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 Posted:   Dec 10, 2012 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

Having never seen the film or heard the score I always wondered what the hype about it was. Then after getting this set in the mail the other day and heard it...NOW I know why. This is great stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

Still waiting for my copy to (eventually) make its way across the pond. Eleven days in the post... damn those postmen, by Crom!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Just got it in the mail. That was a lot faster than usual! Crom smiles on me today! Holding it in my hands, reading the booklet and admiring the design - I can say this is well worth the cash.
Conan was one of the first scores I ever bought and I almost overplayed it over 15 years ago to the point that I didn't want to listen to it anymore and haven't been in recent years.

Listening to it again after all this time in such good quality and complete form is an experience.


Thank you Intrada.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 6:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

What a score, what an album.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

Having never seen the film or heard the score I always wondered what the hype about it was. Then after getting this set in the mail the other day and heard it...NOW I know why. This is great stuff.

the film is OK to BAD / SO BAD ITS GOOD but the score REALLY carries the movie to other heights while never overshadowing it somehow.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 9:22 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Having never seen the film or heard the score I always wondered what the hype about it was. Then after getting this set in the mail the other day and heard it...NOW I know why. This is great stuff.

the film is OK to BAD / SO BAD ITS GOOD but the score REALLY carries the movie to other heights while never overshadowing it somehow.


I actually think Conan is a legitimately great fantasy film. It's exciting, lush, and even moving in spots, and Basil's score elevates the entire film to the level of myth. It's certainly worth a rent...you'll enjoy the score a lot more once you hear it in context.

Anyways, just submitted a trade-in for the Varese CD to Amazon for six bucks, bring the Intrada release down to a mere $24. big grin

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 9:37 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)


Why judge the album from online samples? Nothing compares to listening to the actual CD.


Sorry but no. I judge all my releases based on samples. If the samples don't make me want it then either they were poorly selected or the album is not my thing. Either way, I'm never jumping on something unless the samples make me excited to have it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2012 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)


Sorry but no. I judge all my releases based on samples. If the samples don't make me want it then either they were poorly selected or the album is not my thing. Either way, I'm never jumping on something unless the samples make me excited to have it.


Not to mention, Intrada's samples are at 320kps. The difference between that and the actually CD is very minimal. It's not like FSM's 64kps samples where there's a very notable difference.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 2:48 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Anyways, just submitted a trade-in for the Varese CD to Amazon for six bucks, bring the Intrada release down to a mere $24. big grin

Having heard the brighter, less weighty sound of the new one, I think the Varese version should go UP in value, not down.
Disc 3 (the album presentation) of the Intrada set has richer, warmer sound than Discs 1 and 2, but that replicates the Milan program (without the extra tracks of the Varese).

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 3:22 AM   
 By:   Nyborg   (Member)

Having never seen the film or heard the score I always wondered what the hype about it was. Then after getting this set in the mail the other day and heard it...NOW I know why. This is great stuff.

the film is OK to BAD / SO BAD ITS GOOD but the score REALLY carries the movie to other heights while never overshadowing it somehow.



the film is great. people dismiss it because it's a barbarian movie, and though there are a few hokey lines in it, it employs a beautifully slow and muscular pace, the subject matter is so suited to john milius's style i don't believe anyone could have done, or could do, a better job with the source material, and you cant ask more than that, also it looks fantastic and it features a career high turn from James Earl Jones as the villain, easily my favourite arnie movie, and that's saying a lot.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   JasonComerford   (Member)

I love the new Intrada version and I've been playing it often. I'm no fan of the film itself (John Milius' brand of mythic primitivism has never been my cup of tea; I've never been able to sit through ANY of his films, for that matter), but the score is truly classic.

My sole nitpick is the assembly of "The Leaving / The Search," which is probably one of my favorite cues in any film score, ever. On the earlier Varese issue, the heartrending oboe solo which ends "The Leaving" segues smoothly into "The Search," but on the new Intrada version, the segue is shortened so that the beginning of "The Search" fades in while the solo is still coming to a close.

It's only a difference of a second or so, but in my opinion, the assembly of the cue found on the Varese issue really lets that solo land solidly, and gives the second half of the cue much more emotional power and resonance. Like I said... it's a nitpick, but certainly not a dealbreaker. The Intrada is more than worth the $30.

That being said, someone please correct me if that's the way the cue is put together in the film proper.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I thought it had its good moments and bad moments. But over all quite entertaining. There was a lot of heart underneath all the violence. Revisiting it again the last few years it's painfully lacking in the acting department. The score however is "GREAT"! (pun intended)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2012 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   d-udo   (Member)

another edit i found ! wink

anyone noticed that the version of "The Kitchen" on the Intrada CD is quite different than the version on the Varese CD ?
It has almost the same length, but the so called first verse of the Choral from the Varese comes later at the Intrada Edit.

Varese Version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwkPeOsQgtA

Begins with the Lyrics:
"Alum dare id Hephaestus, id ire fundi
Fati virum, omni brachium"

Intrada Version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UqZX2U0dJQ

Begins with:
"Pulchris profundis infernarum servi fati
Impoteo Infernarum"
and then
"Alum dare id Hephaestus, id ire fundi
Fati virum, omni brachium"

The first verse and the second verse was switched.

Strange !! smile
Not quite a fault, but a very interesting edit.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

nice to hear the PERCUSSION, percuss!

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   TheMarquis   (Member)

Why judge the album from online samples? Nothing compares to listening to the actual CD.

Perhaps because not all of us have enough disposable income to buy everything on a whim? roll eyes

I'm glad for those who have become attached to the original recording that this album has been released, but I thought it was pretty clear from the generosity and clarity of the samples that the Tadlow is overall a superior listen for both performance and sound quality and, as my interest is in the music itself and not beholden to the (IMO mediocre) film, I can't imagine choosing the thin sound of the Intrada over the rerecording when I want to sit down and listen. The Tadlow is a much grander way to experience Poledouris's opus.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

The way that “The Kitchen” plays out on the Intrada edition is clearly what was recorded, and was then subsequently edited for the film. You can hear the edits on the Varèse disc.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2012 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   AMAFilmScoreFan   (Member)

I have been very pleased with the coverage and attention that Basil's Conan scores are getting from the labels. I own the Varèse, Tadlow, and Intrada Barbarian CDs. I enjoy having the re-recording alongside the original one and will listen to them both going forward; similarly, I have multiple recordings of quite a few "classical" works and would not part with any of them. With regards to the original recording, I prefer Intrada's release to the one from Varèse; I do not think the orchestra on the Intrada release sounds tiny or smaller than how it is presented with the Varèse release. If anything, it sounds more grand to me, which is why I was surprised to hear differing opinions on this board. My concern with the negativity surrounding this Intrada release is with it diminishing sales. With that in mind, I was wondering if people would be able to provide some insight into which of the 3 original recording releases (Milan, Varèse, and Intrada) actually sounds the closest to what someone in the presence of the recording would have heard. I am not qualified to make such an answer, but I assume some on this board would be. Perhaps it is unimportant, but if one release is closer to reality than its counterparts, then I think that is a point that should be mentioned in this thread.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2012 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

Anyone else in London who ordered from Intrada on release day still waiting for CTB or CB or both?

Never usually takes this long from Intrada.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2012 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   steve matthewman   (Member)

Mild,
I am in Derbyshire & my cd arrived yesterday , so yours should be landing anytime.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2012 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   mstanwick856   (Member)

Anyone else in London who ordered from Intrada on release day still waiting for CTB or CB or both?

Never usually takes this long from Intrada.

Cheers


I live in Sussex and mine arrived on Tuesday.

 
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