High Road To China (1983 Film) Import, Soundtrack
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'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.
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.
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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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.Published on January 16, 2014 by Patricia Baswell
I very much enjoyed the music set to the flying sequences. John Barry's themes added a lot to the movie.Published on January 30, 2013 by Robert Gray
tried to find this cd for a long time, after ordering & receiving it...I put cd on to play and high road to china song came on first, but after that it seemed to not have all the... Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by topper
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. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by Leatherbark
Bought first one as a gift and had to have one for my collection. I love this film.Published on June 23, 2009 by JAMES R. TAYLOR
The CD, which is made in Australia or England (that's why its a tad expensive and hard to find) is wonderful - brings back the beautiful score of this movie. Read morePublished on November 5, 2007 by J. Waugh