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The Coolangatta Gold: Original Soundtrack Recording

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Recorded  1984
Language  English
Producer  Philip Powers
Genre  Score
Release date  2002
Label  1M1 Records
Released  2002 (2002) (1M1CD1031)

The Coolangatta Gold: Original Soundtrack Recording is the licensed promotional soundtrack from the 1984 Australian film of The Coolangatta Gold (film).


Album Information

This CD release features music by the composer Bill Conti.


Engineer Michael Stavrou
Recording producer Ashley Irwin
Soundtrack album producer Philip Powers
Artwork Alex Cotton and Bruce Bath
Mastering Meredith Brooks and Bruce Bath


The soundtrack received good reviews from film music critics. It was recorded at the Sydney Town Hall by one of the largest orchestras ever assembled in Australia for a film soundtrack recording largely comprising members (unofficially) of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Jeff Hall raved about the score in Film Music Bulletin,

I was, in short, knocked out... If you love what the composer did for such films as the ROCKY series, THE RIGHT STUFF and ESCAPE TO VICTORY, you're going to lap this score up, as it's full of heroic and exciting music, lead by the triumphant main theme... Unquestionably one of the film music releases of the year.

Andrew Keech was equally impressed in Music From the Movies,

The opening cue 'The Coolangatta Gold' is a glorious, stirring march that is an inspirational cross between the composer's fantastic theme for 'The Right Stuff' and Dvorak's 'New World'. This cue is full of pride and triumph, and is one of those cues that is an instant favourite… As the training intensifies and the film moves into the big race finale the music grows more like the big band, heavy beat music used in Rocky, increasing in power until breaking into the glorious orchestral 'Gold' theme once again for the 'Finale'. If that were not enough, most of the best cues receive a reprise, either in their LP versions or as alternative versions, in the eleven extra tracks included at the end of the album.

For fans of Bill Conti's work in the 1970s and 1980s this score is heaven, full of long exciting orchestral cues and dynamic big band exhilaration with every cue an absolute delight. A highly recommended score.


1The Coolangatta GoldBill Conti4:01
2Trial by WaterBill Conti4:30
3A Disappointed FatherBill Conti1:20


The Coolangatta Gold: Original Soundtrack Recording Wikipedia

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