This is one of Poledouris's earliest commercial scores and one of his most
effective. I recall seeing the film (Brooke Shields and Christopher Akins
discover young love on a sanitised desert island) when it first came out
in the cinema. I was struck then by the quality of the music, especially
the main title with its salt-soaked sea-witchery.
The music ranges over a landscape that takes in hot-house sentimental piano
concerto (Emmeline) material; bird and animal cries (The Island
is one of the most impressive tracks), the glories of woodwind at high
noon and a pan-cinematic idyllic eloquence. As the notes concede, the main
titles seem frankly indebted to the theme from Mario Nascimbene's The
The short playing time of the disc is off-set by some fine music. The only
weak track in this rather excellent disc is the treacly The Kiss.
There are decent concise notes by Clyde Allen. Recommended (despite short
playing time and the discreet presence of some analogue hiss) for all those
who warm to Poledouris or who enjoy a good saline helping for the marine