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The Wind and the Lion
(1975)
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1992 Intrada
2007 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Performed by:
Graunke Symphony Orchestra

2007 Album Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
Douglass Fake
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(September 30th, 1992)

Intrada Records
(August 6th, 2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both Intrada albums are regular commercial releases, the 2007 expanded issue readily available.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you have ever wondered what Jerry Goldsmith would have produced had he been active during the time of Hollywood's greatest Golden Age epics, because The Wind and the Lion is a classic carried over from that time.

Avoid it... only if you demand the clearest of sound quality in your massive Jerry Goldsmith scores, in which case a combination of Lionheart and The 13th Warrior touches upon most of the same stylistic bases.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,363
WRITTEN 7/21/09
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
The Wind and the Lion: (Jerry Goldsmith) At a time when old fashioned epics of immense landscapes and larger-than-life characters had faded from the spotlight in major cinema, writer and director John Milius liberally adapted a true story of an abduction that brought two of his favorite historical figures into surprising symmetry. While the facts of the tale are skewed for the purposes of melodrama, The Wind and the Lion is still the result of Milius' significant respect for both President Teddy Roosevelt and the famed El Raisuli ("the Magnificent") of Morocco, leader of fierce Arab resistance against foreign powers in this region just prior to World War I. The film uses the abduction of Candice Bergen's surprisingly independent woman of class to draw parallels between the leaders, portrayed amicably by Sean Connery and Brian Keith. There are no real winners or losers in the plot of The Wind and the Lion; Milius instead uses the environment to stir up dust, show beheadings, and allow glorious cinematography of vast open spaces to carry the film's appeal. Despite the director's new arrival on the Hollywood scene, The Wind and the Lion was rewarded with significant critical praise and did quite well at the box office, eventually yielding a pair of Oscar nominations. One of those nominations came for Milius' chosen composer for the assignment, Jerry Goldsmith. Though most soundtrack collectors are well aware of the director's fruitful collaboration with Basil Poledouris, The Wind and the Lion came at a time when Milius' friend from college had not yet established his feature scoring career. Thus came Goldsmith, initially reluctant. It was a rare circumstance in which the veteran composer did research into the music of the setting, discovering that the cultural sound of Morocco was largely informed by its controlling European superpowers at the time. Goldsmith eventually produced one of the finest scores of his career for The Wind and the Lion, not only earning the Academy recognition, but also allowing him to finally write grand music for a sweeping epic. He had arrived in the industry just as such films were falling out of favor, and Goldsmith eventually looked back upon the assignment with respect and admiration.

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354 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.96 Stars
***** 170 5 Stars
**** 82 4 Stars
*** 46 3 Stars
** 32 2 Stars
* 24 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:37
• 1. Main Title (1:27)
• 2. I Remember (Love Theme from The Wind and the Lion) (2:41)
• 3. The Horsemen (3:08)
• 4. True Feelings (2:29)
• 5. The Raisuli (2:09)
• 6. The True Symbol (2:31)
• 7. Raisuli Attacks (3:12)
• 8. Lord of the Riff (2:38)
• 9. The Tent (1:44)
• 10. The Palace (2:24)
• 11. The Legend (3:56)
• 12. Morning Camp (3:16)
• 13. The Letter (2:30)
• 14. Something of Value (3:49)
2007 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 123:19

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both the 1992 and 2007 albums include notes about the score and film, the latter extensive in its detail.
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