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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
The National Philharmonic Orchestra

Additional Music by:
Michael Boddicker
Richard Rudolph
Morton Stevens

2010 Album Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
Mike Matessino
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GNP Crescendo
(November 19th, 1993)

Warner Music (Europe)
(June, 2001)

Film Score Monthly
(June 15th, 2010)
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The 1993 album was a regular commercial release, but it went out of print later in the decade and has sold for over $50. The 2001 re-issue remained available at online retail outlets through the 2000's, fetching about $20 as an import. The 2010 Film Score Monthly album is a limited pressing of 5,000 copies, sold for $25 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you appreciate even Jerry Goldsmith's most challenging, atmospheric, and grueling listening experiences, an adequate but not spectacular accompaniment to a far better film than most recall.

Avoid it... if you expect the score on its own to be as entertaining as the film, for Goldsmith answers the plot's suspense with extremely harsh tones in the lowest registers and troubled, ambiguous themes that only develop into a tonal payoff for one great finale cue.
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WRITTEN 7/16/09, REVISED 6/21/10
Outland: (Jerry Goldsmith) An obscure but timelessly entertaining space Western shot by director Peter Hyams in 1981, Outland has all the basic ingredients of an old Wild West story (and High Noon in particular) but switches the time and location to Jupiter's moon of Io in the future. There, one of many mining colonies is busy sending ore back to Earth on lengthy journeys, and the lifestyle on the station is identical to what you'd find in Dodge City of an era past. It's a dirty existence full of addiction, whores, and other recreation, all kept in line by one sheriff and a mining company supervisor. The man of law is none other than Sean Connery in his prime, and he quickly learns that the company is filtering drugs to the miners so that they work like animals. Unfortunately, the drugs also drive them mad, leading to several grisly suicides that catch the attention of the lawman. When he learns the truth and endeavors to put an end to the company's drug infusions, two assassins are dispatched to the station to restore the previous balance of order. Lengthy scenes depicting Connery's preparations for the ensuing battle (delayed by the crawling pace of space travel) without the assistance of most of the station's inhabitants yield classic suspense. The film wasn't highly regarded, despite Hyams' previous success, and it has since comfortably assumed the role of a hidden gem. Grotesque human explosions in the vacuum of space and simulated hardcore sex acts in the station's "recreation room" give the production a decidedly "B" status. Fun stuff all around, especially when Connery (sans wig, thankfully) eventually blasts men at point blank range rather than trouble himself with arrest procedures. The film represented the second of composer Jerry Goldsmith's collaborations with Hyams, the former being Capricorn One. Although the 1978 NASA thriller received an extremely intelligent and explosive suspense score from Goldsmith, Outland is conversely underplayed. In fact, Goldsmith's work here is so anonymous in its atmospheric stance that it plays only a minor role in the picture, perhaps a result of the composer's admitted difficulty handling the assignment. Several of Goldsmith's cues were removed by Hyams and replaced with either the music of others or simply dropped in favor of silence. As such, Goldsmith's score doesn't have a particularly notable impact on the film until a handful of late cues (culminating in the tonal finale), a consequence of the fact that it was partially dismembered in the final edit and because, frankly, it remains one of the composer's weaker suspense and action scores of this otherwise fruitful period in his career.

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Outland FSM
Dale Haskell - July 5, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
1 comment  (262 views)
What [bleep!]ty review.... again
Klingsor - September 11, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
1 comment  (582 views)
Two stars?!!
Randal - June 26, 2010, at 6:04 p.m.
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Not a fair rating of the 'album'
My Name Is Tim - July 26, 2009, at 8:33 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1993 GNP Crescendo Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 78:21
Outland: (39:13)
• 1. The Mine (3:52)
• 2. Early Arrival (4:09)
• 3. The Message (2:07)
• 4. The Airlock (4:42)
• 5. Hot Water (4:49)
• 6. The Hunted (5:14)
• 7. Spiders (2:29)
• 8. The Rec Room (3:23)
• 9. The Hostage (4:18)
• 10. Final Message (3:27)
Capricorn One: (39:08)
• 11. Main Title (2:47)
• 12. Bedtime Story (3:01)
• 13. Docking (2:55)
• 14. No Water (2:26)
• 15. The Message (4:33)
• 16. Breakout (3:13)
• 17. Kay's Theme (3:17)
• 18. The Station (3:30)
• 19. The Snake (3:37)
• 20. The Long Climb (3:53)
• 21. The Letter (2:52)
• 22. The Celebration (3:04)
2001 Warner Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:13
2010 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 115:47

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The inserts of all the albums contain extensive information about the score and film, the 2001 re-issue also featuring a fold-out poster. The insert for the 2010 FSM product is considered "deluxe," with even more analysis than usual for the label's specialty releases.
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