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NOT ENOUGH TRUE NAPOLEONIC SOUNDS FOR ME!
on 14 January 2015
Having enjoyed the SHARPE television series starring SEAN BEAN and DARRAGH O'MALLEY, I was quite disappointed by this CD to accompany the long-running drama.
Why? Well, there are twenty tracks on offer here, including many traditional arrangements from the period, BUT less than half of them actually appear in the series! Thus the title of the CD is slightly misleading. With so much great music available from all the episodes , I thought there would have been a larger selection of tunes here then featured.
However, at least there is a varied mixture of songs and tunes,. Vocals are supplied by JOHN TAMS (who played series regular, Rifleman Daniel Hagman) and (then newcomer) KATE RUSBY, who has since forged ahead with a successful career in her own right.
Despite the assortment of tracks available, some are somewhat short in length. One example is the end-credit song of OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY which has verses missing, while notable music from the series is absent from the CD. Where is the rousing South Essex march from SHARPE'S EAGLE or the haunting Sergeant Hakeswill theme from SHARPE'S ENEMY, for instance? These could, and should, have been included on a CD of this type. Alternatively there could have been many more tunes from the Napoleonic Wars included as well.
With new episodes filmed of Sharpe in India, perhaps there will be an updated CD released in future which will remedy some of these problems and include a wider diversity of music from the series.
As things stand though, anyone with a keen interest in the period of the Napoleonic Wars (like me) will find the CD to be a somewhat mixed blessing, while those seeking more soundtrack themes would be better off simply re-watching the original television episodes!