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  1. Trumpeteer

    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    Just before I had read that comment a few days ago, I had finished watching "Valley of the Dolls" and was very excited to record that episode. After reading your comment, my feelings about doing that episode -- and the podcast -- hadn't changed. Your apology is accepted but I just wanted you to know that I didn't allow it to affect me negatively -- unlike the way Bernard Herrmann's comments about Symphony No. 1 affected John Williams.
  2. Trumpeteer

    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    I don't mind if you don't like the podcast, but please let me know what errors you have heard. I might be using a source of information that is not as reliable as it seems, or I might have connected dots that were not meant to be connected. It might help improve the show, and you might like what you hear. And, if you are a "hardcore Williams researcher," perhaps you can guide me to information in places I do not know. You can reply here or send me an email to jeffswim@aol.com.
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    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    You bring up an interesting point. I wasn't mentioning the next film because I wanted to "tease" the next episode. But, I can start doing that in upcoming episodes. Thanks for listening! "A Guide for the Married Man" posted today. Next week is "Fitzwilly." Better late than never.
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    Star Wars - Theme Music

    Yes, they are all the same. It's disappointing, but understandable from a thematic standpoint. I think each of the three main title performances in the original trilogy signified the mood of Luke's adventures -- and the film in general -- but with the prequel trilogy did not have Luke in them, so no point in making many changes to the performance. It's also sad that the new trilogy didn't try to do different things to "Force Awakens" and "Last Jedi," since Luke appeared in both of them. Welcome to the forum @TheMagicFlute, and I hope you enjoy your discovery of the music of John Williams!
  5. I suppose my post was specifically to answer WilliamsGirl's repeated questions about JW's involvement in the score writing. There are some musical moments that are not on the original soundtrack, but I don't think they are so "OMG" that they need to appear on a limited-edition CD.
  6. I have just watched this film in preparation for an upcoming episode of my podcast and after just a bit of research, all the music that is not part of the five original songs was composed by John Williams. He wrote some fairly good cues, some of which uses Previn's song melodies but is flavored with the Williams touch. The fact that he didn't really have to lean heavily on song melodies for his underscore might have helped him nab his first Oscar nomination. The episode highlighting "Valley of the Dolls" on my podcast will be ready for listening on April 17.
  7. Some of those very early scores have so little music in them. Two of them could be combined for one album, I suppose. I would like to see a "Daddy-O/Because They're Young" album, since they are both about young adults.
  8. I did not consider that, but that is an interesting idea.
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    February 8 is always a great day. No matter what I am doing, I make a point to settle in and listen to lots of John Williams music. Now that I am doing a podcast devoted to John Williams I listen to it more than ever. I even released the next episode of my podcast today to commemorate his birthday. It's devoted to the 1964 film "The Killers." http://thebatonpodcast.podbean.com
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    The Songs Of John Williams: which are essential?

    I mentioned only theatrical films. I knew there were some songs written for TV but I couldn't find recordings of a lot of them, or note the shows for which they were written. You might be right about that album release. I recall stumbling upon a website listing of the album that had different track names and had the date as 1963 for the album. I can't find that website now. Thanks for the clarification.
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    The Songs Of John Williams: which are essential?

    Two songs deserve to be on this list, for completion's sake: "None But the Brave" and "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!" are the first two songs written from themes composed by John Williams. In the case of "None But the Brave," it was not in the finished film but made the album release as a filler. Not sure if JW had input in the song's creation. As for "John Goldfarb," it is the first official song written by John Williams to be featured in a theatrical film. It's catchy, and kitschy, as sung by Shirley MacLaine. I will be discussing the songs and scores of both films in upcoming episodes of my podcast "The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey" this month. Link to podcast website
  12. I agree that there has been too much of a break between episodes. I have enjoyed their discussions. In the meantime, take a listen to my podcast that journeys through John Williams' career, one film at a time. Each episode comes out each Wednesday, so no severe withdrawals. Go to this link to check out the episodes. It's all John Williams, all the time!!!
  13. Trumpeteer

    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    Thanks! I knew the Jaws comparison was a stretch, hence the disclaimer. My knowledge of JW's work from the early '70s is limited, but I do know the music from Images well and I kind of agree about the melodic similarities. Can't wait for The Eiger Sanction to hear if you are right about that as well.
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    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    Not that I needed the challenge, but challenge accepted!