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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
(1991)
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Don Davis
Jack Hayes
Bruce Babcock
Albert Olson
Pat Russ
Brad Warnaar
Lolita Ritmanis
Mark Watters
Elliot Kaplin
Jonathan Sacks
Richard Davis
Harvey Cohen

Co-Produced by:
Christopher Brooks
Stephen McLaughlin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Morgan Creek Music
(July 2nd, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
The Adams song "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You" won a Grammy Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The score was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek 5+ minutes of fine orchestral adaptation of the famous Bryan Adams song for the film, or if you enjoyed one of your inevitably many local performances of the score's overture.

Avoid it... if you expect the whole of Michael Kamen's music to soar with any sense of swashbuckling spirit or, quite frankly, if you expect a decent performance and recording mix.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #199
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 12/30/07
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: (Michael Kamen) When Warner Brothers built enormous anticipation in advance of their 1991 adaptation of the famous 'Robin Hood' tale, few could have predicted that a film with such a remarkable cast and high production values would be such a critical flop. Despite his sky-high popularity at the time, Kevin Costner was badly miscast in the lead, reducing all the high spirit of the character into a troubled and introspective one... and who wants to see a thinking man's Robin Hood? At the opposite end of the spectrum was Alan Rickman, whose entertaining Sheriff of Nottingham was so outrageously comical that he also defeats the purpose of the character. The death blow of the film, however, came with the production's murky and violent take on the story, making it unsuitable for children and disconcerting for adults. The orchestral score by Michael Kamen was thrown together at the last minute, overshadowed by the very obvious and surprisingly effective use of several parts of James Horner's Willow during its immense advertising blitz. Despite Kamen's efforts to fulfill the request for a swashbuckling score of equal bravado, nothing he would accomplish symphonically could compare with his collaboration with Bryan Adams for the song "Everything I Do, I Do It for You." Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves became one of those rare occasions when a film and its score were received with a tepid reception while the end title song was such a monumental success that it alone served as life support for the rest of the production. The song spent significant time atop the charts and was recognized by the Oscars, propelling album sales and thus bringing an unexpected infusion of interest in Kamen's score. The overture piece for the score would be adapted into a suite with fragments of the theme from the Adams song (for Maid Marian) and performed endlessly by marching bands and orchestral ensembles for a decade to follow. The brassy layers and adventurous spirit of Kamen's theme for Robin is easily the score's highlight, and it stands as perhaps the most memorable mainstream remnant of a career cut short by Kamen's unexpected death in the early 2000's.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:22
• 1. Overture/Prisoner of the Crusades (From Chains to Freedom) (8:27)
• 2. Sir Guy of Gisborne/Escape to Sherwood (7:27)
• 3. Little John/Band in the Forest (4:52)
• 4. The Sheriff and his Witch (6:03)
• 5. Maid Marian (2:57)
• 6. Training/Robin Hood (5:15)
• 7. Marian at the Waterfall (5:34)
• 8. The Abduction/Final Battle (9:53)
• 9. (Everything I Do) I Do it for You - performed by Bryan Adams (6:38)
• 10. Wild Times - performed by Jeff Lynne (3:12)
(track times not listed on packaging)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a general note about the score and song from two of the producers/writers of the film.
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