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Conan the Barbarian Import, Box set

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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Intrada
  • ASIN: B00ADW4I9O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Renegade on 19 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have heard many soundtracks in my time, i have heard many classical pieces.... but never in my life have i heard something so majestic, gut-wrenching, beautiful and chivalric in my entire life.

I am a fan of fantasy/action movies, and i have of course seen the film with arnie many many times, as to this day i believe it beats ANY of these big budget green screen blockbusters (with its arms tied behind its back) The movie was great, but i like to look upon it more like a musical, there is not THAT much dialogue throughout the film... it flows like a musical epic, and throughout the film the score simply captured my heart and imagination, in ways no other music has. As vivid as the movie is on-screen (and underrated classic in my view) the music compliments it perfectly, it is like the two co-exist in a perfect symbiosis and each without the other would not be as complete.

As true as this is, i was amazed when i listened to the soundtrack for the first time... even without the vivd imagery of the movie its just as powerful (if not moreso).... your imagination can run wild, you soar through an array of emotions,.... and some parts are so beautiful its almost painful to listen.

This really is one of the best pieces of music ever written (some will laugh at this statement, but i do not care).... I own 400 cds, and this is the best i own, i cant go through a week without listening to it in its entirety...

An underrated classic, a benchmark from which ALL fantasy scores nowadays steal.... you can hear it in every fantasy score in hollywood these days.... yet it goes unthanked, and for the most part, un-noticed.

I must confess i am a fan of vaious types of metal, folk, power, black, death (no im not joking), thrash, viking etc.... but this really is something that no musical barriers and bias can ignore... this cd, is mastery.

100/100
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Taylor on 17 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Conan The Barbarian is one of my fave films, and one of the main reasons is the wonderful Basil Poledouris score, possibly my fave score ever. I've
waited so long for this musical masterpiece in its complete glory. I had the original 12 track soundtrack LP on vinyl (French and US versions!); I have
the Milan CD versions both old and new releases (the old CD has even started to become blotchy as a lot of the old Milan ones did); I have the Varese
Sarabande version with 4 extra tracks & some extended cues and even the recent Nic Raine & the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra release, which was a
fairly good effort. And a bootleg somewhere. But this release is the one i've been waiting for; the original soundtrack with all the missing cues. I'd
read originally the the score had never been released complete before because the master tapes had gone missing, and searches that had been carried
out sine the 1990's had failed to find them - then, after the composers death, they surfaced ... and here we are. The release covers 3CD's, and the
first two cover the entire score and even features some wonderful extra bonus tracks such as first versions of some of the main cues, and even two diff
versions of the hauntingly beautiful "Orphans Of Doom" track. The 3rd CD is a re-release of the orignal 12 track album, and features a bonus track
which is the Prologue/Anvil Of Crom with the Mako narration at the start. The set comes in a nice quad CD jewel case, and features excellent artwork
from the film, and a 46 page glossy colour booklet with pics, track listings, descriptions of each track and its place in the film, a John Milius
introduction and a short bio of Basil Poledouris himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard Watson on 20 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I first saw "Conan the barbarian" at a cinema in September 1982,and to say I was "blown away" would be an under-statement.
I loved the movie right from the first frame,and although it is a powerful action movie with stunning cinematography,and possibly the most fitting role Arnold Schwarzenegger ever had,it is this remarkable movie score that really sets it apart from any other film.
I remember buying this soundtrack from a shop in Covent Garden in London a month after I first saw the film,and I was seriously excited about my purchase of this score on a twelve-inch vinyl LP.
Twenty-six years later and listening to it now on CD,I love it just as much as I did all those years ago.
At the Academy awards in 1983 there was no mention of "Conan the barbarian" and indeed this fine soundtrack was sadly over-looked,what a total and complete travesty.E.T. the Extra-terrestrial won the Oscar for best movie score.As good as it is.E.T.is not a patch on this rich orchestral masterpiece.
If you don't already own this remarkable masterwork,then please,I emplore you BUY IT TODAY!I can only thank the late Basil Poledouris for composing
such a wonderful work.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Juan Iglesias on 16 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is probably Poledouris' best known work and for good reason: it's a masterpiece. In the movie, the opening act (tracks 1-4) is driven completely by his epic music and tell the story without the aid of dialogue. As well the perfectly barbaric drums, I believe Poledouris used an outrageously large horn section for the Conan theme giving it a uniquely primal sound quality. 'Riders of Doom' gives us the opera that the story and style demanded and has been used in trailer after trailer since. The achingly sad and atmospheric 'Gift of Fury' sends a shudder down the spine and the act is rounded off with the rhythmically driven 'Wheel of Pain' as Conan grows before our ears. As if this isn't enough, Poledouris' treats us with the addictive 'Orgy' and fantastic themes for Valeria and Subotai. The influence of Rosza's Ben-Hur is obvious in Poledouris' themes and fanfares and his sheer energy is breathtaking. Aside from lacking 'Conan's Crucifixion' and a more complete 'Battle of the Mounds' this release is more than satisfying and should definitely be in your CD collection.
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