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The Black Stallion Returns
(1983)
Album Cover Art
2001 Prometheus
2009 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:
Georges Delerue

Produced by:
Daniel Allan Carlin

2001 Album Produced by:
Luc Van de Ven
Ford A. Thaxton

2009 Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake

Performed by:
The London Session Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Prometheus Records
(December 10th, 2001)

Intrada Records
(December, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2001 Prometheus album that includes The Black Stallion was a Belgian release, only to be found at soundtrack specialty outlets. While the album was not explicitly printed in limited quantities, stock was not available in major retail stores. The 2009 Intrada album is limited to 1,500 copies and escalated to a value of $30 in 2010 after promptly selling out from soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you need a perfect, ready-made national anthem for your fledgling country, courtesy of Georges Delerue's resoundingly beautiful theme for this film.

Avoid it... on the thorough but not earth-shattering 2009 Intrada album if you own the 2001 Prometheus CD pressing of the original LP and have only casual interest in either of the scores for this franchise.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,674
WRITTEN 1/11/02, REVISED 2/27/10
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The Black Stallion Returns: (Georges Delerue) Despite its production difficulties, the 1979 adaptation of Walter Farley's famed children's novel concept had become a blockbuster hit with some help from producer Francis Ford Coppola. A sequel to The Black Stallion was already in the rough planning stages at the time of the first film's shooting, and once again featuring the support of Coppola and plenty of beautiful cinematography, the boy and his Arabian stallion raced into theatres in 1983. While it may not have generated the same fiscal success as the original entry, The Black Stallion Returns revealed itself to be a decent film, an elongated chase between the boy and the previous owners of the horse across the deserts of North Africa that culminates in the prerequisite race scene. Plaguing the first film was an extremely unsettled situation regarding the composition and subsequent dismemberment and partial replacement of Carmine Coppola's score, resulting in an ambiguous musical personality absent any genuine warmth or excitement. No such problems existed for The Black Stallion Returns, however, for new director Robert Dalva immediately turned to the esteemed Academy Award winner Georges Delerue to capture the story's sweeping scope and enduring friendship. In so doing, the production avoided any trouble with the score whatsoever; Delerue's music was applauded immediately and mostly unmolested in its application to the film. The composer's work, put into better perspective now by a career cut sadly short, was always precise in its ability to convey the emotional heart of a film. Because the story of the sequel changed the genre slightly (pushing the fantasy from the high seas and racetrack to the Arabian deserts), the music was required to match its move into the more straight forward adventure genre. Delerue, as per usual, was up to the task, writing a sweeping and overwhelmingly romantic theme for the boy/horse relationship and a handful of impressive secondary ideas for the adventurous desert settings. The disparity between the sense of style in the two scores could not be more obvious. Every moment in Delerue's score is emotionally involving and lovingly performed, consistent in its instrumentation from start to finish. He takes the emphasis on flute, harp, and clarinet from the original film and unleashes those elements into his beautiful melodies, mixed brilliantly as always.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2001 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:41
The Black Stallion:

• 1. Theme from The Black Stallion (2:33)
• 2. The Island (3:26)
• 3. Cobra Death (1:50)
• 4. First Feeding (2:13)
• 5. The Black Stallion (0:46)
• 6. Playing Tag & Magnificent Horse (2:36)
• 7. The Legend (1:15)
• 8. Campfire (1:03)
• 9. The Ride (2:33)
• 10. The Rescue (3:55)
• 11. Dad's Glove and Watch (2:41)
• 12. Chase Through Town (2:21)
• 13. In Training (1:57)
• 14. Henry (1:52)
• 15. Flash Back & Winner's Circle (1:33)
• 16. Reprise: Theme from The Black Stallion (2:37)
The Black Stallion Returns:

• 17. Alec and the Black Stallion (3:13)
• 18. Stowaway on the Clipper (2:11)
• 19. Raj Comes Home (3:36)
• 20. Meslar: Desert Hero (2:36)
• 21. Race and Escape (3:05)
• 22. Together Again (4:17)
• 23. Shetahn to Casablanca (1:31)
• 24. Oasis Attack (1:44)
• 25. Finale: The Black Stallion Returns (8:06)
2009 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:19

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both the 2001 and 2009 albums include extensive commentary about the score and film.
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