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1988 Virgin release, James Horner's soundtrack to Ron Howard's 1988 fantasy epic starring Val Kilmer and Billy Barty. Eight tracks. George Lucas wrote the story & servedas executive producer of the film, which was a Lucasfilm production.
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But I figured there'd be insufficient tonal variety on a disc like this (indeed, that was my difficulty with the Hutcherson/Tyner outing) for me to put out $15.
I freely admit I was wrong; I should've trusted my growing infatuation with the music of both these remarkable artists (Frank with his regular gig in Medicine Wheel and with his trio recordings, Quickening and Lullabluebye, and Joe Locke with his estimable band Four Walls of Freedom and their two recordings) and snapped this disc up earlier. Well, I didn't. But I've got it now, and I'm entirely glad I do.
As far as the objection of reduced aural soundscape, these two artists are absolute masters of coloration, so that one kinda fades into the background. Besides, they're joined on about half the cuts by two artists of the very first rank, Jeff Ballard, long-time Kimbrough colleague, on percussion, and Tim Ries, criminally under-recorded and -regarded player, on a variety of wind instruments. Really, you need not concern yourself with sonic boredom or sameness: there's plenty of variety here.
With a clutch of smart, sophisticated, yet approachable tunes, great interaction and soloing, and impeccable production, this disc has seldom left my regular rotation.
But meanwhile, so much potential resides on this CD that the score could have easily been a five star piece. Firstly, the sundry themes, every one, are some of the most magical ever composed, certainly some of the most catchy and appropriate melodies ever to grace the big screen. The problem is that their implementation never develops them to a satisfactory degree. Moreover, some of the more emotionally powerful themes are withheld to an annoying degree. Beyond that, however, is a trait that I find ambiguously pleasing and disturbing: the score is various to the extent of dissatisfaction. Every moment, the mood is switching and changing, with new rhythms and sounds and ideas. In the film and in the passing listen, this easily creates a consistently innovative endeavor. One moment the tubas will have a solo; the next, trumpet fanfare; the next, a comic offering in the woodwinds.Read more ›
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Always been a fav movie and soundtrack this was to replace an old copied cassette.Published 1 month ago by James C. Townsend
James Horner has established himself as the second best composer in Hollywood behind the living legend John Williams. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Matthew Edmundson
I fell in love with the music when first seeing the film ...tremendous and compelling music! A definite must buy!Published on Aug. 9 2003
All I can say is wow. This has to be the best soundtrack ever written for a motion picture. James horner's score for Willow is truely magical from beginning to end. Read morePublished on May 16 2003 by Andrew Eaton
I don't have words, beyond the best I've heard! Along with the soundtrack for Cutthroat Island, I cannot say a word! Buy the soundtrack, it's unbelieveable fantastic!Published on May 14 2003 by Johannes Leonard Rusten
James Horner has the reputation as a fine composer of film music, but he can also easily be placed in with John Williams, et. al. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2003 by Dustin Georgemiller
Thematically complex and epic in scope, Horner's score is easily the best part of George Lucas's uneven fantasy flick. Read morePublished on March 14 2002 by Ryan McSweeney
I gre up watching movies like Willow, and i still love them, this soundtrack is trully amazing, The music is powerful , full of action and makes one feel as if theyr ein the movie... Read morePublished on March 10 2002 by k
Okay I will. This is one of the best fantasy scores ever written, and one of Horner's best. The first track is the most engaging, lush, and almost operatic at times track in the... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2002 by Michael McDaid