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Quigley Down Under
(1990)
Album Cover Art
1990 Intrada
2006 Prometheus
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Mark McKenzie

Performed by:
Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(November 17th, 1990)

Prometheus Records
(December 22nd, 2006)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1990 Intrada album was a regular U.S. release but fell out of print by the end of the decade and fetched prices in excess of $50. The 2006 album is a non-limited Belgian release that could be found for several years at soundtrack specialty outlets for $20.
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Buy it... if you seek an enthusiastically infectious merging of Basil Poledouris' Western and folk sensibilities with a distinctive ragtime character that yields melodic bombast and swinging style.

Avoid it... if you're one of those types who can never get a catchy theme out of your head, or if the sound of rambling banjos causes you to jerk awake in the middle of the night in cold sweats.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #659
WRITTEN 4/29/03, REVISED 4/2/09
Poledouris
Poledouris
Quigley Down Under: (Basil Poledouris) One of the more vibrant modern Westerns, Quigley Down Under represented a continuation of a character that was played by Steve McQueen in his final film, 1980's The Hunter. Replacing McQueen as American sharp-shooter Matthew Quigley is Tom Selleck, this time journeying to the outback of Australia, where he has been hired to train a British landlord played with typical sneer by Alan Rickman (whose career was being defined by such entertainingly wicked roles). Once Quigley learns that the landlord only wants to sharpen his shooting skills to better enjoy Aboriginal natives as target practice, he teams with a crazy, but beautiful local woman and the Aborigines to fight back against both the landlord and British Army forces. Keeping the film alive during its slow moments are its campy attitude, quirky characters, and spirited Western score by Basil Poledouris. A man of the sea, Poledouris was an avid sailor, and his enthusiasm for ocean-related films was reflected in such scores as Wind, The Hunt for Red October, and Free Willy. Even though Poledouris had won acclaim for his Emmy recognized music for the same director's Lonesome Dove, the desert Western genre was still not an obvious choice for Poledouris at the time, but the film did offer him a superb sailing scene at the beginning with which to get his themes rolling. As it would turn out, Simon Wincer's choice to stick with Poledouris for Quigley Down Under was a fantastic success, for the composer produced an upbeat, solid Western score with the same vigor and outlaw style that fans had clamored to hear in Cherry 2000. The opening clarinet solo sets the pace for the entire score, performing a ragtime-influenced, Western-style theme that eventually grows to encompass the entire orchestra. The woodwinds continue to convey this happy go lucky attitude of the film and its characters through the very end, when the same clarinet bounces along as the score fades away. In between, however, is a hidden gem of the 1990's and a generally undiscovered and underappreciated score in Poledouris' career.



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David hamenstafer - May 23, 2006, at 10:31 a.m.
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a lot of fun and them some
me myself and i - May 7, 2003, at 2:36 p.m.
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I am again the First one
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:54
• 1. Main Title (3:17)
• 2. The Fight (4:57)
• 3. Native Montage (2:11)
• 4. Marston's Murderers (3:31)
• 5. Cora's Story (3:18)
• 6. The Fire (2:57)
• 7. The Gift (5:25)
• 8. The Attack (2:49)
• 9. The Capture (2:44)
• 10. Freedom (3:34)
• 11. Matthew Quigley (5:22)
2006 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:07

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The inserts of both albums include information about the composer, score, and film.
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