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Soundtrack review: The dove (John Barry – 1974)

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Soundtrack review: The dove (John Barry – 1974)



Well this is a score to mark down: a John Barry score which besides being beautiful actually makes me relate to the subject of the film. “The dove” is the story of a guy who sailed for five years around the world. The main title is so joyful and care free that I imagine myself on a boat on a clear summer’s day just embracing the wind and getting ready for the adventure.

I imagine the beginning of the journey is very happy because Hitch-hike to Darwin is just the sweetest little harmonica tune. Danger comes of course and “Here be dragons” comes like a dark shadow covering the sun of the score. Contrary to many other John Barry scores I hear many different themes and styles in “The dove”. The maestro experimented here and brought to us the diversity of an adventure around the world. We get African choirs, ominous motifs, harmonica for the smooth sailing and horns for the different unexpected twists.

“The dove” is a joy to listen to from start to finish. It’s John Barry’s take on adventure movies and it is a delight. I haven’t seen the film but I can dream of an adventure at sea…not serious, not extremely dangerous but just as it would be seen through the eyes of a child.

Cue rating: 83 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 10 / 33

Album excellence: 31%


The Dove (Main Title)

Hitch-Hike To Darwin


Porpoise Escort


Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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