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Out Of Africa: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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SOUNDTRACK AFRICA MIA (OUT OF AFRICA)

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The great irony of John Barry's Academy Award-winning score for Out of Africa (which also took the Oscar as Best Picture) is that it almost never was; director Sydney Pollack had originally envisioned the film with native African music, going as far as laying the indigenous score down as he was editing. But the weight of John Barry's arguments--not to mention his considerable track record and composing gifts--held sway, and the composer delivered on his intent: a lush, romantic masterpiece for the ages. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Composer: John Barry
  • Audio CD (April 28, 1986)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA Records
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002O4X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Barry has remarkable talent, and he is at his best on this soundtrack. The beauty of the music, the appropriateness of the match to the film, is remarkable. This is, however, an abbreviated version of the soundtrack. It's now available in a new recording (20-bit digital) on Amazon, with much more of the film's music added. You may want to look into that version as well, by the Royal Scottish N.O. The music itself is a wonderful way to recall the film, but it stands alone too as a beautiful orchestral composition.
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John Barry won an Oscar for this score and it still holds up as a classic. Each selection is moving and heartfelt. Barry is at his best here, by pulling emotions out and just barely keeping under the radar of over-whelming emotional sweeps. There is only one drawback to this soundtrack and that is that it is only a little over (33) thirty-three minutes long. That's a tragedy. You might consider buying the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's recording. I found it to be nearly identical and it certainly does justice to Barry's work.
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If you are like me, then you probably love music. This CD is one that you can listen to while doing other things or just relaxing with your eyes closed on a quiet afternoon.
John Barry is a remarkable composer and conveys a great deal of emotion in his music. This collection from the movie Out of Afrca is only one example of his talent, but a good example at that.
Hghly recommended!
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John Barry has written the perfect score for this wonderful movie/story. Each time I listen to the soundtrack, I see the movie all over again, in my mind. If you have not seen the movie, you will enjoy the music for exactly what it is - magnificent melodies that just 'take you away'. I highly recommend it!
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John Barry's compositions are pleasantly sweeping. There's nothing wrong with this album, just not really enough to recommend it.

I was puzzled to learn that some time between my buying the LP record and the issuing of this CD, the track "The Music of Goodbye (love theme from Out of Africa)" was omitted. It's not that this song, sung by Melissa Manchester, is a must-have; it's more that it's sneaky to leave off tracks when you reissue a soundtrack in another format.
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One lovely theme after another flows from this recording. This Academy Award winning score from John Barry takes flight (literally, listen to the breathtaking FLYING OVER AFRICA) and leaves the listener almost breathless. As in another of his Academy Award winning scores (DANCES WITH WOLVES), Barry shows an amazing ability to capture the elation one feels at the sight of a beautiful natural landscape. For this is not just a story of romance between the two main characters. It is the story of Karen's (Meryl Streep) love for Africa. This is a score of rare beauty. This is a score not to be missed.
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First, John Barry is an excellent composer. This is not the only soundtrack he has done but I do think it is the best. It captures every moment and actully takes you back to a time when things were so very easy and slow. Every moment of this CD recreates in your memory the entire film which was a great love story. the CD itself is a love story and can put you in the loving mood with the first note. It has a Mozart original, concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A, it's wonderful. But the best are the compostions by John Barry. He has an excellent ear for romance and portrays it with every note played. It makes you want to pick up your own instrument and play. It's that amazing. You should certainly buy this one if this is your liking. thanks for listening.
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By O. Dobson on January 12, 2006
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At the time I finally got this CD I haven't watched the movie in a long long time but I remember that I loved the movie and the music so I got the CD score.

I listened to it and my mind was able to recall the beautiful images of Africa, the endless sky, the color, the people bend working in the farm. The music is just incredible - even if you did not see the movie. It's just set you soul in a fly. If you don't totally love it the first time you listen, then listen again - it grows on you. The music is evocative and inspiring. I have to say that I normally do not buy music from the movies. I just don't because I always thought the music is just background for the movie. In this case (and in case of The Red Violin) I am glad I made an exception.
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There has been no complete release of the score so far. You may want to check out Joel McNeely's re-recording, which includes some extra music and the complete Mozart 'Adagio'. Also, the LP version included a pop song, which is only available on the UK version of the soundtrack album due to legal... Read More
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