Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves
I got this for nostalgia’s sake. Yes, it’s the score for that piece of shit Kevin Costner movie, and yes, it has that piece of shit Bryan Adams gut-wrencher song on it (and woven into the score as well). But before you judge, read on.
In my formative years, I listened to a lot of jazz and, continuing the instrumental mood, a lot of movie scores. Not the soundtracks, displaying the pop music du jour. I mean the movie score, the orchestra pieces. John Williams (Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and particularly The Last Crusade’s music – so awesome – I need to get a copy of that disc again!), Danny Elfman’s score for Tim Burton’s Batman, and Ennio Morricone… and Michael Kamen, whom we have here. These were some of the guys I sought out, among others.
I was in the concert band at high school when I was listening to all of these albums, so there’s an influence there. But I also notice the music first in films, even before the action on screen, and I am thrilled when it’s well-done. And even though the movie was brutally, brutally bad, this soundtrack was brilliant. The music succeeded where the movie failed. In fact, this disc is worth it for the Overture alone. Damn. Talk about evocative, it still makes the little hairs on my arms stand up, after all these years. And the rest of the music is just as enduring, expanding on that Overture in full.
Yep, I loved it (again).