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Conan the Destroyer (Original Score) [Soundtrack]

Basil Poledouris Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Nov 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014T2
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title/Riders Of Taramis
2. Valeria Remembered
3. The Horn Of Dagoth
4. Elite Guard Attacks
5. Crystal Palace
6. The Katta
7. Dream Quest
8. Night Bird
9. Approach To Shadizaar
10. The Scrolls Of Skelos
11. Dueling Wizards
12. Illusion's Lake
13. Conan & Bambaata Battle

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail the power! Hail the Might! 13 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
For a great epic classic, nothing better than a matching sound track.
If you buy this CD, that's exactly what you'll get.
The musics have Conan writen all over, they sound, feel, like it.
This masterpiece is as powerfull and envolving as they get.
A great work, an excelent investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews! 24 Nov 2009
By carlosnightman VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
While the second film was a complete letdown, a camp abomination, the soundtrack stands out. People who were never fans of the first film mostly can agree that the music was nothing less than brilliant and while this soundtrack doesn't quite reach those heights, it's still better than most. With a great theme of its own, owing much to Westerns from previous decades Conan The Destroyer is at its best when it replays classic pieces from the first film, merging them with the new and giving them a unique flavour. Again the score is expansive and evokes both images from the film as well as caressing the imagination muscles. A few of the tracks lack the melodic or imaginative qualities of others, but considering how repetitive most soundtracks naturally are (central one or two themes recurring over and over between tuneless strings and dramatic pieces). While not as essential as the first, this is still worth a listen.

`Riders Of Tamaris' opens the soundtrack and film in dramatic style, instantly recalling the epic nature of the first. The instruments used and the structure remind the listener of the first one and when the main theme quickly burst in you know that this is more of an adventure than the first. The tone is lighter, more akin to a Western and there is less of a threatening and foreboding feeling. The track breaks off into several different pieces, unintentionally and ironically conveying the messy plot and jumbled nature of the film, but accurately showing the diversity of characters, places, and themes. With a better script, acting, and if the story had been taken more seriously the film could have been a greater success- certainly the first track suggests greater things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent disc! 1 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The packaging is very good and very easy to extract the disc.

I recommend this cd tracks, are very good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conan+Poledouris!! 23 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Basil Poledouris to face this challenge, and it is difficult. With the story so shallow, he is basically given nothing to work with in terms of emotion. So the soundtrack falls flat in carrying all the heavy emotional impact that was found in the first movie.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion Piece to the Other Soundtrack: 4-1/2 Stars 25 Jan 2006
By The Cool Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack has received a lower rating in general from reviewers than the "Conan the Barbarian" soundtrack. It is understandable, but I still think it is a great soundtrack. Let's talk about some of the differences.

I think one reason that people may have a tendency to put down this soundtrack is because the story of "Conan the Destroyer" simply didn't live up to the incredibly epic and awesome standards set by the original movie. The first soundtrack was tied in to the movie in a special way, with a minimum of dialogue and key emotional moments accompanied with important parts of the music. They tried that with the 2nd movie, but they just couldn't pull it off. Mainly because the 2nd movie was so shallow to begin with. It didn't have any emotions worth setting to music.

And along comes Basil Poledouris to face this challenge, and it is difficult. With the story so shallow, he is basically given nothing to work with in terms of emotion. So the soundtrack falls flat in carrying all the heavy emotional impact that was found in the first movie.

With the first soundtrack, you could visualize the entire movie as you listened. This made the soundtrack very powerful, because the story was so darn good. But it is hard to do that so much on the second, because the story is just so forgettable. Okay, I guess I am repeating myself here.

Another reason that people could give this less of a review is because of the length. It is substantially shorter than the first soundtrack.

So in all fairness, this probably should get only 4 stars, but I give it 4-1/2 which rounds up to 5. Why? Because the music itself is still really good.

You can try to ignore the underlying story of the first movie and just consider the music itself. Then compare the music of the 2nd movie with the first, and you will find that the two fit together extremely well. The second makes a wonderful companion piece on those terms.

One of the best things about this soundtrack is the use of the harpsichord on track 3: "The Horn of Dagoth". (As least, it SOUNDS like a harpsichord to me - I'm no music expert.) Also memorable in my opinion is the new main battle theme, as well as track 11: "Dueling Wizards."

Like everybody else here, I wish "Conan the Destroyer" had been more than the campy schlock that it was. Still enjoyable on it's own terms, but not living up to the epic scale of the original. But the music can't be judged by that standard, and it is still a very good soundtrack.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but missing a piece. 9 Jan 2000
By John White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Upon my second or third listenting of this CD, I noticed what was missing -- the palace music. When that chick is about to be executed, there's that very mellifluous tune in the background. But it's not the soundtrack. I have no idea why not, because it's very good. It might be on the Conan The Barbarian CD, or maybe Basil didn't compose it.
Crystal Palace is the best track of the lot and the second track is good, too -- the love song. Crystal Palace worked fabulously with the film... Arnold smashing those mirrors in syncopation with the music? Hoo-doggie! Buy this disc.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as Conan the Barbarian 19 Jan 2000
By Nathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Basil Poledouris is an outstanding composer, and his best works are easily the Conan Soundtracks.
Exceptionally strong, bold music punctuated by moments of beautiful, lyrical work, these CDs aren't for constant listening, but when you're in the mood, there's nothing better.
I agree with most of the earlier reviewers and am sad at the way the opening was messed up, but what's really a shame is that this CD is only 33 minutes long, half the length of its predecessor. What they should do with the Conan CDs is the same thing they did with the Star Wars ones -- release them with the complete musical background as it was in the film. That would be impressive.
Another thing to note is that while The Barbarian Soundtrack has better music, the tone of the music in destroyer is more fitting for the themes in the original Conan stories.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 16 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard.The power of main theme, the emotions of Crystal palace make this one in a life experience.The cd evokes strong emotions when it's playing and you will not get any idea to skip tracks and miss an adventure voyage in Conan's world.Don't mind what they tell you-if you liked Conan The Barbarian you will like Conan The Destroyer.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barbaric, percussive and brilliant! 15 Oct 2000
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Conan The Destroyer Basil Poledouris
In my humble opinion... Basil Poledouris' best works are his two Conan soundtracks, the outstanding lyrical masterpiece [pity about the titles!] - Conan The Barbarian, and the sequel - Conan The Destroyer. Both soundtracks are huge in scope and sound, very like the early to mid twentieth century Russian classical music of Prokofiev and Khachaturian - big, brash, commanding, stirring and at times moving, calming and soothing. Had Basil Poledouris been born 50 or 60 years earlier I have no doubt that his name would be among those of the great composers. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the easiest way for a composer to earn a living, and to make his music available, is to write film scores. See the success of John Williams and James Horner, both household names. Having this kind of music in the world is a good thing.
I digress...
The music for Conan The Barbarian was fantastic. Not a dud track on it. Big and loud, full of memorable melodies that you'd find yourself humming or whistling, as a colleague of mine does while working, and his favorite music is hard rockin'! The score for Conan The Destroyer is not just a re-hash of the original, as sometimes happens. There are melodies and themes borrowed from the original, but used in a different way.
On Conan The Destroyer there is a lot more use of percussion, the more unusual, deeper, wind instruments, and even a harpsichord. The music beats and pounds its way along, with the percussion defying you to tap your foot, and you find yourself humming, or whistling, imagining the time before "the oceans drank Atlantis".
This music is far superior to the film, which was a very, very poor sequel to the outstanding original. I would go as far as to say that the music stands on its own, and one would not have to have seen or even heard of the film to enjoy the music. It would make a great concert suite and would leave you reeling for days.
If you like Prokofiev's "Romeo And Juliet" and "Lt. Kije" then you will most likely enjoy Conan The Destroyer.
If you don't have this disk, get it, but get "Conan The Barbarian" first, and try to find the release with 18 tracks, you get more of the music.
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