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  1. Hi to all JWFN members. It is great to see such dedication and knowledge to the man who has scored more than just the movies. On that note The History Press and I would like to share word of a new book published now in the UK and September 1st 2018 in the US. John Williams is the spine and soul of this book. Mark O’Connell didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker. He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn’t just change cinema – they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before. In Watching Skies, O’Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Star Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island. From the author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumped a whole generation to hyperspace*. *Action figures sold separately. From examining his contributions to these key films, the soundtracks to broken homes and the VHS revolution to seeing the musical DNA from JANE EYRE all the way through to ATTACK OF THE CLONES, WATCHING SKIES is as much about John Williams as it is Spielberg, Lucas and Donner. It is about how 'Leaving Home' was exactly the cue going through the author's life and mind when he did just that, how the 'Love Theme from Superman' had to be played at a Pinewood Studios wedding, how 'ET and Me' scored a divorce and how a honeymoon on Amity Island couldn't help but hear those JAWS 2 harps at every street corner and beach rock. Were it not for the work of Williams, this book and these movies would not exist with the same legacy they have today. WATCHING SKIES - STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US is available now. WATCHING SKIES on Facebook WATCHING SKIES on Twitter For more about WATCHING SKIES and author Mark O'Connell
  2. Dear JWFan, with the upcoming release of expanded score to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, I have decided to enrich my music collection with it and other La-La Land JW releases. However, I am relatively new to La-La Land Records JW-wise and so basically, I would like to get an advice on what's worth buying. Right now, the scores that I am considering buying (apart from the E.T.) are: Home Alone (25th anniversary), Home Alone 2, The Fury, Rosewood, Empire of the Sun, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and The John Williams Jurassic Park Collection (so basically every one that's available). However, it's lot of money, so I would like to be sure that I am getting their worth. Quality of the sound is very important to me, but I don't expect that's an issue. I also care very much about the presentation of the set a and the liner notes. And also a logical track order is a good thing. Another very important (other things considered, maybe the key) thing is how definitive the release is. I won't mind spending $150 as long as I won't be tempted to do the same again for the same score (at least not for many years). So I would like to know if all these sets are definitive and if some aren't, then why. I am also interested in anything else you can share about the release and also very helpful would be your "all-things-considered" opinion, whether the sets are worth the money (even if they are indeed complete). The music itself, paradoxically, isn't such a concern to me. I mean I have heard all of these scores, except Rosewood and The Fury, in their un-expanded form, and I am not worried that I would not like the music itself (it's JW, after all). And based on what I read, I think I am going to love The Fury. With Rosewood, it's a bit different. Ideally, I wouldn't buy it right now, because I know neither the score (except for Look Down, Lord) nor the movie and I actually don't have any "inspiration" to buy it right now (except for that it's by JW), however, since it's a limited edition, I would rather buy it now (if it's definitive) than then regret not doing so in the future. So to sum up: I really want to own these scores, but I don't exactly have money to buy every single album released, so I really want to make sure these releases are the definitive presentations of theses scores and they contain pretty much everything we can possibly ever get (excluding bootlegs), and since they are limited, I don't want to wait around until they are sold out. So should I buy them? I hope you can give me some helpful insights into my dilemma. I also have a second question, about the Home Alone scores. I read in the E.T. score thread, that a Home Alone box set should be released containing the expanded scores from the first and second movie. Is it true or was it a joke/guess? Thanks for your comments!
  3. Mike Matessino justed posted this on his facebook page: "For ---'s sake, tomorrow's the Fourth of July! I got to do a full essay on the music for this which the Maestro himself said he was very impressed with. Very humbling to get to work on these things." Details from Monodotees page: "One of the finest achievements in film music and quite possibly the most iconic score of all time, John Williams’ score to JAWS is an absolute essential for soundtrack collectors. While the Grammy-winning 1975 MCA album was a re-recording, Mondo’s 2XLP set presents the entire Academy Award-winning score as composed and recorded for the actual film in its first-ever vinyl release. Album co-producer Mike Matessino restored, edited and mixed the music from the original studio elements for the best possible quality, approved by the composer himself." Pressed on 2x 180 Gram Ocean Blue Vinyl. Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl. https://mondotees.com/products/jaws-music-from-the-motion-picture-2xlp-pre-order
  4. Jaws Theme Comic

    The other day was Farts and CLose Encounters Today let's laugh at some JAWS!
  5. Oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god. Royal Albert Hall Festival of Film Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
  6. Gamelan in Jaws?

    In the first shark attack, Chrissie's last scene, there is a moment when she is hugging on to the bell tower buoy. The music changes at this point and there is a brief utterance of tuned percussion which to me sounds like a Gamelan. Does anyone know if this is what Williams used? If not, what was it?
  7. JAWS 1 + 2 (INTRADA 2015)

    I'm offering the INTRADA releases of Jaws and Jaws 2 from 2015 --> Both sealed --> 50 USD --> worldwide shipping included. --> PM me
  8. BSO May 12, 2016

    Looking forward to visiting Boston to attend the May 12th performance with my father!
  9. I do this because this era is pretty unkown to a lot of people, beginning with me... So where to begin to start a basic collection? Make a top 10 of your favorites pre-Jaws albums! (I will later compile the results) Quickly some hints to help making your choice... 1957 Wagon Train [Original TV Music From] (Some Tracks composed by Johnny Williams. Music conducted by Stanley Wilson) 1959 The Music from M Squad (Some tracks composed by Johnny Williams. Music conducted by Stanley Wilson) 1960 Checkmate [Original Music from The CBS-TV Show] 1962 Diamond Head [Music From The Motion Picture] 1966 How To Steal A Million [Original Motion Picture Score] 1966 Not With My Wife, You Don't! [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album] 1966 Penelope [Original Music From The MGM Film] 1967 Fitzwilly [Original Motion Picture Score] 1968 Heidi [Original Soundtrack Recording] 1968 Valley of the Dolls [Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1969 The Virginian (Some Tracks composed by Johnny Williams. Music conducted by Stanley Wilson) 1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1969 The Reivers [Original Score] 1971 Fiddler On The Roof [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recording] 1971 Jane Eyre [Music From The Omnibus/Sagittarius Production] 1972 Images [The Original Sound Track Recording] 1973 Cinderella Liberty [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1973 The Cowboys [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1973 Tom Sawyer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1974 Earthquake [Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1974 The Towering Inferno [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1975 The Eiger Sanction [Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1996 Land of the Giants 1997 The Time Tunnel 1997 Lost in Space, Vol. 1 [Original Television Soundtrack] 1997 Lost in Space, Vol. 2 [Original Television Soundtrack] 1998 The Poseidon Adventure/The Paper Chase [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1999 Twilight Zone 2000 A Guide For The Married Man [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2000 Lost in Space, Vol. 3 [Original Television Soundtrack] 2001 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2002 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2004 Fitzwilly/The Long Goodbye [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2005 Jericho/The Ghostbreaker (Ghostbreaker's music Composed and Conducted by John Williams) 2008 How to Steal a Million/Bachelor Flat 2009 None But the Brave (Music by John Williams, Conducted by Morris Stoloff) 2010 TV Omnibus: Volume One (1962-1976) (The Bronze Locust, 1963) 2011 Not With My Wife, You Don't, Vol. 2 — Original Soundtrack 2011 Nightwatch/Killer by Night (Nighwatch's music Composed and Conducted by John Williams) 2013 Fitzwilly – Special Archival Edition [Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  10. *cough cough* I spy with my little eye... Admin note: Click HERE to jump to the announcement, including track list, cover art, and samples
  11. http://modern-vinyl.com/2015/01/02/john-williams-scores-being-reissued-onto-wax/
  12. Henry Mancini recorded an album of film music in 1976 with the London Symphony Orchestra which included a Disaster Movie Suite made up of Earthquake, The Towering Inferno and Jaws. While I knew of the album I had never heard any of it, but noticed today that someone has posted a few selections on YouTube. Given that it features rare cover versions of Johnny's two 1974 disaster main titles, I thought you might enjoy hearing it if it is new to you too. I think it's rather good.
  13. Jaws Tuba Melody

    I'm currently in a music class in college and my professor used Jaws as his introduction to melody (this is a more general class, not a music major class). He said that the tuba player was famous for playing the two noes (E-F). I remember looking this up before and reading that the tuba player played a high-register tuba. Now in the score, I recall the Jaws E-F theme being played on strings. I always called the "Shark's Theme" the three note phrase played in the first few seconds after the initial "dun dun". Am I wrong in saying that this is the Tuba melody that Tommy Johnson is famous for? I wish I could provide a time stamp for this, but I'm in class.
  14. Doug Fake of Intrada says: http://www.intrada.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=65806#p65806 (bolding is mine)
  15. http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=7943 Universal announces Jaws on Blu-Ray, august 2012