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Conan The Barbarian: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Basil PoledourisAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: May 14, 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014T1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Anvil Of Crom
2. Riddle Of Steel/Riders Of Doom
3. Gift Of Fury
4. Wheel Of Pain
5. Atlantean Sword
6. Theology/Civilization
7. Wifeing (Theme Of Love From 'Conan The Barbarian')
8. The Leaving/The Search
9. Mountain Of Power Procession
10. The Tree Of Woe
11. Recovery
12. The Kitchen/The Orgy
13. Funeral Pyre
14. Battle Of The Mounds
15. Death Of Rexor
16. Orphans Of Doom/The Awakening

Editorial Reviews

Audio CD (November 10, 1992) Original Release Date: May 14, 1982 Number of Discs: 1 Format: Soundtrack Label: Varèse Sarabande ASIN: B0000014T1 Also Available in: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (129 customer reviews) Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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131 of 131 people found the following review helpful
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...

The 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for your inner barbarian February 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The musical score to "Conan the Barbarian" is truly one of the great achievements in fantasy/adventure film music. Basil Poledouris, who composed and conducted the music, brings a tremendous amount of passion and skill to his task. Equally passionate are the performances by the Orchestra and Chorus of Santa Cecilia and the Radio Symphony of Rome. This is big, bold, richly colored music with a lusty, savage vibe.
The film follows the adventures of Conan, a well-muscled warrior played by Arnold Schwarzeneggar, as he battles his way through a mythic fantasy landscape. Poledouris brilliantly combines choral voices with a full orchestra to evoke Conan's world, with all of its beauty and danger. Particularly good is the percussion that spices many of the best tracks.
As you might expect, there is a lot of chest-pounding, martial-sounding music on this CD. But there are also passages of sweetness and delicacy. Every track is excellent, but my particular favorites include the relentlessly pounding "Anvil of Crom"; the tender, yet joyful "Theology/Civilization"; and the sensuous second part of "The Kitchen/The Orgy." "Conan the Barbarian" is a classic of the art of film scoring.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm just a bit sad right about now... November 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Basil Poledouris died on Wednesday? Wow. No more music from this phenominal composer. Conan the Barbarian is the one soundtrack that I just automatically pick out if I start thumbing through my CDs and I can't quite figure out what I want to listen to. It's just, well, always right. Powerful. Mournful. Hopeful. Playful. Soul-stirring. This soundtrack simply has everything anyone could want. I bought my first copy back in the mid 80's, and I wore it out. Yep, you can be as careful as you want, but nearly twenty years of playing a disc takes its toll. When I went to get another copy a couple of years ago, I discovered that they started at about fifty bucks, used, because they'd been out of print for so long. I don't think that I hesitated for more than about five seconds fore I bought the next one. Ahhhhh. Much better. The twelve songs on the Milan release (plus the intro by Mako) are nice (and cheaper), but the Varese Sarabande release, with the full 16 songs, was the one that I needed. Yes, needed. This is a fantastic piece of music that is, as I mentioned, Always Right.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best CD you'll ever buy January 14, 2000
By Nathan
Format:Audio CD
This is the most powerful CD that you will ever buy. The amount of raw emotion and power that it conveys are simply amazing. This isn't light fare, but heavy stuff. The only other CD that comes even close to comparing in power and size is Williams' Summon the Heroes. This CD is an excellent investment; don't be shied away simply because it's Conan -- this is the real stuff, and it would be a shame to miss it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, one of the best soundtracks ever! May 6, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a terrific soundtrack, probably Basil Poledouris' best work ever.
The music tells the story so well, from the opening "Anvil of Crom", with thunderous drums and triumphal trumpet calls, which was later recycled for the trailer for "Gladiator".
There is the subtle, delicate build up to the upcoming battle followed by the roar of the chorus and drums and trumpets to match the charge of Thulsa Doom's henchmen in "The Battle of the Mounds", with the gentle momentary final pause before the battle for Conan's prayer to Crom. This one piece more than any other easily brings out the matching visuals from the movie.
"Riddle of Steel/Riders of Doom" also has a beautiful buildup to the violent choral climax at the end.
There are the gentle, almost sad themes from "Wifeing" which just about make you want to cry when you hear the music by itself (this one doesn't quite match the visuals, since what's going on in the movie, Arnold making love to a lusty Sandahl Bergman, doesn't exactly make you want to cry).
The Varese Sarabande version of the soundtrack has 16 tracks, and if you are going to get the soundtrack to Conan the Barbarian, this is the one to get. It's just really, really too bad that it's out of print right now - used copies are getting expensive.
The extra four tracks in this version, "Mountain of Power Procession", "Tree of Woe", "Recovery", and "Death of Rexnor" are important pieces from the movie. "Tree of Woe" has that sad beginning and ends with the hopeful and joyous notes signaling the arrival of Conan's rescuers. "Mountain of Power" is a lusty processional piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hero music!
A great movie and great music! My son and I use it for martial arts training!

James
Published 1 month ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad they don't make em likely this anymore
This is absolutely one of the best sound tracks ever made. The music brings to life the story of Conan, it takes you back to an ancient time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
This poster is of one of my favorite movies. I love owning the poster to remind me of how great it is.
Published 14 months ago by Lissette Coronado
5.0 out of 5 stars An Orchestral Epic of Blood and Steel
John Milius's 1982 film adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Cimmerian warrior has, despite its questionable overall quality, has managed to gather a cult following over the decades,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank-you!!!
Yes, this is exactly what I wanted! I got this as a Christmas present for my boyfriend and he was SO HAPPY! It arrived in the described condition, used-like new. Read more
Published 20 months ago by cameo399
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape the everyday
Basil Poleddouris is no longer with us but his stirring music will take you to the world of mythological heros and heartbreaking challenges.
Published 21 months ago by Christopher L. Galyean
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good CD
The soundtrack is great, showing emotion, drama, and the feeling of barbarian enviroment. The anvil of Conan is great, the drums are big pleasure for my ears.
Published 24 months ago by Saulo Seixas
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Soundtrack
This is one of my favorite soundtracks. It is perhaps my absolute favorite. My words could never do it justice. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Jeremy Tredway
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical explosion - awesome!
Okay, right up front, I am no music expert. Am now in my 40s, but have always had an ear for instrumental music since my days as a pre-teen. Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Carol B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best soundtracks you ever hear!
I have been a fan of the original Conan since a kid and now that I have the soundtrack I feel victorious. If you love the movie, you will surely love the music. Read more
Published on September 17, 2011 by C. D. Card
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