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Congo
(1995)
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1995 Epic Soundtrax
2013 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Additional Music by:
James Newton Howard
Lebo M.
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Epic Soundtrax
(June 13th, 1995)

Intrada Records
(January 7th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 Epic album was a regular U.S. release, but it eventually fell out of print. The 2013 Intrada album is a limited product of unspecified quantities, originally available through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20.
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Buy it... only if you regularly appreciate every variant of Jerry Goldsmith's jungle-related compositions of the 1990's, even if that material strays towards mundane and anonymous reflections of ideas better developed in its peers.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to exhibit the same spirit, enthusiasm, energy, or sustained thematic integrity of The Ghost and the Darkness or Medicine Man.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #614
WRITTEN 10/10/96, REVISED 2/19/13
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Congo: (Jerry Goldsmith) With the massive cinematic success of Jurassic Park a few years earlier, there was never any doubt that studios would jump on the Michael Crichton bandwagon and bring another animal versus human challenge by the popular author to the big screen. Never had Congo been as successful a concept as many of the writer's other stories of technology and nature, but the film's distinguishing production feature would be the massive apes themselves. Even with many of the technical obstacles conquered by the filmmakers (an issue that had delayed the adaptation for more than a decade), the production suffered from a terrible translation into a nonsensical screenplay, with an unknown cast and questionable directorial execution hampering its appeal. An expedition containing an eclectic group of scientists and treasure-seekers venture to the Congo for wildly different reasons, and when they start getting killed off by maniacal wild apes, a few cheers are merited. Several extraordinary, unbelievable elements take their toll by the end of the adventure-turned-fantasy, making the whole laughable for some audiences. Composer Jerry Goldsmith had been lucky, in many regards, in the African and jungle-related assignments he received in the 1990's. Even in the common circumstance in which Goldsmith was handed a truly horrible film to write music for, he would return with a serviceable and, occasionally, very enjoyable primordial score. Goldsmith would likely have been involved with Congo had it originally been shot as planned in the early 1980's (having been Crichton's regular collaborator at the time), and he stepped in as a replacement for James Newton Howard (who bowed out due to scheduling conflicts after doing some preliminary work for the film) when it was eventually green-lighted for its 1995 release. In an attempt to do his best to salvage Congo from the pits of cinematic despair, Goldsmith teamed up with already-involved Howard collaborator Lebo M. and assembled a percussion-heavy orchestral ensemble to provide a robust score for the picture.



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Average: 3.75 Stars
***** 250 5 Stars
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** 66 2 Stars
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mark wahlborg - April 5, 2013, at 11:27 p.m.
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I've been waiting 18 years for this!   Expand >>
hewhomustnotbenamed - February 21, 2013, at 4:04 a.m.
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Ed Leachman - March 20, 2009, at 10:34 a.m.
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True Orchestra
Kino - December 9, 2008, at 1:16 p.m.
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Lebo M & Zimmer overused?
ABC - March 8, 2006, at 5:54 a.m.
1 comment  (2253 views)
More men in ape suits...
Julio Gomez - March 24, 2005, at 5:01 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Epic Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 33:37
Incorrect Listing on Packaging:
• 1. Spirit of Africa (2:42)
• 2. Amy's Nightmare (2:59)
• 3. No Customs (1:49)
• 4. Kahega (2:34)
• 5. Bail Out (2:27)
• 6. Deep Jungle (2:00)
• 7. Hippo Attack (4:03)
• 8. Crash Site (2:12)
• 9. Gates of Zinj (2:19)
• 10. Amy's Farewell/End Titles (10:28)
Correct Listing:
• 1. Spirit of Africa (2:42)
• 2. Bail Out (2:59)
• 3. No Customs (1:49)
• 4. Deep Jungle (2:34)
• 5. Hippo Attack (2:27)
• 6. Crash Site (2:00)
• 7. Gates of Zinj (4:03)
• 8. Amy's Nightmare (2:12)
• 9. Kahega (2:19)
• 10. Amy's Farewell/End Titles (10:28)
2013 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 63:32

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The packaging of the 1995 Epic album is extremely difficult to read and understand, and it includes no extra information about the film or score. It intentionally jumbled the track titles on that packaging for no good reason. The insert of the 2013 Intrada album features extensive information about the film and score.
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