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Conan the Destroyer
(1984)
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1992 Varèse
2011 Prometheus
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Smalley
Greig McRitchie
Scott Smalley

2011 Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick

2011 Album Conducted by:
Nic Raine

2011 Album Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(November 10th, 1992)

Prometheus Records
(December 13th, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 Varèse album is a regular U.S. release, but it has long been difficult to find. The 2011 Prometheus 2-CD set is not a limited product and was made available through soundtrack specialty outlets for $25.
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Buy it... if you're extremely devoted to Basil Poledouris' music for Conan the Barbarian and are willing to overlook poor performance execution and recording quality on the original album for an expansion of the same sound.

Avoid it... in its original form and instead seek the 2011 re-recording of the complete score if you hold Conan the Barbarian with such high regard that you can't tolerate hearing inadequate players mangle parts of its lesser sequel.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #349
WRITTEN 6/18/03, REVISED 12/21/11
Poledouris
Poledouris
Conan the Destroyer: (Basil Poledouris) With the stunning success of John Milius' Conan the Barbarian two years earlier, a sequel featuring Conan once again in Robert E. Howard's Hyborean age was inevitable. Not returning for the successor, though, was the same brutally classic vision of the fictional age that Milius and Oliver Stone and had created in the first film. Some will argue that follow-up director Richard Fleischer, a veteran filmmaker in his own right, built a spin-off of the Hyborean age in the sequel film, exploring a different avenue that developed other aspects of Conan's character and his surroundings. Others will argue that Conan the Destroyer was a monumental failure simply because it lost the classic realism and solitude that made the first film so enticing. The majority of audiences agreed with the latter opinion, tired of Conan and exhausted by the 1980's bombardment of fantasy adventure films set in ancient times. Substantial difficulties finalizing a script for Conan the Destroyer caused immense dissatisfaction across the board, including with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who consequently refused to return to the franchise for a planned third entry. Other than the executive production team, only three elements returned for the sequel: actors Schwarzenegger and Mako and composer Basil Poledouris. Despite early ideas of utilizing a pop/rock score for the first film, Poledouris had beaten the odds and produced one of the finest pre-historic orchestral scores in the history of cinema. Decades later, Conan the Barbarian still stands as perhaps the most outstanding achievement of Poledouris' career, and a concert of music from that score would represent the composer's final public appearance shortly before his death in 2006. Thus, the return of his musical tone for Conan the Destroyer was an immediate necessity. In the interim, he had written less ballsy, more traditionally fantasy-oriented concept music for Universal Studios' live action production, "The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular," in 1983, a preview of the path away from the weight of Conan the Barbarian in its lesser cinematic sibling.



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Average: 2.68 Stars
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absolute rubbish review to promote the re-recording
wtf - September 7, 2016, at 10:17 p.m.
1 comment  (109 views)
Conan the Destroyer Formula
Bruno Costa - November 8, 2010, at 4:55 a.m.
1 comment  (1152 views)
Unique in it's own right.
Ommadawn - December 30, 2003, at 12:22 p.m.
1 comment  (1965 views)
Riders of Doom in Conan the Destroyer!?!   Expand >>
Cvija - July 5, 2003, at 3:25 a.m.
6 comments  (6524 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 33:10
• 1. Main Title/Riders of Taramis (3:31)
• 2. Valeria Remembered (3:02)
• 3. The Horn of Dagoth (2:17)
• 4. Elite Guard Attacks (2:23)
• 5. Crystal Palace (6:00)
• 6. The Katta (1:05)
• 7. Dream Quest (1:30)
• 8. Night Bird (2:21)
• 9. Approach to Shadizaar (1:40)
• 10. The Scrolls of Skelos (2:26)
• 11. Duelling Wizards (1:25)
• 12. Illusion's Lake (1:27)
• 13. Conan & Bombaata Battle (1:16)
(some listed track times on the album are slightly incorrect)
2011 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 92:30

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 1992 Varèse Sarabande album's insert, like the concurrent one for Conan the Barbarian, features detailed notes about both the score and film. The insert of the 2011 Prometheus set contains detailed analysis of the film, composer, and score.
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