William C. Faure’s Shaka Zulu. An original soundtrack


I don’t think I have listened to this record in thirty years. This was a television series from 1986, probably on tv in the Netherlands a year later. I liked the main theme (“We are growing”) enough to buy the record.

Maybe I had a bit more money to spend, so I could afford a mistake here and there.

Film music was always popular with me. There is always a story to tell, and it is noticeable in the music. It stands somewhere between classical and popular in its accessibility. Some film music I listened to without ever seeing the movie. Since watching a movie without also hearing its music is practically impossible, I say the music wins on points.

Somehow soundtracks are difficult to find on streaming services. I think the copyright is differently organised. It makes owning these recordings yourself more important. Sometimes the best you can get on something like Spotify is a version lacking some tracks. I usually don’t use YouTube for streaming music, but I suppose it is the same there. For the same copyright reasons, soundtracks are also expensive to buy. Even though the dvd of a film can be found for as little as 5 euro, its music can only be acquired at a price four times that.

Something weird for instance with the soundtrack of Marseille on streaming: you can find the soundtrack, just the main tune is made not available. However, the band has published that very same song on another album, and there it can be heard. So to make the whole soundtrack, you’re going to have to create your own playlist. Go figure.

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  1. Fox

    There is even a greater issue with most soundtracks. A lot of times the soundtrack does not feature any originally composed music, but only the popular songs used as background music during scenes. There seems to be a big difference between the ‘original soundtrack’ and the film score. Which makes it damn hard to google for releases of the original music.

    Sometimes they even combine the two, as with the original release of the Terminator soundtrack. There the first part (side A) is a short selection of about 17 minutes of the original film score, the second part (side B) is a collection of 5 pop songs which were (probably) featured in the movie. Later releases featured the complete score of 70 minutes, but that was release more than 10 years after the movie was released.

    1. Yes, true. See also my comments about Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire, which features half a record of music that was never part of the film.