Uncommon Valor - Music From The Motion Picture CD Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany, 7th November 2010.
There's been a lot of older James Horner material surfacing over the last twelve months or so, and … well, you can never have too much of a good thing, can you? Intrada's excellent score presentation for 1983's often neglected 'Nam actioner, Uncommon Valor, ticks all the right boxes for fans of the prolific composer. You've got incredible ethnic colour and dazzling orchestration. There is an addictive quality to the military posturing and the macho action cues are devoutly heroic and thoroughly rousing. The icing on the cake, however, lies in Horner's unique ability to inject into the mix a bittersweet poignancy and a truly haunting sentiment to go alongside all that exciting bravado. He had already proved this skill most emphatically with Star Trek II, but even this more down-to-earth story gave him the opportunity to have us shed a tear even as we beat our own chests with jingoistic fury.

Intrada have come up trumps again with a superlative release. Excellent cover art, a lavish booklet of informative notes, great bonus tracks and simply amazing audio quality make this limited edition of the complete score for Uncommon Valor an essential addition for any collector.

This is a glorious piece of work that comes very highly recommended indeed.

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