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Cry, The Beloved Country
(1995)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The English Chamber Orchestra
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Epic Soundtrax
(November 21st, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print as of 2000. It often sold for $50 or more on the secondary market in the 2000's.
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Buy it... if you regularly soak up John Barry's soothing and simplistically melodic tones for drama in the last two decades of his career.

Avoid it... if you're either deterred by an extremely wet and wishy-washy recording mix or are seeking any spark of life whatsoever from a veteran composer lodged firmly in his comfort zone.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #437
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/25/08
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Cry, The Beloved Country: (John Barry) The acclaimed Alan Paton novel about the relationship between culturally different fathers in South Africa who bond after their sons are both killed in the apartheid struggle has been adapted onto the stage and screen several times. The largely unheralded 1995 film version of Cry, The Beloved Country stars James Earl Jones as the black minister and Richard Harris as the white father, and although the acting was well received, the rest of the film was not. Considered too light of an adaptation, the film was disregarded by some critics and audiences as being too easy on the historic evils of apartheid. Lacking the kind of political punch necessary to provide a compelling reason to seek its message, the remake is typically shelved behind the more powerful 1951 Sidney Poitier rendition of the same story. Veteran composer John Barry was no stranger to composing for the cultural ills of the world, and especially for those set in Africa. At the height of the composer's activities in the 1960's, sprinkled throughout his James Bond scores were a handful of pieces that Barry had written specifically for African subject matter, a few of which recognized for major awards. In the 1990's, Barry had remained a composer best known for painting a soundscape to vast scenery and glorious colors. Thus, based on qualifications alone, Cry, The Beloved Country seemed like a good fit for the composer. The year of 1995 marked Barry's last year of major, successful film score production, with health and legal problems plaguing the composer during the years that followed. Unfortunately, Cry, The Beloved Country turned out to be indicative (even more so than The Scarlet Letter, which still showed signs of life in the composer) of the beginning of Barry's stylistic decline. The score for Cry, The Beloved Country was received very much like the film, criticized as a wishy-washy treatment of a subject that should have been scored with a much sharper edge. Thus, once again, the effectiveness of Barry's music in the film would have to be separated from the listening experience on album. As such, it was an all-too-common occurrence for the waning composer.

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Average: 3.39 Stars
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* 43 1 Stars
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Bad match for film, but very good on album
Mark - August 21, 2003, at 12:27 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:17
• 1. Main Title - The Letter (3:36)
• 2. The Beginning of the Journey (2:10)
• 3. The Train to Johannesburg (2:48)
• 4. You've Been Robbed (1:28)
• 5. Emaxambeni (2:29)
• 6. I've Been a Bad Woman! (2:31)
• 7. Is It My Son? (2:32)
• 8. He Was Our Only Child (1:42)
• 9. What Sort of Life Did They Lead (1:25)
• 10. Hamba Notsokolo (2:37)
• 11. Bastards - Bloody Bastards (1:03)
• 12. Did it Seem Heavy (0:48)
• 13. Cry, Cry The Beloved Country (1:45)
• 14. Christ, Forsake Me Not (3:19)
• 15. The Boys Club (1:36)
• 16. We Taught Him Nothing (2:05)
• 17. Amazing Grace -song (3:33)
• 18. Go Well Umfundisi (1:09)
• 19. Do Not Spoil My Pleasure (2:38)
• 20. It Is My Son - That Killed Your Son (3:53)
• 21. The Marriage (2:55)
• 22. The Shadow of Death (2:53)
• 23. The Fifteenth Day (3:17)
(Track lengths listed only on CD)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. John Barry dedicated this score to South African President Nelson Mandela.
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