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Nice start - shame about the rest
on 27 June 2002
As an avid fan of the film 'Zulu' I was thrilled to see that the soundtrack was available on CD. I was particularly keen to hear the Zulu chants and songs from the film - the mass wedding at Cetewayo's kraal, the chants when powering into the attack, the moving ballad (? I wish I knew what they were singing)at dawn before the final assault and the salute from the hillside at the end of the film.
John Barry's orchestral theme music forms tracks 1 to 6 of the CD. No problem there, I thought, that music is fine and I can see that 'A Selection of Zulu Stamps' is coming up later. Why did they not alternate the zulu stamps with the orchestral music?
I was soon to find out.
Instead of the aforesaid chants and songs from the film, the listener is treated to some fairly mediocre European-style dance music from the 'sixties, played by 'The John Barry Seven'. Never heard of them? Well, just imagine 'The Shadows' if you are old enough to remember and you are very close. What a disappointment.
So, unfortunately it's a big raspberry from me for this CD. Two stars for the first six tracks (or rather two tracks, as two-thirds of it is repetition of the same theme anyway).