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Conan the Barbarian [Import, Soundtrack]

Basil PoledourisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: May 14, 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Spec. Mkt. UK
  • ASIN: B00008O89K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue/Anvil Of Crom
2. Riddle Of Steel/Riders Of Doom
3. The Gift Of Fury
4. Column Of Sadness/Wheelof Pain
5. Atlantean Sword
6. Theology/Civilization
7. Love Theme
8. The Search
9. The Orgy
10. The Funeral Pyre
11. Battle Of The Mounds Pt. 1
12. Orphans Of Doom/The Awakening

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This early '80s sword-and-steroids epic by writer/director John Milius is notable for making a bankable action-star of Arnold Schwarzenegger and cementing the reputation of film composer Basil Poledouris (Robocop, Hunt For Red October, Free Willy, Starship Troopers). A dream assignment for a young composer eager to showcase the range his skills, the lusty Conan score hearkens back to the '30s heyday of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's unabashed Euro-classicism, but with enough modern rhythmic and percussive flourishes to satisfy the modern listener. Buyer beware--this music is not intended for rush hour commute listening, and Amazon.com will not be held liable for the carnage such exposure might inspire. --Jerry McCulley

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Out of print in the U.S.! Basil Poledouris' exciting score to Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1982 barbarian epic. Conan The Barbarian was Arnold's big-screen breakthrough and was the film that launched his amazing film career, which eventually led the Austrian-born actor straight to the Governor's mansion! It also inspired the successful sequel, Conan The Destroyer and the semi-sequel, Red Sonja. 12 tracks. Warner Music. 2003.

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145 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Differences between the Varese and Milan editions... January 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Basil Poledouris' score to Conan the Barbarian is one of the great powerhouses of film music and remains as one of my favorite film scores to this date.

The score is a perfect blend of melodic beauty and raw power with a huge orchestral sound and lots of wonderful choral passages that range from haunting and slow to in-your-face and over-the-top. I could go on forever on this score, but suffice it to say that I really can't think of a more perfect score than this.

As for the CD's sound quality...

The sound quality is definitely dated and isn't quite as crisp and clean as one would hope. However, what it lacks in sound quality, it more than makes up for in musical quality. I've purchased a number of albums containing re-recordings of Conan music and while the sound quality has been better, NOTHING has matched the emotion and power of the original film soundtrack.

Differences between the editions...

This 12-track Milan edition was released first, followed later by an expanded 16-track edition by Varese Sarabande.

The Milan CD runs around 49 minutes, while the Varese edition runs about 67 minutes. The Varese edition includes pretty much all the same music as the Milan release, with one exception:

The first track of the Milan edition opens up with Mako's opening prologue speech which then immediately segues into the "Anvil of Crom" opening. The Varese track opens up directly with "Anvil of Crom".
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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so fast... March 12, 2011
By F. Dean
Format:Audio CD
I, like many others, am a genuine fan of Poledouris' original score to the film. I grew up on it. I think we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the original recordings just because we now live in a Hi-Def society. It is true that the original had flaws.... some precision problems with the orchestra, tuning issues from time to time. I will even acknowledge those who report that Poledouris himself said that he was unhappy with the final product due to limitations in players and orchestration editing. Here's my take on the new recording...

THE PROS...

Obviously, the quality of sound here is EXCELLENT. The fidelity in which the music was recorded is second to none. Advances in audio engineering, microphones, and production allow us to hear each section of the orchestra with immense clarity.

It is also a gem to finally hear EVERY measure that was composed brought to life in this 2-CD set. Before the release of this recording, the only obtainable recordings of the original unreleased tracks were bootlegs of very poor quality (it would be SOOO nice to have all the original tracks remastered). Tracks such as "Pit Fights", "Discipline of Steel" (here called "Prologue") are now displayed with the same clarity and fidelity as every other track. Even some of the music that seemed during the film to be incidental... it's all here.

The orchestrations of Greg McRitchie also give a new glimpse as to what the original intent of each track was to be. Sometimes, right online with what was recorded for the film, other times, slight variations that add a touch of color never heard before. Click tracks have been the cause of many scores being edited. It is refreshing to have those restraints removed here.

THE CONS...
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary score finally gets its proper treatment December 10, 2012
By nu385
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I won’t bother going into the merits of the score itself. If you are reading this review, you probably already know this score is simply one of the greatest in cinema history. After nearly a two decade search, the master session tapes were located and now film music fans can rejoice. Finally, with this release we are able to hear every note recorded including source music and alternate takes. My previous copy was the rare Varese CD which I have listened to so much, I know every nuance of every note in the performances. This is part of the reason I was never really interested in the re-recording that came out a little while ago. Anything less than the original recording just didn’t sound right to me. Even if the fidelity was less than optimal, just the fact the composer himself conducted made the original the final word. Now we get the best of both worlds, the classic performance in excellent sound quality. The tapes have been remixed for this release but there is nothing that stands out as sounding “different” other than the new level of clarity and depth. Producers Fake and Tarantino have done a great job and clearly handled this project with loving care. The only thing that is slightly different is that “Warpaint” crossfades into “The Kitchen” exactly like it does in the film. On the Varese release “The Kitchen” did not fade in, which I prefer, so If you have the Varese release and are insane like me, you may want to hold on to it. The new previously unreleased pieces are varied but mostly excellent. Some of the best are “Pit Fights”, “The Snake/Infidels”, and “Battle of the Mounds part II”. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Be strong, stay strong
There is no other. Love working out to this music.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of Basil Poledouris' best pieces of work
All I can say is, Praise Crom. Definitely one of Basil Poledouris' best pieces of work!
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Basil Poledouris added more to this film than the Governator himself.
Basil Poledouris composed film scores like no other. In the company of the greats (John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith) he wrote memorable themse and motifs that resonate years... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Echo
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good
This is a great compilation and worth the money, but I only have one gripe; the track played during The Orgy is missing the crashing cymbals present on the other versions, and I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Karantze
5.0 out of 5 stars conan the barbarian 1982
Can ask for a better sequence to listen to when working out in the gym, this music embraces the opening words in the movie, that which does not kill us only makes us stronger
Published 4 months ago by Jason
1.0 out of 5 stars I should have listened to other reviews.
I only gave it one star because it was shipped quickly. I had to return it due to horrible sound quality. It wouldn't even play in some of our devices. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars It crushes my enemies and hears the lamentation of lesser soundtracks!
I love this extended version of one of my favorite soundtracks. It is very good and a must have for a true Conan fan. Crom would accept this into Valhalla. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Arnold Schwarzenegger can be Conan.
Traditions, symbols and legends drawn from the Dark Ages as well as from the Mongol and Viking Eras were brought together to form a sublime mixture :Conan The Barbarian has no... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Conan The Barbarian 3 DISC
I assume if you are considering purchasing this soundtrack that you don't need my review or opinion on the music, you clearly are a fan of Conan and/or Basil Poledouris. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sasha M
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive
The reviewer of 12/10/12 has made some very good remarks which I would refer you to. There's not a lot to add at this point, other than to say that I truly love this definitive... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. R. Trtek
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Come on, already!
Oh yes we are! Intrada Records has just released a 3CD set of the complete soundtrack remastered from the original master tapes recently found in mint condition at Universal Studios. Go to, http://store.intrada.com/ and check it out - oh, and don't forget to thank CROM!
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