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High Road To China (1983 Film) Import, Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Import, Soundtrack, August 13, 1999
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  • Audio CD (August 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • ASIN: B00001ZU18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title Charliegets The Knife
2. Airborne
3. Love Theme
4. Waziri Village Attack And Escape
5. Farewell To Struts
6. O'Malley And Eve
7. Charleston
8. Von Kern's Attack
9. Flight From Katmandu
10. Eve Finds Her Father
11. Raid On Chang's Camp
12. High Road And End Title

Editorial Reviews

This Soundtrack from 1983 Was Composed by John Barry and Has Only Ever Been Available as a Hard Limited Edition.

Customer Reviews

John Barry's early music is his best.
"johnny-schiz"
The 7-note main melodies of both are very, very similiar, the main differences being a lower 4th note and emphasis on the final note.
T. Cheng
The music is marvelous, and the sound quality of this CD is excellent.
"eagle-soaring"

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "eagle-soaring" on March 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
'High Road To China' is yet another lovely and poignant John Barry score to rejoice to or weep to. The music is marvelous, and the sound quality of this CD is excellent. John Barry shows us again in this soundtrack his extraordinary ability to score action and events not for what they appear to be on the screen, but from inside what the characters are feeling, wondering and deciding.
'Somewhere In Time', 'Out of Africa', 'Dances With Wolves' and 'High Road To China' all have that distinctive Barry flavor -- tender, moving, searching, reaching, evoking every deep emotion we've ever chosen to feel, his phrases, changes, harmonies and arrangements touching the essence of the questions we ask about life. And often rearranging our perspective in a way that helps us find better answers...
I admire Barry's courage in saying the same thing over and over -- that life can be successfully lived only through the heart, for living through the heart is the only way we ever learn who we are and why we are here. But he says it a little differently each time, touching new places in one's spirit. Sound intriguing? Buy all four soundtracks and you might find you play them often because his music gently opens your heart.
'High Road To China' is music that lives beautifully on its own. If you are willing to spend some time of your life feeling your feelings and letting the embracing and often haunting music take you where you will, John Barry is your friend.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gail E. Hogsten on June 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The sound track was wonderful. I had to go right out and get the album. John Barry did a great job of blending the music and movie together. It is worth seeing over and over just for the music. The entire album is worth every penny, and has provided me with many hours of enjoyment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "johnny-schiz" on September 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Does anyone remember "flying over Africa" from Out of Africa?
The flying scenes don't compare, but some may find High Road to Chinas' music soars even beyond. I do? John Barry's early music is his best. His more recent scores use the same style orcestrations showing that he has found a style that he loves and is sticking to it. His music doesn't surprise me any more, I always know when it's him. His older material is his most original and diverse. This one is just beautiful and would easily make any score fans' top 10.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack is truly magnificent. John Barry captured the beauty of the film and the chemistry between the characters with a piece of music so emotionally stirring it touches the very soul. Mr. Barry, I salute you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William H. Parker on July 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The music from High Road to China, as presented on this CD, is simply outstanding, and is hauntingly beautiful. The music is evocative of scenes and situations in the movie, and I highly recommend buying the movie with Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong, which I believe is available only in VHS format. I wish it were available on DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Cheng on April 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
JB's strong suit has always been the lush, romantic melodies, with the trademark cellos, violins, along with with heavy use of brass. We can hear this in early use with Born Free, then in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (which may be Barry's richest Romantic score, full of dreamy, beatiful melodies), up to Moonraker, Hanover Street (a hidden gem), and Somewhere in Time. In HRTC, Barry has one of his most wisful, nostalgic scores, IMO very similiar to Alice's Adventures in it's ability to put the listener in that special mood that takes you someplace, and some time, another time in the past. It may conceded that Barry likely took the Bobby Vinton 1966 song "Mr. Lonely" as his inspiration for the lush melody of HRTC, but it's what the composer does with the material that matters. As an intro to John Barry's very special world, HRTC is a great start.
As an interesting aside, I've always thought that HRTC was the sister score to Out of Africa. If you listen carefully to the main melodies of both scores, you will find that OOA is a subtle re-working of HRTC. The 7-note main melodies of both are very, very similiar, the main differences being a lower 4th note and emphasis on the final note. So although Out of Africa would win Barry an Oscar a few years later, the seed of that music was planted in High Road to China!
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I just love staring at Bess Armstrong! She has always rocked my clock!.............Plus there is just something about the early 1920's and adventure throughout the world. Especially in a Bi plane with a Lewis Gun.......Of course if I had been the director the movie would have went into greater detail...............But the music of John Barry makes this movie a classic for me
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By Edward Baswell on January 16, 2014
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looked at buying this movie, but did not purchase. Have watch this movie on TV in the past and enjoyed it. May purchase a DVD copy in the future.
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