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  1. 2 points
    Yes, in-store you can inspect it and know that what you're getting is legit. Online purchases add that extra level of paranoia about prices and the handling of the product, and if it's a counterfeit item. Plus I think in-store purchases help the store and the keeps the demand to even have a "Soundtracks" section alive.
  2. 2 points
    I wonder if SS got the JP/TLW set and it was missing the teeth! *opens package* "Oh boy, another soundtrack set, looks good, looks good...wait...wait a minute...somethings not right here...something's missing! * looks at booklet* "They forgot to mention my involvement in the making of this soundtrack!" *chucks set in bin filled with rejected expanded releases like CEOTTK and The Terminal...*
  3. 2 points
    I am not ashamed to say that I have always liked it too.
  4. 2 points
    One of the more recent and quite fascinating discoveries. A distant cousin to Strauss's Eine Alpensinfonie or to Liszt's Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne.
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    BloodBoal

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  6. 2 points
    This guy looks like such a movie, Star Wars, and film music fan. No way he's not respecting JW!!
  7. 2 points
    I hold out hope The Last Jedi will be significantly more interesting than TFA and R1. We'll see.
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    Tell that to Samantha Gailey!
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    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Yes, clearly that's his intention but on his longer scores it's a total waste of disc space. Prisoner of Azkaban is brimming with unreleased versions of Window to the Past and Double Trouble (the film's two primary new themes), yet the OST has 8 minutes of recycled excerpts from earlier tracks rather than any development of either new theme. It's pretty poor musical storytelling, which is the point of Williams' album assemblies, is it not? There was zero benefit to be had by recycling random snippets of unrelated, isolated cues with no bearing on the overall musical story being told in Williams' complete score.
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    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    It seems like the total antithesis to Williams' approach to thematic development when writing a score proper. He's very careful to develop themes gradually as the score moves along, rather than being too overt at the beginning. Yet on his soundtracks he regularly sticks his concert suites, the fully fleshed out rendition of his main theme, as track 1! An approach like Rey's Theme in TFA's OST makes much more sense (barring the bizarre placement of her concert suite), as it develops across the album in mostly chronological order and its most developed, mature appearance is in the end credits. This seems to be a new approach from Williams, hopefully it carries through on TLJ.
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    Richard Penna

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Not really an urge, I'm just trying to understand your viewpoint.
  13. 1 point
    Thor

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Well, they are. One is part of my film interest, the other is part of my music interest. Why do you feel this urge to somehow prove my preference is incorrect? What does it matter to you anyway?
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    Richard Penna

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Two completely different interests... which both concern the same music. Right.
  15. 1 point
    Thor

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Richard Penna is right. In terms of soundtrack listening, the film has no relevance to me. I approach soundtracks as concept albums. But I'm obviously very interested in film music as part of my film interest (heck, I wrote my master thesis on it). To me, these are two completely different interests and activities.
  16. 1 point
    Richard Penna

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Yet if the album spills onto more than one CD (or violates an arbitrary limit that even you're not sure of), then your implication is that no thought whatsoever has gone into the album experience. That's what I call a narrow view.
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    Thor

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    It's called a preference. And I'd call it a wider and more dynamic one than those who MUST have all of the music, exactly as it is in the movie.
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    Thor

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Yes, my view has changed a bit in the last 17 years. Back then, I was open to more music (at least important music) being included on a release, but now I don't really care about "missing" stuff, regardless of quality. All that matters is how the album holds up for what it is.
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    Holko

    STAR WARS general thread

    For anyone who might be interested: Adywan's Empire Revisited will finally be released today at 6PM GMT after 9 years of work!
  20. 1 point
    We have two Tower Records in Dublin and they're both pretty good. They have the vast majority of new soundtrack releases and they keep a good stock of the "classics". Vinyl section is also very impressive. Golden Discs and Tesco are good for latest releases and, in the case of the former, vinyl but they both be terrible for soundtracks. With Apple Music I'm ok waiting to check the shops before buying something online. Obviously for LaLaLand its online.
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    Richard

    The Charles Aznavour (1924-2018) Thread

    Thanks for sharing, Bes. I guess it's difficult to explain, sometimes, how, or why, one likes something. I first saw THE TOWERING INFERNO in 1975, and I somehow "connected" with the music in a way that made me want to hear it, over, and over again. It spoke to me. It moved me. It made sense.
  22. 1 point
    Bespin

    The Charles Aznavour (1924-2018) Thread

    A weird film too!!! I discovered Charles Aznavour in 1995, when I was 21... it may correspond to a first break-up at the time... I saw him in concert in Montréal the same year and after that, I had to find ALL of him, everything. I simply love what he's doing and HOW he do it: by letting flow his emotions, by open doors that are locked, in the teeth of everything (and the critic). I'm particularly touched by the theatricality of his interpretation, which certainly came from his armenian roots. On the stage Aznavour dance, love, laught, cry, he act play and gets angry. Aznavour is in motion.
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    Nice, Bil! I, also, prefer to shop for CDs in-store. I know that the internet is safe to conduct business over, but I still don't trust it. Also, if I had a PayPal account, I know that I would spend all my available cash on CDs, and that's not a good thing. Also, I like to trawl charity (thrift) stores, and record fayres, and movie fayres, for soundtracks.
  24. 1 point
    I prefer to pick them up in shops if I can. Used to use Amazon quite a bit but with exchange rates against the sterling and the fact you can't get free delivery through prime in Ireland I've stopped. You can usually find a better deal on eBay anyway if you're stuck.
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    I'm aware of its somewhat notorious reputation, but personally, I've always liked it. Especially early action cues (The Adventures of Mutt, The Journey to Akator, A Whirl Through Academe) are a joy to listen to. It's an Indy and a JW score after all!
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    A beautiful lady in that pic, but it never ceases to amaze me how transformative a change of hair colour can be and how much of an effect it can have on a woman's overall attractiveness. I almost consider it a cheat. You wouldn't even say they were related, let alone the same person.
  28. 1 point
    Maglorfin

    What are your most used apps?

    OMG yes, those were the days!
  29. 1 point
    I love, LOVE this piece!! Got to see her perform it live with MTT/SFSO last fall - incredible (and she wore the same lovely dress!) With phenomenal principal trumpet as well...both soloists and the orchestra have to be really "on" for it to be stellar. Heard it live a few times now with different groups, such a fav of mine.
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  32. 1 point
    I just watch TPM now. It was the only good one they ever made anyway.
  33. 1 point
    A wonderfully inventive work from one of my favorite composers.
  34. 1 point
    Each concert will contain ten variations of "A Toast!"
  35. 1 point
    Is that bad? I love the music for both of those. I'm ready for Star Wars music to be playful again.
  36. 1 point
    Oh god I just realized the Porgs are gonna get an Ewok/Jawa-esque motif.
  37. 1 point
    BloodBoal

    GAME OF THRONES

  38. 1 point
    Confirmed with the CSO folks that the concerts while titled differently on the website will all be the same concert. At least if all goes to plan. Their words: "Mr. Williams hasn’t quite decided what it will be yet, however we can confirm that all dates of the concert will feature the same program."
  39. 1 point
    Editing Star Wars: The Last Jediii, You, your team and your Johnson.
  40. 1 point
    "Steven, you need a better composer than me for this picture" "I know, but he just died!"
  41. 1 point
    Apparently according to Lucasfilm's Facebook Johnson team is working on burying the music under the sound FX.
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    Quintus

    Relationship status

  43. 1 point
    CD Discs 1+2 The compete scores, including all extensions, source, and unreleased music. CD Discs 3+4 The 1997 presentations, remastered. CD Discs 5+6 The complete scores, as heard in the film. CD Discs 7+8 The OSTs. CD Discs 9-19 The complete sessions, presented in chronological order, cross-referenced in the accompanying 250-page "coffee table"- style book, to allow your CD player to be programmed to play them in recording order. Disc 20 Bonus Blu Ray disc, of CD discs 1+2, remixed in DTS Master Audio 5.1, by Steven Wilson.
  44. 1 point
    All these years later I still find his Avatar score boring. Can't get into it
  45. 1 point
    BloodBoal

    GAME OF THRONES

  46. 1 point
    Brundlefly

    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    Every cue is written with the film's dialogue in mind. Shouldn't they always include any dialogue and sound effects?
  47. 1 point
    It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Ok, ok, I know, I scrape the bottom of the barrel.
  48. 1 point
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    JW's Worst OST Decisions

    I'm not all that upset with some of Johnny's microedits, such as Monster Books in Azkaban. Eliminating prolonged silence makes perfect sense for a listening experience. It's just when he starts hacking away at entire bars of music mid-cue that I get frustrated. I Can Fly Anything is a great example; a wonderful cue that builds very nicely in complete form, but was microedited by about a minute on the OST. It starts sounding like a terrible film edit after a while (ie. the film version Quidditich, Third Year). I wish he'd just let his action cues breathe as they're written to.
  49. 1 point
    TownerFan

    John Williams YouTube tributes thread

    Here's our own @Datameister playing lovely piano solo versions (transcribed by ear!) of some ace JW cues:
  50. 1 point
    I think Amistad is not spoken about so often as JWs big blogbusters but that does not mean that it is not appreciated. It certainly belongs in a group of JW scores from the mid to end of 90's that do not receive much discussion. There is so much more to this music than just "Dry Your Tears Afrika", which in itself is a superb piece and theme. It is a very varied and interesting score with little nuances that may not be evident on the first listen. The beautiful flute, harp, and horn (James Thatcher) solos in Cinque's theme that denotes such sorrow but also perseverance with almost religious undertones. The African rhythms that propel the most harrowing and most triumphant scenes, the amazing amount of varied choral work that subtly saturates this music, the deft orchestrations (well duh! this is JW after all) and wonderful instrumental solos apart from those mentioned, especially Tim Morrison's wonderful trumpet solos and Pamela Dillard's vocal work all combine to create a truly unique JW score. The score has two styles running parallel to each other: The African and American music. Dillard's voice, the choir and the percussion carry their quite traditional role to portray the Africans. Williams does this with dignity and grace. Not once have I felt while watching the film that the African music would have been too underlining or too cliché. It creates the atmosphere and the background for the characters and supports them. The Americana of the music is pure JW. Morrison's solos supported by the Americana strings are warm and regal, summoning at once the noble air of those Americans striving to free the Africans and also the sense of justice (however little there might be of that in the justice system in the film). This music also portrays the character of John Quincy Adams a central if at first reluctant defender of the Africans. The choral work as I mentioned above is almost always present but Williams uses it only for the Africans. Americans have to do with the standard symphony orchestra in this film. And what choral work it is. It ranges from the exultant Dry Your Tears Africa to the lonely and haunting work in Middle Passage and the threatening deep almost grunting chant on track July 4, 1839. Truly a superb effort from JW and took me completely by surprise. He really creates those unprecedented sounds as Spielberg notes in his liner notes. All in all a score worth investing time and effort into. Beautiful, haunting, powerful and moving. Oh and answer to your question Carnifex, yes Amistad is underrated or at least not enough discussed.
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