Q - 4/00, p.1063 stars out of 5
- "...the Zulu half convincingly conveys the necessary panic involved in facing death by pointy spear....The score for the now-forgotten FOUR IN THE MORNING is a reassuringly desolate as the title suggests....undeniably soulful..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 5/00, p.109
"...ZULU was...the movie's dark, rousing, brassy theme in several variations with a bit of narration by Richard Burton....FOUR IN THE MORNING is a much more hushed and mournful affair...conjuring the brand of kitchen-sink heartbreak popular at the time..."
Original soundtracks (ZULU/FOUR IN THE MORNING) from the mid-1960's by John Barry.
This single-disc CD contains the original soundtrack LPs to two mid-'60s films scored by John Barry, garnished with historical liner notes. The first of these, Zulu, was one of Barry's first major soundtracks, though not one of his better ones. Only side one of the 1964 soundtrack LP contained music from the film, with most of the music based around an epic, grandiose theme, embellished by some narration by Richard Burton. While this theme impressively conveys a mixture of pomposity and foreboding drama, its incessant repetition over the course of seven tracks hammers home the motif without enough variation to make it interesting listening in isolation from the film. Bizarrely, side two of the LP was devoted to instrumental reworkings of the film's theme in an early-'60s British beat style, not too far removed from the Shadows or some of Barry's own excursions into pop/rock instrumentals. While this isn't bad period instrumental pop, it's again repetitive to hear the variations occupy an entire LP side, and the chirping orchestration in particular makes the arrangements way too frivolous. This is, incidentally, an entirely different recording than a separate release of the soundtrack music as performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Barry's soundtrack to the low-budget 1965 drama Four in the Morning was crafted with a nine-piece orchestra, playing very sparsely arranged themes. These melancholy, subdued themes are attractively downbeat and well-suited toward the film's subject matter, projecting a sense of emptiness and regret. The soundtrack grows tiresome, however, consisting (like Zulu) as it does principally of variations on the main theme. ~ Richie Unterberger