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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
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1991 Morgan Creek
2018 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
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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Morgan Creek Music
(July 2nd, 1991)

Intrada Records
(January 8th, 2018)
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The 1991 Morgan Creek album was a regular U.S. release. The 2018 Intrada album is limited to an unknown number of copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $30.
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... on the outstanding 2018 expanded album if you seek a comprehensive presentation of this flawed but occasionally highly entertaining score, a work highlighted by a memorable title fanfare and fine orchestral interpolations of the melody from the famous Bryan Adams song for the film.

Avoid it... if you expect the whole of Michael Kamen's music to soar with any sense of convincing swashbuckling spirit or, quite frankly, if you demand a decent performance and recording mix for a score that deserved far better execution.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 1/23/18
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 entertainingly sick portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham is so outrageously comical that he also defeats the purpose of the character. The deathblow of the film, however, came with the production's murky and violent take on the story, adding unnecessary characters, causing confusion about Maid Marian's existence between independence and typical damsel, and showing brutality unsuitable for children and disconcerting for adults. Still, audiences lapped it up and gave Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves extraordinary returns at the box office regardless of all these issues. The orchestral score by Michael Kamen was thrown together at the last minute and overshadowed by the very obvious and surprisingly effective use of several parts of James Horner's Willow during the film's immense advertising blitz. Despite Kamen's efforts to fulfill the request for a swashbuckling score of equal bravado, nothing he accomplished symphonically could compare with his collaboration with Bryan Adams for the song "Everything I Do, I Do It for You," and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves became one of those rare occasions in which an 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. While his contribution offered a few singular highlights in context, the composer's music was absolutely butchered in post-production, chopped to pieces and rearranged in decent but nagging, unnatural placements throughout. Even when it does shine, its haphazard, last-minute rendering in the recording studio by a massive army of orchestrators betrays the writing with frequent personality shifts and performance errors.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1991 Morgan Creek Album Tracks   ▼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)
2018 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 144:17

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The insert of the 1991 Morgan Creek album includes a general note about the score and song from two of the producers/writers of the film. That of the 2018 Intrada product includes extensive information about the score and film.
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