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Gold Nugget 3 - Free as the Wind: Tribute to Jerry Goldsmith

Season's Greetings! Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and Uncle Jens is in the kitchen preparing his signature dish: the Gold Nugget, a consistently comforting delicacy assembled from whatever ingredients Jens finds in his musical pantry. This time, he's exploring the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's concert disc Free as the Wind: Tribute to Jerry Goldsmith, which offers performances from works like The Sand Pebbles, Chinatown, The Mummy, The Wind...


Episode 15 - Studs Lonigan (1960)

Pssssssst. Hey, pal. You know Studs, right? Studs Lonigan? No? You must be new around here. I mean, Studs is… ah, but why am I telling ya? You should hear it directly from his pals. Head down to the pool hall and look for three guys named Jens, Yavar, and Clark. If you see some shady-looking characters arguing about motifs, that’s probably them. Anyway, they’ll tell you all about Studs, and the movie director Irving Lerner made about Studs back in 1960, and the score Jerry Goldsmith wrote...


Gold Nugget 2 - Hollywood Symphonic Spectacular

Good news, Goldsmith fans: our latest trip to the musical mines has produced another Gold Nugget. Jens returns to Japan for an exploration of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra's 1998 concert album Jerry Goldsmith: Hollywood Symphonic Spectacular. Over the course of a music-heavy half-hour, Jens guides you through a serious of unique, spacious concert recordings of Goldsmith gems like Supergirl, The Swarm, The Omen, and more, offering cursory explanations of what makes some of these...


Episode 14 - Gunsmoke - Doc Judge & The Blacksmith & The Wake (1960)

Howdy folks! We're saddling up and riding into Dodge City for an exploration of the long-running TV western Gunsmoke. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark take a look at three episodes from 1960, each highlighted by its own distinctive Goldsmith score. First up is “Doc Judge,” featuring a suspenseful score anchored by an ominous five-note theme. Next, we meet “The Blacksmith,” containing a lively, diverse score offering warmth, romance, suspense, and a bit of action. Last but not least...


Odyssey Interviews - Cliff Eidelman

In our second installment of Odyssey Interviews, Yavar has a conversation with film composer and conductor Cliff Eidelman. Eidelman is perhaps best known for his striking score for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and has scored such diverse projects as Leap of Faith, Triumph of the Spirit, The Meteor Man, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Eidelman has also written a variety of works for the concert hall, some of which will be featured on an album being released this fall....


Odyssey Interviews - Leonard Slatkin

We are pleased to present the first installment of Odyssey Interviews, an occasional feature that will offer interviews with special guests who have some connection to Jerry Goldsmith and/or his music. In our debut interview, Yavar has a conversation with internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin, Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony. Slatkin maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting (he has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world) and is...


Episode 13 - CBS Music Library Spectacular Part 2

In the second and final part of our CBS Library Music Spectacular, returning guest W. David Lichty guides your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark through a remarkably diverse array of suites spotlighting a large portion of Goldsmith's contribution to the CBS music library. Over the course of this episode, you'll hear playful comedy, moody suspense, lush romance, chilling horror, and lots of other musical goodies. Even if you're a devoted Goldsmith fan, odds are high that the majority of...


Vote Goldsmith for Kickstarter

Presenting an important campaign announcement from The Goldsmith Odyssey. To vote in Intrada's new Kickstarter poll, go directly to this thread. If you haven't already signed up for their forum, you'll need to register. Even if you're already registered to purchase items from Intrada's store (, a separate registration is required for the forum. To complete the process, you'll need the answer to their security question about their first release from 1985 (it's “Red...


Episode 12 - CBS Music Library Spectacular Part 1

Supported by the invaluable aid and research of returning guest W. David Lichty, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark offer the first installment of a two-part examination into Jerry Goldsmith's contributions to the vast CBS Music Library, which featured a diverse array of fully orchestral cues that would ultimately be used on a wide variety of CBS television programs, including The Twilight Zone. In this episode, we explore all of the original library cues featured on Prometheus's...


Episode 11 - Man on the Beach (1959) & The Fair-Haired Boy (1958)

Another episode, another special guest: Friend of the show and Goldsmith archivist extraordinaire W. David Lichty joins your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark for an examination of "Saturday Night in Santa Monica," the unaired television pilot for Man on the Beach, starring Gavin MacLeod as an eccentric private investigator. While gritting our teeth and playfully dissecting the pilot's truly dreadful writing, directing, and acting, we also explore its jazzy, energetic Goldsmith score...


Episode 10 - The Twilight Zone - Nightmare as a Child & Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room (1960)

Portrait of a film music expert: John Takis, a talented writer known for his exceptional liner notes and informative blog posts. John has been invited to be the very first guest on a podcast known as The Goldsmith Odyssey. He knows that he will be asked to offer his thoughts on the virtues of film composer Jerry Goldsmith. He knows that he is expected to offer commentary on the classic television episodes "Nightmare as a Child" and "Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room." However, what he...


Episode 9 - The Twilight Zone - The Four of Us Are Dying & The Big Tall Wish (1960)

Submitted for your approval: a voyage of musical discovery, critical analysis, and profound mystery. These three men – Jens, Yavar, and Clark – are entirely ordinary in every way but one: their odd obsession with the music of a film composer named Jerry Goldsmith. Crossing the threshold into a new era, they explore two classic episodes of television: “The Four of Us Are Dying” (which features a dynamic, off-kilter jazz score) and “The Big Tall Wish” (which offers up impressively structured...


Episode 8 - Fifties Roundup

The day has finally arrived. At long last, we have reached the end... of the 1950s, thus concluding the brief prologue to this obscenely lengthy podcast journey. On this episode, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark gather up odds n' ends from the decade: an exploration of the Climax! episode “Trail of Terror” (featuring a suspenseful Goldsmith score highlighted by a lovely, reflective melody), a MIDI reconstruction of Goldsmith's dynamic score for the Civil War-themed Playhouse 90...


Gold Nugget 1 - Big in Japan

In our first side episode, Jens listens to an anime score and makes a discovery. The result is a forum post in podcast form. Intro music from Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince by Toshiyuki Watanabe. Please send your correspondence to


Episode 7 - Peck's Bad Girl (1959) & The Sergeant and the Lady (1958)

In this episode, we take a look at two half-hour TV rarities from the late 1950s. First up, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark (aka "Goldsmith's Bad Boys") head into cutesy family sitcom territory with "Lips That Touch Lipstick", a Goldsmith-scored episode of the short-lived series Peck's Bad Girl. Afterwards, they explore something a bit more dramatic: the unaired pilot of the cop drama The Sergeant and the Lady. Comedy and drama, playful melodies and aggressive jazz scoring,...


Episode 6 - Tomorrow - Playhouse 90 (1960)

In this episode, we jump ahead to early 1960 to examine another installment of the 90-minute CBS anthology series Playhouse 90: famed playright Horton Foote’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s short story Tomorrow. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the teleplay’s strengths and weaknesses abridging Faulkner for the small screen, and its economical but subtly effective, poignant Jerry Goldsmith score. We discover unique performances of the album material, unused cues, and...


Episode 5 - A Marriage of Strangers - Playhouse 90 (1959)

In this episode, we take a look at A Marriage of Strangers, an installment of the 90-minute CBS anthology series Playhouse 90. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the unique nature of this series, the teleplay's struggle to create a persuasively authentic portrait of a marriage, the challenges of writing music for live television, and – of course – the tender Jerry Goldsmith score. Offering a pair of memorable themes (one melancholy, one romantic) and some moments of...


Episode 4 - Perry Mason (1959)

In this episode, we turn to the small screen for a look at the classic TV legal drama Perry Mason. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark explore two episodes scored by Jerry Goldsmith: the jewelry-themed mystery "The Case of the Blushing Pearls" (featuring an Asian-inspired score built around a gorgeous central melody) and the convention-breaking "The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma" (which offers a more noirish score that both echoes City of Fear and previews Chinatown). Are these...


Episode 3 - Face of a Fugitive (1959) & Toccata (1958)

In this episode, we take a look at another Goldsmith-scored western: the 1959 Fred MacMurray vehicle Face of a Fugitive. Your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark discuss the simple pleasures of this conventional yet competent film, and explore some of the highlights of Goldsmith's melodic, entertaining score (including a flexible central motif, a memorably melancholy secondary theme, a delicate love theme, and some thrilling action cues). As a prelude to that discussion, we offer a brief...


Episode 2 - City of Fear (1959)

In this episode, your humble hosts Jens, Yavar, and Clark take a look at the second feature film scoring assignment of Jerry Goldsmith's career: the lean, gritty 1959 noir City of Fear. We discuss the way this paranoia-filled film reflects the anxieties of its era, and examine the ways it falls short despite its striking premise. Additionally, we dive into Jerry Goldsmith's intense, jagged score, noting the ways in which Goldsmith's music works overtime to elevate otherwise mundane scenes....