Back in 1985 I started to watch Nature on PBS. I didn't see the original airing of "The Flight of the Condor: A Wildlife Exploration of the Andes." I caught it the second time around. But once I did, I was hooked. I watched all three episodes and always felt kind of sad when they ended. The music was hauntingly beautiful, the scenery mesmerizing. Add to that the magic of George Page's voice narration and the concoction was one that you just couldn't resist. One of the best documentaries I've ever seen...achingly beautiful. I miss it. A friend let me borrow a copy of the soundtrack he had on tape. I just wish PBS would re-release the original episodes on DVD. Please.
With my comments about image copyright and such, some might question my use of this video. Fair enough. It was posted on YouTube under the "Standard YouTube License." Section 6.C of their TOS explains why I feel it's OK. However, 6.D. is why I could/might take it down. I don't know if the original uploader has the right to use the music as he did.
Since the original BBC "Flight of the Condor" is still available on VHS tape, it might be worth investigating the cost of a VHS player? I have tried to get the BBC to issue the Condor material in DVD form, without success. This reminds me of an old joke: "Why have you got bananas stuck in your ears?" "Sorry, I didn't catch what you said, because I have bananas stuck in my ears"
Thanks for the comment, Malcolm. I actually have a VHS tape of one of the episodes. It's not great quality. What I would really like to see is a full re-mastering into wide screen format. The shows were just too good to leave to VHS. They deserve better.
I even did a search for the original soundtrack CD. Someone is selling it on Amazon.com for $150! Nope. Not doing that. I love the music, too, but not that much.