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Born Free (2000 Re-recording of 1966 Film) Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 22, 1966
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004SCEN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This re-recording of John Barry's original score from the movie Born Free falls well short of the original soundtrack. Its been many years since I last heard the original on LP but one thing became clear after listening to this newest effort. The re-recording comes across as being bland and sterile compared to the original and the choice of drums used as an accompaniment in some of the songs just doesn't work at all while in the original the drums blended perfectly with the orchestra as well as the culture. On the good side the new version does include some additional material not in the original. Overall this re-recording is a mildly enjoyable album despite its failings but hopefully someone in the powers that be will remaster the original soundtrack which I consider to be the very best work of John Barry not to mention among the finest movie soundtracks past or present.
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My earlier review neglected to note that this is not the original soundtrack but a rerecording of the music from the movie. The original score is breathtaking and the rerecording faithful, but there is something missing from the rerecording, and that is more than the Matt Monroe vocal. I still await reissue of the original soundtrack.
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What a disappointment, receiving my eagerly awaited Born Free "Original Score" and seeing the 1999 re-recording date on the back - and indeed, this is a rather passionless, soulless thing. Musicians simply going through the motions. And no Matt Munro! Somebody deserves a punch in the mouth for this.
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This is not the original soundtrack recording from the movie Born Free. It is a new recording of John Barry's music, by Frederic Talgorn conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Unfortunately, none of the exhuberance of the original soundtrack performances make it into Mr. Talgorn's conducting. In the main title, the drums are subdued and the final statement of the main motif (BORN FREE!) just sort of lolls out the speakers, nothing like the stirring rendition in the movie. "Elsa at Play" sounds more like sleepy elephants at play. And "Reunion/Born Free (end title) utterly failed to bring tears to my eyes--there is no tension, no resolution, it's just another lazy afternoon in the sun. I really can't imagine ever playing this CD again.
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I was disappointed in the re-do of Barry's classic soundtrack. Yes, the songs are the same but the arrangements just aren't up to the standard of Barry's original. Also missing is the Matt Monroe vocal of Born Free. Too bad!
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I'm with the folks who were disappointed. I truly missed the Matt Monro version, which was a summer anthem for me in 1967. Also, I noticed that, even without Monro, this was not the same version. It's beautiful music, but missing all of the playful and exuberance of the original soundtrack. It's just not the same.
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