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Far and Away
(1992)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performances by:
The Chieftains
Enya
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MCA Records
(May 26th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're passionate about highly lyrical and gorgeously melodic scores, especially if they can make a splash with some boldly orchestral adventure along the way.

Avoid it... if other composers' incorporation of uilleann pipes, pan flutes, penny whistles, and The Chieftains into less applicable settings has poisoned you to even the best that John Williams can muster with those elements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #168
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 1/5/08
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Far and Away: (John Williams) In an age when few films were shot in the expansive 70mm format, Ron Howard's Far and Away was a welcome return to the glorious cinematography of Hollywood's great epics of yesteryear. When combined with the expansive score by John Williams, the film was an engaging and beautiful visual and aural experience. Unfortunately, audiences also had to contend with a contrived script and unconvincing performances by lovebirds Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. It may look and sound great, but Far and Away doesn't make much practical sense for the era, moving in predictable narrative directions built seemingly only for convenient Hollywood endings. None of these problems seems to have bothered Williams, whose first collaboration with Howard would prove to be among the best that Howard would ever have (although multiple classics would result from Howard's work with James Horner, including Willow and Apollo 13). Williams had explored darker stylistic territory in the late 1980's, writing several inconsistent, intimate scores that were worlds away from his monumental fantasy and adventure works earlier in the decade. With 1991's Hook, however, came a rediscovery of Williams' more exciting action work, and Far and Away would roll to the top of film music's quality charts the following year. The film provided Williams with an opportunity to write for several genres at once; the story obviously has a significant Irish tilt, and Williams embellishes upon the ethnic elements with substantial beauty in Far and Away. It would also be one of the first Western scores in a long time for Williams, whose endeavors in the genre during 1970's were often more unusual in tone than the straight forward kind of frontier adventure that you hear in this film. Finally, there's a hint of the period in Williams' incorporation of a scherzo to elevate the classicism of the score in a few parts.

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Just revisited this classic
thw - March 21, 2009, at 10:12 p.m.
1 comment  (1277 views)
love it
David Lounsberry - November 19, 2008, at 11:32 a.m.
1 comment  (1389 views)
Excellent score
Sheridan - September 24, 2006, at 7:12 a.m.
1 comment  (2158 views)
awesome
Nick - August 3, 2006, at 1:26 a.m.
1 comment  (2034 views)
enya on soundtrack
bryan - October 7, 2004, at 12:25 a.m.
1 comment  (3643 views)
Burning the Manor House (Track #5)   Expand >>
John - August 27, 2004, at 4:01 p.m.
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Newest: November 18, 2008, at 10:40 p.m.by S.Venkatnarayanan
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:12
• 1. County Galway, June 1892 (1:55)
• 2. The Fighting Donellys* (2:18)
• 3. Joe Sr.'s Passing/The Duel Scene (4:41)
• 4. Leaving Home (1:55)
• 5. Burning the Manor House (2:43)
• 6. Blowing Off Steam (1:31)
• 7. Fighting for Dough* (2:02)
• 8. Am I Beautiful? (3:38)
• 9. The Big Match (5:56)
• 10. Inside the Mansion (4:24)
• 11. Shannon is Shot (4:06)
• 12. Joseph's Dream (3:08)
• 13. The Reunion (3:50)
• 14. Oklahoma Territory (2:12)
• 15. The Land Race (4:56)
• 16. Settling with Steven/The Race to the River (4:08)
• 17. Joseph and Shannon (3:14)
• 18. Book of Days - performed by Enya (2:53)
• 19. End Credits* (6:35)
* original score tracks featuring The Chieftains

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a note from the co-producer and screenwriter of the film regarding the inspiring location of the production and, to a lesser extent, the score.
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