More than 40 years after the facts, Jerry Goldsmith score for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston is finally available in its complete expanded form with highly improved sound remastered from a 1/4″ full-track (mono) copy of the recording master preserved by the composer and containing every cue he recorded for the film. The release also includes the original remastered album.
After rejecting Philip Lambro’s music, the production team rushed veteran Jerry Goldsmith into supplying the now iconic score, one of Goldsmith’s all-time favorite.
On such a short notice (he had ten days -some say three weeks-to compose and record the material), Goldsmith provided a solo minor-key theme for trumpet with a 30’s feel to reflect the settings of 1930 L.A. , but surrounded it with more contemporary sounding material ranging from percussion effects, multiple harp arpeggios, dissonant harmonies and numerous devices for four pianos at times hitting in collective cluster. All roads lead to Goldsmith.
A landmark score by one of the greatest film composers of all time, Chinatown never sounded better, thanks to those guys at Intrada.