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Excalibur
(1981)
Album Cover Art
1994 Old World (Bootleg)
1998 Dandalf (Bootleg)
Album 2 Cover Art
2001 Excalibur (Bootleg)
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Coleman
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Old World Music (Bootleg)
(1994)

Dandalf the Dragon (Bootleg)
(1998)

Excalibur Enterprises (Bootleg)
(2001)
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No commercial release has ever existed for this score. The original LP presentation only included the Carl Orff and Richard Wagner selections (among other related items). The three bootlegs listed here are samples of the many fan-made variations in existence; in addition, a "Lancelot" bootleg with red cover art has widely circulated with those listed above. The bootlegs of the 1990's all contained the same 18 tracks, while those in the 2000's tacked on three more tracks amounting to an additional 12 minutes of music. Some have fetched well over $100 on the market.
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Buy it... on any of the various bootlegs if you seek a competent, though not complete presentation of the decent but rather sparse Trevor Jones score and borrowed Carl Orff and Richard Wagner classics.

Avoid it... if you expect the Jones material to live up to the hype generated in the mainstream by the Wagner and Orff music, because everything that he accomplished in a limited role in Excalibur would be better explored and executed in The Dark Crystal not long after.
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WRITTEN 1/11/10
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Excalibur: (Trevor Jones) The early 1980's were the official "Age of Swords and Sorcery" in Hollywood, a slew of mainstream films tackling variants on the same fantasy realm within just a few years. Among the first of these entries was John Boorman's 1981 venture into Arthurian legend, Excalibur. After being rebuffed on his attempt to acquire the rights to "The Lord of the Rings," Boorman instead contributed to the Arthurian adaptation of significant length with his usual touch of the primordial. The eventual product for Orion Pictures was cut in length and stripped of some of its most graphic violence and nudity, returning a decent $35 million in grosses. In retrospect, Excalibur seems like little more than a bloated costume drama with beautiful cinematography (which earned the film its only Academy Award nomination), but it, like Dragonslayer and Conan the Barbarian, still sufficed to generate renewed interest in the genre at the time. Complicated from the start was the soundtrack for Excalibur, for Boorman had determined early in the process to use prominent placements of Richard Wagner and Carl Orff music in key sequences of the film. As such, the role of an original score was immediately destined to only fill the gaps in between these recordings. Boorman recognized that he would need original music, especially to address the source-like scenes of festival and tradition, and upon hearing the music of young composer Trevor Jones in a television series, he received precisely what he required. Jones had just finished his collegian degree in film music composition and was experienced in student projects and lesser television productions at the time, and between his 55 minutes of filler material for Excalibur and his far more memorable solo work for The Dark Crystal not long after, he was soon launched onto a mainstream career. Many of the ideas heard in the partial score for Excalibur would be expanded upon in both The Dark Crystal and the 1998 television series Merlin, these two later scores infinitely more rewarding for film score collectors when considering the Orff and Wagner usage that dominates the major scenes in Excalibur. On the whole, Jones' contribution to the Boorman film is often overrated, perhaps out of ignorance about the difference between his original work and the existing pieces. While functional, the overall soundtrack to Excalibur is tiresome, underdeveloped, and, of course, cliched.



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Average: 3.16 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 22 4 Stars
*** 23 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 19 1 Stars
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"Challenge of Honour" is by far the best track of the score.
Richard Kleiner - September 10, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Most Bootlegs Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:45
• 1. Theme From Excalibur* (2:49)
• 2. Igrayne's Dance (2:07)
• 3. Merlin's Spell (3:14)
• 4. The Siege of Camylarde** (2:36)
• 5. A Dance at the Court of King Arthur (1:17)
• 6. The Lady of the Lake (1:32)
• 7. Lancelot and Guinevere* (10:33)
• 8. The Wedding (1:05)
• 9. Camelot (3:26)
• 10. Knights of the Round Table (0:41)
• 11. A Challenge to Honour (3:04)
• 12. Quest for the Holy Grail (3:56)
• 13. Mordred's Lair (1:49)
• 14. Percival* (11:50)
• 15. The Land and the King (4:10)
• 16. The Death of Arthur* (6:37)
• 17. Alternate Theme (1:28)
• 18. Alternate End Titles (3:30)
* composed by Richard Wagner
** composed by Carl Orff

(Other bootleg variations exist; the Excalibur Enterprises bootleg of 2001 includes three bonus tracks totaling 12 minutes)

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