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JON ENGLISH & MARIO MILLO: AGAINST THE WIND ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Mario Millo

 

Symphonic Prog

3.68 | 3 ratings

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sl75
3 stars Like most soundtrack music, this is designed as background, and as such makes few demands on the listener - Millo and English for the most part keep the music simple and unobtrusive. Jon English (who also starred in the mini-series) composed the title theme, in obvious pastiche of a traditional Anglo- Celtic folk song, and that tune reappears throughout the soundtrack - in instrumental form on tin whistle on the title track, and in two vocal versions ("Six Ribbons", which would become English's biggest hit). Millo is responsible for the rest of the soundtrack, but frequently works English's theme into his compositions, transposing it into the major mode of the obviously titled "Main Theme Major"; more impressively, transforming it completely in the two longest and most dramatic tracks, "Seeds of Fire" and "Death or Liberty". Those latter tracks are the moments that most closely approach in quality Millo's work with Sebastian Hardie. The rest of the time he stays close in style to the faux-Celtic flavour of English's title track, for example on "Mary's Theme" which manages to sound like yet another variation on Six Ribbons even though the tune is not used. A very different arrangement of Mary's Theme would of course appear on his subsequent solo debut Epic III - another tune that would recur was "Waltz Theme", which appears on the latter album as "Harlequin and Columbine" - the version here is completely instrumental, with Millo's distinctive melodic guitar covering the vocal melody. "Dinny & Ngilgi" marries a faux-Celtic reel with an even-more-faux-Aboriginal-style droning section. Nothing spectacular here, but a pleasant listen, and at least two tracks that are of genuine interest for fans of Millo's work with Sebastian Hardie

(Apologies for the lack of detail in the musicians' listing - I have added and reviewed this album based on a cassette edition, one of those cheapies which has the cover art, the track listing and nothing else, and it is thanks to Google that you have any musician's names at all)

sl75 | 3/5 |

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