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.
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.