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  1. Richard Penna

    Why is John Williams unmatched? (overall skillset)

    It's a musical group that wrote the Middle Earth source music (Flaming Red Hair, Passing of the Elves, Misty Mountains, etc).
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    Why is John Williams unmatched? (overall skillset)

    Yes, that's my point, that what I considered the best theme wasn't by shore I'd initially thought maybe Shore didn't want to use it subsequently as it wasn't his theme.
  3. Richard Penna

    Why is John Williams unmatched? (overall skillset)

    I see part of Shore's weakness as inconsistency. Some of his themes are really good, but others are meh. I think the Misty Mountains theme is the best theme in the trilogy, for example. I'd support your notion on his action music. Compare the Osgiliath siege with the Shelob sequences. I usually nod off during the former, whereas the latter is a fascinating listen.
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    Possible Temp Track for The Force Awakens?

    Possibly not. I just found it really funny that you gathered so many quotes... I think you're taking my reaction a little seriously
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    Why is John Williams unmatched? (overall skillset)

    I'd certainly agree that themes are not Shore's strong point.
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    Is this movie worth my time?

    I've tried that a few times and it did go south more often than not. I saw Lady in the Water purely as JNH's finale music blew me away. That didn't go well. Although I watched Outlander as a result of finding McCreary's first score release. That went very well.
  7. I'm on a sort of ongoing attempt to make a 'best of' for The Hobbit. My current playlist is just over an hour, but I know it's missing some good stuff, and when 'Ravenhill' came on in the car the other day, I wasn't impressed. Most of the material is from AUJ with very little from BOFA.
  8. i don't have a definitive favourite, but if it's someone with a larger body of work that I enjoy more than most others, it would be JNH.
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    I also see it from the perspective that non-US customers have to wait a week+ and pay almost as much as the CD in shipping. It just feels a somewhat old fashioned way to deliver music. And when a pressing error results in thousands of CDs being thrown away, that I have a problem with. I completely understand the problems with digital business models. I just see a lot of downsides to releasing CDs these days.
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    Possible Temp Track for The Force Awakens?

    I was referring to the billion quotes included in your post.
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    Same with me, absolutely. But I hate to think that there are almost certainly scores we don't get because it's not worth pressing the CDs and a download would be the only economical way to do it.
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    I often wish the labels were able to do these releases digitally. Very few of us (I suspect) actually need to have them on CD and these plant issues seem to make the whole think harder. And yes, I know that for some people, holding the CD, looking at its cover art and having a nice booklet are all stuff they enjoy (me too to an extent), but that sort of physical nostalgia should never come before the actual practicalities of releasing the music.
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    Possible Temp Track for The Force Awakens?

    Jesus freaking Christ Jay... talk about the thread police! (the quotes, not the new thread) Although it makes for easy reading....
  14. Marketing must be in overdrive for this release - 4 names aside from JNH. I long for a world where musicians are hired for reasons other than selling a soundtrack with their name on the cover.
  15. Richard Penna

    The Doctor Who Thread.....

    I learnt about it at school. Can't say I've heard a lot about it since. Although It must've been mentioned in some capacity in 2008 when Obama won.
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    Anyone else need support?

    I started confusing you when you both started the endless name changes.
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    The Doctor Who Thread.....

    Good episode. Again, not a lot of story but it felt like development of Whittaker's character took priority. Loving the music too. Seriously cinematic look too, and the long-form shots on the ship at the beginning was nicely done.
  18. Fellowship is different to the other two. It's more or less an isolated score (no one's really ever explained why) and pretty much does just have what's in the film. TTT and RotK are properly intended presentations and definitely don't just contain film versions.
  19. I'd say they're produced with more competency. However they're also done from polar opposite ideologies. It looked like Williams was needing persuasion to include anything substantial beyond the OSTS (the 5th CD doesn't quite fit into the box, indicating it was probably a last minute decision), whereas Shore approved the CRs and actively wanted the complete scores out there.
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    The Official La-La Land Records Thread

    I don't feel I need expansions for 4 onwards. I have a cue ripped from the GoF DVD menu (Owl Post, I believe) and that's all I have beyond any of the non-Williams OSTs. And that's really not from a quality perspective - I believe the non-JW OSTs don't have the problems of major missing highlights that 1-3 do.
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    How do you listen to The Last Jedi the most?

    Woah, woah. Shame JW doesn't restructure his albums? Have you learnt nothing?
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    So it's going to to be one of these, with an hour-long score that's never been released: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Touchstone_Pictures_films#1990s
  23. They're a perfect opportunity for thematically rich, diverse music and therefore I think a good indication of a composer's chops.
  24. I don't hear a lot of colour or diversity from him, generally. He's very good, but great? No. His two Potter scores were a good test and for me they were nothing special musically. And oscar wins have nothing to do with the quality of a score....
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