Jerry Goldsmith

Gremlins [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Geffen's official soundtrack to the 1984 smash Gremlins remains a legendary abomination, jettisoning the vast majority of Jerry Goldsmith's deliciously dark score in favor of tepid pop songs from Michael Sembello and Quarterflash. It's taken 16 years and a bootleg label to set the record straight, but at long last, here it is: Goldsmith's original Gremlins score in its entirety, and time hasn't dimmed its energy or creativity. Suspenseful but wry, the music perfectly captures the manic black comedy of Joe Dante's film. "Mrs. Deagle" and "The Gremlin Rag" rank among Goldsmith's finest individual themes, but Gremlins is far more than the sum of its parts, and ranks among the composer's finest hours. [The Mogwai edition appends Goldsmith's musical contributions to Dante's segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie.]