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 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 7:25 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

This is a wonderful sublime score from a composer who didn't do many film scores. A beautiful score indeed, Any comments?

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2013 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Too right ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BxigSb4JTOY

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

This is a wonderful sublime score from a composer who didn't do many film scores. A beautiful score indeed, Any comments?

This was once the most expensive soundtrack LP - a friend of mine exchanged it for a few other rare LPs at the time, when it cost UKP 1,000 (that's a 1987's UKP 1,000!).

We were disappointed when we listened to it, it seemed unexceptional and a bit bland. My friend sent the LP back to where it came from for UKP 1,000 store credit.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   shane   (Member)

It also came out a long time ago on an "import" cd--lot more music...pretty good sound.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   shane   (Member)

It also came out a long time ago on an "import" cd--lot more music...pretty good sound.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

It also came out a long time ago on an "import" cd--lot more music...pretty good sound.


Well, that one had the choral mediaeval source music added from some source (Leppard was very much a Monteverdi champion) but the title music (which was not on the LP) was nicked from a laserdisc or VHS and sounded very muddy. The album tracks were fine though.

The LP on the other hand did have one track left off the CD for some unexplained reason, 'First Quarrel' which used crumhorns.

A beautifully crafted post-VW English score. Some bits are exquisite, like the pastorale music where Alf rides through the cornfields at haymaking time.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

ALFRED THE GREAT, I understand, was originally meant to be a roadshow, which never happened.

In fact, it was sort of dumped in its original U.S. release. I actually saw it in a theatre around then, 1969, and thought it was OK. It was a star vehicle for David Hemmings, after the big splash he'd made as a shallow photographer in Antonioni's smash hit, BLOW-UP (1966).

Unfortunately, by 1969, people were more interested in anti-war and flower children, more like the attitude of Zefferelli's smash hit ROMEO AND JULIET, in 1968. Medieval war heroes, like Alfred, were not prime box-office draws.

I have a CD of the score, which I enjoyed, though I've never considered it a great score.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

yes i remember when this was a highly sought after and seriously rare LP.

For some reason there were a lot of western collectors back then -late 70s and into early 80s - , but there also a group that seemed to collect epic scores of every style, from ben hur to the vikings to barabbas to zulu to last valley to stuff like alfred.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

dp again

 
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