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Patton (1970 Film): Also Featuring Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970 Film) (1997 Studio Recording)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
The collaboration between director Franklin J. Schaffner and composer Jerry Goldsmith produced several fantastic films and scores, but none have been more memorable than 1970's Patton. Goldsmith's grandiosely constructed m... more »
The collaboration between director Franklin J. Schaffner and composer Jerry Goldsmith produced several fantastic films and scores, but none have been more memorable than 1970's Patton. Goldsmith's grandiosely constructed marches and echoing trumpets express both the essence of the complex general as well as Schaffner's visual imagery. These trumpets find their way into nearly every part of the film's score, lending an aura of timelessness and invincibility to the conflicts that lay ahead. Even in "The Cemetery," they float beneath the heavy drums and light piccolos as testament to the sacrifice and memorial of death in combat. The score to Tora! Tora! Tora! embodies the invasion of Pearl Harbor as Goldsmith brings the sounds of the Japanese koto and wood blocks under the structure of a full Western symphony. Opposing instruments build up separately from one another as the fighting forces come closer to battle then blend at the climax of engagement. Swift and furious as well as cold and decisive, Goldsmith's score slowly lets the tension rise then swoops down to reflect scenes as shocking and surprising as the day itself. --James Stockstill
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rambutan | Singapore | 03/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1976 I bought this LP version of the original soundtrack. It was warped! But I managed to get it taped. The triplets that chills you at the start of a cue was done through an echo device. This LP version was a re-recording and not the actual film soundtrack which was released in 1999 through Film Score Monthly magazine. The LP version is the one to go for because it is fuller and conducted with great verve by Goldsmith himself.The actual soundtrack version has very sparse orchestration and does not do so well on first hearing. My first choice is the Tsunami label LP version which includes the opening fanfare before George C. Scott`s inspirational speech.It also includes the closing speech spoken so philosophically by Scott. Second choice would be the actual soundtrack and last the re-recording coupled with Tora Tora. Anyone know where I could get an intermediate piano version of the score or Patton March ? The sheet music I have is too simple ! The March is not only martial it is very fun to conduct."
Not for fans of the original score
rambutan | 01/19/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Don't buy this if you want a CD version of the original vinyl soundtrack. This is a new and somewhat different rendition of the score and it's missing George C. Scott's classic opening address to the troops and his closing statement. Also, in my opinion, some of the music isn't as good as the original."
Good CD, only wish it contained original recordings.
rambutan | 12/19/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love the score from "Patton," however I was somewhat dissapointed that this CD didn't contain the original records. However, the music is excellent and as it is the only CD that contains the theme from "Patton," I don't have a choice! :)"