I'm really glad he didn't go full on Medieval instruments. I would not enjoy that. It works with the blend we have in the score just fine. But that source cue at the beginning of disc 2 is a bit too much for me and is removed from my playlist.
So I was playing the Jeff Lynne song just now. Lynne was such a offbeat choice to do a cue. Is there any material out there that explains how he came to be involved with the movie? When I think of other people that could have done the job, the first that springs to mind is Jethro Tull--in full "Songs From The Wood" mode. Perhaps Steeleye Span. The only reason for Lynne that I can fathom is that ELO's first album had a VERY medieval tinge to it, but only going back, say, 300 years or so--not 700 or 800 years. Maybe Lynne lobbied for it.
I love Jeff Lynne but I'm not sure the track holds up very well on its own after all this time--the pop version, I mean.
I'm a HUGE Lynne & ELO fan....I never play wild times, hate it. Funny how sometimes when two of your heroes get together it doesn't work for you.... I believe it was nothing more than Lynne & Kamen were mates, Kamen rang Lynne, asked if he could pop over for a song and that's that. As already mentioned, time was short....
Regarding the absent cues, it may help for listeners to realize at least some of them are the result of the unusually large number of orchestrators on this score listed by the AFM, who did some "ghost writing" to get the massive amount of music completed on time. So some of these pieces are really just adaptations of Kamen's material orchestrated by others to blend in with Kamen's actual work. Some of those cues appear to have been done separately and those rolls of tape appear to be AWOL. The execution drumming material was mostly done live to picture with on-screen extras and was not recorded during the orchestral scoring sessions. These sequences may have been done as "pre-records" during filming and might've been recorded wild long before actual scoring took place... but this is just my sort of educated guess. In this case Kamen might not have been involved. So Kamen's own actual score itself is pretty well represented. If any of these other items eventually do show up, we'll sort out what to do with them when that time may arise.
It'd been so many years since I last listened to this score that I forgot how much I enjoyed it! This was an oft-played Kamen album of mine back in the 90's, especially when there were fewer of his scores available on disc. The original album does have some great highlights but it's been marvelous to hear the cues in full - total winner from Intrada!
"So now that Doug has confirmed ghostwriting, are we allowed to talk about it again??" ------------------ NO!
I've waited years to have the Robin Escapes music on CD. That 2nd half of the cue, when it gets all Korngoldy swashbuckle...ACE! STUNNING! (insert more superlatives). It was weird hearing the Little John river sequence* untruncated, after all those years playing the edited track, but it's a nice problem to have to get used to Absolutely loving this release. Hearing all those little (and not so little) extensions of long loved tracks. Great sound and packaging. Signed, One Happy Customer
*after all these years, it's still an absolute Kamen highlight for me. That bit where the brass and horns go ape sh!t crazy, flying off in all different directions! Man, Kamen was a BEAST when he wanted to be.