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  1. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Oh, i kept that, it's a fun track but for purity reasons it's not featured in the playlist.
  2. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    I doubt that would miss 'Chicken in a Pot'. I generally favour the quieter parts here. Cues like 'Corellia Chase' or 'Into the Maw' are the typical totter candidates: while not necessarily worse than the rest, the onslaught of them makes for an unpleasant listening experience.
  3. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Cutting out all the *imho* obnoxious or non-essential stuff i still arrive at a respectable 45-50 minutes (in comparison i didn't even bother to listen more than once to R1) Meet Han Spaceport Flying with Chewie Train Heist Is This Seat Taken? L3 & Millennium Falcon Lando's Closet Mine Mission Break Out The Good Guy Savareen Stand-Off Dice & Roll
  4. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    It would be interesting to know what the mandates of the production were, via temp tracks and so on. Given the anachronism that Williams style is today, especially in the differently edited movies, i hardly think they temp track old SW scores over them - how would that work, anyway? Probably there are spots were the obligatory rebel fanfares and such appear, but Powell's hyperactive action style alludes to a whole different kettle of fish, namely recent blockbuster stylings.
  5. No big mystery. Lucasfilm asked McNeely (the big Williams successor back then) without consulting Wiiliams, when Williams 'got wind' he was muffled.
  6. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    You ARE a douche, with or without 'R1' or 'Solo'.
  7. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Is there much of a difference at this point?
  8. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    Considering Powell's other work i actually don't think it is above him to write less dense and overwrought, case in point are the last 45 seconds of 'Dice and Roll' or the already mentioned 'Mine Mission'. He just doesn't utilize such subtlety in the many testosterone action scenes.
  9. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    These frenetics have a lot to do with the way tent pole movies are made today but also with the inability of composers (Powell as much as others) to pool their resources. Every action scene (and there are plenty) has to scream 'finale!!' at a high-lung level. Even a busy, rhythmically accentuated guy like Goldsmith would have approached the action parts much more grand and majestically (compare, i. e. later Star Treks) and it works much better against picture.
  10. John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018)

    First impressions Plus side: better than 'Rogue One', minus side, too many simple ostinatos from the RCP toolkit. Powell is a great writer for orchestra and you hear that shining through, especially in some of the more virtuoso brass parts, but somehow too much of it, especially the action music, tends to sound a bit generic, a bit too busy for its own good without doing much, musically. It gets interesting whenever he is allowed to get idiomatically out of the box (Mine Mission!) or it all slows down to, you know, actual 'character-building' music. The Williams theme isn't the maestro's most shining hour, either, though he manages to snuggle in one of his tense conspirator riffs (at 00:38) which is always good. The Williams shish kebab in 'Reminiscence Therapy' would be more fun if TLJ didn't do exactly the same thing 5 months before. 'How to Train Your Dragon', especially part 2, this unfortunately ain't.
  11. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Fascist! (or so said Pauline Kael)
  12. This weak scene might not be the best way to show off, though (Mount Doom it ain't). The prologue (Elora Danan) and the dragon fight are much more thankful pieces.
  13. The Official Miklos Rozsa Thread

    Certainly, with a bit of biblical sound for the holy grail thrown into the mix. The FSM s the relative best version but the tinny sound betrays the huge scope. If i were you, i would be content with the RPO suite from the 70's:
  14. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Too bad you started with the Brooks one.