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John Barry: Zulu
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Composed by:

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Nic Raine

Ensemble Vocals Performed by:
The Crouch End Festival Chorus

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(April 20th, 1999)
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Buy it... if you're tired of hearing John Barry collections with the same tired themes and seek a truly intellectual collection of the composer's more obscure works performed very accurately in vibrant stereo.

Avoid it... if those tired themes are the only reason you enjoy Barry's work, for his older and relatively unknown efforts like the ones on this set fail to muster the same dramatic interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #735
WRITTEN 9/3/99, REVISED 10/28/07
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John Barry: Zulu: (Compilation) The Silva Screen label and its lead producer, James Fitzpatrick, have always had a love affair with the music of John Barry, for their compilations haven't provided more performances of a single composer's work than Barry's. After releasing a few much shorter and less energized Barry compilations early in the 1990s, Silva Screen eventually offered a 2-CD set with over one hundred new minutes of Barry music in the same fashion with which they had treated the music of James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, and Bernard Herrmann over the previous year. The difference, however, is that the Barry set does not fall under the same "Essential Music of" descriptor by the label because the initial purpose of this Barry set was to provide a decent stereo release of the music from the composer's 1964 score to Zulu. This 2-CD set offers the complete score to Zulu as its centerpiece, with cues from films, musicals, and television commercials rounding out the compilation. The City of Prague Philharmonic and Crouch End Festival Chorus provide an improved performance of a wide variety of themes over their previous Barry performances, some of which were so poor in the early 1990's as to be unlistenable. For film score collectors, the inclusion of the complete score from Zulu is the main attraction. With the original master sources only existing in mono sound or badly edited attempts to transfer that mono to stereo, Fitzpatrick called upon veteran Barry orchestrator Nic Raine to help reconstruct the entire score in much the same way Raine would later resurrect some of Barry's other famous scores. As usual, Raine's work is outstandingly true to the original Barry sound. Every piece of music in the score was reconstructed and performed with exactly the same number of musicians as the original, which amounted to about 70 players overall. While this ensemble is well suited to match the original recording, the raw power of the brass performances in Zulu would still have been interesting to hear with the full City of Prague Philharmonic, perhaps as a concert version. The choral cues of "Men of Harlech" are of immense size by comparison.



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About the score of the Zulu movie
Sheridan - August 26, 2006, at 4:55 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 101:36
CD 1: (49:56)

Zulu: (20:51)
• 1. Zulu Main Theme/Isandhlwana 1879 (2:22)
• 2. News of the Massacre/Rorke's Drift Threatened (2:52)
• 3. Bromhead's Safari/Wagons Over (1:43)
• 4. "You're All Going to Die!" (0:43)
• 5. First Zulu Appearance and Assault (5:09)
• 6. March of the "Men of Harlech" (2:44)
• 7. Durnford's Horses Arrive and Depart/The Third Assault (2:40)
• 8. Zulu's Final Appearnace and Salute (0:52)
• 9. "Men of Harlech"/End Title (1:46)

The Girl with the Sun in Her Hair:
• 10. (Music from the Sunsilk TV Commercial) (2:43)

The Specialist: Suite
• 11. Main Title/Bogota 1984/You Bastard, How Do You Feel, Better?/"Did You Call Me?" (6:35)

The Cotton Club: Suite
• 12.The Depression Hits/Best Beats Sandman/The Cotton Club (6:36)

King Rat:
• 13. March (3:15)

The Tamarind Seed: Suite
• 14. Play It Again/The Accident/Double Agent/End Credits (9:48)


CD 2: (51:40)

The Last Valley:
• 1. Main Theme (Choral Version) (3:43)

Love Among the Ruins:
• 2. Theme (4:10)

Mercury Rising:
• 3. The Story Ends (6:04)

Midnight Cowboy:
• 4. Florida Fantasy (2:05)

King Kong:
• 5. Prelude & Love Theme (4:56)

Frances:
• 6. Theme (4:15)

My Sister's Keeper:
• 7. Suite (6:41)

Hammett:
• 8. Theme (3:27)

Dances With Wolves:
• 9. The Buffalo Hunt (4:18)

The Deep:
• 10. Theme (4:01)

Mister Moses: Suite
• 11. Main Title/Moses in the River/An Elephant Called Emily/
        The Dam/"What Would I Do For Laughs?" (7:58)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about each of the tracks, as well as thorough credits.
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