Saturday Soundtrack # 7
The Man From Snowy River
music by Bruce Rowland, Varese Sarabande VSD-47217, released 1982
The Australian Film Institute named this the Best Music Score for 1982. It’s good, but not all film music, not every soundtrack can be exceptional. Some of the music has to be simply workmanlike, and that’s not really a bad thing. That is a good starting description for this soundtrack music, but it’s better than you might expect from that description. It’s got a nice “western” feel, it matches the moods of the film, it’s light and easy on the ears. You won’t come away from a hearing of this CD whistling the main theme, but while it may not be memorable, it’s certainly listenable.
Sometimes I enjoy putting several soundtracks in the CD player (I still like and use a turntable style player) and setting playback on “random”. This is a good candidate for that kind of listening, and when a cue from this CD plays, you’ll probably be able to recognize it’s source.
This can occasionally be found in the bargain bin, and if you spot it there, go ahead, pick it up.