John Barry may be best John Barry - Walkabout for his scores to James Bond films, but he has had a long career encompassing far more than just adventure movies. This collection of music from his scores is largely devoted to more contemplative work.
It is titled for Walkabout, the Nicolas Roeg film about the experiences of two children in the Australian outback, with the plus minutes of music from that source said to constitute the entire score and to be the world premiere recording. There was an earlier Walkabout soundtrack album [GSF], but that seems to have been an unauthorized release, and the liner notes here carefully state, "after years of unavailability the score is finally recorded in its complete form.
For the most part, this is not the John Barry of the James Bond movies. The Walkabout cues are full of delicate passages and wistful, romantic themes. But most of this is much calmer, more introspective music. And it's apparent that Barry lavishes the same care on his scores no matter what film they're going into. Such movies as The Betsy and Until September were hardly masterpieces, and the track called "Moviola" didn't even get into a picture, being Barry 's unused theme for The Prince of Tides, the victim of his falling-out with Barbra Streisand.
Now, thanks to the City of Prague Philharmonic and conductor Nic Rainelisteners can hear John Barry - Walkabout music for some of the less impressive films without having to sit through the movies themselves.
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