Conan the Barbarian
|Listen Now with Amazon Music|
Conan The Barbarian (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|Amazon Music Unlimited|
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
The 1982 film by director John Milius brought Robert E. Howard's stories of the warrior gladiator king to the silver screen (with screenplay co-written by none other than Oliver Stone) and very naturally starred Arnold Schwarzenegger! The magnificent score was composed by Basil Poledouris (THE HUNT FOR REd OCTOBER, FREE WILLY and many more).
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
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The complete soundtrack is a tribute to the life of Basil Poledouris. The booklet describes how Basil and John Milius met and formed a film making partnership, tracking the ups and downs of both men. The information in the booklet includes a listing of the film cues, the tracks on the three CDs and a detailed analysis of each track with some fabulous still photographs from the film. Listening to the complete score was interesting as the music for many scenes, such as the pit fights, the scene with the witch and the hall of King Osric, allowed me to focus on the music which tended to be eclipsed when watching the film. Having the complete score provides insight into how Basil Poledouris approached the scoring of each scene.
Most interesting of all are the extra tracks containing the first versions of the Prologue, Anvil of Crom, Battle of the Mounds and other tracks. There are two earlier versions of the Orphans of Doom; the first being especially haunting with the use of a solo harp and soprano solo, instead of a chorus. The second version of the track has a chorus with a solo harp with the orchestra. The final track Las Cantigas de Santa Maria was included to present the source of the melody in the scene where Conan kills the giant snake,, as recorded by the early music group Clemencic Consort. The original tracks show the first thoughts of the composer and it is interesting to compare them to the final version. The inclusion of the Prologue with the narration by Mako on the third disc was especially welcome.
Anyone with an interest in the original (and only) Conan The Barbarian will want to have this set of CDs. The set is an impressive tribute to Basil Poledouris and, clearly, a labor of love for the album producers.
This version contains a number of songs that were missing from the original soundtrack!
This is not a remastering! This is an entirely new performance with a new orchestra.
It also has several re-performed versions of a couple songs and a very important and beautiful gem from Conan the Destroyer (but not the title song).