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 Posted:   Feb 18, 2011 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

Took a listen today to Across The Sea Of Time, a score I hadn't played for quite a while. For obvious reasons, it, among many other John Barry scores, has been on my mind of late.

I had a question all those years ago regarding the track "Flight Over New York," also known, of course, as the theme to Moviola, the documentary about the maestro himself. So Moviola is from 1992, while Across The Sea Of Time is from 1995. Was Barry working on the music to ATSOT back in 1992, or did he decide to reuse a theme 3 years later because it suited the scene?

Regardless, this is a now-rare and oddly overlooked gem in the John Barry catalogue. If you can get a copy of this and not go broke in the process, it's well worth it, in my opinion.

Your thoughts? Anyone actually see the film for which this score was made? I believe it was an IMAX presentation.

P.S. Try putting your copy into iTunes and note the composer name they give: Jeff Barry. Woops. razz

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2011 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   Faren451   (Member)

I saw Across The Sea Of Time a couple of times over the weekend of Barry,s 1997 Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was showing at the Imax theatre in the Troccadero centre and was in 3D.
I thought it was a great little film and hope it gets released on DVD one day.
The Flight Over New York sequence does use the Moviola Theme but remember Barry had originally written that theme for The Prince Of Tides before he walked off the film and I guess he thought it was too good a theme to waste and finally wanted to see it matched to visuals.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

Across The Sea of Time is a great album. Lots of themes and sweeping music!

Moviola was, as stated above, originally written for The Prince Of Tides and Barry actually mentioned this in the 1997 concert at the RAH. When Barry was preparing a collection of themes performed by the RPO in 1992 he used this theme as his title track - the album was called Moviola. As far as I know it had nothing to do with the documentary about him. Barry then included it as the Flight Over New York which gave it a second lease of life and in fact what it was originally meant for - to accompany a film!

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Absolutely sweeping and majestic score. I had this on my ipod throughout my NYC trip.!

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I have had this score for years, and like you I recently pulled it off the shelf and rediscovered it. Beautiful music, fitting cleanly into that sweeping mode of Barry's.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   TerryLee   (Member)

There must have been some sort of intergalactic vibe texting going on because of all the Barry scores I own, this is the one I felt compelled to play upon hearing the news of his passing.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

Meaning no disrespect and being a rabid Barry fan I have never liked it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Dr Lenera   (Member)

This is one Barry score I've never heard, think I will see if it's on Spotify!

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

When Barry was preparing a collection of themes performed by the RPO in 1992 he used this theme as his title track - the album was called Moviola. As far as I know it had nothing to do with the documentary about him.

The resulting CD was the companion to the documentary. It was, if memory serves, released simultaneous to the PBS airings of the special. Anyone?

Thanks everyone! I'm actually a big Streisand fan (letting Barry go, notwithstanding, grrrr) and had noooo idea the piece was written for The Prince Of Tides. Cool to know.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2011 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

This is one Barry score I've never heard, think I will see if it's on Spotify!

Across The Sea Of Time is absolutely fantastic from start to finish as an independent listen on CD. Definately worth seeking out !

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2011 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

For anyone who doesn't have exhorbitant sums at their disposal for an ebay'ed copy of this, it is available on Amazon.com and iTunes as digital downloads - not ideal, but better than not having this wonderful score.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2011 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Lester Sullivan   (Member)

One of the best Barry scores ever (What was Streisand thinking?) and applied to one of the best 3D movies ever made. By comparing and contrasting New York City scenes in black and white from the early twentieth century with new color shots of the same locations today, the movie actually does give an uncanny sense of time travel. Exquisite.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2011 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Lester Sullivan   (Member)

One of the best Barry scores ever (What was Streisand thinking?) and applied to one of the best 3D movies ever made. By comparing and contrasting New York City scenes in black and white from the early twentieth century with new color shots of the same locations today, the movie actually does give an uncanny sense of time travel. (Unintentionally sad now are the scenes of the Twin Towers.) Exquisite.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2011 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Marko   (Member)



I bought this score without ever hearing or seeing the IMAX film, when it became available. Never regretted it.


A nice relaxing listen and great for traveling as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2011 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

I too have always loved this score, especially the theme that shows up in the "Coney Island" cue. From start to finish, a gorgeous, romantic score. Although the film never came out on DVD, it WAS released on VHS. Not at all the same experience as IMAX 3-D I'm sure, but at least it is out there. It usually demands pretty big bucks on ebay and amazon.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2011 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

One of the best Barry scores ever (What was Streisand thinking?)

I thought it was only the one theme that was written for The Prince Of Tides. As much of a Barry fan as I am, however, I don't think that theme really suits the film. It almost suits it, but not quite. In the end, James Newton Howard's score works perfectly for that film, a wonderful Americana score that balanced nicely in the finished movie.

That said, this is a terrific work!

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2011 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

For those of you transferring this to your iPod, I've posted the cover art for this in 600, 800, and 1000x1000 sizes. Here's the link to the 800x800 image:

http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=156872&q=across+the+sea+of+time

Enjoy!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2011 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   AndyDursin   (Member)

I'm a huge fan of this score too, and while it's been extremely difficult to track down this title on video (I believe there was only a VHS release of it), I thought I'd pass along that it's airing several times this month on Sony Movie Channel HD.

I don't know how many outlets carry SMC but it's on Directv:

Monday, Apr 4 7.55 am E | 4.55 am P
Tuesday, Apr 5 5.00 am E | 2.00 am P
Wednesday, Apr 6 6.15 am E | 3.15 am P
Tuesday, Apr 12 6.35 am E | 3.35 am P
Thursday, Apr 14 10.30 am E | 7.30 am P
Saturday, Apr 23 1.40 pm E | 10.40 am P
Sunday, Apr 24 12.15 pm E | 9.15 am P
Tuesday, Apr 26 12.30 pm E | 9.30 am P
Saturday, Apr 30 8.40 am E | 5.40 am P

Looking forward to FINALLY seeing this smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2011 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   KevinSmith   (Member)

Meaning no disrespect and being a rabid Barry fan I have never liked it.

Could you expand on that? Too similar to other works by Barry of the same era?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2011 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

For anyone who doesn't have exhorbitant sums at their disposal for an ebay'ed copy of this, it is available on Amazon.com and iTunes as digital downloads - not ideal, but better than not having this wonderful score.

Prices for this seem to have come way down the last time I looked.

My wife and I enjoy this one very much. We either play it during dinner or use it for driving music.

Greg Espinoza

 
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