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Flesh + Blood
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1992 Varèse
2002 Prometheus
Album 2 Cover Art
2010 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
2014 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Jack Smalley

Performed by:
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Varèse Sarabande
(October, 1992)

Prometheus Records
(October, 2002)

Intrada Records
(December 13th, 2010)

La-La Land Records
(February 12th, 2014)
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The 1992 Varèse Sarabande album was a top collectible between 1994 and 2002. Only 1,500 copies of that release were printed through the Varèse CD Club, and it originally sold through the label's mail-order service for only $12. At its height in the late 1990's, it sold for as much as $200.

The 2002 Prometheus album was limited to 3,000 copies, with only a third of the numbered albums selling within the first year of release. The 2010 Intrada pressing of 2,000 copies did not suffer the same problem, selling out at a price of $20 within a week. The 2014 La-La Land re-issue of the Intrada presentation was similarly priced and limited to 1,200 copies.

All of the albums were primarily made available through online soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on the similar 2010 or 2014 albums if you seek a bold, glorious, tonal, and rhythmically constructed companion score to Basil Poledouris' Conan the Barbarian in its most obviously superior sound quality.

Avoid it... if you are not an audiophile and the score's raw demeanor has never really enticed you going all the way back to Varèse Sarabande's Club CD in 1992, in which case subsequent presentations of additional material will likely not impress you.
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WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 5/4/14
Flesh + Blood: (Basil Poledouris) In 1985, audience fascination with the raw brutality of the Middle Ages continued to feed Hollywood's production of topics involving swords and sorcery. The popular acceptance of these violent depictions of barbarians and magic had begun to taper off by the time Paul Verhoeven's Flesh + Blood blindsided audiences with what some have said is perhaps the most bloody and gruesome vision of the era to come from Hollywood to date. The story of Flesh + Blood wasn't spectacularly new, though unlike many of the other films to come from that genre, there wasn't one clear-cut hero in the plot to follow. Each of the film's primary characters is flawed, leaving the audience to exist as a sort of outside observer while witnessing massive sieges, bloody battles, religious offense, political debauchery, explicit rape, and conflicting courtship splash across the screen, usually in shades of red. Perhaps due to the lack of a single superstar in the cast (Rutger Hauer was the most recognizable name), Flesh + Blood was soon forgotten by audiences, and many critics blamed Verhoeven's blood-splattering realism in the violence for turning audiences away. After successfully elevating the character of Conan to greatness with his tonal yet brutal scores for that franchise of films, composer Basil Poledouris was an immediate and logical choice for the project of Flesh + Blood (despite consideration of Jerry Goldsmith cut short by budget concerns). Poledouris had not worked the Middle Ages out of his system quite yet and was very eager to compose for another barbarian-related film. Through his meetings with Verhoeven, Poledouris discovered that the director's desired score was essentially an extension of the tonal and rhythmic Conan the Barbarian sound. The thematic development in those earlier scores, especially in regards to Poledouris' ability to form harmonic battles between two themes simultaneously in counterpoint, is what the director was seeking. An additional dose of adventurous, sword-fighting spirit would also be requested of Poledouris, as well as a general scope of grandness meant to aid in the filmmakers' efforts to hide the on-screen manifestations of the restrictingly low budget for the production.

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Average: 3.7 Stars
***** 174 5 Stars
**** 151 4 Stars
*** 102 3 Stars
** 50 2 Stars
* 41 1 Stars
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Crap, I missed it!
Richard Kleiner - January 20, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
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Bombastic and fantastic, but unnecessary to compare with Conan   Expand >>
Sheridan - August 17, 2006, at 1:08 a.m.
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Newest: January 21, 2011, at 8:17 a.m. by
Not very true!   Expand >>
Nick - January 15, 2005, at 4:07 p.m.
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Newest: January 15, 2005, at 4:09 p.m. by
Seek and ye shall find   Expand >>
Ommadawn - December 6, 2003, at 5:34 p.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:18
• 1. Main Title (2:32)
• 2. Siege of the City (3:26)
• 3. Courtship and Mandrake (4:06)
• 4. Wagon Attack (2:36)
• 5. Martin & Agnes Love Theme (1:24)
• 6. Castle Invasion (2:02)
• 7. Night Fires (2:21)
• 8. The Box (5:24)
• 9. Water (The Undoing) (1:40)
• 10. Arnolfini Assult (5:47)
• 11. Denouement/End Title (7:44)
2002 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:22
2010 Intrada/2014 La-La Land Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:50

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All four albums contain extensive information about the score and film, the 2014 product's insert containing the most complete contemporary interview with Poledouris in existence about the score. The first two albums were also hand numbered.
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