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The Return of a Man Called Horse
(1976)
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2003 Varèse
2015 Intrada
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Laurence Rosenthal
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(April, 2003)

Intrada Records
(March 30th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2003 Varèse Sarabande album is a Club title of 3,000 copies and was available only through the label's site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2015 Intrada album is a limited product with unknown quantities produced and sold initially for $25.
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Buy it... if you are among those who have been sitting on the LP release of this fine score for years and are curious about revisiting one of Laurence Rosenthal's most accomplished scores on either of its well-mastered CD releases.

Avoid it... if you've never been convinced of the philosophical viability of English-inspired romanticism merged with Native American chants, the combination here admirably handled but not overwhelmingly memorable.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,224
WRITTEN 6/10/03, REVISED 4/13/16
Rosenthal
Rosenthal
The Return of a Man Called Horse: (Laurence Rosenthal) After the success of A Man Called Horse in 1970, star Richard Harris collaborated with director Irvin Kershner to bring the title character back to the big screen in 1976. Despite a positive audience response to the original 1970 film, it did several cinematic injustices to the representation of Native American lifestyles, and the new production team wished to correct those errors. The sequel, The Return of a Man Called Horse, was, through the involvement of Kershner and his associates, a significantly more sensitive and realistic portrayal of Native American culture on the big screen. The film contained several slowly developed visual elements that that gave it the sensibility of a documentary, including many expansive vista scenes without much more than Laurence Rosenthal's music to compliment their beauty. From the 1960's through the 1980's, Rosenthal was known as a composer of great consistency, a gentleman with classical inclinations, but also a talent for bringing sophistication to a score of any genre. In later years, he enjoyed a more successful, Emmy-recognized career in television music. Some of his works have aged better than others, but many critics and collectors agree that the mid-1970's to early 1980's represented the most lasting period of productivity in his career. After The Return of a Man Called Horse, which even Rosenthal agrees is among finest, both Meteor and Clash of the Titans, despite the shortcomings of their films, continued to interest film score enthusiasts. For The Return of a Man Called Horse specifically, Rosenthal had the opportunity to infuse a classical, European sound from the perspective of the title character into an ethnically rich canvas inspired by the Sioux tribes he becomes a part of. Add Kershner's habit of shooting long scenes without dialogue to the equation and Rosenthal's music was perfectly positioned to make an impact. The success of the composer's score comes from his ability to combine the two genres of music into one redemptive package. The film displays a rare acceptance of an Englishman (Harris) into the Yellow Hands tribe, and the collaboration they experience is one of trials and ultimate success. Thus, Rosenthal's music reflects the enthusiasm and perseverance of the title character during his journey to become a respected leader in the tribe. The score plays an enormous role in ensuring the film's upbeat vision of collaboration while also offering enough seriously inclined cues of drama and tension to service moments of despair felt by the tribe.



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Average: 3.4 Stars
***** 61 5 Stars
**** 74 4 Stars
*** 54 3 Stars
** 32 2 Stars
* 31 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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2003 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 59:37
• 1. Main Title: The Return of a Man Called Horse (4:54)
• 2. The Massacre (2:21)
• 3. Morgan Haunted by his Memories (2:37)
• 4. The Yellow Hands in Despair (3:14)
• 5. Gifts for the Yellow Hands (3:03)
• 6. The Hilltop* (1:39)
• 7. Preparation for the Ordeal* (4:31)
• 8. The Sun Vow: The Sweat Lodge - Morgan's Vision - The Sun Dance (6:26)
• 9. Raven's Sacrifice* (1:35)
• 10. The Benediction* (1:42)
• 11. The Buffalo Hunt (4:45)
• 12. Buffalo Spirit Gone* (2:44)
• 13. Training for War (3:01)
• 14. Portents* (2:46)
• 15. Battle at the Fort* (6:35)
• 16. The Young Chief - The New Life (7:08)
* not available on the LP record
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 132:07

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 2003 Varèse Sarabande album's insert features excellent, in-depth analysis of the score and film. New comments from Rosenthal himself were included. The 2015 Intrada album also features extended analysis.
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