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Dances with Wolves [Soundtrack]

John Barry Audio CD
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1. Main Title/Looks Like A Suicide
2. Ride To Fort Hayes
3. Journey To Fort Sedgewick/Shooting Star/John Dunbar Theme/Arrival At Fort Sedgewick (Expanded)
4. The John Dunbar Theme
5. The Death Of Timmons
6. Two Socks/The Wolf Theme
7. Stands With A Fist Remembers
8. The Buffalo Robe
9. Journey To The Buffalo Killing Ground
10. Spotting The Herd
11. The Buffalo Hunt (Film Version)
12. Fire Dance
13. Two Socks At Play
14. Falling In Love
15. Love Theme
16. The John Dunbar Theme
17. Pawnees/Pawnee Attack/Stone Calf Dies/Toughest Dies
18. Victory
19. The Death of Cisco
20. Rescue Of Dances With Wolves
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John Barry's Academy Award-winning score for actor/director Kevin Costner's nouveau western, Dances with Wolves, is nothing short of a modern classic by a film scoring master. Utilizing Wagnerian structure, Barry's three main themes recur in magisterial symphonic form. The memorable "John Dunbar" theme alone has become an almost subconscious part of modern life, utilized as Muzak and underscore for public events great and small. Barry's skills as an arranger color his themes in subtly shifting orchestral hues, giving even the most repeated melodic passages new emotional weight. Barry's rich music is living proof that the art of orchestral film scoring is still alive and surprisingly vital in the '90s. --Jerry McCulley

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John Barry seems to have that unique ability to transform the genres he tackles; for Dances with Wolves , he brought to the Western epic a voice of romance, drama and moments of melancholy. The beauty of his Oscar-winning score is enhanced here with unreleased music and bonus tracks, bringing you Barry's complete score for the first time!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film - Great Soundtrack May 5 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
John Barry is sublime. This CD is fantastic.
The remastered edition comes with bonus tracks which makes it even better.
Amazon - great price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barry Scores Again! Aug. 31 2007
By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
John Barry has always been a master at soundtracks, but with "Dances With Wolves", he truly scores high points. This is not a standard western soundtrack, but has a wide variety of instrumental and percussion elements that make it truly unique. The "Main Title" and slower numbers stand out as some of Barry's best. It truly is a romantic soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Soundtrack Ever (So Far) Nov. 6 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is quite simply the best soundtrack I have ever heard. Completly stunning. It captures the mood of the film absolutely yet can be listened to independently and still be amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cornerstone of any film music collection May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
John Barry's masterpiece is simply one of the most breathtaking, moving film scores of all time. The rich variety of themes, and his trademark sweeping orchestration are unforgatteble. Most stunning, perhaps, is that the music that captures the epic grandeur of the American West better than any other was written by an Englishman, albeit one who has adopted the US as his home.
This CD does not present the score "in its entirety," as the liner notes claim, but there is a huge amount not available until now, and at the low list price, this is a must have for anybody who enojys film music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A late masterpiece restored (almost) May 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of John Barry's masterworks - if not indeed his magnus opus - and we've waited much too long for a comprehensive reissue. Whatever you think of Kevin Costner's film (and I'd hate to base a friendship on whether or not someone loved "Dances with Wolves" as I did) it would be a far less exciting movie without Barry's magnificent score. Eschewing the more traditional Western sound pioneered by Jerome Moross and Elmer Bernstein, which eventually descended into rank imitation and self-parody, Barry went for a lush, poewerful symphonic rhapsody. While avoiding ethnic cliches in his music for the Native American characters, he found expression for the more violent aspects of tribal warfare through a stunning, resonant, absolutely plangent use of percussion that quickens the pulse and suggests menace without going into histrionic overdrive. Barry's melodic work is no less impressive: in his justly famous "John Dunbar Theme," for example, there is a weird, majestic inevitability to the notes - they seem to flow into one another in exactly the right way; you can't imagine a single cadence being any different. This new release restores much that was truncated on the original release of the score. "The Buffalo Hunt" - which accompanies one of the most original and exciting set-pieces in recent American movies - is given the full treatment here, and is therefore twice as satisfying. My only cavil: Barry wrote an hour and 40 minutes worth of music, so even this lovingly restored version is shorter than it might be in a perfect world. And I'm not sure why the producers added the film version of the Dunbar theme as a bonus track rather than reordering it to replace the album version within the score itself. Still, this disc is a major cause for celebration, an essential element for the shelves of any true lover of film music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Come True May 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For years, lovers of this soundtrack had to be content with only getting the chance to listen to about 70% of the music from the film.. until now. Finally we have the entire score for Dances With Wolves on one single reissued and repackaged disc. Every piece of music is placed in order.. including some wonderful cues that were missing from the original soundtrack. Even shorter cues like "Shooting Star" and "Arrival at Ft. Sedgewick" are a pure joy, not to mention the film version of the buffalo hunt. Why every soundtrack that's released isn't put together this way is beyond me, but I'm thankful that this release is finally available in it's entirety.
The sound of the cd is better than the original, though still falls short of the gold disc that was released years back.. but I don't think you'll be disappointed at all. Released expanded versions of soundtracks seems to be a trend these days. Classic scores such as "Superman" offer so much more than their original releases. Let's hope it continues!
As for Dances, an already spectacularly moving and beautifully crafted score just got better.
One side note, the liner notes are great, though I wish the photos on the inside were in color instead of black and white. I'm sure they were going for a certain "feel" but this movie had so many great colors and costumes it would have been nice to have an equally colorful insert book. I'm certainly not complaining though.. I've been waiting for this cd for well over a decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Barry's Western Triumph May 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Enough has already been written about how John Barry came back from illness to score one of his greatest achievements with "Dances With Wolves." The expanded score from Epic/Legacy is a treasure. It includes the entire score, and at a price that can only be described as a steal. Over one hour and fifteen minutes of some of Barry's most inspired music. The expanded opening and buffalo hunt music alone are worth the price of this recording. Very nicely produced and packaged by Epic/Legacy, this is what every soundtrack album should be. It is also a worthy tribute to one of the true artists in this field.
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