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 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)



Lionheart: The Deluxe Edition (2-CD)
Original Motion Picture Score
Jerry Goldsmith
UPC: 888072250079
Release Date: 04/30/2021
$ 24.98

Jerry Goldsmith reinvented himself numerous times over his storied career, but one of his most popular periods was for the 1980s wave of large-scale symphonic scores. Lionheart (1987) came at the crest of this glorious period, and saw his rousing symphonic style—with glorious melodies, dazzling orchestrations, and synthesized embellishments—tackle a young-adult adventure in the Crusades.

Lionheart marked Goldsmith’s final collaboration with his friend and most prolific director collaborator, Franklin Schaffner (Planet of the Apes, Patton, Islands in the Stream). The film starred Eric Stoltz as the leader of a Children’s Crusade of orphans against Gabriel Byrne as an evil Black Prince. Little-seen today, the project is perhaps best-known for Goldsmith’s magnificent score, which he recorded with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra; its stirring, noble main theme made its way into Goldsmith’s concert repertoire.

Varèse Sarabande’s album producers in 1987 adored the Lionheart score so much that they released not one but two volumes of vinyl LPs. Most, but not all, of the tracks were released on a single CD compilation in 1994. Now, this 2CD Deluxe Edition presents the complete contents of both LPs, in film sequence, and adds two additional, previously unreleased cues. Because the new cues are sourced from reference material, they are labeled as “bonus tracks” at the end of a shorter-than-expected disc one, so as to remain in chronological order. The new liner notes are by Tim Greiving.

Limited Edition of 1500 Copies

Disc 1
1. The Castle (1:26)
2. The Ceremony (2:49)
3. Bring Him Back (2:39)
4. Failed Knight (3:21)
5. The Circus (3:07)
6. Robert And Blanche (3:49)
7. Bondage (1:51)
8. Black Prince (1:55)

Disc 2
1. Children In Bondage (5:02)
2. The Future (1:58)
3. Gates Of Paris (2:09)
4. Paris Underground (4:09)
5. The Road From Paris (2:04)
6. The Banner / The New Court (5:58)
7. The Dress (2:23)
8. Mathilda (5:57)
9. The Plague (5:33)
10. Forest Hunt (7:45)
11. The Lake (3:37)
12. The Wrong Flag (3:16)
13. Final Fight (3:14)
14. King Richard / End Title (8:36)

©2021 Varèse Sarabande.

https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/jerry-goldsmith-lionheart-the-deluxe-edition-2-cd
https://intl.varesesarabande.com/products/jerry-goldsmith-lionheart-the-deluxe-edition-2-cd

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)

Already ordered this magnificent score with that gorgeous poster. And to think the movie is so bad...How this movie inspired such greatness is beyond me.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   connorb93   (Member)

Already ordered this magnificent score with that gorgeous poster. And to think the movie is so bad...How this movie inspired such greatness is beyond me.

I've always been so curious about this movie. So much talent involved and yet it's so...lifeless. Pretty heavily edited it seems. I'd really like a backstory on the production.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Only 1500 edition for a Goldsmith score?! Wow, times have changed.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Totoro   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

I put this together for anyone confused about the different editions

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1raDnhD7EDhE72v9GcgTWdH8EWeWbaPmzrSrwWksRXVQ/

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

For the morbidly curious the film is available in HD from iTunes. I seem to recall it was potential distributors who demanded significant cuts to a film that initially ran over 2 hours (now 104 minutes). Theatrically the film ran in only a tiny number of select theaters and was chased to an equally minuscule home video release by bad reviews.

Variety called it a "flaccid, limp kiddie adventure yarn" which seemed to take film criticism to new depths of personal insult.

https://variety.com/1986/film/reviews/lionheart-1200427199/

The producers list is impressive: Jack Schwartzman (NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN) and his wife, Talia Shire and her brother, Francis Ford Coppola, and prolific British producer Stanley O'Toole who worked with Schaffner on several of his later films.

Screenplay by Menno Meyjes of COLOR PURPLE and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE.

Spectacular score, though.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Not familiar with the score. Samples sound like Jerry in his 90's autopilot mode.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Saul Pincus   (Member)

Samples sound like Jerry in his 90's autopilot mode.

This couldn't be further from the truth!

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Not familiar with the score. Samples sound like Jerry in his 90's autopilot mode.

Go back to bed.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Oh no, I upset the Cult of Jerry.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I put this together for anyone confused about the different editions

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1raDnhD7EDhE72v9GcgTWdH8EWeWbaPmzrSrwWksRXVQ/


Thanks! smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Samples sound like Jerry in his 90's autopilot mode.

This couldn't be further from the truth!


No, LIONHEART was one of Jerry's real passion projects.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   steffromuk   (Member)

Not familiar with the score. Samples sound like Jerry in his 90's autopilot mode.

I have to agree with you. This score is one of my least favorite from Jerry.
But mostly, I always had a problem with the heavy reverb on this score. It sounds like I'm listening to the orchestra from the far end of a church.

I own the first volume on vinyl though.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

I hear Explorers and Poltergeist (even some ST:TMP) in this score. It doesn't sound original or unique.
Not like ST:TMP or The Secret of NIMH which are more complex and unique sounding.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

Solium, How dare you speak blasphemy against the great Goldsmith!!! How Dare You!! Lol

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I hear Explorers and Poltergeist (even some ST:TMP) in this score. It doesn't sound original or unique.
Not like ST:TMP or The Secret of NIMH which are more complex and unique sounding.


um, I agree that TMP and Nimh are masterworks, but I do not hear either of those other scores in Lionheart. It is actually, by design a more spare work to me, somewhat more of a chamber music sound in sections. Which is quite different than his works of that era.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)



No Lion, no Heart?

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I hear Explorers and Poltergeist (even some ST:TMP) in this score. It doesn't sound original or unique.
Not like ST:TMP or The Secret of NIMH which are more complex and unique sounding.


um, I agree that TMP and Nimh are masterworks, but I do not hear either of those other scores in Lionheart. It is actually, by design a more spare work to me, somewhat more of a chamber music sound in sections. Which is quite different than his works of that era.

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2021 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

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