John Barry

Zulu & Four in the Morning

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This single-disc CD contains the original soundtrack LPs to two mid-'60s films scored by John Barry, garnished with historical liner notes. The first of these, Zulu, was one of Barry's first major soundtracks, though not one of his better ones. Only side one of the 1964 soundtrack LP contained music from the film, with most of the music based around an epic, grandiose theme, embellished by some narration by Richard Burton. While this theme impressively conveys a mixture of pomposity and foreboding drama, its incessant repetition over the course of seven tracks hammers home the motif without enough variation to make it interesting listening in isolation from the film. Bizarrely, side two of the LP was devoted to instrumental reworkings of the film's theme in an early-'60s British beat style, not too far removed from the Shadows or some of Barry's own excursions into pop/rock instrumentals. While this isn't bad period instrumental pop, it's again repetitive to hear the variations occupy an entire LP side, and the chirping orchestration in particular makes the arrangements way too frivolous. This is, incidentally, an entirely different recording than a separate release of the soundtrack music as performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Barry's soundtrack to the low-budget 1965 drama Four in the Morning was crafted with a nine-piece orchestra, playing very sparsely arranged themes. These melancholy, subdued themes are attractively downbeat and well-suited toward the film's subject matter, projecting a sense of emptiness and regret. The soundtrack grows tiresome, however, consisting (like Zulu) as it does principally of variations on the main theme.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:16 Spotify
2 2:39
3 1:23 Spotify
4 5:11 Spotify
5 2:44 Spotify
6 0:51 Spotify
7 2:38 Spotify
8 2:20 Spotify
9 2:12 Spotify
10 2:00 Spotify
11 2:13 Spotify
12 2:09 Spotify
13 2:09 Spotify
14 1:58 Spotify
15 2:40 Spotify
16 4:22 Spotify
17 1:12 Spotify
18 3:10 Spotify
19 3:32
20 2:35 Spotify
21 1:53 Spotify
22 0:56 Spotify
23 3:26
24 3:13 Spotify
25 2:31 Spotify
26 4:11
27 1:39 Spotify
28 3:00 Spotify
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