Walkabout (1971 Film) Soundtrack, Import
The distinctive talents of John Barry are perhaps best-known for largely inventing the musical language of the James Bond series, though the composer has enjoyed a long and successful career scoring a multitude of other films and recording pop and jazz as well. This release marks the debut recording of Barry's often surprising score for Nicolas Roeg's compelling 1971 meditation on cultural contrasts set in the Australian outback. Instead of leaning on the obvious choices of exotic percussion and the authentically aboriginal, Barry has infused the familiar elegance of his orchestral writing with unusual, almost Morricone-esque choral flourishes and used ethnic instrumentation only with great subtlety. The results are a compelling rediscovery, pastoral in their grace and gentle atmospherics. The album's second half is devoted to signature cues from a number of Barry's other overlooked scores, including They Might Be Giants, The Chase, and The Corn Is Green, as well as the lush romanticism of Until September and the brooding, evocative, jazz-tinged Séance on a Wet Afternoon. --Jerry McCulley
The Moviola track was intended for the Prince Of Tides but nothing ever became of it after John Barry's departure and eventually finding it's way in a Imax film. An essential track being that it was so important to him. With the success of "Dances With Wolves", Moviola was a pivotal point that was to re-establish his career...that was not to be.
Unfortunately all the other tracks on the c.d, They Might Be Giants, The Chase, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, The Betsy (horrible movie), The Corn Is Green, Until September and Seance On A Wet Afternoon are light weight in comparison to Walkabout and they would hardly be worth purchasing if they stood alone.
I loved the movie, so when I stumbled upon the Walkabout c.d in the soundtrack section...I had to have it, and I don't regret having to pay a little extra for it.
direction of Nic Raine, with the Crouch End Festival Chorus - David
Temple, Choir Master present this timeless release -
"Walkabout" (1971) is a complex
story of loneliness, alienation and social consciousness, as
director/cinematographer Nicolas Roeg using very little dialogue has
the camera (Anthony Richmond-cinematographer) tell this fascinating
tale of a young girl (Jenny Agutter), her brother (Lucien John) and
the young Aborigine (David Gulpilil) of the sumptuous beauty and
horror of the Australian outback.
But the real beauty of this film
is the score by the artistic John Barry, who has the gift of melody,
and he knows how to use it better than anyone else, for any film or
situation. Barry's score evokes perfectly a sense of childhood
yearning, a time gone forever. Our composer's score plays superbly
with rich and melodic tones, with his precise and poetic passages
blends shades of counterpoints, this is John Barry at his best.
remaining scores on the album - "THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS"
(1972), "MOVIOLA" (1992), "THE CHASE" (1966),
"ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND" (1972), "THE
BETSY" (1978), "THE CORN IS GREEN" (1978), "UNTIL
SEPTEMBER" (1984) and "SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON"
(1964), is music to feast upon and fit for a king.
Silva with these
"World Premiere Recordings" have given
"film-score-buffs" all the goodies wrapped up in one
bundle...this is a classic CD. Other titles to look for -
"Zulu" (SSD 1095), "The Classic John Barry" (SSD
1033), "The Essential James Bond" (SSD 1034), "Bond
Back In Action" (SSD 1100) and "Bond Back In Action 2"
(SSD 1119)...sharing the magic of this classic composer - JOHN BARRY!
Total Time: 65:46 on 17 Tracks...(2000)