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Merlin
(1998)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Geoff Alexander

Orchestrated by:
Trevor Jones
Geoff Alexander
Julian Kershaw
Edmund Butt
John Bell

Performed by:
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(May 12th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Buy it... if you have traditionally enjoyed Trevor Jones' simple, majestic themes and wouldn't be adverse to a reprise of action material from the just previous Dark City.

Avoid it... if Jones' consistent sound for television epics and Hollywood blockbusters of the 1990's remains too predictable, despite each score's individual qualities.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #147
WRITTEN 5/26/97, REVISED 3/27/07
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Merlin: (Trevor Jones) Nobody can dispute that Trevor Jones was the master of epic television scores in the late 1990's. Between Gulliver's Travels, Loch Ness, Merlin, and Cleopatra, among others, Jones not only gained recognition from the Emmy's, but also from fans itching to hear more of the unashamedly bold sound from his blockbuster films earlier in the decade. One Emmy-nominated entry in the series was Steve Barron's Merlin, an NBC network extravaganza from producer Robert Halmi, with whom Jones had collaborated on Gulliver's Travels. The film was received well at the time, with a remarkable cast led by Sam Neill and Helena Bonham Carter. Its subject, not surprisingly, is a life story devoted to the wizard Merlin, his love life, and his dealings with the other parts of Arthurian legend. Films like Merlin are reminders of the major networks' last glory days, before similarly rendered projects would move to any of the plethora of cable-related alternatives, and there was something intangible about the bloated size of these productions that often carried over to their often magnificent scores. The networks were rarely satisfied with budget scores, allowing for big Hollywood names to write extremely long scores for significant ensembles. In the case of Merlin, the lengthy Jones effort would be performed by his preferred group: The London Symphony Orchestra. Almost immediately, Varèse Sarabande released a full-length album of Jones' work for Merlin, and the score, while not Jones' best, remains a solid listening experience from start to finish. That album doesn't contain, fortunately or unfortunately, the music that NBC used to promote the film and transition to commercial breaks throughout it; the Titanic-imitation music, which was, of course, all the rage in early 1998, remains a cheap alternative to Jones' far more sophisticated score for the actual production. You'd be surprised, though, how many people bought the album at the time with the thought of the James Horner-like new age style in their minds.



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Average: 3.82 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:39
• 1. Age of Magic (14:32)
• 2. The Dragon's Lair (5:03)
• 3. The Walls are Whispering (14:14)
• 4. Arthur's Call (8:42)
• 5. Griffins (3:15)
• 6. A Game of Intrigue (7:23)
• 7. May Angels Fly Thee Home (8:13)
• 8. Mab's Demise (4:32)
• 9. Reunited (2:53)
• 10. In Search of the Grail (4:03)

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The insert contains a note by the film's executive producer about the score.
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