The Last Unicorn (album)

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The Last Unicorn
Film score by America
Released 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Soundtrack
Length 38:19
Label Virgin Records
America chronology
View from the Ground
(1982)
The Last Unicorn
(1983)
Your Move
(1983)

The Last Unicorn is a 1983 soundtrack album composed and arranged by Jimmy Webb, and performed by America with the London Symphony Orchestra.[1] The album contains the film score for the 1982 film The Last Unicorn, which was based on the children's book by Peter Beagle.

Production[edit]

The Last Unicorn soundtrack was recorded at De Lane Lea Studios in Wimbley, England in 1982.[1] The album was released in Germany in 1983 by Virgin Records,[1] but has not been released in the United States; it includes the film score's symphonic pieces. Mia Farrow's vocals, which appeared in the film, were overdubbed for the soundtrack album by Katie Irving.

Composition[edit]

The titular song is performed jointly by America and the London Symphony Orchestra, and plays in the film's opening credits while scenes from the The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries form a backdrop. The song is referred to later as a leitmotif by the film score. It has also been covered by Kenny Loggins on his Return to Pooh Corner album.

Critical reception[edit]

In his review for AllMusic, James Christopher Monger wrote:

The score itself, an appropriately somber and sentimental blend of fairy tale motifs and dark, Wagnerian cues, reflects the story's achingly beautiful tale of a unicorn who attempts to overthrow a maniacal king determined to rid the world of the magical creatures, while the songs are far more creative, daring, and eloquent than all of the cookie-cutter balladry that would eventually replace their type in future animated films. Like Watership Down, The Hobbit, and even Robert Altman's live action, Harry Nilsson-scored Popeye, this hard to find soundtrack is a gem from another age.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jimmy Webb.

  1. "The Last Unicorn" – 3:07
  2. "Man's Road" – 3:23
  3. "In the Sea" – 3:15
  4. "Now That I'm a Woman" – 2:36
  5. "That's All I've Got to Say" – 2:42
  6. "The Last Unicorn Part 2" – 3:07
  7. "Forest Awakens: The Unicorn Forest/ The Hunters" – 2:09
  8. "Red Soup" – 0:30
  9. "Red Bull Attacks" – 3:36
  10. "The Cat" – 1:39
  11. "The Tree" – 1:19
  12. "Haggard's Unicorns" – 2:10
  13. "Bull-Unicorn-Woman" – 2:46
  14. "Unicorns in the Sea" – 1:50
  15. "Unicorn and Lir" – 3:28[1]

Personnel[edit]

  • Jimmy Webb – producer, arranger, composer
  • London Symphony Orchestra – orchestra
  • Gerry Beckley – lead vocals (1, 3, 6, 15), piano, backing vocals
  • Dewey Bunnell – lead vocals (2), guitar, backing vocals
  • Michael Woods – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Brad Palmer – bass, backing vocals
  • Willie Leacox – drums, percussion
  • Katie Irving – vocals (4, 5)
  • Jeff Bridges – vocals (5)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Last Unicorn". Discogs. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "The Last Unicorn". AllMusic. Retrieved October 28, 2012.