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The Sword and the Sorcerer
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1999 Super Tracks
2012 BSX Records
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
David Whitaker

Performed by:
The Graunke Symphony Orchestra
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Super Tracks Music Group
(February 4th, 1999)

BSX Records
(May 29th, 2012)
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Both the 1999 Super Tracks and 2012 BSX Records albums are limited pressings, contain the same music, and were made available primarily through online soundtrack specialty outlets. By the time of the 2012 album's release for an initial price of $16, the 1999 album's value had long been about $30.
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Buy it... if you're an enthusiast of the style of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Golden Age swashbuckler music, which should be a surprising recommendation given the genre of this film.

Avoid it... if you expect this score to exhibit many of the same superior qualities as its sword and sorcery genre contemporaries of the early 1980's.
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WRITTEN 2/23/99, REVISED 11/11/12
The Sword and the Sorcerer: (David Whitaker) When the age of sword and sorcery briefly dominated Hollywood in the early 1980's, studios saturated the market with similar films involving the ancient world, heroes with swords, sexy princesses, and villains with snakes. Many of these projects were adequately funded by the studios, but the results, with the obvious exception of Conan the Barbarian, often looked second rate. Entries like Krull, Excalibur, Beastmaster, and The Sword and the Sorcerer all failed to achieve the same classic status, and of these movies, The Sword and the Sorcerer, despite earning a fair profit at the box office and gaining a moderate cult following in subsequent decades, is often the most ridiculed of the lot. The crew and cast of the film consisted of names that would never amount to anything in the industry, though most of the blame for the lack of audience enthusiasm for The Sword and the Sorcerer was assigned to the lack of a major star in the lead and an abysmal, rushed plot that features horrendously paced action sequences. One of the relatively unknown names attached to the film is David Whitaker, whose career was littered with B-level science-fiction and action scores. This is the score that highlighted his career and that for which he will most likely be remembered; it existed on many soundtrack collectors' "top ten most wanted on CD" lists for many years. At the time Whitaker scored The Sword and the Sorcerer, this particular genre of sci-fi/fantasy music was at its peak as well. Between 1981 and 1983, a variety of outstanding scores often blessed these films with massive (and sometimes overblown) orchestral action music. Whitaker's score takes listeners back on a nostalgic journey to the majestic and curiously appealing time in Hollywood when most of these schlocky films were undeserving of the music written for them. Even more than his contemporaries, Whitaker wrote a score that absolutely must be separated from the trash that it accompanied on screen, though, for some listeners, even that won't be enough. His work is relatively unique in that it bucked the trends of the genre's music and instead recreated the swashbuckling sound of industry legend Erich Wolfgang Korngold. So uncanny are the resemblances to Korngold's techniques that The Sword and the Sorcerer can, at times, sound bizarre to a learned film music collector.

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1999 Super Tracks Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:33
• 1. The Sword and the Sorcerer Overture (3:13)
• 2. Main Title/Tomb Island/Xusia Stabbed* (6:57)
• 3. Tavis' Death*/Battlefield* (2:33)
• 4. Black Sorcery/Kingdom of Eh-Dan (3:33)
• 5. Young Talon's Fight (3:22)
• 6. Talon and the Mercenaries* (1:29)
• 7. Xusia's Cave (1:57)
• 8. The Innkeeper (1:12)
• 9. Rebel Headquarters*/Alana's Rape* (4:01)
• 10. Alana's Theme (1:42)
• 11. Skull Cave*/Red Dragon/Fire (4:19)
• 12. The Rat Attack* (1:11)
• 13. The Bordello (3:41)
• 14. Castle Chase (Pts. 1* & 2) (2:47)
• 15. Talon vs. Cromwell*/The Fight in the Water* (1:52)
• 16. Elizabeth's Death (1:06)
• 17. Round Room Fight (2:19)
• 18. The Feast* (1:36)
• 19. Vows Exchanged*/Talon on the Cross*/The Rebellion Begins (5:03)
• 20. Transformation* (3:26)
• 21. Talon Kills Xusia (Not Used in Film)* (1:02)
• 22. Fight to the Death*/Aftermath* (4:50)
• 23. Love Theme/Epilogue/End Credits (6:12)
* music previously unreleased on LP
2012 BSX Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:20

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The inserts of both albums contain notes from Randall Larson about the composer.
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