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Name: INTRADA
Number: INTISC501

INCHON (3CD / REMASTERED REISSUE) (CD)
Composed by: Jerry Goldsmith

Intrada again reissues popular Jerry Goldsmith action score! Issued several times previously and selling out each time, Intrada yet again issues popular and exciting score for Korean War drama but with a change of face:. Master elements for the score, recorded in Italy, all survived in several formats with composer Goldsmith and engineer Len Engel working from and preferring the 1” 8-track masters for our initial CD release and reissue. Subsequently, Intrada created new masters from these elements in tandem with the 1/2” 3-channel stereo film mixes, including editing between the formats. Based on assumptions they would prove inferior, the tapes never utilized were the 1/4” safeties, which were stereo mixes made and stored simply as backups in case of damage to all the other rolls of tape. We finally addressed those tapes expecting more of the same notoriously thin dynamics. Happily we were wrong. Reasonably free from blemishes and noise, these rolls proved to have crisper and cleaner audio with improved dynamics, allowing us to rebuild the entire previous 3-CD program with what should be the best audio available… famous last words? There are few guarantees in life, but the excitement and power of this score remains one of them! While the contents are ostensibly identical to the previous three-disc releases, we found a few additional early print takes and alternates were previously unreleased and, while offering no significant musical differences, might make Goldsmith completists just a little bit happier to take yet one more trip to the well. As before, the first CD offers the original 1982 soundtrack album in the best possible sound, the second CD presents the entire score utilizing the editorial assemblies created by the composer and engineer for our earliest reissue and the third CD carries the complete score in unedited fashion so bars at the end of cues previously edited together now play in their entirety. So three different presentations of this magnificent score, each with its own merits! The film itself, chronicling events surrounding the Korean war, had a much-troubled production history that spanned two years, saw the death of cast member David Janssen and ultimately led to the editing of more than a half hour of footage prior to its general release. Happily Goldsmith scored the longer version and all of his music survived in beautiful condition. Other film production credits were top drawer, including Terence Young (of James Bond fame) at the helm and stars Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara, Toshiro Mifune and Richard Rountree in the cast. Goldsmith’s “Main Title” opens in aggressive, declamatory fashion, an abundance of propulsive energy and jagged rhythm that puts it in a very small family of Goldsmith title music that includes Night Crossing, Capricorn One, Face Of A Fugitive and The Salamander. The score is thematically rich with ideas for not only the conflict, but the locale and specific characters (Lim’s theme is an emotional highlight) as well. A sparingly used love theme and powerful action material for the tank sequences are major assets! Len Engel engineers, Arthur Morton orchestrates, Jerry Goldsmith composes, conducts. Intrada Special Collection 3-CD set available while quantities and interest remain! - INTRADA

CD 1 1982 Soundtrack Album
01. Main Title (2:26) 02. Resignation (2:17) 03. The Bridge (3:37) 04. The Church (4:03) 05. The Mines (4:24) 06. Task Force (3:12) 07. Medley (2:18) 08. Love Theme (2:55) 09. The Tanks (3:47) 10. Lim’s Death (3:18) 11. The Trucks (2:58) 12. Inchon Theme (3:28)
Total Time: 38:45

CD 2 2006 Score Assembly
01. Prologue And Main Title (3:53) 02. The Bridge (3:37) 03. The 38th Parallel (1:23) 04. Medley (2:18) 05. Love Theme (Album Version) (2:55) 06. The Aftermath (0:55) 07. The Tanks (3:47) 08. A Change Of Course (1:16) 09. The Church (2:29) 10. MacArthur’s Arrival (0:55) 11. The Harbor (1:20) 12. The Trucks (3:08) 13. Corpses (1:21) 14. The Children (Original) (0:51) 15. The Apology (2:43) 16. The Lighthouse (2:34) 17. The Clock Watcher (0:40) 18. The Mines (5:12) 19. Resignation (2:17) 20. The Landing (1:23) 21. Lim’s Death (2:12) 22. The Scroll (2:22) 23. Task Force (3:08) 24. Inchon Theme (3:24)
Total Time: 56:06

CD 3 Complete Score In Sequence
01. Prologue (1:41) 02. Main Title (2:26) 03. The Bridge (1:50) 04. The 38th Parallel (1:23) 05. MacArthur (1:00) 06. The Aftermath (0:55) 07. The Tragedy (1:14) 08. Tanks Arrive (1:59) 09. A Change Of Course (1:16) 10. The Church (2:29) 11. MacArthur’s Arrival (0:55) 12. The Harbor (1:20) 13. The Tanks (2:59) 14. The Trucks (3:08) 15. Lim And The Children (1:28) 16. Corpses (1:21) 17. The Pledge (0:39) 18. The Children (Original) (0:51) 19. The Apology (2:43) 20. The Clock Watcher (0:40) 21. The Lighthouse (2:34) 22. The Ships (2:23) 23. The Mines (4:31) 24. Resignation (2:17) 25. The Landing (1:23) 26. Lim’s Death (1:43) 27. The Scroll (2:22) 28. Task Force (Revised) (1:20) 29. Inchon Theme (3:24) 30. Love Theme (Album Version) (2:55)
Total Score Time: 57:17

THE EXTRAS
31. The Children (Revised) (0:48) 32. The Ships (Alternate) (2:26) 33. The Bridge (Early Take) (1:49) 34. The Pledge (Early Take) (0:42) 35. The Trucks (Early Take) (3:07) 36. Task Force (Original) (1:20)
Total Extras Time: 13:20 Total CD 3 Time: 67:4
Total Discs Time: `62:31

Total Discs Time: 162:31

  
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Posted by jay woelfel on March 6, 2024 5:40 PM
Yes, this really does sound better, for the most part, than any previous CD release. I bought the LP, then I've bought every CD version since so I did hesitate before buying it again, but I am glad I did so. The CDs had weird issues because too much noise reduction was done you could hear this in any string passage especially, all that is gone now!!! This finally sounds, 90 percent of the time as good as any other Goldsmith release of the era--they have managed to clean up some player noise without creating other problems and the score is good, and even better without those distractions. My only minor gripe is that the few problems in a few cues are that the low strings get buried, this used to be the case in many cues now it's only true in one or two at most. I can't help but think this could be fixed by mixing in the low string isolated tracks from one of the other elements--that Intrada has. They could have even just done this and put it on as an alternate mix. Probably scared to have the same uneven results that have always happened before they just wanted to throw out all those elements--but I think that was wrong headed--sort of an acheologists approach favoring no reconstruction over using a bit of glue here and there. So does this mean over time they might think the same thing and yet another Inchon is released??? Probably not, possibly so.

But this really is far and away the best sounding version of the score, it has all the previous versions of releases on it, the LP tracks, all now using these previously unused elements, plus you get a few extra and alternate mixes that have never been released before--just wish they had tried to actually use all the tracks at their disposal--a problem that plagued previous releases.

But really my issues only effect 2 or 3 tracks at most.

If you bought Inchon before, yes it really is worth buying it again, it's that much better! If you never did, this is the time!!!

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