Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Over the Hills & Far Away: The Music of Sharpe


Sharpe was created by Bernard Cornwell. The character would later be adapted into a TV series in the 1990s by ITV.


In 1996, Virgin Records teamed up with John Tams and Dominic Muldowney to produce an album of period folk songs and also a soundtrack of original tracks made specifically for the series. The track listing is as follows:
  1. The Overture
  2. I'm Ninety-Five
  3. Over The Hills and Far Away
  4. The Spanish Sword
  5. Rogue's March
  6. The Collier Recruit
  7. The Bird in the Bush/The Colours
  8. The Spanish Bride
  9. The Shilling
  10. Gentleman Soldier
  11. Bugle Call/Honeymusk
  12. Broken-Hearted, I Will Wander
  13. Badajoz
  14. The Rambling Soldier
  15. The Huntsman's Chorus/The Italian Song
  16. Johnny Is Gone For a Soldier
  17. The Folorn Hope
  18. Love's Farwell
  19. Sunset
  20. Sharpe's Song/Sharpe's Theme
The CD runs for 52 minutes and is readily available on the secondary market for around £3-7. Now, this isn't just some soundtrack with some songs from the show thrown in. John Tams, who plays Rifleman Hagman in the series, chose these songs, reworked them with some great musicians and other singers, such as Mercury nominee Kate Rusby. This CD contains some great period music and blends military music with period folk in a way that feels authentic. Definitely one to check out.