Henry Mancini

The Thorn Birds [Original TV Soundtrack]

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The Thorn Birds [Original TV Soundtrack] Review

by Jason Ankeny

For reasons unknown, it took over two decades for Henry Mancini's score for the smash 1983 television miniseries The Thorn Birds to earn an official soundtrack release, but Varèse Sarabande's lavish two-disc release proves worth the wait. Nor has time dimmed The Thorn Birds' power -- this deeply romantic, intimate score remains one of Mancini's most stirring, rivaling the composer's most legendary big-screen efforts. Mancini eschews epic drama in favor of smaller-scale nuance, evoking the doomed romance of novelist Colleen McCullough's tale in finely honed strokes. The music is elegant yet understated, rich in variety but amounting to something far greater than the sum of its disparate elements.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Thorn Birds, television score
1 Henry Mancini 04:18 Amazon
2
Go!
Henry Mancini 01:16 Amazon
3 Henry Mancini 01:37 Amazon
4 Henry Mancini 01:31 Amazon
5 Henry Mancini 02:24 Amazon
6 Henry Mancini 01:29 Amazon
7 Henry Mancini 02:46 Amazon
8 Henry Mancini 03:22 Amazon
9 Henry Mancini 02:16 Amazon
10 Henry Mancini 01:33 Amazon
11 Henry Mancini 03:04 Amazon
12 Henry Mancini 02:06 Amazon
13 Henry Mancini 01:53 Amazon
14 Henry Mancini 02:35 Amazon
15 Henry Mancini 02:43 Amazon
16 Henry Mancini 03:07 Amazon
17 Henry Mancini 02:40 Amazon
18 Henry Mancini 04:03 Amazon
19 Henry Mancini 04:18 Amazon
20 Henry Mancini 02:33 Amazon
21 Henry Mancini 02:18 Amazon
22 Henry Mancini 02:03 Amazon
23 Henry Mancini 00:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Thorn Birds, television score
1 Henry Mancini 01:21 Amazon
2 Henry Mancini 02:12 Amazon
3 Henry Mancini 02:28 Amazon
4 Henry Mancini 01:52 Amazon
5 Henry Mancini 01:22 Amazon
6 Henry Mancini 03:23 Amazon
7 Henry Mancini 02:29 Amazon
8 Henry Mancini 01:39 Amazon
9 Henry Mancini 01:56 Amazon
10 Henry Mancini 03:10 Amazon
11 Henry Mancini 03:30 Amazon
12 Henry Mancini 01:43 Amazon
13 Henry Mancini 02:46 Amazon
14 Henry Mancini 02:17 Amazon
15 Henry Mancini 01:10 Amazon
16 Henry Mancini 02:06 Amazon
17 Henry Mancini 01:30 Amazon
18 Henry Mancini 01:34 Amazon
19 Henry Mancini 01:45 Amazon
20 Henry Mancini 02:53 Amazon
21 Henry Mancini 05:06 Amazon
22 Henry Mancini 05:12 Amazon
23 Henry Mancini 03:37 Amazon
24 Henry Mancini 00:44 Amazon
25 Henry Mancini 02:28 Amazon
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