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1993 For Life
2002 Citadel
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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For Life (Japan)

Citadel Records
(January 1st, 2002)

BSX Records
(November 10th, 2009)
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No regular commercial release exists. The 1993 release by the Japanese For Life label was reportedly withdrawn, after which the product sold for as much as $75 on the secondary market in America. The 2002 Citadel album was limited to a pressing of 1,500 copies, maintaining roughly a $20 value in the years that followed but eventually escalating to upwards of $100 by the end of the 2000's. The 2009 BSX Records album (with A Whale for the Killing) is limited to 1,000 copies and was initially available at soundtrack specialty outlets for $20. Two years later, it sold new for $15.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Basil Poledouris' uniquely creative merging of synthesizers and orchestra to capture the essence of the ocean, especially in this score's closest sibling, Free Willy.

Avoid it... if the ambient sounds of wind and sails in a largely new-age score with only a handful of orchestral cues doesn't carry over your interest from Poledouris' muscular, epic alternatives.
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WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 11/30/11
Wind: (Basil Poledouris) Few films have been made about modern competitive sailing, and even fewer have captured the glory of a race on the ocean with cinematography as stunning as that of Wind. Director Carroll Ballard's film about four individuals teaming up to build their own boat to compete in the America's Cup race succeeds brilliantly whenever giving audiences the action on the water, but largely failed with critics because of its clunky melodrama between its primary characters when on soil. Overcoming a romantic triangle, the young, brash captain and his associates finish their boat in time for the race of Fremantle, Australia in 1987, succeeding in a world where the millionaires who run the crews aren't always the most sympathetic of characters. Ballard, who had previously helmed The Black Stallion, was unable to make use of the screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer and Mac Gudgeon outside of the portions depicting glory on the high seas. Composer Basil Poledouris, though, conversely succeeds in both wet and dry environments in Wind, largely thanks to his own personal love of sailing. For anyone who has watched the rather unique 1998 Film Score Monthly video about Poledouris and his life, you quickly learn that the sailboat and piano were high among the man's passions, and it's no surprise that ocean-going films played a prominent role in the composer's career. From Big Wednesday to The Hunt for Red October, Wind to Free Willy, films that involve the ocean seemed to bring out the best in Poledouris' writing. Among the projects mentioned above, Wind is undoubtedly the closest direct match to these passions, and perhaps it is this connection that caused Poledouris to create such a vibrant and accurate atmosphere of flowing liberty even against the odds of budgetary constraints. He specifically chose to center his themes and demeanor around the sailing elements in the film, allowing those identities to service the love story as something of an afterthought. Ranging from solo piano to Poledouris' performances on keyboards and drum pads, the score was afforded four or five cues that could be recorded with an impressive 90-member orchestral ensemble to emphasize the exciting sequences of passion for the sport. In every emotional corner, Poledouris makes the most of his instrumentation to create a perfectly whimsical but ballsy sailing score.

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Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 41 5 Stars
**** 43 4 Stars
*** 35 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 27 1 Stars
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Missing score??
pugliesej - March 28, 2012, at 6:06 a.m.
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Fantastic score
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Audio Samples   ▼
1993 For Life Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:04
• 1. Prologue (3:29)
• 2. Love in the Sewer (1:44)
• 3. The Dinghy Race (Senta) (3:12)
• 4. The Break-Up (3:16)
• 5. Windward Work (3:36)
• 6. Downwind (5:20)
• 7. Defeat (5:14)
• 8. The Glider (1:30)
• 9. Sail Locker (1:02)
• 10. The Petroglyph (1:20)
• 11. Contest (3:11)
• 12. Windshadow (1:12)
• 13. Whomper Trails (1:15)
• 14. The Bike Ride (2:29)
• 15. To Australia (2:17)
• 16. Dead Air (4:48)
• 17. Winning (3:00)
• 18. Irolita (1:34)
• 19. Born on the Wind (English Version) - performed by The Amazons (5:25)
2002 Citadel Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:00
2009 BSX Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:07

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The inserts for all three albums include extra information about the score and film, though the 1993 For Life album's notes are in Japanese. The 2009 BSX Records album incorrectly lists itself as a 2010 product on its packaging.
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