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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra and Ambrosian Singers

Super Tracks and La-La Land Albums Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton

SCSE Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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Southern Cross Records, SCCD 1004

Southern Cross Records, SCSE CD-4

Southern Cross Records, SCSE CD-4-G

Super Tracks Music Group, STCE - 01/02

La-La Land Records

La-La Land Records
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The 1987 album was a regular U.S. release, though printed in low quantities. The SCSE releases were desirable collectibles from 1992-1998. Only 2,000 copies were printed of the SCSE CD-4, with an estimated value in 1997 of $200 or more. The SCSE CD-4-G (gold) was limited to 750 copies, but was only worth about $125. Their values were diminished upon Super Tracks' limited 2-CD release, on sale for $40 in early 1998.

All the older releases remained in demand on the secondary market; the SCSE CDs still sold for as much as $75 in 1999. After all of them had long disappeared from the market, the 2010 La-La Land album was limited to 3,000 copies and sold at soundtrack specialty outlets for a retail price of $25. After selling out, that La-La Land album was re-issued with another 2,000 copies at the same initial price point in 2015.
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Buy it... if you enjoy any of James Horner's early action scores, for this one embodies his distinct 1980's style and foreshadows many of his later classic scores for blockbuster adventures.

Avoid it... if the derivative rhythms, motifs, and instrumentation of Horner's action style of this era have lost their appeal over the years for you as his music has cannibalized itself and matured.
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WRITTEN 8/18/97, REVISED 8/16/15
Krull: (James Horner) At a time when every other studio was venturing into the glittery new realms of science fiction space epics and sword and sorcery extravaganzas, Columbia Studios decided to sink the impressive sum of $27 million into The Dragons of Krull, a 1983 film that would merge the two genres into one bizarre collection of ideas pulled from Star Wars, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Excalibur, and Conan the Barbarian. Director Peter Yates claims many years later that the resulting failure wasn't meant to be either a "sword and sorcery" flick or a bandwagon jumper. Upon the resounding thud that greeted Dragonslayer in the theatres, Columbia shortened the title of its project to Krull, but unfortunately the end result was equally campy and bordered on ridiculous. Among the planet-domineering beasts in spaceship castles, princes and princesses from rival kingdoms uniting the people in rebellion, and fabulous creatures and tech toys from wild imaginations, audiences quickly identified the concepts as both unoriginal and relatively high on the cheese meter, even for the time. Decades later, Krull is remembered for really only two things: a very early performance by a young Liam Neeson in a small role and an ambitious score from James Horner written before his 30th birthday. The rising composer was fresh off of his burst into the ears of mainstream listeners with his rousing music for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and it became clear to many that what Columbia wanted out of him was another space opera along the same lines as that popular 1982 effort. Several reviews of the film through the years have criticized the score not only because of the film's rather poor audio mix, but its obvious similarities in style and motif to Star Trek II. The production was among the first to allow Horner a free range of choice on his compositional approach, which makes the score's repetition of style a bit surprising. A more thorough examination of the score for Krull, however, exposes it as a more unconventional and, in many ways, interesting endeavor.

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Brendan Cochran - August 17, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
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One of Horner's Best!!
Chris_FSB25 - January 20, 2012, at 10:04 p.m.
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Will Always Be My Favorite!
Randal - October 1, 2010, at 7:31 p.m.
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Man, I gotta get me one of those
Richard Kleiner - September 30, 2010, at 8:07 p.m.
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Great Stuff
This rocks. - February 25, 2008, at 3:24 p.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Southern Cross Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:12
• 1. Riding the Fire Mares (5:24)
• 2. Slayer's Attack (9:22)
• 3. Widow's Web (6:20)
• 4. Colwyn and Lyssa (Love Theme) (2:36)
• 5. Battle on the Parapets (2:32)
• 6. The Widow's Lullaby (5:10)
• 7. Destruction of the Black Fortress (8:40)
• 8. Epilogue and End Credits (4:48)
1992/1994 SCSE Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 78:50
1998 Super Tracks Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 93:01
2010/2015 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 99:39

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The Southern Cross albums include notes by David Stoner about the score and film. Both SCSE limited releases are hand numbered. The Super Tracks album has elaborate and attractive packaging, with liner notes by David Hirsch. The La-La Land albums match their predecessor, with notes by Jeff Bond.
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