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Williams vs. Goldsmith Round 2


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Round Two of the comparison between the works of John Williams vs. Jerry Goldsmith covers the years 1980 - 1985.

Both composed for feature films and TV. Williams had the distinction of becoming principal conductor of the Boston Pops in 1980. This may have been a reason for his cinematic score output. Between 1981 - 1985 Goldsmith composed 23 scores while Williams only composed 10 for film & TV. Included also was his fantastic theme for the 1984 Olympics.

Additionally Williams composed the theme for Yes, Giorgio, and his themes for Superman and JAWS were utilized in the Sequels Superman II & III and JAWS 3D, respectively.

During this period the Star Trek series of films had sequels as well, but did not utilize Goldsmith's themes from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

As in the previous posting, below are the compositions of Goldsmith & Willaims during this period.

What are your thoughts and favorites from this period?

GOLDSMITH'S WORKS

THE FINAL CONFLICT 1981

MASADA 1981

INCHON 1981

OUTLAND 1981

RAGGEDY MAN 1981

THE SALAMANDER 1981

NIGHT CROSSING 1981

POLTERGEIST 1982

THE SECRET OF N.I.M.H. 1982

THE CHALLENGE 1982

FIRST BLOOD 1982

PSYCHO II 1983

TWILIGHT ZONE - THE MOVIE 1983

UNDER FIRE 1983

THE LONELY GUY 1984

GREMLINS 1984

SUPERGIRL 1984

RUNAWAY 1984

BABY : THE SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND 1985

RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2 1985

EXPLORERS 1985

LEGEND 1985

KING SOLOMON'S MINES 1985

WILLIAMS, WORKS

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK 1981

YES, GIORGIO (Theme Only) 1982

E.T. - THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982

MONSIGNOR 1982

RETURN OF THE JEDI 1983

INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM 1984

1984 OLYMPICS THEME 1984

THE RIVER 1984

AMAZING STORIES 1985

THE MISSION - AMAZING STORIES 1985

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I know only about 10 % of Mr. Goldsmith's output , only the more famous scores.( I love them)

But in 1981 , seven scores! There must be mistake.Or if not , they cannot be all listenable.

Just out of curiosity.

I'm a novice in film music(except Williams)

Outland is probably the only weak score out of Goldsmith's 81 output.

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