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The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular
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2000 Super Tracks
2011 Prometheus
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Composed and Conducted by:

Performed by:
The London Studio Symphony Orchestra and Voices

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

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
Super Tracks Music Group
(September 29th, 2000)

Prometheus Records
(December 13th, 2011)
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The 2000 Super Tracks album was a limited release of 3,000 copies, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. Ten years later, it was still available at those outlets for its initial price of $20. The 2011 Prometheus 2-CD set pairing this score with Conan the Destroyer is not a limited product and was made available through soundtrack specialty outlets for $25.
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Buy it... if you have an affinity for Basil Poledouris' music for Conan the Barbarian and its sequel, for this live-action spin-off show allowed the composer to produce a refreshing and viable extension of the same general sound.

Avoid it... in its original form if you have no interest in the entertainingly booming dialogue track and seek far superior sound quality, in which case the 2011 re-recording is a fantastic alternative.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #623
WRITTEN 10/1/00, REVISED 12/21/11
Poledouris
Poledouris
The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular: (Basil Poledouris) In the early 1980s, Americans were consumed by the need for adventures from the mythical age of sword and sorcery. With films such as Dragonslayer, Excalibur, and Beastmaster came audiences' desire to see even more of such fantasy epics. The most successful film of the genre was, of course, Conan the Barbarian, and not only did the 1982 film inspire a full-length motion picture sequel two years later in the form of the substandard Conan the Destroyer, but it also led to the creation of a live-action Conan stage show located at Universal Studios in 1983. The Landmark Entertainment Group show, formally titled "The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacular," ran for ten successful years in Hollywood before being replaced by newer, more technically sophisticated attractions such as "Jurassic Park: The Ride." The Conan show was produced in between the two feature films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it was therefore logical to ask the franchise's own compositional powerhouse, Basil Poledouris, to score the live-action version as well. The production wasn't all that long in its duration, lasting for about 20 minutes, but its intense Hyborean Age action required almost constant underscore of sufficient volume to give the audience a consistent rush of Conan-related fever. Poledouris tackled the assignment with the same seriousness as he had for the original film, employing orchestrator Greig McRitchie and the large London Studio Symphony Orchestra and Voices to duplicate the pounding depth of the music from Conan the Barbarian, though with a switch from the brutally cold demeanor of that film to a lighter, fantasy-oriented one for the franchise's continuation, the composer was forced to take the concept's music down a somewhat new path. That said, at least he did not have to contend with the nightmarish budgetary constraints that would ruin Conan the Destroyer for him and many listeners.

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Average: 3.55 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2000 Super Tracks Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 24:36
• 1. The Adventures of Conan (8:03)
• 2. Sword and Sorcery Spectacular (16:32)
2011 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 19:37

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The insert of the 2000 Super Tracks album contains notes about Poledouris, Landmark Entertainment Group, and the show itself. That of the 2011 Prometheus set contains a brief analysis of the show, composer, and score.
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