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    The Western Scores of Jerry Goldsmith

    Did you tell him up front that you wanted to order one of his holdover copies? I guess it's possible he got a lot of requests at once and he had to honor them in the order received. Maybe check again with him one more time. Otherwise, if you can find the La-La Land album for much cheaper that one is still worth getting. Aside from a few seconds of overlay on another cue, the only new cue available on the Kritzerland album ("Here They Come Part 2") can be heard at 32:12 of this podcast interview I did with Bruce: http://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/902063-odyssey-interviews-bruce-kimmel I do think it is one of the better underscore cues in the score, both exciting and interesting. I will say that this is not one of my favorite Goldsmith western scores (I still like it, to be sure, but it's probably in my bottom five Goldsmith westerns if we are ranking them) because, despite having an awesome main theme, a lot of it is suspense music and not overtly thematic. The several cues that do develop that main theme are pretty great, though. But IMO definitely not in the caliber of Take a Hard Ride, even if I can hear the similarity in sound (I think they were maybe composed within a year of each other, so the synth elements are similar). Yavar
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    Good Film Music Oriented Podcasts

    Me and some colleagues host a The Goldsmith Odyssey — www.goldsmithodyssey.com. It’s been going over a year and I’m pretty proud of it. Recently put out a substantial interview with David Newman that’s been getting a lot of attention. A couple months back, a more regular single person podcast started up with a similar chronological (but less comprehensive — films only) podcast on John Williams started up called The Baton. Looking at other film music podcasts, my personal favorite is Art of the Score. They don’t have a set schedule and jump around a lot in terms of subjects, but have interesting substantial and in depth analysis of a lot of great scores. Yavar
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    If you’re a true completist you do, because it has two substantially unique alternates not present on any prior release...and it has the best sounding version of the digital sources. Also better liner notes and packaging than the Kritzerland. But the Kritzerland has the best sounding analogue program; that doesn’t seem to be getting argued the other way. Yavar
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    That’s...not at all the case. Yes, those were both taken from the same analogue sources, but they are not remotely the same master. Entirely separate restorations. And when it comes to the analog, most people at FSM seem to think the Kritzerland restoration was superior. Here’s the original Kritzerland release thread for details on that restoration which made the score sound great for the first time: https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98350&forumID=1&archive=0 and here’s the Intrada thread where people compare it with the Kritzerland. Some folks seem to prefer the Intrada digital disc to the Kritzerland analog, but no one prefers the Intrada analog to either of those, that I remember... https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?pageID=1&forumID=1&threadID=119975&archive=0 Here’s the first comparison post, to skip forward to that part of the thread...
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    The Official Intrada Thread

    The biggest problem with Conan the Destroyer is how much Basil had to straight re-purpose from his first score due the the insane lack of time he had to work on it. That's why my preferred Conan sequel score is the short one he wrote for The Adventures of Conan: Sword and Sorcery Spectacular which had all new material in the same vein. Destroyer has some fantastic highlights like the Hall of Mirrors sequence, which was so good Tadlow even included it as a bonus on their original Conan the Barbarian recording, before they knew whether or not they would tackle Destroyer (and I do also really like the new main theme...sounds almost like a western!) That said, I will almost certainly buy Intrada's expansion of Conan the Destroyer (obviously will, if it includes the original recording of Sword and Sorcery Spectacular as a bonus like the Tadlow did). Why, Brundlefly? Because, despite all its faults, it's the version conducted by the composer himself, and Basil is one of my favorites. Also, Mike Mattesino was able to use alternate takes and modern tech to work *wonders* with the mess of recording sessions (with two different orchestras in two different recording spaces) for Superman IV. Everyone used to talk about how poor the performance was on that but he used patching and careful reconstruction to make it really sound good, and now I enjoy that complete score as a listen even more than the original. Poltergeist II is a step down from the original, for me, but I appreciated it more after the great sounding Kritzerland release, and I respect it for *not* re-treading the same ground as its predecessor. It's kinda akin to Damien: Omen II (though I like that score more) -- leaner and meaner than the original, if not quite as viscerally affecting. Yavar
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    New podcast with yours truly: THE GOLDSMITH ODYSSEY

    Yeah Contract on Cherry Street is an overlooked masterpiece, probably because it was written for television. But personally I listen to it much more often than, say, Chinatown (even though I acknowledge that is also a masterpiece!) Shows how well Goldsmith could master and unify a variety of styles. Newman isn't *always* happy in the interview...there were one or two points where he actually gets kinda animated in an upset way, about certain things. I actually really appreciated his off the cuff "F you, man!" (not directed at me, haha) and several uses of the word "bullshit". He was a great and generous interviewee who spoke with me much longer than he had originally planned, to the benefit of our listeners and this important project. I'm glad it didn't go on at too long of a length for you, and that it was your favorite so far! Yavar
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    The Official Tadlow Thread

    I like the rear cover better -- thanks for uploading such HQ versions of both! (Maybe Jim Titus will indeed share his original files, I hope!) Yavar
  8. The Goldsmith Odyssey had a bit of a hiatus, but we're back with a very extensive and varied conversation with composer/conductor David Newman, who also had the distinction of playing as a session violinist on multiple Goldsmith scores including Contract on Cherry Street and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which he gives an important behind-the-scenes view on here. He also spends some time comparing Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, and discusses his experiences conducting the music of the latter live to picture. Therefore I thought it was appropriate to share on this side of the board as well: http://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/1000935-odyssey-interviews-david-newman I should mention that Williams's friend, conductor Leonard Slatkin, also spoke about him in the very first Odyssey Interview I conducted (though not nearly as much as David Newman does): http://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/824863-odyssey-interviews-leonard-slatkin I would love to hear people's thoughts on this conversation as I found it quite eye-opening! Yavar
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    New podcast with yours truly: THE GOLDSMITH ODYSSEY

    We've had a bit of a hiatus, but I'm very proud to bump this thread for the latest Odyssey Interview I've conducted, this time a very extensive and varied conversation with composer/conductor David Newman, who also had the distinction of playing as a session violinist on multiple Goldsmith scores including Contract on Cherry Street and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which he gives an important behind-the-scenes view on here. He also spends some time comparing Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, and discusses his experiences conducting the music of the latter live to picture: http://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/1000935-odyssey-interviews-david-newman Give it a listen and please feel free to share your thoughts, @Fancyarcher @Brundlefly @Display Name @TownerFan @Disco Stu @Mr. Breathmask @Faleel J.M., & @publicist! Yavar
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    The Official La-La Land Records Thread

    The limitation may also relate to what plant is pressing the discs. Yavar
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    The Official Tadlow Thread

    Tadlow covers almost never make it out in HD digital. It's a cryin' shame, especially when Jim Titus does one. And I want that reverse cover too! Yavar
  12. And now there will be no more Encores. But yeah it seems like, for any further expansions or reissues of Deluxe Editions, they’ll have to happen on anniversary years. Yavar
  13. It includes titles sold to other retailers, so even if it’s sold out by Monday from Varese, you will still probably be able to order from SAE or Intrada, for additional $5 surcharge (their entire profit, since Varese does not do wholesale prices for retailers on any of their Club releases). Yavar
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    Sony Music no longer dealing with soundtrack labels

    Damn, you're right. Also East-West, Love's Labors Lost, Nouvelle-France, and more recently, Murder on the Orient Express, The Emoji Movie, and All Is True. Yavar
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