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 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 4:01 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Quartet Records, in collaboration with Studio Canal, presents an expanded, remastered edition of Ennio Morricone’s classic sword-and-sorcery score for the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle RED SONJA (1985), directed by Richard Fleischer and also starring Brigitte Nielsen as Sonja.

Initially conceived as a kind of continuation of the Conan saga started three years earlier by the same producer, Dino de Laurentiis, the original idea was to tie in Sonja’s character with the rest of the Conan universe and create a trilogy featuring the hulky Cimmerian. But the picture eventually became just a loose appendage to the franchise, although it kept the same director as CONAN THE DESTROYER and Schwarzenegger as the main star.

Ennio Morricone, who took over after Basil Poledouris scored the first films, provides a powerful and exciting score dominated by an epic march as the main theme, far away from the Poledouris style. The score also features a beautiful love theme, fierce action cues, adventure music and dark and mystical passages.

RED SONJA was originally released by Varèse Sarabande on an LP (and later on CD) featuring two extremely long tracks labeled “Symphonic Suite for Chorus and Orchestra – Part I & II,” although the music was organized like a regular album—just without separate track titles. In 2010, Perseverance Records released a new edition of the CD, cutting up the suites into tracks and organizing them into mostly chronological order, but not adding new material. This new edition contains all the music from the original album program in stereo (also reorganized in film order) and then the complete score in mono (from the only elements available). Both versions of the score have music that’s not heard in the other—for instance, the main battle theme from the album ("Fighting the Soldiers") is never heard in such a developed version in the film, while other bits and pieces (like the music for Varna’s escape) were not included on the album. By combining the two programs, this is as complete as RED SONJA can get.

Produced, restored and mastered by Chris Malone, the package comes with a 16-page full-color booklet including in-depth liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the film and score. Two-sided cover art features the original poster and the new one created for the 4K restoration in 2022, both designed by the great artist Renato Casaro.

https://quartetrecords.com/product/red-sonja/



ALBUM STEREO TRACKS

1. Prologue (1:28)
2. Main Title (2:22)
3. The Talisman (1:11)
4. Temple Raid (1:58)
5. Touch It (1:12)
6. Sonja and the Sword Master (1:53)
7. Varna’s Death (2:02)
8. The Gate of Brytag (1:49)
9. Sonja vs. Brytag (1:15)
10. Fighting the Soldiers (3:37)
11. The Talisman II (1:10)
12. The Chamber of Lights (2:02)
13. Sonja Teaches Tarn (1:32)
14. Treasure in the Cavern (2:08)
15. Sonja and Kalidor (1:46)
16. A Fair Fight (1:52)
17. Entering the Castle (2:11)
18. Sonja Defeats the Queen (1:31)
19. End Credits (3:44)
20. Sorcery (0:51)



THE FILM SCORE (MONO)

21. Magic Call / Main Title / The Talisman (4:49)
22. Gedren Attack (2:05)
23. The Talisman II / A Way Out (1:40)
24. Varna Getting Away (1:05)
25. Magic Call II (2:06)
26. Varna’s Death (2:02)
27. Sonja Arrives (1:59)
28. Duel I (1:16)
29. Broken Promise (1:54)
30. Sonja Saves the Prince (1:13)
31. The Talisman Arrives (2:16)
32. The Prince Asks / Sonja is Watched (2:34)
33. Duel II (1:33)
34. Sonja and Kalidor (1:32)
35. Sonja and Kalidor Enter the Castle (1:30)
36. Battle (1:14)
37. Silence (1:05)
38. Duel Continues (1:56)
39. Medieval Dawn (End Titles) (4:32)
40. Belly Dancer (bonus track) (0:25)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   JC   (Member)

Thanks a lot for bringing us this definitive version of this soundtrack!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   TS.J9712   (Member)

Would be fun if the album is labeled as "as complete as it can be motion picture soundtrack"

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   knisper.shayan   (Member)

this is phantasic and the soundtrack release of the year so far!!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Although I would prefer a new recording of the complete score for better sound (as Prometheus did with the Conan movies) the fact that this is remastered by Chris Malone is great news as it is a guarantee that the the original recording, from whatever source they had to work with, will sound as good as possible.

This is one of my favorite Morricone scores. I watched Red Sonja in the theater when I was 11 with some friends from the school and it was one of the first times I remember noting the music in a film. Happly buying this score for the 3rd time.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Great cover art!

I thoroughly enjoy this score. Did Morricone record the score specifically for the album or are the differences basically due to different assembly?

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   Michal Turkowski   (Member)

As far as I would love to have new complete recording of "Red Sonja" with unused music etc (just hear how wonderful and BIG sounds suite performed on FIUMUCTE in 2017) im extremly happy about ths reissue of original Morricone recording.

Must buy for me, bravo Quartet!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

To coin a stevie wonder lyric - I didn't see that one coming.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 6:27 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Fantastic!

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   agentMaestraX   (Member)

A fav of mine - ya done it again Quartet - bravo!

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Great cover art!

I thoroughly enjoy this score. Did Morricone record the score specifically for the album or are the differences basically due to different assembly?


The album uses the film recordings. Differences are probably due to a few moments not used in the movie appearing in the album ("Sonja Defeats The Queen" for example was not used in the film as the final Sonja vs Queen fight was left unscored).

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Great cover art!

I thoroughly enjoy this score. Did Morricone record the score specifically for the album or are the differences basically due to different assembly?


The album uses the film recordings. Differences are probably due to a few moments not used in the movie appearing in the album ("Sonja Defeats The Queen" for example was not used in the film as the final Sonja vs Queen fight was left unscored).


Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

WOW! What an exciting new release!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Excellent. I just revisited the movie by watching the new 4K UHD which looks spectacular. Fun movie with some impressive use of miniatures and matte paintings. Glad to have this on CD.
I ordered from SAE because it turns out to be more affordable for me that way.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Too bad THIS had the Marvel comic-based film scored by Ennio Morricone...

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Way overdue expansion , but glad its had the Malone treatment. Thanks quartet, jose and Chris

Coincided with release of a new bluray too i think

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Exciting release. I have the earlier Perseverance edition which I've always thought fine but I'll look forward to this new one.

Any chance of Hundra sometime? The version I have of it the sound is appalling.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Sweet! A Morricone favourite.

 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Red Sonja was my first Morricone score (on vinyl from Varese) back in the day. It's simple but wonderful and made me a lifelong fan. Lovely trumpet playing - not sure who the soloist was.

There's a 4K restoration disc out there in European markets. Not sure when it's coming to the US.

It appears Quartet has restored one stereo track that was left off the Perseverance reissue: "The Talisman II" - is that correct? Or is it a reprise of "The Talisman"?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 5, 2022 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

YES! And when you get an expanded score from Morricone you usually get new material and not just reworkings of what has gone before.

 
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