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A chronological journey through the filmography of composer Jerry Goldsmith.

The Goldsmith Odyssey Yavar, David, and Clark

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 47 Ratings

A chronological journey through the filmography of composer Jerry Goldsmith.

    Odyssey Interviews - Leigh Phillips

    Odyssey Interviews - Leigh Phillips

    Our chefs are hard at work in the kitchen, experimenting with various aural seasonings and editing techniques as they prepare to serve our next regular episode. In the meantime, however, please enjoy this delicious apertif: a brief, entertaining interview with film score reconstructionist (and friend of the show) Leigh Phillips, who fills us in on the status of a potential Thriller: Volume 3 Kickstarter, reveals which Thriller scores would likely be included on that album, talks about his work reconstructing Jerry Goldsmith's score for Damnation Alley, reveals his favorite recent Goldsmith album releases, and more! Plus, be sure to stay tuned for that regular episode, in which Leigh will give us his expert analysis of Goldsmith's score for the Thriller installment Mr. George. Enjoy!
    00:00 - Thriller - "Mr. George" - The Garden (Goldsmith)02:19 - Thriller - "Pigeons from Hell" (Morton)04:44 - Thriller - "What Beckoning Ghost" - Waking Up (Goldsmith)05:38 - Thriller - "The Dark Legacy" - Book, Dog & Fireplace (Goldsmith)06:16 - Thriller - "Guillotine" - Guillotine Test (Goldsmith)06:36 - Thriller - "The Cheaters" - Miriam's Excursion (Goldsmith)07:26 - Thriller - "The Storm" (Morton)07:57 - Thriller - "The Devil’s Ticket" (Morton)16:34 - Damnation Alley - Refueling Stop (Film Audio) (Goldsmith)18:31 - Damnation Alley - Refueling Stop (Intrada Album) (Goldsmith)23:36 - The Salamander - Car Bomb (Goldsmith)23:48 - Thriller - The Grim Reaper - Prologue (Goldsmith)26:08 - Damnation Alley - The Desert (Film Audio) (Goldsmith)27:20 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Synth for Main Theme (Goldsmith)28:18 - Damnation Alley - The Desert ARP OD (Stem) (Goldsmith)29:02 - Damnation Alley - The Desert (Recording Session) (Goldsmith)29:29 - Damnation Alley - The Desert ARP OD (Mix) (Goldsmith)30:15 - Damnation Alley - The Desert (Intrada Album) (Goldsmith)31:35 - Tron Legacy - The Son of Flynn (Daft Punk)32:31 - Air Force One - Firing on Air Force One (McNeely)36:00 - US Marshals - Funeral Ambush (Goldsmith)39:04 - Damnation Alley - Valley of Death (Intrada Album) (Goldsmith)Please send your correspondence to mail@goldsmithodyssey.com.

    • 40 min
    Odyssey Soundtrack Spotlight - Along Came a Spider (2001)

    Odyssey Soundtrack Spotlight - Along Came a Spider (2001)

    A substantial Goldsmith expansion receives the Soundtrack Spotlight treatment! This time, your humble hosts David and Clark sit down on their tuffet for a conversation with legendary recording engineer and album producer Bruce Botnick, who produced Varese Sarabande's new complete presentation of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the 2001 thriller Along Came a Spider. Over the course of this chat, Bruce tells us about the approach he takes when re-examining a score he worked on years earlier, the distinctive musical soundscape Goldsmith created for this project, why this score works best when it can be heard in full, and much more! Naturally, you'll be treated to plenty of compelling excerpts from the new album along the way. Plus: a bit of breaking news that will be of particular interest to Disney soundtrack fans. So grab a bowl of curds and whey, sit down beside us, and enjoy!

    Detailed track notes for this episode can be found here.

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    • 48 min
    Gold Nugget 8 - Black Saddle: History of a Theme (1958-2020)

    Gold Nugget 8 - Black Saddle: History of a Theme (1958-2020)

    Way back in Episode 8 (our Fifties Roundup show), we talked about Jerry Goldsmith's memorable theme for the western TV series Black Saddle and also noted a couple fun cover versions of the theme we had found. Since then, we've uncovered a host of additional cover versions and thought it might be fun to produce a Gold Nugget featuring them. Over time, this nugget evolved into something considerably more grandiose: a massive affair with two special guests (Bill Humphrey of the ‘60s surf band The Revelairs and John Gilbert, whose father Herschel Burke Gilbert was the music director for Black Saddle), several exclusive interviews with musicians who have covered the theme, analysis of the music featured on the TV show itself, and a generous collection of Black Saddle covers. A grand achievement or an excessive work of madness? Take a day off, click play, and decide for yourself!

    Besides our two regular guests John Gilbert and Bill Humphrey, the show also includes additional side interviews with:
    Tom Bittel of The AquatudesNoé Socha, Josh Davis, and Quinn Murphy of The New York GremmiesLorenzo Friday of 13 TikisDonny Allen, Tim Allen, and Doug Mellenthine of the Ghost Riders Drum and Bugle Corps; during the interview Doug makes reference to this list of Black Saddle performances on the Drum Corps Xperience.Click here for a full track list and links to corresponding untruncated YouTube video performances.
    Older quoted interviews in full: Jerry Goldsmith (May 8th, 2002) and Herschel Burke Gilbert (April 30th, 2001) interviewed by Jon Burlingame for the Archive of American Television
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    • 3 hr 38 min
    Odyssey Soundtrack Spotlight - Face of a Fugitive (1959)

    Odyssey Soundtrack Spotlight - Face of a Fugitive (1959)

    Wanted: 49 minutes of your time! Hot on the heels of The Don Is Dead and Take Her, She's Mine, the good folks at Intrada Records have served up yet another exciting Goldsmith premiere: the 1959 western Face of a Fugitive (previously covered way back in Episode 3 of The Goldsmith Odyssey). As such, it's time for another Soundtrack Spotlight, with Douglass Fake and Roger Feigelson of Intrada joining your humble hosts Yavar and Clark for a conversation about this compelling and important early Goldsmith score. This informative chat offers conversation about discovering music that was previously believed to be missing, how this score offers the first real taste of Goldsmith's signature action writing, thoughts on the score's key thematic ideas, and whether or not there's any possibility of getting Goldsmith's Black Patch on album at some point in the future. Plus, you'll be treated to a variety of clips that give you a good taste of what the full album has to offer. Check out the Spotlight, then check out the album – we think you'll enjoy both.

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    • 49 min
    Score Masters: Celebrating John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith

    Score Masters: Celebrating John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith

    Recently, The Goldsmith Odyssey was thrilled to join forces with The Legacy of John Williams podcast and the Ipswich Film Theatre to present Score Masters, a celebration of both Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. While you can watch the full program on YouTube, we're pleased to present this audio-only version (enhanced by newly-added illustrative music clips) for those who prefer the podcast format. You'll hear insightful commentary from a truly remarkable panel of experts: Oscar-nominated composer/conductor David Newman, Grammy-winning classical composer/conductor Leonard Slatkin, soundtrack producer Mike Matessino, sound engineer and producer Bruce Botnick, acclaimed pianist/keyboardist Mike Lang, composer Leanna Primiani, and author/writer Jeff Bond. In addition to the familiar voices of Yavar and David, you'll hear questions from their fellow moderators Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden, along with some comments from IFT director Daniel Champion. It's a truly special, illuminating, entertaining two hours of conversation – don't miss it!

    Here is the full track list.

    Ipswich Film Theatre
    The Ipswich Film Theatre is an independent cinema established in 1975. It is home to respected repertory film programming and the best British and international features and documentaries.

    The Legacy of John Williams
    The Legacy of John Williams is a platform to celebrate and promote the cultural and aesthetic importance of the music of John Williams.

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    • 2 hr 15 min
    Episode 29 - Thriller - Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1961)

    Episode 29 - Thriller - Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1961)

    Your dear loving friends return! We plunge into 2021 with an incisive look at the 1961 Thriller episode "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper." Your humble hosts Yavar, David, and Clark take a stab at analyzing Jerry Goldsmith's piercing score, which features a killer main theme. They also dissect the episode itself, praising the sharper elements and skewering the weaker ones. We hope you enjoy tearing into this one!

    Here is the full Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper Goldsmith Odyssey track list!

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    • 2 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

John Thornberry ,

An Amazing Resource

This is a stellar podcast about my favorite film composer. Yavar, Clark, David and (from earlier episodes) Jens are excellent hosts—they’re clearly knowledgeable as well as hardcore Goldsmith fans themselves. As of this writing, the Odyssey podcast is only up to 1960-61, but this deep, chronological dive into Goldsmith’s canon is already an incredible resource for fans and for students of film music. I look forward to future episodes.

Masque Arrayed ,

Thorough to the ninth degree

This is a thorough look (listen?) at the oeuvre of film composer Jerry Goldsmith, though he also wrote television, radio and a couple of concert works. I say thorough, though 'exhaustive' might be a more appropriate description. Working through Goldsmith's output from his earliest days chronologically, interspersed with timely and fitting interviews from folks who knew/worked/researched Goldsmith, it's always entertaining thanks to its regular three hosts. Highly recommended if you're a Goldsmith fan; and if you're not, my God, what the hell is wrong with you? (NB: twice at least the hosts refer to Franz Waxman's '50s score for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. That score and film are from 1941 with Spencer Tracy.)

theerdman ,

Well Reseacrched and Very Entertaining! Goldsmith's Music Lives On!

A great podcast and one with a definitive, dry sense of humor, just like the maestro himself! Even little touches, like doing a recap while using music from "SOAP" is just wonderful. I don't subscribe to many podcasts, but a score-by-score "odyssey" of Goldsmith's career is one I am ready to sign up for. Listen to the "Odyssey Interviews" and you will hear several instances where the people being interviewed comment and compliment the hosts for how well prepared they are. It's a very true observation and the team behind this podcast are true Goldsmith scholars. I am a four-time Emmy award winning professional film critic *and* a life-long fan of film music - especially Jerry Goldmith - so I know what I am talking about. Check it out. Give it a try. And be prepared to be carried away by the amazing music of Jerry Goldsmith. A great podcast. A privledge. A gift. Just... thank you.

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