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Ladyhawke
(1985)
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1995 GNP Crescendo
2015 La-La Land
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Andrew Powell

Produced by:
Alan Parsons
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
GNP Crescendo Records
(December, 1995)

La-La Land Records
(February 10th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 GNP Crescendo album was a regular U.S. release, but it fell completely out of print and became difficult to find. The 2015 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and sold at soundtrack specialty outlets for a retail price of $25.
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Buy it... only if you still have big hair and can't get enough of that sickeningly upbeat, early-80's Alan Parsons Project keyboard and guitar sound, in this case paired with often meek orchestral consolation to the topic of this film.

Avoid it... on any album if you were as horrified by the inappropriateness of the score in the film as 98% of the public, for the expanded presentations on successive products for Ladyhawke only extend the agony further.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #309
WRITTEN 12/13/96, REVISED 11/27/15
Ladyhawke: (Andrew Powell) In the rush to capitalize on the popularity of the blossoming fantasy genre in the early 1980's, studios had to be somewhat nervous about the offerings they were each about to produce in 1985. Most of them were complete failures, including Red Sonja and Legend, though Ladyhawke actually managed to become a moderate success at the box office. Director Richard Donner as an established force, the cast was filled with young stars and old favorites, and the story was romantically set in a familiar medieval universe. That plot loosely involves a curse that has caused two lovers (Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer) to take the shape of animals against their will, one at night and one during the day, so that they can never be together. Their encounters saving the life (and utilizing the services) of a mousy Matthew Broderick provides the action. The film has a loyal cult following even several decades later, and the project is a rare example of a circumstance in which it has always been controversial because of its music. Donner had worked with both John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, though with Williams on tour and taking a break from film scoring and Goldsmith mired in the disaster of Legend for Ridley Scott, Donner came up with the idea of plundering the services of orchestrator Andrew Powell and taking advantage of the pop culture music fad invading fantasy films at the time. It's hard to figure exactly where the genre switched its allegiance from the robust orchestral fantasy scores of Williams, James Horner, Trevor Jones, and Basil Poledouris to the more contemporary 1980's rock scene. Some point to Toto's strangely effective Dune score in 1984 as the source. But, in any case, 1985 fantasy films hastened the popular demise of the genre through this "popification." In the last gasps of the Conan franchise, Ennio Morricone would infuse his orchestral score with rock elements, while Goldsmith's score for Legend would be tossed by the studio in favor of a Tangerine Dream replacement. And for Ladyhawke, Donner and the producers reportedly heard music from the Alan Parsons Project while scouting locations in Italy and decided to incorporate it as part of their film as well. The end result is one of the most widely mocked soundtracks in the history of film, a poppy cop-genre comedy score with token orchestral fantasy elements that was soundly panned even at the time of its release. In retrospect, it's even worse than one remembers it from back then.



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338 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.42 Stars
***** 49 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 50 3 Stars
** 84 2 Stars
* 121 1 Stars
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great soundtrack [EDITED TWICE]   Expand >>
tomalakis - May 19, 2016, at 12:35 a.m.
2 comments  (42 views)
Newest: May 20, 2016, at 1:14 a.m. by
tomalakis
Music following 'Trotto'
acrabtreegirl - October 24, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
1 comment  (574 views)
..i think..
cognac - January 31, 2010, at 11:46 p.m.
1 comment  (1296 views)
I don't get the soundtrack criticism
Caile76 - October 14, 2009, at 7:32 p.m.
1 comment  (1499 views)
Parsons, Woolfson, Powell
Rene' A. Rodri'guez - March 11, 2009, at 8:08 p.m.
1 comment  (1644 views)
Music is great!
Navarre - August 29, 2007, at 1:01 p.m.
1 comment  (2424 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 GNP Crescendo Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 63:40
• 1. Main Title (2:59)
• 2. Phillippe's Espace (1:40)
• 3. The Search for Phillippe (3:25)
• 4. Tavern Fight (Phillippe) (2:08)
• 5. Tavern Fight (Navarre) (2:38)
• 6. Pitou's Woods (4:04)
• 7. Phillippe Describes Isabeau (1:11)
• 8. Bishop's Procession (2:50)
• 9. Wedding Music (1:41)
• 10. Navarre's Ambush (4:53)
• 11. Imperius Removes Arrow (1:33)
• 12. Chase/Fall/Transformation (2:06)
• 13. Cezar's Woods (5:29)
• 14. She Was Sad at First (2:06)
• 15. Navarre Returns to Aquila (1:36)
• 16. Turret Chase/The Fall - Film Version (2:46)
• 17. Wolf Trapped on Ice (2:34)
• 18. Navarre and Isabeau's Dual Transformation (3:23)
• 19. Navarre and Marquet Duel (4:22)
• 20. Marquet's Death (1:59)
• 21. Bishop's Death (2:26)
• 22. Final Reunion/End Title (8:14)
• 23. Ladyhawke Theme: Single Version (3:35)
2015 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 129:28

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The insert of the 1995 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 product contains extensive notation about both, including a partial list of performers.
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