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igger6 last won the day on November 11 2013

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  1. It's here! Dang, I was hoping we'd get the whole album today, but I'll take it! On first listen, this sounds more faithful to the original arrangement than Hedwig did. Mutter's playing sounds gorgeous! Is this the one she arranged herself? Also, we've now gone from Johnny Thanos to Johnny Red Skull on the album covers. What's next?
  2. Hahaha, wow, this motif has been subliminally annoying me since at least Minority Report. Nice to see it officially identified. I have given a name to my pain, and it is Ludlow.
  3. Does anyone have a (few) piece(s) of music they can recommend to illustrate some of these classical forms in a straightforward way? I've been aspiring to learn more about musical structure for years, but I've never taken the time to put it in the work.
  4. Disney only started using that in the 2000s, after years of pretty generic library-sounding snippets on their videos and DVDs. It always struck me as weird and a little cheap that, despite their vast musical legacy as a studio, they just licensed something written for another house's film at the heart of their renaissance to promote their content. They also cribbed Newton Howard's "Flying" from Peter Pan for Walt Disney World a few years back.
  5. I also remember Johnson fawning over Williams just as much as J.J. did—which is why I was shocked that the TLJ score was so bland overall compared to TFA. I honestly think they got along great; it's just that Johnson made a self-important film with few new characters, little action, and less fun, and that didn't lend itself to much memorable or even novel music. Apart from Rose's Theme, which is great but narratively unjustified by her tangential status in the story, the only really memorable original material in the film occurs in the otherwise abysmal Canto Bight sequence.
  6. 5+ new themes for J.J., 1.5 for Johnson. I think we know where the Maestro's loyalties lie. 😎
  7. The brief Coke ad featured a new version of the main theme, and the sizzle reel of new shots from the park seemed, if I heard correctly, to feature a couple of other sections of what was still pretty clearly the original concert suite we heard in November. This seems to corroborate the theory that we still haven’t heard that whole suite as written. This has to be the strangest debut of a concert piece ever...
  8. Duel of the Freakin' Fates! Also, how has no one mentioned Superman yet? My vote is the alternate Main Title, where even the Love Theme gets a macho brass reading:
  9. Is the "Throne Room" recording on this album the first time that that piece's concert extension has come before the end title music? I'm referring to the little "reset" that happens at the 2:00 mark on this recording. On the Episode III OST, it's a tag after the "Princess Leia" and "Battle of the Heroes" reprises, almost the last thing we hear if I recall. Is this earlier placement where it's always been in concert recordings of "The Throne Room"?
  10. Well, this is new: It sounds weirdly processed and echo-y at times, and she seems to be just singing over the OST, but it's certainly an original take!
  11. @Trumpeteer's The Baton podcast has lit up a few neat Johnny albums in the last few months. "The Secret Ways" main theme is great! But I'd almost rather see a Lockhart-style highlights album of the best of those.
  12. I'm generally not a headphone listener, so maybe this is a lost cause, but I've done side-by-side listens between my Blue Box CD and the samples on the LLL site, and I just don't hear much difference. Am I just not capable of hearing the increase in quality with these ears and these speakers (Bose Companion 20), or can someone who owns the new set chime in on the extent to which the online samples represent the actual audio quality of the release? I love my Blue Box and certainly won't complain if this release is essentially unnecessary for me, but I'm just curious if there's something I'm not hearing.
  13. Interesting. Well, thanks for the info. That certainly hoses my theory. But I agree with @Arpy. There's one very similar phrase, but Haab's music remains a snow cone to me—mildly refreshing, but ultimately devoid of flavor or nourishment. Everything tastes a little like something better you've had before, and nothing quite sticks with you. The sturm und drang of the action gets the blood going, but the melodic flourishes never last more than a few seconds. I don't think a movie soundtrack would favor him.
  14. @Laserschwert What's your source on that timeline? When I played the (excellent) Kessel level in BF2 I was positive I could hear Solo's theme in the underscore, which I just chalked up to really great synergy by EA/Disney and unusually faithful theme adaptation by Haab. (Listening to it now, I only hear one phrase that resembles the closing phrase of the Han A theme.) To my ear, it sounds much more likely that Haab was mimicking what he'd been given for the Solo downloadable content (which dropped about nine months after the release of BF2, coinciding with the movie's release). From Variety, we know that Powell was signed for Solo in summer 2017 and Williams composed his theme in December 2017. But the "Han's Kessel Run" music only plays in the Kessel level, which was not a part of the game until the release of the DLC in May. Its inclusion on the soundtrack playlist on Haab's SoundCloud is likely just for the listening experience, not an indication of its presence on the "original" soundtrack.
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