Trevor Jones

The Dark Crystal/The Wicked Lady

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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder

This compilation CD, encompassing Trevor Jones' score from The Dark Crystal and Tony Banks' music for The Wicked Lady, is a very well-produced document of both bodies of music. Jones' work for The Dark Crystal is the more bold and daring of the two scores, and also takes up most of the CD, 13 of 21 tracks -- the composer's sources, at least for inspiration, would seem to be the works of Ravel and Debussy, but Jones does make more subtle use of the inspiration than, say, John Williams working in the same mode. Tony Banks seems to have reached back to the work of John Barry in the 1960s, and the latter's more expansive period scores, as well as to the music of Stravinsky, among others. The music for The Wicked Lady is more straightforward, and while it worked well within the context of the film itself, as freestanding music it seems rather dullish and predictable, apart from the rousing opening title music and the music associated with the Jerry Jackson character. The CD is well made and allows one to hear vivid orchestral textures throughout.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
2 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 03:50 Amazon
3 Trevor Jones feat: London Philharmonic Orchestra 01:00 Amazon
4 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 00:47 Amazon
5 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 05:23 Amazon
6 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 02:37 Amazon
7 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
8 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
9 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 02:15 Amazon
10 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
11 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 00:40 Amazon
12 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 04:10 Amazon
13 Trevor Jones feat: London Symphony Orchestra 07:13 Amazon
14 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 04:03 Amazon
15 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 04:57 Amazon
16 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 03:01 Amazon
17 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 02:41 Amazon
18 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 03:59 Amazon
19 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 03:41 Amazon
20 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 03:12 Amazon
21 Trevor Jones feat: Tony Banks 02:04 Amazon
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