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Michael Kamen's Opus
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Steve McLaughlin
Christopher Brooks

Performed by:
The Seattle Symphony Orchestra

London Metropolitan Orchestra

Co-Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Edward Shearmur
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The Decca Record Co.
(March 17th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, but difficult to find at many stores.
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Buy it... if you seek a competent survey of mostly Michael Kamen's more obscure works, including re-orchestrated performances of some old favorites as well.

Avoid it... if you're bothered by the lack of many of the composer's best scores in the selections, in addition to the surprisingly new identities of cues orchestrated so differently that they lose their original personality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #864
WRITTEN 4/11/98, REVISED 4/17/08
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Michael Kamen's Opus: (Compilation) At a time when compilations of film music were mostly devoted to John Williams, James Horner, and Jerry Goldsmith, the London Records release of a Michael Kamen compilation was a refreshing change. Titled "Michael Kamen's Opus" in America and "The Michael Kamen Soundtrack Album" abroad, the album was a labor of love for the composer himself, who re-orchestrated some of his more famous themes and produced the fresh recordings with The Seattle Symphony Orchestra and London Metropolitan Orchestra. Regardless of the composer's untimely death in the subsequent decade, the 1990's were easily the most popularly successful time for the composer, and this album rode the coattails of the appealing Mr. Holland's Opus and his grand theme for "From the Earth to the Moon" on television. As usual with a compilation like this, the selection of choices is the hottest topic of discussion, and in the case of "Michael Kamen's Opus," there also remains distinct curiosity about some of the arrangements of each individual piece. Kamen, with the help of Ed Shearmur and Williams Ross, gave a wide range of score themes from throughout his career a distinctly different sound, only sometimes with success. Some of the themes are only barely recognizable given their altered personalities, technical curiosities that may not be as satisfying for the listener as the originals. It should be noted, however, that several of the selections in "Michael Kamen's Opus" come from scores that were unreleased at the time or have always featured diminished sound quality, so kudos are deserved for the somewhat unexpected scope of the product. The album opens with the most predictable calling card of the composer's career, 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The "Overture" cue is abbreviated and yields to a lengthier rendition of the "Maid Marian at the Waterfall" concert arrangement of the love theme and famous song. The orchestrations in these cues are about as true to the originals as any on the album, and the improvement in sound quality over the original recording is notable.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:43
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves:
• 1. Overture (2:45)
• 2. Maid Marian at the Waterfall (Everything I Do, I Do it for You) (4:30)

Mr. Holland's Opus:
• 3. Rowena (4:58)

Don Juan DeMarco:
• 4. Dona Ana (Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?) (6:01)

Circle of Friends:
• 5. You're the One (3:50)

Crusoe:
• 6. Marooned (6:04)

Highlander:
• 7. There Can Be Only One (3:31)

The Next Man:
• 8. Magic City (2:58)

The Winter Guest:
• 9. Stromness (4:07)

Die Hard:
• 10. Takagi Dies (1:57)

Edge of Darkness:
• 11. Nuclear Train (6:02)

Brazil:
• 12. Brazil - performed by Kate Bush (2:02)

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The insert includes extensive credits and personal notes from Kamen about each of the scores represented.
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