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Robin and Marian
(1976)
Album Cover Art
1990 Bootleg
2001 Silva
Album 2 Cover Art
2008 Prometheus
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed by:
John Barry
Richard Shores

2001 Album Conducted by:
Nic Raine

2001 Album Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

2001 Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Sherwood Bootleg
(1990)

Silva Screen Records
(October 23rd, 2001)

Prometheus Records
(December 23rd, 2008)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 Sherwood bootleg was difficult to find, available only on the secondary auction market. The 2001 Silva album is a regular international release. The 2008 Prometheus album is limited to 3,000 copies and available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on the 2001 re-recording if you seek the only version of John Barry's last minute replacement score with any hint of the romanticism it badly lacked in its original performance.

Avoid it... if you only have the money to purchase one or two of Silva Screen's 2001 re-recordings of Barry's work, because both The Lion in Winter and The Last Valley are far more entertaining.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,101
WRITTEN 7/6/03, REVISED 3/18/09
Barry
Barry
Robin and Marian: (John Barry) In the early 1970's, the idea of producing a film about the death of Robin Hood was kicked around between several studios until it was picked up by producer Ray Stark, director Richard Lester, and a production team experienced in the lightning-quick creation of swashbuckling films. For the novel script depicting the late years of the characters in the Robin Hood tale, a magnificent cast of Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Harris, and Robert Shaw was assembled. Despite the dynamic combination of actors, Robin and Marian was understandably a significantly depressing experience, with the deaths of all of the major characters and a heartbreaking story of lost love and endless battles with old foes. The score for the picture was meant to be a lush, string-oriented affair from the very beginning, and veteran French composer Michel Legrand was hired to add that spark of romance. Legrand composed and recorded music for the entire film; his work featured only a string section and offered solo performances by each of the different string instruments for his thematic material. This approach, however, led to a surprisingly jumbled and overly complex score, and although Lester had been very pleased with Legrand's music, Stark was not impressed, thus firing Legrand and immediately searching for a replacement. The next choice was Maurice Jarre, a composer more seasoned in the category of epic films, but he turned down the project because of short notice and respect for Legrand's work. The third choice was John Barry, who was already well known for scoring a wide range of cinematic styles, from pop action to sweeping epics and romantic heartbreakers. Barry had less than three weeks to provide a replacement score for Robin and Marian, and he responded with a fully orchestral and thematic approach that would meet with the approval of the producer, but not the director. Barry's music in parts of the film was reworked by a fourth composer on the project, pop television specialist Richard Shores. With the mass of Barry's work remaining intact for Robin and Marian, though, he received primary credit for the score. Despite all of these problems, Barry's music is a decent effort considering the short time frame in which he had to work.



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Average: 3.26 Stars
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Robin & Marian
Michael Sermon - April 23, 2012, at 2:33 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Sherwood Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:28
• 1. Main Title (2:47)
• 2. Main Title II (0:51)
• 3. The Ride to Sherwood (Film Version) (2:13)
• 4. The Ride to Nottingham (1:21)
• 5. Robin and Marian Meet (0:23)
• 6. Fight & Recognition (2:01)
• 7. "He Was My King" (2:21)
• 8. The Ride to Sherwood (1:27)
• 9. Trapped (2:11)
• 10. Trapped II (2:02)
• 11. Over the Wall (2:02)
• 12. First Love Theme (0:50)
• 13. Second Love Theme (1:20)
• 14. Escape (1:25)
• 15. This Way (0:50)
• 16. In Position (2:24)
• 17. Third Love Theme (2:16)
• 18. Preparation for Battle (2:28)
• 19. Nuns (1:55)
• 20. The Fight Must Go On (2:20)
• 21. John Bursts In (1:35)
• 22. The End (3:00)
2001 Silva Screen Re-Recording Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:06
2008 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:56

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The Sherwood bootleg insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2001 Silva re-recording contains detailed notes about the film, score, and re-recording process. The 2008 Prometheus album contains extensive information about both the film and score.
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