter - The Lake, School’s Out * 0:30:22 – The 13th Warrior - Old Bagdad * 0:31:32 – The Mummy - Imhotep * 0:34:08 – Desert Night (Kayhan Kalhor) * 0:37:11 – Concerto for Ney and String Orchestra - II. Variations on Naghmé (Hossein Alizadeh) * 0:44:39 – Shéhérazade - Prégénérique, Ballet (Aminollah "André" Hossein) * 0:49:11 – Miniatures Persanes - II. Chant du Chamelier (Hossein) * 0:52:54 – Also Sprach Zarathustra - I. Prelude (Strauss) * 0:57:48 – Bandbaz (Ali-Naqi Vaziri) * 0:59:06 – Bandbaz (Vaziri, perf. Hooshang Zarif) * 0:59:38 – The Disheveled Girl (Vaziri, perf. Zarif) * 1:06:31 – The Hermit (Vaziri) * 1:10:02 – Midnight (Vaziri) * 1:26:32 – Piano Concerto No. 1 - IV. Allegro con brio (Shostakovich, perf. by composer) * 1:27:35 – Hamlet - Duel (Shostakovich) * 1:32:09 – The Birds (Morteza Hannaneh) * 1:35:41 – The Nightingale (Hannaneh) * 1:43:35 – Hope for Love (Hossein Alizadeh, perf. Omid Eshgh) * 1:48:29 – Delshodegan - Tar-o-Pood (Alizadeh) * 1:53:24 – Mother - Mother Has Arrived, Mother’s Home, Beginning (Arsalan Kamkar) * 2:00:53 – Safir - Opening Titles, Chorale (Kambiz Roshan Ravan) * 2:06:50 – Hameye Iranam (All of My Iran) (Roshan Ravan, feat. Alireza Ghorbani) * 2:08:42 – Sarbedaran - The Will of the White Horse (Fahrad Fakhreddini) * 2:15:14 – Gheysar (Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh) * 2:20:03 – The Tamarind Seed (Barry) * 2:20:35 – Bonbast (The Dead-End) (Babak Bayat) * 2:30:43 – The Fragrance of Yousef’s Shirt - Arezoo, Mosafer, Khaterat (Majid Entezami) * 2:38:29 – The Glass Agency - Parvaz (Entezami) * 2:43:58 – The Deer (Monfaredzadeh) * 2:47:21 – The Battle for Freedom (Nasrollah Davoodi) * 2:54:46 – Omar Khayyam’s Stroll in a Vineyard (Davoodi) * 3:00:36 – Salute to Age 36 (Davoodi) * 3:05:17 – The Mummy - Camel Race * 3:10:34 – A Place for Life - End Titles (Entezami)
3 hr 16 min
Feb 29, 2020
Odyssey Interviews - Nasrollah Davoodi Part 1
Grab your passport, because Odyssey Interviews is journeying to new and exotic lands! This time, we're pleased to present part one of an in-depth conversation between Yavar and Iranian film music scholar Nasrollah Davoodi, who gave a Jerry Goldsmith lecture in Tehran just last year. Their wide-ranging chat touches on a host of topics, from the political urgency of Goldsmith's music for Under Fire to the indelible diversity of the score for Papillon to the various distinctive qualities of Jerry‘s musical peers. Davoodi’s scholarly approach brings fresh perspective to numerous familiar topics, making this an interview you'll want to make time for. * 0:00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare * 0:04:18 - Cello Concerto No.1 (Shostakovich) * 0:13:22 - Justine - Alexandria * 0:14:55 - The Ten Commandments - Exodus Part One (Bernstein) * 0:16:47 - Under Fire - Bajo Fuego * 0:17:25 - Fall of the Roman Empire - Lucilla's Sorrow (Tiomkin) * 0:24:05 - Papillon - Reunion * 0:26:06 - Lawrence of Arabia - Overture (Jarre) * 0:26:47 - El Cid - Prelude (Rózsa) * 0:27:42 - Papillon - Theme from Papillon * 0:28:34 - Papillon - Antonio's Death * 0:29:55 - First Knight - A New Life * 0:31:50 - Violin Concerto E Minor, Op. 64 (Mendelssohn) * 0:33:27 - Violin Concerto E Minor, Op. 64 (Mendelssohn) * 0:36:01 - The Left Hand of God - The Church (Young) * 0:36:29 - Johnny Guitar - Main Title (Young) * 0:36:47 - The Left Hand of God - Countryside (Young) * 0:40:12 - Damnation Alley - Don't Bug Me * 0:47:24 - Out of Africa - Theme (Barry) * 0:48:25 - Medicine Man - The Trees * 0:48:56 - Out of Africa - Main Title (Barry) * 0:51:11 - El Cid - The Legend and Epilogue (Rózsa) * 0:52:50 - Fariba (Faramarz Payvar) * 0:54:55 - Towards the Prison (Abol-Hasan Saba) * 0:56:53 - Reng-e (Shahr Ashoob) * 1:02:37 - The Rose (traditional, arr. Nasrollah Davoodi) * 1:06:01 - Papillon - Cruel Sea * 1:08:40 - Papillon - Catching Butterflies * 1:08:46 - Papillon - Antonio's Death * 1:09:53 - Papillon - Freedom * 1:14:32 - QB VII - A Sorrow of Two Fathers * 1:17:40 - QB VII - The Holocaust * 1:18:34 - QB VII - Jadwiga Relived * 1:20:24 - The Omen - The Fall * 1:21:49 - QB VII - I Cannot See My Love * 1:23:09 - QB VII - Main Title * 1:24:00 - Jaws - The Pier Incident (Williams) * 1:24:26 - Jaws - Three Barrels Under (Williams) * 1:28:05 - Total Recall - End of a Dream * 1:29:02 - QB VII - Escape * 1:31:07 - The Mummy - The Caravan * 1:33:30 - Papillon - The Camp * 1:35:34 - The Russia House - Katya and Barley * 1:36:05 - The Russia House - First Meeting * 1:37:22 - The Russia House - The Cemetary * 1:39:05 - Papillon - Gift from the Sea * 1:45:51 - Battle of Britain - Concert Suite (Walton) * 1:49:43 - Justine - Alexandria * 1:50:17 - Under Fire - Rafael's Theme * 1:51:29 - The Russia House - I'm With You * 1:52:23 - The Russia House - Full Marks * 1:54:50 - A Patch of Blue - The Park * 1:55:59 – Planet of the Apes – The Search Continues * 1:57:06 – Images – The House (Williams) * 2:00:16 – Spellbound – Concerto (Rózsa) * 2:05:09 – Planet of the Apes – Main Title * 2:08:27 – The Mummy – The Sand Volcano * 2:11:28 – C2 Logo Fanfare Edited by Wes Deckers.
2 hr 12 min
Jan 16, 2020
Episode 24 - Tongues of Angels - Westinghouse Studio One (1958)
The Goldsmith Odyssey plays a round of musical chairs as former host Jens returns to his former seat to fill in for the absent Clark. Well, to be accurate, Jens's seat is currently occupied by David, and Yavar is in the same seat he's always been in, so Jens is actually in Clark's seat. Unless David sat there? Entirely possible Yavar sat there. I'm not sure if... anyway, your three humble hosts – that's David, Yavar, and Jens, not Clark – go all the way back to 1958 to examine a little-known and recently uncovered rarity: the Westinghouse Studio One episode "Tongues of Angels." They discuss the questionable merits of the episode itself, along with the less questionable merits of the subtly effective Goldsmith score. They offer thoughtful insights, and do not become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. Enjoy! *Cues from "Tongues of Angels":* * 00:03:07 - 6. Mother 1 * 00:34:13 - 1. Tongues of Angels 1 * 00:38:30 - 2. Missing Guest * 00:42:40 - 3. Instructions * 00:45:40 - 4. Night Talk 1 * 00:49:57 - 5. Night Talk 2 * 00:51:15 - 6. Mother 1 * 00:53:41 - 7. Mother 2 * 00:57:05 - 8. Speech 1 * 01:05:28 - 9. Sick Boy 1 * 01:08:11 - 10. Worries * 01:11:37 - 11. Promise * 01:11:12 - 12. Sick Boy 2 * 01:18:43 - 13. Secrets * 01:21:54 - 14. Speech 2 * 01:23:07 - 15. Young Talk * 01:27:36 - 16. Confession 1 * 01:37:04 - 17. Tongues of Angels 2 * 01:32:14 - 18. Together * 01:33:30 - 19. Victory * 01:37:24 - 20. Confession 2 * 01:41:25 - 21. Bright Future * 01:44:37 - 22. “Not Going” * 01:46:20 - 23. End Credits *Other Sources:* * 00:17:38 - Black Patch - A Job (End Credits) * 00:18:44 - Black Patch - Detective Work * 00:21:17 - Black Patch - Gun Practice * 00:22:11 - Star Trek: First Contact - Main Title * 00:27:27 - Star Trek: Insurrection - Ba’ku Village * 00:37:32 - Peck's Bad Girl - Boys * 00:57:50 - 100 Rifles - Escape and Pursuit *The Work:* Westinghouse Studio One: "Tongues of Angels" on YouTube Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
2 hr 1 min
Dec 30, 2019
Episode 23 - Thriller - Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook (1961)
An episode so nice we recorded it twice! This time, your humble hosts David, Yavar, and Clark, along with special guest Jeff Bond - graciously agreeing to return after technical snafus thwarted our initial recording with him - take a look at the Thriller episode "Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook." In addition to spotlighting a memorably vivid Goldsmith score (offering lovely melodies, thrilling action music, and a good deal more), this episode also functions as a solid jumping-on point for those curious about the podcast. Grab your rustic deadly farm tool of choice and join us! *Cues from the original, isolated score track:* * 0:46:19 - 1. Prologue * 0:50:26 - 2. Roll Call * 0:56:10 - 3. Title Screen * 1:00:33 - 4. Constable Evans * 1:05:36 - 5. Car Ride * 1:09:48 - 6. The House * 1:11:26 - 7. The Druid Circle * 1:15:47 - 8. Nothing to See * 1:18:02 - 9. Inn of the Dark Woods * 1:24:12 - 10. Black Dog * 1:25:26 - 11. Fearsome Weapon * 1:29:10 - 12. Town Hall * 1:35:24 - 13. Records * 1:37:28 - 14. Suspicions * 1:40:39 - 15. Spyglass * 1:42:23 - 16. Sleepless * 1:53:11 - 17. Abduction * 1:59:07 - 18. Fork and Hook Fight * 2:06:05 - 19. Finale *Also featuring excerpts from (in order of appearance): * The Sergeant and the Lady, Man on the Beach, Cain's Hundred, Dr. Kildare, Chinatown, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Waltons, Patton, The List of Adrian Messenger, Poltergeist, The Omen, The Other, "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper", "The Cheaters", "Mr. George", "The Big Tall Wish", The Shadow, Freud, "Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room", Planet of the Apes, Logan’s Run, The Edge, Seconds, Love Field, On Dangerous Ground (B. Herrmann), The Swarm, "The Invaders", Danse Macabre, Op. 40 (C. Saint-Saëns), The Devil and Daniel Webster (B. Herrmann), Capricorn One, Total Recall, The Witches of Eastwick (J. Williams), "Late Date", Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. Williams), Jane Eyre (J. Williams), The Boys from Brazil, The Cassandra Crossing, The Last Run, Alien, Sleigh Ride (L. Anderson), The Mephisto Waltz, 100 Rifles, Psycho (D. Elfman adapting B. Herrmann), Captain from Castile (A. Newman), Archer Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 hr 32 min
Nov 21, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Bruce Broughton
One great composer pays tribute to another! In Yavar's latest Odyssey Interview, Oscar-nominated composer Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes, Tombstone) shares numerous memories of his colleague Jerry Goldsmith. Additionally, Broughton offers a host of thoughts on key moments from his own career: his early days as a television composer, memories of some of his major feature film assignments, working with Seth MacFarlane on The Orville, and much more! This one is a great listen, so click the play button on your device of choice and bring on the Broughton. * 0:00:00 - Cinergi Logo (Goldsmith) * 0:03:55 - Our Man Flint - Bouillabaisse (Goldsmith) * 0:05:00 - The Sand Pebbles - Almost Home (Finale) (Goldsmith) * 0:08:13 - The Brotherhood of the Bell - The Solution (Goldsmith) * 0:10:27 - The Reincarnation of Peter Proud - First Date (Goldsmith) * 0:18:07 - The Twilight Zone - “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” - Dead Phone (Goldsmith) * 0:25:07 - The Brot…
1 hr 55 min
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 22 - Gunsmoke - Love Thy Neighbor & Old Faces (1961)
This episode marks the latest installment of a seemingly never-ending blood feud between the Goldsmith Odyssey family and the notorious Time clan (led by the eternally stubborn Father Time). Your humble hosts David, Yavar, and Clark have killed a whole lot of hours over the course of this podcast, and eagerly take out three more in the process of discussing two episodes of Gunsmoke: "Love Thy Neighbor" (featuring an alternately somber and suspenseful Goldsmith score) and "Old Faces" (in which Goldsmith offers a variety of colorful thematic ideas and makes compelling use of the banjo). Tune in! *Cues from “Love Thy Neighbor”:* * 0:17:36 - 1. Quiet Night * 0:23:14 - 2. The Thief Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (blended) * 0:26:24 - 3. Sick Boy * 0:28:04 - 4. Mother's Care * 0:34:06 - 5. The Doctor * 0:35:49 - 6. Angry Man * 0:38:43 - 7. Gun Fight * 0:48:46 - 8. The Shameful Man * 0:53:11 - 9. The Killing * 0:58:32 - 10. The Gunfighters/Bad News (blended in our…
2 hr 59 min
Sep 26, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Peter Bernstein
Cards on the table: the latest Odyssey Interview doesn't devote a lot of time to Jerry Goldsmith. However, we imagine that most Goldsmith fans are also fans of the great Elmer Bernstein, whose career mirrored Goldsmith's in a number of ways. Yavar has an in-depth conversation with Elmer's son Peter Bernstein, who discusses memories of growing up in the world of film music, his successful career as a rock musician, his eventual decision to follow in his father's footsteps, working with Elmer on scores like Canadian Bacon, Rough Riders, and Wild Wild West, working on solo assignments like the Ewok films and 21 Jump Street, running into Jerry Goldsmith while synth-shopping, and much more. This one is full of stories and details film music fans will enjoy, so give it a listen! * 00:00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare (Jerry Goldsmith) * 00:05:52 - The Magnificent Seven - The Journey (Elmer Bernstein) * 00:13:51 - Exodus - Prelude (Ernest Gold conducted by Nic Raine) * 00:15:33 - Thin Red Line…
Sep 12, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Brian Tyler
From working on the replacement score for Richard Donner's Timeline to re-recording the Universal Studios logo music to taking over scoring duties for the Rambo franchise, composer Brian Tyler has made a host of surprising Jerry Goldsmith connections over the course of his impressive career. In this engaging Odyssey Interview, Yavar chats with Tyler about meeting Jerry, the many Goldsmith-related projects he's worked on, ways in which Goldsmith has influenced Tyler's own work, and a whole lot more. Plus, we're pleased to offer an exclusive sneak preview of some selections from Tyler's Goldsmith-infused score for the forthcoming Rambo: Last Blood. We don’t want to Bug you, but we’ve gotta tell the Truth: this interview is a Godsend for Goldsmith and Tyler fans. * 00:00 - Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary Fanfare (Tyler arranging Goldsmith) * 02:43 - Alien - The Face Hugger (Goldsmith) * 07:06 - Five Feet Apart - Human Touch (Tyler) * 08:21 - Ready or Not - The Pit (Tyler…
1 hr 54 min
Aug 20, 2019
Episode 21 - The Twilight Zone - The Invaders (1961)
Our journey through Jerry Goldsmith's contributions to The Twilight Zone (the TV series, anyway – give us a few* years and we'll get to the movie) concludes in epic fashion with a plus-sized installment featuring TWO special guests. This time, we're taking a look at the iconic episode "The Invaders," a nearly dialogue-free affair that proves an exceptional canvas for Goldsmith's suspenseful music. The first portion of our program features a conversation with Oscar-nominated composer David Newman and esteemed film music producer/liner note writer Jeff Bond, who discuss the virtues of this classic episode, David's memories of conducting Goldsmith's music for "The Invaders" live to picture, what makes Goldsmith such a remarkable composer, the musical storytelling techniques that set great composers apart, and much more. Afterwards, Jeff joins your humble hosts David, Yavar, and Clark for our usual track-by-track examination of the score. It's a long episode, yes, but both of our guests…
2 hr 47 min
Jul 31, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Mike Ross-Trevor
If you're a fan of Jerry Goldsmith's music (and of course you are, because you're here, reading this), you've almost certainly enjoyed the work of recording engineer Mike Ross-Trevor, who worked with Jerry on a wide variety of projects in the '80s and '90s. In this revealing Odyssey Interview, Mike talks to Yavar about his memories of working on many different scores (included Jerry's rejected score for The Public Eye), explains Jerry's falling out with recording engineer Eric Tomlinson, reveals the one classic Goldsmith score he wishes he could have recorded, and much more! * 00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare * 01:47 - Psycho - Rainstorm (Herrmann) * 06:04 - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - Long Grey Mare (Green) * 09:42 - Concierto de Aranjuez - II. Adagio (Rodrigo) * 12:50 - In the Pink - Theme from The Molly Maguires (Mancini) * 17:34 - The Key to Rebecca - I’ll Bring Him Home (Redford) * 26:06 - Chinatown - The Boy on a Horse * 27:42 - Legend - The Ring * 35:37 - King Solo…
1 hr 20 min
Jul 5, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Robert Townson Part 2
The Empire Strikes Back. The Godfather Part II. Lionheart Volume Two. The best sequels thoughtfully build on the foundation of their predecessors, and the second installment of Yavar's interview with Robert Townson certainly does so. This time around, Robert reveals a variety of unrealized projects he had hoped to work on with Jerry, shares memorable moments from the final years of Jerry's career, talks about his departure from Varèse Sarabande and his subsequent career plans, and much more! * 00:00 - SOAP - Main Theme (Tipton) * 06:33 - Unchained - Unchained Melody (North) * 12:56 - The Artist Who Did Not Want to Paint * 17:45 - Love Field * 20:05 - Fierce Creatures - Chores * 25:34 - 1489 Words - Sonnet 43 * 28:27 - We Gather Together * 29:25 - Frontier Gentleman - The Sheldon Brothers * 30:50 - The Spiral Road - Journey to Jansen * 31:14 - Looney Tunes: Back in Action - Another Take * 32:14 - Lost Horizon * 37:55 - Timeline - After Him * 40:18 - Masada -…
1 hr 40 min
Jun 27, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Robert Townson Part 1
Robert Townson, the prolific soundtrack producer behind over 1400 releases over the course of his 30-plus years with film music label Varèse Sarabande, joins Yavar for a sprawling, candid conversation. In this first half, Townson talks about his start in the film music business, getting to know Jerry Goldsmith, working with Jerry on a variety of re-recordings, watching Jerry work under a tight deadline, Jerry’s friendships, and so much more! Enjoy, and stay tuned for part two of this can’t-miss discussion. This exciting release is (possibly) limited to the first 3,000 downloads, so click now! * 00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare * 02:08 - Logan’s Run - The Monument * 08:32 - The Omen III: The Final Conflict - The Hunt * 15:08 - Lionheart - The Banner * 27:18 - Total Recall - Rekall Commercial * 33:36 - 2001: The Legendary Original Score - Moon Rocket Bus (Goldsmith conducting North) * 39:54 - The Russia House - The Family Arrives * 42:52 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch - Just…
1 hr 34 min
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 20 - The Twilight Zone - Back There (1961)
Suppose, just suppose, that a man living in the year 1961 were able to travel all the way back to the year 1865, arriving mere hours before President Lincoln's assassination. Would he be able to do anything to stop that tragic event? That's an intriguing question posted by "Back There," a second-season episode of The Twilight Zone. Now suppose, just suppose, that four men (your humble hosts David, Yavar, and Clark, plus returning special guest Tim Greiving) living in the year 2019 were able to take a detailed look at that episode, paying particular attention to its creative, suspenseful Jerry Goldsmith score. Would they make any compelling discoveries? Would their opinions of the episode and its music differ significantly? Most importantly, would you enjoy listening to it? These are the intriguing questions presented by this installment of The Goldsmith Odyssey. To find the answers, press play. *Cues from "Back There":* * 0:12:50 - 01 - The Club * 0:17:28 - 02 - The Discussion…
1 hr 21 min
May 30, 2019
Episode 19 - The Twilight Zone - Dust (1961)
Who's this new guest on the Goldsmith Odyssey, summoning up thoughtful commentary on the brilliance of Jerry Goldsmith? There are some who call him… Tim (Greiving, a film music journalist who has written pieces for NPR, Variety, the New York Times, and many other publications). After telling your humble hosts David, Yavar, and Clark about his career and his relationship to Jerry's music, Tim joins us on a journey out west for an examination of the Twilight Zone episode “Dust.” We dissect the atypical dramatic approach Goldsmith takes with his spare, downbeat music, and also engage in a bit of debate on the degree to which magic plays a role in this mostly-realistic episode. Check it out, and be sure to join us next time for a return appearance from our esteemed guest. *Cues from "Dust":* * 0:00:02 - 06. March to the Gallows * 0:27:51 - 01. Fate * 0:36:17 - 02. The Funeral * 0:43:47 - 03. The Rock * 0:47:18 - 04. The Magic Dust * 0:49:57 - 05. Forecast…
1 hr 35 min
May 2, 2019
Episode 18 - Thriller - The Cheaters (1960)
Phase 2 of the Goldsmith Odyssey Podcast Universe has begun! Jens has relinquished his regular hosting/editing duties (he'll remain involved in a variety of other ways), passing the baton to friend of the show W. David Lichty. David joins Yavar and Clark for an exploration of the Thriller episode "The Cheaters," an anthology show within an anthology show centering around a pair of spectacles imbued with mysterious power. The whole thing is held together by an intelligent, suspenseful Goldsmith score that also makes room for a surprisingly lovely character theme. Your humble hosts explore the way Goldsmith’s thematic ideas work and examine the effectiveness of the episode's approach to horror. Put on your reading* glasses** and join us for the start of a new era! *listening **headphones or something? I dunno *Very Unofficial Cue Titles (descriptions, really):* * 0:19:45 - 01. Dirk Van Prinn * 0:25:49 - 02. Van Prinn’s Test * 0:31:32 - 03. Intro & Players (includes Rugulo th…
2 hr 8 min
Apr 16, 2019
Gold Nugget 5 - [Redacted]
After over twenty years of collecting, it’s not often one finds a Jerry Goldsmith album one has never heard—let alone never heard of. Yet, while doing research for this podcast, that is precisely what happened to Jens. He therefore invited David as an impromptu guest to share this joy for the first time ever. The opening music is "The Price of Gold", composed for Kill the Wicked! by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, with lyrics by C. Danell and vocals by Roberto Matano. *Spoilery Note*: Due to choosing to record this show without so much as an outline, Jens and David neglected to identify two of the themes on air: The Ghost and the Darkness and Small Soldiers (part of the "Tiny Creatures" suite with Gremlins). Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 2 min
Apr 4, 2019
Gold Nugget 4 - In Japan 2003
Hey look, we dug up another Gold Nugget! After offering a quick update on his progress through James T. Farrell’s Studs Lonigan trilogy, Jens offers an examination of a 2003 concert in which conductor Charles Fox (filling in for an ailing Jerry Goldsmith) led the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra through a series of Goldsmith cues. How did Fox and the KPO fare? Jens offers his analysis while sampling selections from The Last Castle, The Illustrated Man, The Sum of All Fears, The Edge, and more. Give it a spin! Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 28, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - Justin Freer
Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jus-tin! Jus-tin! Ya-var! Ya-var! In this installment of Odyssey Interviews, Yavar has a conversation with composer, conductor, and CineConcerts co-founder Justin Freer, who is preparing to conduct Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Rudy live to picture in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 30th, 2019. In addition to discussing that beloved score and the upcoming performance, Freer talks about his efforts to make symphonic music accessible for modern audiences, his personal memories of Jerry, his own career as a composer, and more. Don’t miss this wide-ranging and illuminating conversation! Learn more about Rudy in Concert at www.rudyinconcert.com. * 00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare (Jerry Goldsmith) * 11:26 - Chain Reaction - Open Minds (Jerry Goldsmith) * 14:39 - Planet of the Apes - The Clothes Snatchers (Jerry Goldsmith) * 19:05 - Poltergeist - The Light (Jerry Goldsmith) * 20:37 - Total Recall - The Johnny Cab (Jerry Goldsmith) * 29:40 - Rudy - Main T…
1 hr 19 min
Mar 21, 2019
Odyssey Interviews - David Newman
The Goldsmith Odyssey's next regular episode is in the oven, but in the meantime, we're pleased to serve up an exciting and substantial installment of Odyssey Interviews! This time, Yavar has a lively conversation with Oscar-nominated film composer David Newman (known for his work on films like Ice Age, Galaxy Quest, Anastasia, The War of the Roses, and many more). As someone who has both conducted Jerry Goldsmith's music and worked under Goldsmith as a session musician, Newman has a wide variety of insights into both who Goldsmith was as a person and what makes his music so remarkable. Additionally, David talks about his father Alfred's impact on the world of film music, the evolution of the film music industry, and much more. Whether you're a devoted Goldsmith fan or merely a casual film music fan, this is an episode you don't want to miss! For more information on the American Youth Symphony go to aysymphony.org. * 00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare (Goldsmith) * 09:35 - The Counterfeit T…
1 hr 36 min
Feb 7, 2019
Episode 17 - Thriller - The Poisoner (1961)
The Goldsmith Odyssey will be spending quite a bit of time with the classic anthology TV show Thriller in 2019, and we’ve got the perfect special guest to kick off our examination of the series: Leigh Phillips, an award-winning composer, orchestrator, and conductor best-known for reconstructing classic film scores like Exodus, The Salamander, King of Kings, and many more. Phillips is also responsible for two wonderful volumes featuring new recordings of Goldsmith’s Thriller music, including selections from the episode we’re spotlighting this time around: “The Poisoner.” Inspired by a true story about an infamous English murderer, the tale gives Goldsmith an opportunity to serve up a rich, harpsichord-driven gothic horror score built around a deceptively attractive main theme. In addition to examining the episode and its score, we chat with Leigh about his relationship with Goldsmith’s music and his career in general. *Music in this Episode:* * 0:02 - Even the Cat? * 6…
Jan 24, 2019
Episode 16 - Have Gun—Will Travel & Flaming Star (1960)
"Have Mics—Will Podcast" reads the card of three men, They’re knights without sponsors, they need your subscription. "Listen to them speak," heeds the calling PC, "Chatting about music on a Goldsmith Odyssey." Odyssey, Odyssey, how long will you run? Odyssey, Odyssey, here’s the next one. Have Gun—Will Travel is the focus today, Two 1960 episodes will be surveyed; “A Head of Hair” and “The Fatalist,” both scored by Jerry, Plus a single bonus cue from an Elvis movie. Odyssey, Odyssey, how long will you run? Odyssey, Odyssey, here’s the next one. *The Work:* Have Gun—Will Travel Season 4 Vol. 1 at Amazon, Twilight Time's release of Flaming Star. Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
Dec 30, 2018
Odyssey Interviews - Bruce Kimmel
The second season of The Goldsmith Odyssey launches in January, but in the meantime, we’ve got another Odyssey Interview for you. This time, Yavar has a wide-ranging conversation with Kritzerland Records founder Bruce Kimmel (also a multi-talented actor, director, writer, playwright, and songwriter), who worked on multiple Goldsmith albums for Varèse Sarabande before releasing a number of Goldsmith titles under his own label. In addition to discussing his work on those albums, Kimmel touches on his formative film music encounters, his shifting feelings on Goldsmith’s work over the decades, and much more. It’s a candid and engaging chat you won’t want to miss. *Music in this Episode:* * 00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare * 06:05 - *Dr. Kildare* - Three Stars Will Shine Tonight (Feat. Richard Chamberlain) * 09:29 - *Islands in the Stream* - The Boys Arrive * 12:21 - *The Other* - The Flight * 32:12 - *Breakheart Pass* - Here They Come Pt. II * 35:00 - *Poltergeist II: The Oth…
Dec 1, 2018
Gold Nugget 3 - Free as the Wind: Tribute to Jerry Goldsmith
Season's Greetings! Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and Uncle Jens is in the kitchen preparing his signature dish: the Gold Nugget, a consistently comforting delicacy assembled from whatever ingredients Jens finds in his musical pantry. This time, he's exploring the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's concert disc Free as the Wind: Tribute to Jerry Goldsmith, which offers performances from works like The Sand Pebbles, Chinatown, The Mummy, The Wind and the Lion, Total Recall, and more. While the performances are a decidedly mixed bag, the disc offers a valuable illustration of what separates a good Goldsmith cover from an underwhelming one. Enjoy this little aural dessert, and have a great holiday! Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 22, 2018
Episode 15 - Studs Lonigan (1960)
Pssssssst. Hey, pal. You know Studs, right? Studs Lonigan? No? You must be new around here. I mean, Studs is… ah, but why am I telling ya? You should hear it directly from his pals. Head down to the pool hall and look for three guys named Jens, Yavar, and Clark. If you see some shady-looking characters arguing about motifs, that’s probably them. Anyway, they’ll tell you all about Studs, and the movie director Irving Lerner made about Studs back in 1960, and the score Jerry Goldsmith wrote for that movie, and probably some other nonsense you didn’t even ask about. Hey, they mean well. Have you heard that score, by the way? I bet they’ll play some of it for you. Hot stuff, that record. Hotter than Studs himself, if we’re being honest, but you didn’t hear that from me. Anyway, what are you still doing here? Get outta here and go see the boys. Scram! *The Work: *Here are the Discogs listings for the* *Studs Lonigan Quartet release and the Varèse Sarabande CD Club release.…
2 hr 13 min
Nov 10, 2018
Gold Nugget 2 - Hollywood Symphonic Spectacular
Good news, Goldsmith fans: our latest trip to the musical mines has produced another Gold Nugget. Jens returns to Japan for an exploration of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra's 1998 concert album Jerry Goldsmith: Hollywood Symphonic Spectacular. Over the course of a music-heavy half-hour, Jens guides you through a serious of unique, spacious concert recordings of Goldsmith gems like Supergirl, The Swarm, The Omen, and more, offering cursory explanations of what makes some of these particular performances stand out. We hope you'll tag along for this look at a brief-yet-rewarding Japanese tribute to a great American composer! Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
Nov 8, 2018
Episode 14 - Gunsmoke - Doc Judge & The Blacksmith & The Wake (1960)
Howdy folks! We're saddling up and riding into Dodge City for an exploration of the long-running TV western Gunsmoke. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark take a look at three episodes from 1960, each highlighted by its own distinctive Goldsmith score. First up is “Doc Judge,” featuring a suspenseful score anchored by an ominous five-note theme. Next, we meet “The Blacksmith,” containing a lively, diverse score offering warmth, romance, suspense, and a bit of action. Last but not least is “The Wake,” which serves up a modest, playful score built around an instantly memorable main theme. Grab your six-shooter, dust off your ten-gallon hat, and join us as we cantor through one of the staples of classic television. *The Work: *Gunsmoke: Season 5 Volume 2, Gunsmoke: Season 6 Vol 1. Ron Burbella supplied us with his CBS EZ CUE disc and index (discussed in this Film Score Monthly thread) and with his reel-to-reel tape transfers. Bill Wrobel documented the mass of CBS Music…
2 hr 7 min
Oct 25, 2018
Odyssey Interviews - Cliff Eidelman
In our second installment of Odyssey Interviews, Yavar has a conversation with film composer and conductor Cliff Eidelman. Eidelman is perhaps best known for his striking score for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and has scored such diverse projects as Leap of Faith, Triumph of the Spirit, The Meteor Man, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Eidelman has also written a variety of works for the concert hall, some of which will be featured on an album being released this fall. Over the course of this interview, Eidelman talks about his personal encounters with Jerry Goldsmith, the unique challenges of conducting Goldsmith's work, his current musical endeavors, and much more. *Note: *Since this interview was conducted, the digital release date for Cliff Eidelman's "Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos" has shifted to early November instead of late October. For up-to-date information on Eidelman and his work, visit his website. *Music in this Episode:* * 00:00 - C2 Logo…
1 hr 12 min
Oct 10, 2018
Odyssey Interviews - Leonard Slatkin
We are pleased to present the first installment of Odyssey Interviews, an occasional feature that will offer interviews with special guests who have some connection to Jerry Goldsmith and/or his music. In our debut interview, Yavar has a conversation with internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin, Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony. Slatkin maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting (he has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world) and is active as a composer, author, and educator. He has received 6 Grammy Awards and 33 nominations, and is a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of the Arts. Over the course of this interview, Slatkin discusses growing up in the world of film music, his family's relationship with Goldsmith, commissioning Goldsmith's Music for Orchestra, and much more. For up-to-date information on Leonard Slatkin and his work, visit his website. *Music in this Episode:* * 00:00 - C2 Logo Fanfare * 16:17 -…
1 hr 14 min
Sep 26, 2018
Episode 13 - CBS Music Library Spectacular Part 2
In the second and final part of our CBS Music Library Spectacular, returning guest W. David Lichty guides your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark through a remarkably diverse array of suites spotlighting a large portion of Goldsmith's contribution to the CBS music library. Over the course of this episode, you'll hear playful comedy, moody suspense, lush romance, chilling horror, and lots of other musical goodies. Even if you're a devoted Goldsmith fan, odds are high that the majority of this music will be new to you. Join us as we don our research caps and complete a sojourn into one of the most under-explored corners of Goldsmith's career! To follow along with David's custom suites, please consult this Google Doc for a thorough breakdown. *The Work:* The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (at Amazon). *David’s Bibliography:* Ron Burbella supplied us with his TransWorld 78s (discussed in this Film Score Monthly thread). Martin Grams Jr. wrote The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the…
1 hr 40 min
Sep 25, 2018
Vote Goldsmith for Kickstarter
*Presenting an important campaign announcement from The Goldsmith Odyssey.* To vote in Intrada's new Kickstarter poll, go directly to this thread. If you haven't already signed up for their forum, you'll need to register. Even if you're already registered to purchase items from Intrada's store (store.intrada.com), a separate registration is required for the forum. To complete the process, you'll need the answer to their security question about their first release from 1985 (it's “Red Dawn”). You should then receive a confirmation e-mail allowing you to complete your registration (the e-mail should arrive instantaneously, so check your spam folder if you don't see it right away). When you're all done, head to the forum and cast your vote! Feel free to vote your conscience, which we assume will tell you to vote for Jerry Goldsmith.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 12 - CBS Music Library Spectacular Part 1
Supported by the invaluable aid and research of returning guest W. David Lichty, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark offer the first installment of a two-part examination into Jerry Goldsmith's contributions to the vast CBS Music Library, which featured a diverse array of fully orchestral cues that would ultimately be used on a wide variety of CBS television programs, including The Twilight Zone. In this episode, we explore all of the original library cues featured on Prometheus's Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years Volume One album, plus a sampling of additional library cues that will be brand new to most Goldsmith fans. Be sure to stay tuned for our follow-up episode, which will offer a host of rarely-heard Goldsmith material. Grab your library card and join us for a journey into the archives! *The Work:* Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years, Volume 1 (at Screen Archives), The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (at Amazon). *David’s Bibliography:* Ron Burbella supplied us with h…
1 hr 10 min
Aug 29, 2018
Episode 11 - Man on the Beach (1959) & The Fair-Haired Boy (1958)
Another episode, another special guest: Friend of the show and Goldsmith archivist extraordinaire W. David Lichty joins your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark for an examination of "Saturday Night in Santa Monica", the unaired television pilot for Man on the Beach, starring Gavin MacLeod as an eccentric private investigator. While gritting our teeth and playfully dissecting the pilot's truly dreadful writing, directing, and acting, we also explore its jazzy, energetic Goldsmith score (which Goldsmith fans may know as "Jazz Theme #1" from various Twilight Zone albums). As a bonus, we also take a look at Goldsmith's spare, jazz-tinged music written for the Studio One in Hollywood episode "The Fair-Haired Boy" (featured on the Twilight Zone albums as "Jazz Theme #2"). Grab your scuba gear and dive in! *The Work: *Twilight Zone: The 40th Anniversary Collection (at Discogs) *In Depth:* Dan Hollis' breakdown of Twilight Zone library cues (Twilight Zone Cafe) Please send your correspond…
1 hr 41 min
Aug 8, 2018
Episode 10 - The Twilight Zone - Nightmare as a Child & Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room (1960)
Portrait of a film music expert: John Takis, a talented writer known for his exceptional liner notes and informative blog posts. John has been invited to be the very first guest on a podcast known as The Goldsmith Odyssey. He knows that he will be asked to offer his thoughts on the virtues of film composer Jerry Goldsmith. He knows that he is expected to offer commentary on the classic television episodes "Nightmare as a Child" and "Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room." However, what he doesn’t know is that program hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark have lured him into their lengthiest episode yet, requiring John to conjure mass quantities of dazzling insight. John Takis: a film music expert taking a two-hour journey… into The Twilight Zone. *The Work:* The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (at Amazon), Twilight Zone: The 40th Anniversary Collection (at Discogs) *In Depth: *John Takis's blog, Jerry Goldsmith interviewed by Jon Burlingame for the Archive of American Television (May 8th,…
1 hr 58 min
Jul 19, 2018
Episode 9 - The Twilight Zone - The Four of Us Are Dying & The Big Tall Wish (1960)
Submitted for your approval: a voyage of musical discovery, critical analysis, and profound mystery. These three men – Jens, Yavar, and Clark – are entirely ordinary in every way but one: their odd obsession with the music of a film composer named Jerry Goldsmith. Crossing the threshold into a new era, they explore two classic episodes of television: “The Four of Us Are Dying” (which features a dynamic, off-kilter jazz score) and “The Big Tall Wish” (which offers up impressively structured musical melancholy). These men analyze the music and the episodes that music accompanies, offering commentary you may find alternately playful and earnest. Now witness if you will three unsuspecting music lovers taking their first steps into The Twilight Zone. *The Work:* The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series (at Amazon), Twilight Zone: The 40th Anniversary Collection (at Discogs) *In Depth:* The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic by Martin Grams Jr. (at Amazon),…
1 hr 48 min
Jun 28, 2018
Episode 8 - Fifties Roundup
The day has finally arrived. At long last, we have reached the end... of the 1950s, thus concluding the brief prologue to this obscenely lengthy podcast journey. On this episode, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark gather up odds n' ends from the decade: an exploration of the Climax! episode “Trail of Terror” (featuring a suspenseful Goldsmith score highlighted by a lovely, reflective melody), a MIDI reconstruction of Goldsmith's dynamic score for the Civil War-themed Playhouse 90 episode “The Tunnel,” two strikingly different (yet equally impressive) scores written for the '50s cop drama The Lineup, and multiple versions of Goldsmith's instantly catchy Black Saddle theme. Finally, we take a few moments to reflect on the highlights of the material we've covered thus far. It's a musical feast... but save room, because we'll be stuffing one more surprise into the mix. Take a seat and gobble it up! *The Work:* Playhouse 90: The Tunnel (Midi Reconstruction), Jerry Goldsmith:…
1 hr 49 min
Jun 25, 2018
Gold Nugget 1 - Big in Japan
In our first side episode, Jens listens to an anime score and makes a discovery. The result is a forum post in podcast form. Intro music from Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 14, 2018
Episode 7 - Peck's Bad Girl (1959) & The Sergeant and the Lady (1958)
In this episode, we take a look at two half-hour TV rarities from the late 1950s. First up, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark (aka "Goldsmith's Bad Boys") head into cutesy family sitcom territory with "Lips That Touch Lipstick", a Goldsmith-scored episode of the short-lived series Peck's Bad Girl. Afterwards, they explore something a bit more dramatic: the unaired pilot of the cop drama The Sergeant and the Lady. Comedy and drama, playful melodies and aggressive jazz scoring, thoughtful analysis and goofy moments — suffice it to say this episode has a bit of something for everyone. All the other kids at school are listening, so you probably should, too. *The Work:* Rare TV Comedy: Beulah / The Ruggles / Behind The Scenes / Peck's Bad Girl Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 14 min
May 24, 2018
Episode 6 - Tomorrow - Playhouse 90 (1960)
In this episode, we jump ahead to early 1960 to examine another installment of the 90-minute CBS anthology series Playhouse 90: famed playright Horton Foote’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s short story "Tomorrow." Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the teleplay’s strengths and weaknesses abridging Faulkner for the small screen, and its economical but subtly effective, poignant Jerry Goldsmith score. We discover unique performances of the album material, unused cues, and entirely unreleased music. It’s the Podcast of the Future: Listen to "Tomorrow" Today! *The Work:* Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years, Volume 1 (at Screen Archives) Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 hr 10 min
May 10, 2018
Episode 5 - A Marriage of Strangers - Playhouse 90 (1959)
In this episode, we take a look at "A Marriage of Strangers," an installment of the 90-minute CBS anthology series Playhouse 90. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the unique nature of this series, the teleplay's struggle to create a persuasively authentic portrait of a marriage, the challenges of writing music for live television, and – of course – the tender Jerry Goldsmith score. Offering a pair of memorable themes (one melancholy, one romantic) and some moments of surprising tension, "A Marriage of Strangers" is the longest Goldsmith score we've covered to date. Additionally, we dip into the mailbag and briefly discuss a bit of listener feedback. Put this episode around your finger and join us! *The Work:* Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years, Volume 1 (at Screen Archives) *In Depth:* Jerry Goldsmith interviewed by Jon Burlingame for the Archive of American Television (May 8th, 2002) Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 32 min
Apr 26, 2018
Episode 4 - Perry Mason (1959)
In this episode, we turn to the small screen for a look at the classic TV legal drama Perry Mason. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark explore two episodes scored by Jerry Goldsmith: the jewelry-themed mystery "The Case of the Blushing Pearls" (featuring an Asian-inspired score built around a gorgeous central melody) and the convention-breaking "The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma" (which offers a more noirish score that both echoes City of Fear and previews Chinatown). Are these episodes and scores hidden gems? We examine the evidence and offer a verdict! *The Work: *Jerry Goldsmith: The Early Years, Volume 1 (at Screen Archives), Perry Mason: Season 3 - Volume 1 (at the CBS Store) Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 hr 25 min
Apr 12, 2018
Episode 3 - Face of a Fugitive (1959) & Toccata (1958)
In this episode, we take a look at another Goldsmith-scored western: the 1959 Fred MacMurray vehicle Face of a Fugitive. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the simple pleasures of this conventional yet competent film, and explore some of the highlights of Goldsmith's melodic, entertaining score (including a flexible central motif, a memorably melancholy secondary theme, a delicate love theme, and some thrilling action cues). As a prelude to that discussion, we offer a brief look at the flavorful "Toccata for Solo Guitar," the first concert piece of Goldsmith's career. Climb aboard the train and enjoy the ride! *The Work: *Face of a Fugitive on Archive.org, Contemporary Creations for Spanish Guitar on Discogs *In Depth: *Yavar's liner notes for Face of a Fugitive Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 2 - City of Fear (1959)
In this episode, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark take a look at the second feature film scoring assignment of Jerry Goldsmith's career: the lean, gritty 1959 noir City of Fear. We discuss the way this paranoia-filled film reflects the anxieties of its era, and examine the ways it falls short despite its striking premise. Additionally, we dive into Jerry Goldsmith's intense, jagged score, noting the ways in which Goldsmith's music works overtime to elevate otherwise mundane scenes. Finally, we dip into the mailbag and take a few moments to respond to some thoughtful listener feedback. Don't worry: this episode isn't dangerous, merely addictive. *The Work:* City of Fear on Intrada Please send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 1 - Black Patch (1957)
In our first regular-format episode, we invite you to join us for an exploration of the 1957 western Black Patch, starring George Montgomery, Leo Gordon, Diane Brewster, Tom Pittman, and Sebastian Cabot. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the ways in which this low-budget western succeeds and struggles in its efforts to buck formula. Black Patch also bears the important distinction of being the first feature film to be scored by Jerry Goldsmith, who takes a deceptively intelligent psychological approach to the material. We explore some of his assorted thematic ideas and standout musical moments, including a dynamic action piece and a genuinely gorgeous romantic sequence. Saddle up and enjoy! *Note:* Clark and Yavar are still learning how to use computers. Please be aware of this before writing us about the audio quality of this episode. *The Work:* Black Patch on Warner Archive *In Depth:* Yavar's liner notes for Black Patch Please send your correspondence to mail@go…
Mar 1, 2018
Episode 0 - Live Television and Radio
In this introductory episode, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar and Clark offer thoughts on why we chose Goldsmith as a subject and what we're hoping to accomplish over the course of this series. Additionally, we dig into some of Goldsmith's most notable early radio and television work: the poetry-themed radio program 1489 Words (an episode of the anthology series The CBS Radio Workshop), Gore Vidal's TV adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (an episode of the anthology series Climax!) and the first three episodes of the western radio drama Frontier Gentleman. Don't miss this informative and entertaining prelude to a grand podcast adventure! *The Work:* Frontier Gentleman - All 41 Episodes, CBS Radio Workshop Episodes Please send your correspondence to email@example.com.
1 hr 9 min