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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:02 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)







ZULU
Music by John Barry


Ref: QR476
Availabilty: IN STOCK

https://quartetrecords.com/product/zulu/

Quartet Records presents a completely restored, remastered, slightly expanded edition of the magnificent score by John Barry (THUNDERBALL, THE LAST VALLEY, BODY HEAT, OUT OF AFRICA) for Cy Enfield’s classic epic ZULU (1964), starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Lilla Jacobsson and Michael Caine. The film is about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, an heroic moment for the British army in the aftermath of a massacre that had occurred just hours earlier at nearby Isandlwana, a British outpost near the Natal-Zululand border in eastern South Africa.

For one of his earliest blockbuster efforts for the big screen, John Barry provided an exemplary score based on a single theme, introduced in the opening title sequence, with stirring brass and powerful percussion figures. Despite being a 138-minute epic, the film contains no more than 20 minutes of original music, carefully spotted and cleverly scored. For the album released by Ember Records in 1964, Barry decided to include practically the entire underscore on Side A, augmenting it with six contemporary songs and arrangements on Side B. Barry turned his main Zulu theme into “Monkey Feathers,” with electric guitar and some exotic-sounding piccolo, and one of the Zulu wedding songs, heard during the early part of the film, into “Zulu Stamp.”

The successful original album, released by Ember in the UK and United Artists Records in the USA, has been reissued multiple times on LP and CD. Interestingly, the stereo and mono versions of the LP present alternate mixes and even different takes of many cues. For this new Quartet release, we have included both versions from first-generation album masters provided by Cherry Red Records from the Ember Records vaults, all painstakingly remixed, restored, assembled and mastered by Chris Malone. Also, after an extensive search through the film’s many different owners through the years, we were able to find (thanks to Paramount Pictures) a D/M/E track from which we can offer the Main and End Titles without Richard Burton’s narration, as well as one minute of original Barry music not included in the Ember album.

The lavishly designed full-color 24-page booklet includes an in-depth essay by film music writer and Barry expert Jon Burlingame.

The Original Soundtrack Album in Stereo

1. Main Title Theme – Isandhlwana 1879 (Richard Burton, narrator) (2:18)
2. News of the Massacre / Rorke’s Drift Theatened (2:45)
3. Wagons Over (1:29)
4. First Zulu Appearance and Assault (5:12)
5. Durnfold’s Horse Arrive and Depart / The Third Assault (2:47)
6. Zulu’s Final Appearance and Salute (0:57)
7. The V.C. Roll and Men of Harlech (Richard Burton, narrator) (2:41)
8. Stamp and Shake (Tetha Leyanto) (2:20)
9. High Grass (2:15)
10. Zulu Stamp (2:03)
11. Big Shield (2:19)
12. Zulu Maid (Ngenzeni) (2:10)
13. Monkey Feathers (2:10)

The Original Soundtrack Album in Mono
14. Main Title Theme – Isandhlwana 1879 (Richard Burton, narrator) (2:20)
15. News of the Massacre / Rorke’s Drift Theatened (2:46)
16. Wagons Over (1:30)
17. First Zulu Appearance and Assault (5:17)
18. Durnfold’s Horse Arrive and Depart / The Third Assault (2:50)
19. Zulu’s Final Appearance and Salute (0:58)
20. The V.C. Roll and Men of Harlech (Richard Burton, narrator) (2:44)
21. Stamp and Shake (Tetha Leyanto) (2:27)
22. High Grass (2:17)
23. Zulu Stamp (2:06)
24. Big Shield (2:21)
25. Zulu Maid (Ngenzeni) (2:22)
26. Monkey Feathers (2:11)

Bonus tracks

27. Main Title Theme – Isandhlwana 1879 (without narration) (2:22)
28. Hunting / To the Hill / Sent Away (1:07)
29. Men of Harlech (without narration) / End Title (1:38)
30. Zulu Stamp (Alternate) (2:05)
31. Monkey Feathers (Alternate) (2:15)

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Ny   (Member)

Edit: Nevermind, I read the thing.

I was hoping for the zulu songs as heard in the film, even the work song at the beginning I'd love to have, but oh well, I guess this is what there is available.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

Fap time eek

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

OMG!! This is wonderful, like a dream come true! Thanks Quartet!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

A wonderful surprise, thanks Quartet, you've made my day.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:32 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

I like the vivid artwork!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 3:43 AM   
 By:   WilkStepowy   (Member)

I have RPM's "Zulu/Four In The Morning" CD, but because of remastering and bonus tracks I'll definitely buy this edition. Great thanks Quartet!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Amazing release. One of John Barry's most definitive scores remastered by Chris Malone for the best possible listening experience. I love Richard Burton's narration but it will be good to have the opening music narration free. Plus another set of Jon Burlingame notes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 5:11 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

I really like the clear stereo separation in the channels. Looks like some painstaking clean up job by good ol’ Malone here.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Well, I'll be damned.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Way back in 69 while over the pond on a vacation with my parents I stumbled across a quaint soundtrack shop in Soho and found Zulu on Ember Records. Though it was released stateside on United Artists, I could never find a copy.

I never thought back then that I would keep buying this album over and over, every time it is released, until somebody did it so well that all were satisfied.

So, is this the end of that quest?

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Very happy to have a better-sounding soundtrack. Would have been nice to have some of the film's Zulu war chants added. They made a big impression on me when I saw this as a kid.
As I recall, the pop stuff on side B of the album was a lot of rubbish.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Roger Feigelson   (Member)

Wonderful release! Love the cover. Love the score! Will love the score in better sound!!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Very happy to have a better-sounding soundtrack. Would have been nice to have some of the film's Zulu war chants added. They made a big impression on me when I saw this as a kid.
As I recall, the pop stuff on side B of the album was a lot of rubbish.



The upbeat Zulu chant versions aren’t my cup of tea either but I’d say “rubbish” is a bit strong - more like “not to my tastes”. Some people might love them!

This is a fantastic release, and totally unexpected, at least to me. Great to have it without Richard Burton’s narration, mellifluous though it is.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

This is great, I've never actually owned this Barry score on disc.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

Fun fact:

Durnfold’s Horse Arrive and Depart / The Third Assault

"Durnfold" should be "Durnford". Every release has had this typo.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Am I right in saying the brief cue included is the same as the extra cue featured on the rerecording?

This release has prompted me to give a listen to the old Silva CD I have from way back, Zulu Soundtrack & Themes!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   DavidOrange   (Member)

Track 9. High Grass (to my ears) appears too have influenced George Bruns when he wrote the score to The Love Bug, which was released four years after Zulu. I wonder if The love Bug will ever get some Disney Legacy attention? What do you think?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Track 9. High Grass (to my ears) appears too have influenced George Bruns when he wrote the score to The Love Bug, which was released four years after Zulu. I wonder if The love Bug will ever get some Disney Legacy attention? What do you think?

I think it’s more likely that Love Bug will come from Intrada, as apart from Mary Poppins, the Legacy Collection hasn’t done any of the live-action films.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

My first reaction was to immediately order this, but then I listened again to my excellent Silva re-recording, in superb sound, and I'm not so sure there's a need for anything more.
Still, the new one has sentimental value, having been one of my earliest soundtrack LPs, so I'll end up getting it.

 
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