Cinewax

Chinatown - Original Score - (Black Vinyl) - Limited Edition - Jerry Goldsmith

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Sometimes, it doesnÕt take very long to create something brilliant. When producer Robert Evans rejected Phillip LambroÕs original score for Chinatown, Jerry Goldsmith was hired to create another, from scratch, in just 10 days.

To say he rose to the challenge is an understatement. Goldsmith, a 20 year veteran of the TV and movie industry with credits including Dr Kildare, Planet Of The Apes and even The Waltons theme, turned in a work that was both a career peak for him and the saviour of Roman PolanskiÕs masterpiece of neo-noir.

What was clever about it? It wasnÕt quite straight jazz, it wasnÕt quite classical. It was identifiably a movie soundtrack, but an unusual one at that, leaning heavily on Uan RaseyÕs mournful trumpet solos, sparingly using pianos, harps, strings and percussion, and employing sounds and crashes as overtures. It doesnÕt try to speak to the filmÕs 1930s setting so much as to the mood and feel of the movie, a piece about political and moral corruption in a water-starved LA featuring Jack Nicholson at the absolute top of his game.

ÒI remember [Evans] speaking about the music having a contemporary feel, contemporary meaning the Ô30s,Ó Goldsmith said in an interview before his 2004 death. ÒI said, ÔBob, I donÕt think so Ð you see that on the screen, why should I do that in the underscore? É Emotions are timeless.Õ

Originally released as a soundtrack in 1974, and long out of print, CinewaxÕs reissue is remastered from the original tapes and is presented with brand new artwork by acclaimed illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley, with layout by Jay Shaw. Drop the needle and hear why Chinatown is, reportedly, David LynchÕs favorite soundtrack. Goldsmith was right about emotions.


  • Newly remastered audio
  • Housed in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket

Track Listing

Side A
Love Theme From Chinatown (Main Title)
 Noah Cross
 Easy Living
 Jake And Evelyn
 I Can't Get Started
 The Last Of Ida

Side B
 The Captive
 The Boy On A Horse
 The Way You Look Tonight
 The Wrong Clue
 J. J. Gittis
 Love Theme From Chinatown (End Title)