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 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)








ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES
Music Composed and Conducted by MICHAEL KAMEN
INTRADA ISC 458

For Intrada's latest release, the label revisits its 2018 release of Michael Kamen's adventurous score for the 1991 Morgan Creek production of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. While the 2018 release featured a wealth of new material, it was still not complete due to available elements at the time. Now with the assistance of the Michael Kamen estate, not only were more extensive music elements available, they also boasted an improved sound. Among some of the cues being presented for the first time:

"And His Merry Men" for the five-minute sequence when Robin and Azeem break out of prison and the introduction of Robin's father and the backstory of betrayal
"Arrow," which launches with the rousing French horn and trumpet fanfare as Robin suddenly fires a crossbow at Sir Gisborne and the accompanying combat
"Celt Battle" now includes the missing final part where Robin rescues Fanny and her infant from the burning tree house
"Will Captured" is added to a 10-minute battle sequence, in which Will is spotted among the gathering crowds preparing to watch the hanging
"Hangman's Drums"
"End Credits," a cue Kamen wrote for the ending of the score, which was dropped in favor of the vocal (still not available for licensing for this release)

And more!
With the score proper filling two discs, the third disc includes a wealth of alternates. Included among the alternates is the Morgan Creek logo, which uses the Robin Hood theme for the logo attached to their movies from that point on. Finally, a fourth disc contains the entire program Kamen assembled for release on the first album (sans the vocal), as it contains many unique edits and assemblies making it a program worth perserving.

Joined by horns, Robin is given a heroic theme during the opening credits, drawing in the audience to the deeds and misdeeds to come from this new vision of Robin Hood. The orchestration is traditional—featuring brass in action scenes, strings in scenes of intense emotion, and pastoral woodwinds to evoke the beauty of Sherwood Forest. It roars, it whispers. It sings, it dances. It excites, it calms. Sometimes it even frightens. With a strong heroic theme, a "stalking bass line" for needed menace, and a simple, yet delicate and romantic love theme, Kamen composed a film score worthy of the mighty thief prince.

The film opens in Jerusalem, during a crusade led by King Richard I. Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) is a prisoner, escaping to return to England—but his homecoming is hardly joyous. The sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) has brutally murdered Lord Locksley, destroyed his estate and despoiled the countryside, hoping to amass enough wealth to bribe English barons to betray their lawful king. The events that follow mostly adhere to the established story and feature the usual ensemble: sheriff’s henchman Guy of Gisborne (Michael Wincott), Little John (Nick Brimble) and Friar Tuck (Michael McShane). But there are several new twists. Robin is accompanied back to England by a new character, Azeem (Morgan Freeman), a moor whose life he has saved, and who has vowed to return the favor. Maid Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) is a feisty, independent female who initially disdains Robin and manages to be an empowered woman until the very end, when she becomes a traditional damsel-in-distress.

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All newly-remastered and expanded 4-CD set with nearly a half hour of previously unreleased score! Spectacular action-adventure from Morgan Creek Productions and Warner Bros brings legendary figures to life: Robin of Locksley, Maid Marian, Little John, the sheriff of Nottingham, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlett, Sir Guy of Gisborne, King Richard “The Lionheart”… all vividly drawn by top actors Kevin Costner, Alan Rickman, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Wincott, Christian Slater, Sean Connery, others. Kevin Reynolds directs. Film opens with Robin a prisoner in Jerusalem, escaping back to England with Moorish friend Azeem, only to find his father slain, his home in ruins. Thus set in motion is the iconic and oft-told battle between Robin and his “Merry Men” and the evil sheriff. Michael Kamen launches with now-familiar cello rhythms, leading into French horn fanfares and rousing trumpet-led main theme. Love theme for Robin and Marian is both tender and sweeping, depending on settings involved. But front and center throughout are incredibly exciting action sequences. Brass parts are extraordinarily challenging, and taxing, for players but listeners scoop the rewards! Originally a single CD from Morgan Creek with two songs and eight generous score selections, Intrada greatly expanded lavish score into 2-CDs in 2018, however, several key sequences were missing from master elements and could not be included… until now! With the generous help from the Kamen Estate, new elements were located which boast a wealth of previously unreleased music. Now for the first time, listeners can enjoy the lengthy “And His Merry Men”, which accompanies Robin’s escape to England, the slaying of Lord Locksley and the introduction of the sheriff. Also new is “Arrow”, which finds Robin in battle with Gisborne. A major addition are two new cues for the Celt Battle sequence, including intense action material and Robin’s heroic rescue of Fanny and her infant child from the burning treehouse. Highlighting the new music: the entire “Plans For Rescue” sequence which now features the powerful music underscoring the unexpected capture and pending execution of Will Scarlett, forcing Robin to make sudden dramatic changes to his plans for rescuing his beloved Maid Marian. Several more new cues appear, as well as additional alternates. Finally, included is a bonus fourth CD containing Kamen’s 50-minutes of creatively edited and assembled 1991 album tracks. Everything has been remastered from superior master elements, albeit the original releases have always offered superb, crisp and punchy audio as well, a testament to the recording talents of veteran Bobby Fernandez at Warner Bros. Presented as 4-CDs in “chubby” case, designed Kay Marshall, with notes by Frank DeWald. Michael Kamen conducts The Greater Los Angeles Orchestra. A must own! Intrada Special Collection 4-CD set available while quantities and interest remain!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

SOLD. Hot damn THIS is the release Kamen’s opus deserves. The extra music sounds incredible. Really excited to hear what he wrote for an “End Credit”!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

ORDERED!

Amazing!

smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   dannyboy121070   (Member)

Is it gone already...? I added it to my cart, went to redeem my points to use as a gift certificate, and when I went back, my cart was empty. Now, when I try to add it, I get a screen that says the item does not exist......

Edit: OK, it lets me add it directly from the "New Releases" page, but not from the page for the CD itself. Odd.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Well played by Intrada for charging $5.75 U.S. shipping for this FOUR CD set.
My last SINGLE CD shipping from SAE was $6.40.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   Grack21   (Member)

Wow only 35 dollars, too? Jesus just TAKE MY MONEY

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Zack371   (Member)

Yes, yes, and YES.

ORDERED.

This is a top 5 score for me personally. I was obsessed with Superman as a kid due to the films but seeing this at 11 on the big screen caused me to truly fall in love with film music. It was the first score I ever bought on CD in fact.

THANK YOU, INTRADA!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

This is real tough one. It mentions that the album program has 'unique edits' or whatever, but how unique?
But between alternates and the stuff found there's, what, ~53 minutes of unreleased music?
And while I'm sure the price would have been the same, and the case size the same (so it's less relevant here) it actually could have easily fit on three CDs.

Funny how I went from 'eh this score isn't so hot' before the last expansion came out to pondering if I would break my 'no buying a redundant album program' of a 4 CD set....

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 6:08 PM   
 By:   JGouse0498   (Member)

Honestly, I love the original 2-disc expansion. I think it sounds great, and it's one of my favorites. I had no intention of upgrading to this 4-disc edition...

...and then I saw just how much--and WHAT--was missing from the 2-disc expansion. Yeah, definitely worth a double-dip! Very eager to hear Kamen's original "End Credits". I can only hope it's the revelation that Goldsmith's unused "End Credits" were for Rambo: First Blood Part II

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

ORDERED! Last one I ordered as fast was Two Mules For Sister Sarah.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

What a Feast! Worth double dipping too.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

This is real tough one. It mentions that the album program has 'unique edits' or whatever, but how unique?
But between alternates and the stuff found there's, what, ~53 minutes of unreleased music?
And while I'm sure the price would have been the same, and the case size the same (so it's less relevant here) it actually could have easily fit on three CDs.

Funny how I went from 'eh this score isn't so hot' before the last expansion came out to pondering if I would break my 'no buying a redundant album program' of a 4 CD set....


Why do you keep trashing this project, especially the disc count? Yeah, it could fit on 3 CDs technically but extras plus OST wouldn't fit on just one. So some extras would have to spill back to the second disc or be omitted. They're charging a 3-disc price so who cares? The sound is improved, tracks have been found, and extras that were left off the first release have been included (what, there's always a perfect amount of extras to round out that second disc?).

The only drawback I can see is that, unfortunately, "Marriage Plans/Robin's Alive" could not be located. Roger confirmed this on the Intrada board.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   funkymonkeyjavajunky   (Member)

Well played by Intrada for charging $5.75 U.S. shipping for this FOUR CD set.
My last SINGLE CD shipping from SAE was $6.40.


Ordered. The reasonable shipping on this set sold me on it (and the loyalty points I could redeem).

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 9:37 PM   
 By:   Replicant006   (Member)

Outstanding! Glad I missed purchasing this with the 2-disc release. Finally time to get this magnificent set.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Man, do I miss Michael Kamen . . .

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2020 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)

A No-brainer. Ordered. Absolutely fantastic score!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 2:07 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Ordered, I'll wait until Mussolini: The Untold Story hits the Danger Zone.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 2:29 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

What a monster of a release! Was happy with the previous set but as this is from the beloved Michael Kamen I must have this again. Fairly priced too. Well done Intrada and thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 2:57 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

So, let's me ask about songs...
As I understand, it's not so hard to find (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - it's virtually on every Bryan Adams album/compilation.
But what's about Wild Time? Was it ever released on any other album, so I can buy it, instead buy soundtrack CD with both songs (I really don't want to do it, 'cause I'll already have it on disk 4)?
Thanks

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

So, let's me ask about songs...
As I understand, it's not so hard to find (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - it's virtually on every Bryan Adams album/compilation.
But what's about Wild Time? Was it ever released on any other album, so I can buy it, instead buy soundtrack CD with both songs (I really don't want to do it, 'cause I'll already have it on disk 4)?
Thanks


Both songs were on the Morgan Creek Records soundtrack album.

https://www.discogs.com/Michael-Kamen-Robin-Hood-Prince-Of-Thieves-Original-Motion-Picture-Soundtrack/release/1710795

 
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