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Poltergeist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jerry Goldsmith
Poltergeist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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"They're heeeeere." This soundtrack's almost as spooky as Steven Spielberg's classic tale of the supernatural. Composer Jerry Goldsmith keeps listeners on edge by constructing sweeping soundscapes with drastically contrast...  more »


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All Artists: Jerry Goldsmith
Title: Poltergeist: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/4/1982
Re-Release Date: 3/4/1997
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227272524

Synopsis essential recording
"They're heeeeere." This soundtrack's almost as spooky as Steven Spielberg's classic tale of the supernatural. Composer Jerry Goldsmith keeps listeners on edge by constructing sweeping soundscapes with drastically contrasting moods, rapidly slipping from childlike delicacy to overpowering grandeur in just a few bars of music. Consider the tones of the main title or the rapid shifts from understated menace to overwhelming terror in "Rebirth." From shivering strings (used to especially good effect on "Twisted Abduction") to gentle piano (the closing lullabylike "Rebirth"), Goldsmith is a master of effect, his compositional style perfectly suited to the film. --Genevieve Williams

CD Reviews

A triumph of style and power.
Chadwick H. Saxelid | Concord, CA United States | 01/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jerry Goldsmith's score for Poltergeist is, arguably, one of THE greatest horror film scores of all time - right up there with Herrmann's score for Psycho and Williams for Jaws. Both haunting and soothing, etheral and chaotic, a listener does not know what will come out of the speakers next. This expanded edition, which contains more music than the first release did, is the very definition of ESSENTIAL. I give it my highest recommendation."
They're Heeeere! Goldsmith Is Heeere!!
Luis M. Ramos | Caracas, Venezuela | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Jerry Goldsmith has done it again: He freaks me out every time I hear his great composition for "Poltergeist". Let's face it: he gave me the chills with his scores for the Omen trilogy and "Alien". He knew how to make us wonder what mysterious things were lurking in the dark with the music he wrote for horror films.
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."
Perfect!!! Absolutely Perfect!!!
Varese Fan | Sunny FL | 02/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I never owned the original album, so I can't compare the two. However, I looked it up on, and I couldn't believe there was less than 40 mins. on it! Thank goodness for Rhino Records! They have not only restored and re-mastered this score with perfect pristine sound, but they have included every single note heard in the film, and much much more! Almost 70 mins. of music!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!"