Let’s Get Harry Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Let’s Get Harry by Brad Fiedel.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 86.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.1
Album Excellence: 43.9%
Let’s Get Harry is a 1986 action film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Mark Harmon, Gary Busey and Robert Duvall. When Harry Burck (Harmon), an American engineer on loan to Colombia, is taken hostage and held for ransom, his brother Corey (Schoeffling) and friend Jack (Busey) are among a group of men, lead by Shrike (Duvall), who go deep into the jungles of Colombia to rescue Harry and an American ambassador. The score is composed by Brad Fiedel.
When the director feels he has to be credited as Alan Smithee, that’s usually not a good thing. Never seen the movie so I can’t judge. Fiedel’s work I’m mostly familiar with his Terminator series, and not much anything else so it will be good to hear something else from the man. The score opens in typical 80s action fashion with some haunting flute, but soon the percussion takes over and it’s a strange non-synced percussion with added screams (from instruments). Well that was strange. Forget about that and come join me as I’m listening to ‘Main Title’ and this sounds a lot better. You can say a lot about Fiedel, but he is apparently awesome with themes (proof: Terminator and now Let’s Get Harry). The main theme is a power theme from the glorious 80s, very catchy and heroic. Love it! In ‘Final Battle’ we’re back in the world of strange, but let’s close our eyes and think of The Terminator, hardly a masterpiece of glorious WilliamsGoldsmithHorner-esque music, but it sure won me over and a lot of that has to do with nostalgia. Anyway, back to the closing of eyes. I can hear Terminator in there, in fact, more than I’d like to admit. This doesn’t sound so bad when thinking about that.
Now what if you mix in a little bit of that strange percussion with the main theme? You get ‘Columbia Bound’, but with more awesome percussion and a killer guitar. There’s also a very cool secondary theme here that start at 1:58. This is awesome. Yes, in between the more melodic cues, there are awesome gritty synth cues like ‘Enemy Camp’ and ‘Alley Fight’. ‘Dance’ completely took me by surprise with it’s light and fun dance rhythms, all synths of course. The score ends in a glorious way with ‘Let’s Get Harry Theme’, yep, it’s that fantastic theme again. I am transfixed by it, hypnotised in it’s presence, it’s an ear worm, it’s just awesome. This was a seriously fun and exotic ride into nostalgia for me and I haven’t even seen the movie. It’s the sound and the melodies that triggers memories, lovely memories. If you’re an 80s kid, give it a go!
2. Main Title *
4. Columbia Bound *
5. Plane Escape
13. Let’s Get Harry Theme *