Robin & Marian

cover art for Robin & Marian OST cover art for Robin & Marian Re-recording

OST has no commercial release


Bootleg LP: Sherwood SH 1500
Bootleg LP: Sherwood PRO 4345
Bootleg CD: Sherwood 500 AX2

cover art for another edition of Robin and Marian



CD: Silva 354

Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic, Conducted by Nic Raine

  1. Main Title
  2. The ride To Sherwood/The Ride To Nottingham (film version)
  3. Robin And Marian Meet/Fight & Recognition/"He Was My King"
  4. Dawn In Sherwood
  5. Over The Wall/Escape
  6. First Love Theme
  7. Trapped
  8. Nuns
  9. In The Church/This Way
  10. Second Love Theme
  11. The Ride To Sherwood/The Ride To Nottingham (original version)
  12. In Position/Preparation For Battle
  13. Third Love Theme
  14. The Fight Must Go On
  15. John Bursts In/The End

The Movie

Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn played geriatric Robin Hood and Maid Marian in this film about their twilight years. I saw it decades ago on late-night tv, so I remember almost nothing about it.

The Music

I did not know, until I read Music by John Barry, what a debacle this movie was. Director Richard Lester went with Michel Legrand for the music, who had scored his previous Three Musketeers movie. Lester asked Legrand to give him a particular style and Legrand delivered, in spades. Lester loved it. The producer, Ray Stark, hated it.

Ray Stark is the 800-lb. gorilla on his films, not the director. So Stark junked the Legrand score and commissioned John Barry to do it. Considering that Barry and Lester had worked together well before (The Knack, Petulia, and Boom!), this was a great idea. But Lester wanted Legrand's score. Stark and the studio wouldn't allow it. But they did bring in Richard Shores to redo three scenes based on Barry's themes.

The result was that Lester disowned the film, no OST was released, and Barry and Lester never worked together again.

Release Notes

This is arguably Barry's most bootlegged score, though The Black Hole may beat it if you count CD-Rs. The most common bootlegs are the two Sherwood (get it? Sherwood Forest?) LPs, which I'm told were sourced from the recording sessions and include out-takes. I have one of the Sherwoods (I think SH 1500) and each side is presented as one long, untitled track. The more recent CD bootleg, Sherwood 500 AX2, I am told was sourced from the laserdisc. I haven't heard it so I can't make any comparisons.

So it was with great joy that Nic Raine released a rerecorded score.

If that's not enough, two pieces ("John Bursts In" and "The End") are available on the CD Music from the Films of Audrey Hepburn (Big Screen 9 24503-2). A piece called "Robin & Marian" shows up on A Tribute to Sean Connery by Orchestra Seattle, and Nic Raine has a version on his The Collecton. And a suite of music by Nic Raine is on The Classic John Barry.

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