Raggedy Man

Jerry Goldsmith

" Raggedy Man could have been Poltergeist 2.0 "

Written by Thomas Glorieux - Review of the limited release

Raggedy Man has a lot in common with Poltergeist, even though they are worlds apart in terms of story. But the beautiful simple theme does have some ground with Carol Anne's theme of Poltergeist, and don't get me started on the fair share of darkness that creates the same unnerving sound. Again weird considering the drama, but "Number Please" and "End of Calvin" could easily replace various cues in Poltergeist and it wouldn't be noticed. In terms of beauty and loveliness, Raggedy Man isn't bad either. "The Kite" is my favorite, as it uses the theme to its utmost charming. The various Mexican tunes are short but entertaining and begin and end get the job done with that lovely theme. So it all comes down to the plentiful attacking music, which is a bit strange. That combined with the sometimes exact same instrumentation recreating the Carol Anne vibe and you've got a close cousin to Poltergeist. Raggedy Man will then easily be appreciated by those Poltergeist fans, and yet I feel I rather listen to the big P instead. Raggedy Man is more for its background appreciation.

Lovely theme, getting us all happy in "The Kite".
The similarities with Poltergeist are sometimes too numerous to tell. In the drama as in the horror.
That's what bothers me perhaps the most, Poltergeist keeps spinning in my mind, luring me more towards that score instead of this one.

Track Listing

1. Main Title (3.38)
2. Henry & Harry (5.13)
3. Number Please (4.36)
4. The Kite (4.42) Excellent track
5. Runaways (6.31)
6. Mexican Tune (3.00)
7. End of Calvin (3.55)
8. End Title (2.11)

Total Length: 33.46
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Released by

Varèse Sarabande VCL 0219 1193 (limited release 2019)

Conducted by

Jerry Goldsmith