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Quest for Camelot
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1998 Atlantic
2001 Complete
Album 2 Cover Art
Songs Composed by:
David Foster
Carole Bayer Sager

Score Composed and Co-Produced by:

Songs and Score Conducted by:
William Ross
Mark Watters

Score Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore
James Shearman

Songs Arranged by:
David Foster
Patrick Doyle
William Ross
Lawrence Ashmore
James Shearman
Gary Leach
John Bell

Principle Vocals Performed by:
Andrea Corr
Celine Dion
Steve Perry
Brian White
Gary Oldman
Andrea Bocelli

Score Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford

Album Produced by:
Gary Le Mel
David Foster
Carole Bayer Sager
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Atlantic Records
(May 5th, 1998)

Warner Studios DVD/Bootleg
(June 5th, 2001)
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The 1998 Atlantic/Warner/Curb album was a regular U.S. release (also available in blister pack), but fell out of print in 2001 before floating around the market again in 2006. Used copies exist at low prices. The Special Edition of the DVD was released in 2001, featuring the isolated song and score track. A bootleg ripped straight from this isolated DVD track exists on the secondary market.
The song "The Prayer" won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... on the commercial album if you are strictly a casual enthusiast of animated musicals; otherwise, seek the isolated score to appreciate Patrick Doyle's admirable, ethnically rich, symphonic work for the project.

Avoid it... if you were forced to watch the film and never again want to raise those dreadful memories.
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WRITTEN 8/17/03, REVISED 4/1/09
Quest for Camelot: (Patrick Doyle) After the fiscal success of Warner Brother's venture into the animated realm with Space Jam (to a degree), they decided to put a Disney-like spin on an Arthurian legend. Their goal was to follow the mould, to the very last detail, of the popular Disney and Fox animation musicals that had received so much critical praise earlier in the 1990's. The studio went over the top for Quest for Camelot, signing some of the highest available talent for the singing and speaking voices. The cast was magnificent, with several top names accompanied by the most famous vocalists in the world. They hired veteran songwriters and composers to produce what they hoped would be one of the top selling soundtracks of all time. Unfortunately, despite all their ambitious intentions, Quest for Camelot turned out to a colossal failure, destined to be ridiculed by adults and shunned by children for its very substandard animation, mismatched speaking and singing voices, and considerable problems with the flow of the plot. You could use Quest for Camelot at a college to illustrate the anatomy of a doomed picture, but despite the lengthy list of faults with the film, the music itself wasn't the cause of the failure. For film score and musical collectors, the project offered high priced talent that needs to be, to an extent, exonerated from the ills of the film. Songwriters David Foster (St. Elmo's Fire, The Bodyguard) and Carole Bayer Sager (Arthur, Forget Paris), who both rose to fame with their pop efforts of the 1980's, conjured the industry standard of seven songs to be featured in the narrative. With the Arthurian tale demanding a strong, orchestral presence, an ethnically loyal choice of Patrick Doyle was made for the underscore. The constructs of the songs by Foster and Bayer Sager are pleasant and harmonically simple. If you can strip away bad memories of the film and study the songs on their own, you may note that they are a very strong group, surpassing many of Alan Menken's more mundane efforts for Disney at the time. Following the template of producing pop versions of the original orchestrally-backed songs as they appeared in the film, some of these pieces are overused and beaten to death by their own plethora of performances. Thus, the only versions of the songs that can really be appreciated are those seven original orchestral versions that are performed by the singing counterparts of the on-screen voices.

Both "I Stand Alone" and "The Prayer" are inspirational, upbeat pieces that mimic mid-1990's Menken songs of character aspirations. "United We Stand" is an attempt to steal percussive thunder from The Lion King, and it works. The villain's piece, "Ruber," takes the same badguy-song equation from The Lion King, and "If I Didn't Have You" is a comedy spoof of Aladdin's relief showstoppers. The two songs including the heroine, "On My Father's Wings" and "Looking Through Your Eyes," take a page directly from Beauty and the Beast, and with the best results of the lot. Most of these songs were ruined for moviegoers by the poor choice of vocalists, many of whom have no vocal resemblance to their spoken word counterparts. And while the songs are therefore an utterly useless failure in the picture, a few of them play spectacularly on album. The performances by the three Corrs sisters are well placed with the Celtic spirit of the overall package, and Andrea Corr's voice (for the heroine) presents the only truly ambitious performance on screen or album. Her genuine embracing of the character pulls her away from the pop style you hear in the Corrs' hit songs. Celine Dion, while not sounding anything like Jane Seymour and being far too confident for the Lady Juliana voice, does keep herself restrained from her screeching potential, performing in her more soothing, lower ranges. The truly disastrous vocal choices for Quest for Camelot include the one for the blind hero Garrett, for whom Cary Elwes offers a muted, dull speaking performance and Bryan White provides a strikingly disparate, nasal singing voice for the same character. White's voice unfortunately ruins his character's song of glory ("I Stand All Alone") and is painfully nasal when in a duet with the lower ranging Andrea Corr. Also an embarrassment to the picture are Steve Perry's singing performances for Pierce Brosnan as King Arthur, which are equally laughable in presenting Arthur (and James Bond, for that matter) with a Phil Collins-like rasp. Thank goodness that neither Merlin (John Gielgud) nor Sir Lionel (Gabriel Byrne) were required to break out in song. Thankfully performing their own songs were Gary Oldman as the evil Ruber (who steals the Excalibur sword), as well as Don Rickles and Eric Idle as the comedic two-headed dragon (an unfortunate, though probably necessary addition to the film). While Oldman's performance shows signs that at least someone other than Andrea Corr was having a good time at the recording studio, both his song, as well as that of the dragon, serve up the vocals in a non-singing format that do an injustice to the songs' actual melodies.

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Average: 3.34 Stars
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The cover art is terrible
Shannon - February 4, 2005, at 7:02 p.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Atlantic Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:07
• 1. Looking Through Your Eyes* - performed by LeAnn Rimes (4:06)
• 2. I Stand Alone** - performed by Steve Perry (3:43)
• 3. The Prayer* - performed by Celine Dion (2:49)
• 4. United We Stand* - performed by Steve Perry (3:20)
• 5. On My Father's Wings* - performed by Andrea Corr (3:00)
• 6. Looking Through Your Eyes* - performed by Andrea Corr and Brian White (3:36)
• 7. Ruber* - performed by Gary Oldman (3:56)
• 8. I Stand All Alone* - performed by Bryan White (3:26)
• 9. If I Didn't Have You* - performed by Eric Idle and Don Rickles (2:55)
• 10. Dragon Attack/Forbidden Forest*** (3:14)
• 11. The Battle*** (2:49)
• 12. Looking Through Your Eyes (Instrumental)* - performed by David Foster (3:57)
• 13. The Prayer* # - performed by Andrea Bocelli (4:09)
* composed by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster
** composed by Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster, and Steve Perry
*** score material composed by Patrick Doyle
# Italian translation by Alberto Testa and Tony Renis
2001 Complete/DVD/Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 62:57

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The insert for the 1998 Atlantic album contains extensive credits, but no lyrics or extra information about the score or film. The following quotes are from Patrick Doyle regarding Quest for Camelot in 1999:

"I think [the isolated score on the DVD] is a great thing. It gives people an opportunity to hear something they wouldn't normally hear. Clearly there's a very large market for it. I was delighted to be asked to do an animated film like that. It was especially poignant because it was written while I was in hospital... that's something to do while you're basically in isolation for a few months. There's an awful lot of music in Quest for Camelot, and the score had to change at every turn. The consultants at the hospital did say it was fairly unusual for patients to pursue any kind of intellectual pursuit. I was lucky in that I was given a lot more writing time by Warner Brothers, and Frederik Du Chau and Dalisa Cooper-Cohen were unbelievably supportive."
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