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Thorn Birds [Us Import] [Soundtrack, Import]

Henry Mancini Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0001Z53K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Main Title
2. Go!
3. Drogheda
4. Young Meggie
5. Ralph, Meggie And Mary
6. Stuie Grows Up
7. Paddy And Fiona
8. Passion Play
9. The Story Of The Thorn Birds
10. Meggie Grows Up
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Meggie Leaves Drogheda
2. Arrival At Queensland
3. Beginning Of The End
4. Welcome To Himmelhock
5. New Kid In Town
6. Matlock Island
7. Beach Walk
8. Forbidden Love
9. Ralph And Meggie
10. Paradise Lost
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak 10 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I watched the TV series of the Thornbirds avidly and very emotionally when it was first shown on television. I have watched re runs since and still get moved. The story is in the music. I can picture the wide open spaces, the heat and the dust and the heartbreak. It is wonderful and I shall play it forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull 22 Mar 2014
By Ingrid
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
listening to the wonderfull music brought back so many beautifull memories....
And now that our son is in Australia I like to listen to the CD even more....
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC MUSIC 17 Mar 2014
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
***** The Best sound track I have ever purchased. I loved the TV series and the music is out of this world *****
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soundtrack... with missing music instruments 19 Oct 2004
By Remi-bertin Theriault - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
FINALLY, a soundtrack is released!!!! How extraordinary!

YES YES YES YES, I agree with most of the critics written here, the quality of this soundtrack is exceptionnal. They did a fantastic job remastering the music score, and the stereo effect is astonishing (you must listen to the soundtrack with your headphones at least once, it's worth it, you will really get the dept of the sound).

And... after having discussed with a few people, I came to the conclusion that back in 1983, Mancini decided to record the soundtrack not with an orchestra, all at once, as usual. Nope, for the Thorn Birds, it seems he recorded the instrument groups individually, on different tracks, and he mixed them afterwards. Maybe he wanted to get the best out of every musicians? Personnaly, that's perfection. You may have noticed there is no orchestra mentionned on the CD...

The sad thing is that it seems the people who remastered the original soundtrack for the CD ommited (or lost?) some instruments during the final mix. The dulcimer that was suppose to play the main title theme of the very first track is indeed missing (yes yes it IS missing, i compared it to the opening credits from the DVDs), and the guitar seemed to have been filtered through something, it's not as clear as the original (as if they "cleaned" it too much!). Also, they ommited the dulcimer in the track "Drogheda" (track 3), where it was supposed to start the score, for the first 15 seconds (on the CD you only get the background music, guitar and harp). And... I've also noticed on the track 'Vacation's End', compared to the original score on the miniserie, there was suppose to be an electronic harpischord taking over the violins at 1 min 52 sec for a line or two. It's missing...

It's too bad... but hey... what can we do. Besides these little mistakes, I believe this music is still one of the greatest score I ever heard.

Besides, I would have like to get a few more scores : the piano when Ralph sees Meggy for the first time at the train station, or when he sees Meggy slowly coming down the stairs at Mary's birthday party... a few scores are missing from the CD... maybe they could give us a 'bonus' CD with new scores and the ones that were not mix proprely on this soundtrack CD set? That would be fantastic. Just a thought...
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DULCIMER !!!!! 13 Mar 2007
By I. de O. Castro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD

The DULCIMER is not here but it is on other cd which is accompanying a book. You can buy here on AMAZON. The book with the 16-track cd calls:

IT SAYS: "the book and cd are specially rewarding for Thorn Birds fans who spent $25 on Varese Sarabande's 2-CD soundtrack only to discover that the dulcimer- the central instrument of the score - was inexplicably missing from the main-title track and that the extensive liner notes barely discuss the score (and don't include a single quote from the composer about his music, despite the fact that a little resarch would have turned up three extensive interviews that Mancini gave about the music of The thorn birds). Both of these omissions are rectified by the book and accompanying CD. The main title is intact, complete with dulcimer overlay, and Mancini's discussion of the project is so thorough that all of our questions about this remarkable score are answered at last."

Plus the Dulcimer the book "Case History of a film score" has more: the piano when Ralph sees Meggy slowly coming down the stairs at Mary's birthday party... . This music is missing from the Varese cd, but it is here on this extra cd - Case History. It's wonderful!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a COMPLETE Soundtrack! 2 July 2004
By Athenaeus Alexander Dukas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Despite the naysayers, based on my memory of the score, this release has every single soundtrack element used. The only possible error may have been that they either mislabeled certain tracks or put them out of order. However, having listened to it, I really do believe it to be complete. There are at least FOUR different versions of the Dulcimer Backed Theme on these two discs. Also, remember, soundtrack elements sometimes sound slightly different outside of their original film application.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not complete but still great 26 Mar 2006
By L. Kleinfeldt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's clear something is 'wierd' about Track 1 on Disc 1. It almost sounds like part of the track is playng in the background when the volume should be turned up! But still, I'm thrilled that this is finally available. Totally thrilled. It's such a beautiful score. In life and especially in music I find we rarely get 100% when trying to find what we hear on a tv show (try being an x-files Mark Snow music fan) or a movie. But I'm sooooo glad to have whatever I can get. Plain and simple. It's a shame that something is 'off' about certain tracks but again, I'll take it. Beautiful stuff.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over! 1 July 2004
By Stefan Huber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It took more than twenty years, until there appeared a soundtrack album for "The Thorn Birds". Originally, Warner wanted to issue a double LP, when the series had its first run. The budget was afterwards cut down to a single LP and finally, the album never got released. Although, "The Thorn Birds" theme appeared on numerous Mancini compilations over the years, this new Varese Sarabande album is the definite winner!
Although Henry Mancini is best known for his scores for romantic comedies ("Breakfast At Tiffany's"), he seldom, if ever, got the chance to create a symphonic romantic score. The score for "The Thorn Birds" combines symphonic elements to underscore the melodramatic events of the storyline, Mancini's unique melodic gift and the famous duclimer sound to characterize Australia's giant extension (although the camera for the series never saw Australia). Of course, the two disk set can't reproduce the underscore for eight hours of classic television, but everything that's here is pure magic. Interestingly, the producers tended to include most of Mancini's underscore, rather than the source cues (a wise decision!). In addition to the great score, the booklet includes great liners, that tell the story of the score and give you some information about its composer.
So, all I can say is: get this one! "The Thorn Birds" is far more than just the two themes that appeared on the old 45's and on various CD incarnations.
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