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The Last Valley
(1970)
Album Cover Art
1998 Tickertape
2001 Silva
Album 2 Cover Art
2007 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Originally Composed and Conducted by:

2001 Album Conducted by:
Nic Raine
David Temple

2001 Album Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Crouch End Festival Courus

2001 Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Tickertape (Luxembourg)
(1998)

Silva Screen Records
(October 23rd, 2001)

Intrada Records
(June 29th, 2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1998 Tickertape album was available only through soundtrack specialty outlets and on the secondary auction market during its lifespan. The 2001 Silva album is a regular international release. The 2007 Intrada album is limited to 3,000 copies and only available through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you want to hear an extension of John Barry's dramatically gothic, choral and orchestral approach to The Lion in Winter.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty tolerating Barry's habit of forcing his action material into predictable structures that don't always match the tone of the topic at hand.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #928
WRITTEN 7/6/03, REVISED 3/18/09
Barry
Barry
The Last Valley: (John Barry) Heralded as a magnificent piece of visual and aural storytelling, The Last Valley's depressingly bleak and sometimes horrifying treatment of its characters kept audiences away. Set during the Thirty Years' War, the film depicts the struggles of an unravaged village (filmed in Austria) that deals with an occupation by forces of a foreign army, and in so doing, the story blurs the lines of good and evil in its characters. Lead actor Michael Caine asserts that it is among his favorite personal works, although he, like the others involved with the project, recognized that its brutal violence made it a difficult film to stomach. Despite being at the height of his popularity in the James Bond franchise by 1970, composer John Barry was building an impressive list of dark and dramatic scores for which he was receiving equal attention in the industry. Having recently won the Academy Award for the eerie, powerful score for The Lion in Winter and also having worked with director James Clavell on King Rat, Barry was hired to provide a score for the heavy, morbid tale of The Last Valley. As in The Lion in Winter, Barry's music for The Last Valley would address both the ethereal, religious nature of purity as well as the chilling chants of war (together producing the composer's most gothic career sound). In order to provide the best score possible for the production, Clavell's filming schedule allowed Barry an outstanding six months to write music for the film. The result is a deeply rendered, thoughtful score that makes use of a large orchestral ensemble and the same Voices of The Accademia Monteverdiana that he had utilized for The Lion in Winter. Given so much time to complete the score, Barry wrote six original, basic instrumental and choral songs that were inserted as source material into the film, sometimes utilizing lyrics from Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century German poets and folk songs. The score for The Last Valley, as often is the case with Barry's works, is surprisingly simple in construction, but relies upon the brute force of its emotional power to accomplish its goals.



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Average: 3.64 Stars
***** 223 5 Stars
**** 234 4 Stars
*** 158 3 Stars
** 78 2 Stars
* 60 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Tickertape Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:52
• 1. Main Title Theme (3:09)
• 2. The Last Valley (2:57)
• 3. The Shrine (1:50)
• 4. An Evening Song (2:02)
• 5. The Plague Pit (2:26)
• 6. The Village Attack (2:54)
• 7. A Children's Song (1:50)
• 8. Attack at Rheinfelden (1:15)
• 9. Main Title Theme (Part II) (3:40)
• 10. The Last Valley (Part II) (2:41)
• 11. A Christmas Song (2:28)
• 12. Witch Burning (1:44)
• 13. An Offertory Chant (2:41)
• 14. Vogel Leaves the Valley (1:22)
• 15. Death of the Captain/End Title (4:53)
2001 Silva Screen Re-Recording Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:51
2007 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:29

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All three albums contain an extensive amount of information about the score and film.
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