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Police Story, while certainly not one of Jerry's best scores is still leaps and bounds ahead of 95% of the scoring you'll hear on television nowadays. Most every fan of film music has something that they like on television. It may be something like Stargate SG-1, Babylon 5, or Star Trek, which seem to be the most popular (and oddly enough, are all sci-fi). What makes Police Story so great is the fact that it takes influences from the pop music of the time that it was composed. While this would ordinarily seem like a bad thing, it strangely adds something to the music listening to it all these years later. Perhaps it gives off the feeling of nostalgia, but I'm not entirely certain that that is it.
The score sports an extremely catchy little tune for the main title, and though it is so short (a meager 30 seconds) it still has an incredible knack for getting stuck in your head. The following cues of Goldsmith's opus utilize it well and one of the later tracks (as stated in the liner notes) reveals a use of the Jaws theme two years before John Williams composed his shark thriller!
Tracks 13 to 24 are not directly composed by Goldsmith himself, rather they are compositions and arrangements of Jerry's work done by Richard Shores. The final track, a suite from the Medical Story pilot episode was composed by the late Arthur Morton, who many may recognize as Goldsmith's friend and most prolific orchestrator.
While what I've written thus far may make it seem as if I love the score to death, I can't really say that that's entirely true. I like it a lot, but the honest truth is that Police Story, while good, isn't necessarily one of the best Goldsmith purchases that you could make. I've mentioned how much better this is than television music of today, which is why I have done my best to speak well of this score. Ordinarily, I would acutally not go through much trouble to find this CD, but since it's a limited edition (totaling at only 3000 copies), I would suggest that you head over to Soundtrack Magazine's website to purchase a copy.