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Lionheart
(1987)
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1987 Volume 1
1987 Volume 2
Album 2 Cover Art
1994 Combination
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
Alexander Courage
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(Volume 1)
(1987)

Varèse Sarabande
(Volume 2)
(1987)

Varèse Sarabande
(Combination)
(April 26th, 1994)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Varèse Sarabande has released the score commercially three times and all of them are out of print and considered collectible. The first 1987 volume is the most desirable and the second 1987 volume is generally the most affordable. The 1994 combination album falls in between. All sell for between $30 and $50, with occasional spikes in prices.
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Buy it... if you seek one of Jerry Goldsmith's most definitive action scores, a hidden gem of immense symphonic power that would inform many of the composer's best action works of the subsequent decade.

Avoid it... on the 1987 "Volume 2" album if your finances are tight, for the other two commercial releases offer the truly essential material and all of the pressings are long out of print and highly prized.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,391
WRITTEN 7/17/09
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Goldsmith
Lionheart: (Jerry Goldsmith) The career of Frank Schaffner began to unwind in the late 1970's, with several disappointing feature films following a series of powerful depictions of serious topics in the late 1960's and early 70's. Not long before his death in 1989, the director made Lionheart, a loose retelling of a true, 12th Century story of a group of children who decided to join King Richard in the Crusades and elude slave traders on their journey to the Holy Land. In real life, they were almost all captured and entered slavery anyway, though Lionheart glosses over many of the troubles inherent to their historical hardships and shifts the tale into the realm of romantic fantasy. Schaffner's tactic didn't work, however, and the film disappeared almost immediately from theaters before a short-lived run on cable a few years later. The production is only remembered by enthusiasts of the director and those of composer Jerry Goldsmith. The two had collaborated on several classic films over the course of Schaffner's career, yielding a handful of Academy Award nominations for Goldsmith as a result of the partnership. After several years working independently, the two teamed up one last time for Lionheart, leading to one of Goldsmith's longest scores (of 90 minutes) to that point in his career. The composer very much enjoyed working with Schaffner because of the director's immense musical knowledge; the communication between the two was as fluid as that between Goldsmith and Joe Dante, and the results were arguably even better. At a time when Goldsmith's career was flying high and Oscar nominations were a regular occurrence, Lionheart represented an assignment delivered upon out of friendship rather than delusions of grandeur, and like the obscure film Link from the previous year, the plethora of Goldsmith loyalists are largely responsible for any remembrance of Lionheart whatsoever. In this case, it doesn't hurt that the composer wrote one of the most ambitious action scores of his career, a daunting orchestral juggernaut complete with Wagnerian motifs and some of the boldest tones that Goldsmith ever recorded. Many of Goldsmith's most appreciated action powerhouses of the 1990's owe their stylistic development to Lionheart, especially First Knight (not surprisingly), and the work stands as a defining achievement despite its obscurity.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1987 Volume 1 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 42:13
• 1. The Ceremony (2:42)
• 2. Falled Knight (3:18)
• 3. Robert and Blanche (3:49)
• 4. Children in Bondage (5:02)
• 5. The Banner (5:58)
• 6. The Lake (3:37)
• 7. Mathilda (5:57)
• 8. The Wrong Flag (3:16)
• 9. King Richard (8:34)
1987 Volume 2 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:12
1994 Combination Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 62:11

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of all three albums contain notes about the score and film. The packaging of the two 1987 albums is sparse.
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