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  1. Two Upcoming Williams Music Concerts In Dublin

    So the second concert is titled Superman, but they'll play music from many different John Williams scores, not just Superman. So the implication with that title is that John Williams, himself, IS Superman?? Nice to finally have that acknowledged.
  2. JW fan starting CD collection

    I'd recommend waiting on Indy to any hardcore JWFan, but I don't think the shortcomings of the existing set would be apparent to a new fan. Although the necessity of owning ToD and Last Crusade in any form is debatable, compared to some of the other scores named in this thread.
  3. JW fan starting CD collection

    Definitely the LLL Jurassic Park / Lost World set. You could consider the Indy box set as well. Too bad there's not an HP box set, just so you could include it in your list, haha. I like HPSS best, and it has a very good OST, but many prefer PoA. Personally I would take out Superman, especially when you already have Star Wars. And maybe pick a drama or a non-Spielberg, non-franchise score to keep it well rounded. Geisha might work, it's pretty unique and not redundant with the other selections.
  4. Yeah, I think it's just alternates though? Someone will be along soon with specifics.
  5. Fascinating info, @elvisjones. Reading about all this, I can't help wondering what JW's official capacity would be on a film like Rogue One. Would he actually have a contract like he would if he were composing, except in a different role, e.g. music consultant? Or were his opinions merely informal?
  6. Star Wars Concert Suites

    The Jedi Steps and Finale would have two versions also, wouldn't it? The two different optional endings?
  7. Do I have to stop reading this thread already??
  8. The stage is set... just get Instagram and you'll be young again!
  9. Audiophiles first of all don't necessarily have a total consensus on any one thing. People will have their own preferences like anything else. Typically, though, as an audiophile you wouldn't limit yourself to just one particular format. If you're listening to vinyl from an audiophile point of view, it's most likely because you're interested in hearing music in an analog format, with the recording/mixing/mastering etc all being done in analog as well. Listening to modern, gimmicky vinyl releases like you mention doesn't fit these criteria, since it's typically a digital source pressed to vinyl, and is more just something people do for fun. But there are a few audiophile labels that actually press new vinyl directly from old analogue sources, so the question of how a new vinyl release of old material was prepared is highly relevant with something like the Star Wars OST. Personally, I like listening to classic vinyl, because as a music lover I appreciate being able to listen to an original release in its original format. If memory serves, @Disco Stu has said something similar in another thread. For me, this also goes for other formats... I'll buy an album from the CD era in its original CD pressing for the same reasons. I do occasionally buy new vinyl "just for fun", even when there's no other reason to do so, especially for a new album I really like. But this is less common for me. I know there are several other members here who like collecting and listening to vinyl, and I would welcome a more open minded view of this here at JWFan. In some other threads it's hard to talk about this or that vinyl release without getting derailed by people who are anxious to dismiss vinyl altogether... whereas some of us would like an opportunity to talk about the merits of a specific release rather than get sidetracked defending an entire format. Music is something to enjoy, and if people enjoy it in different ways, well, live and let live I say.
  10. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY what an exciting time!! I really hope we hear this in London!!!!!!! This will be the first Star Wars score to have all the music JW wrote released on the OST. And only the second to be released in its entirety EVER (counting SW77)!
  11. I was wondering why just that week was full! Makes sense. And I'll be in London the whole month of October, so I'm up for any other activities or JWFan meetups. Too bad HP and Abbey Road didn't work out, but thank you Jay for looking into it!
  12. I've always thought of "Han Solo Returns (At the Court of Jabba the Hutt)" as a love theme for Han's courtship of Jabba.
  13. Now that we're closer to the release date, I hope we do get some interviews or other info detailing Williams' contribution, and how Powell incorporated it into the score. I think we're all assuming/hoping Williams wrote a concert presentation of the theme which will end up on the album, and Powell took the theme from that and used it in the context of the score. But I'd like to hear from Williams, Powell, Howard, etc about whether that's the case, and how it all played out.
  14. I arrived yesterday, I'll be at the Thursday night show as well. First time seeing the CSO! It's gonna be great Good to know we'll have several JWFans in the crowd.