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      Donation time at JWFan   01/16/18

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      For those who may not know, JWFan relies entirely on donations to keep running.  Donations pay for our server bills, as well as keeping our domain and Invision Powerboard fees.
      As an incentive to donate, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Last time this was a modest success, where I raised $500 of our desired $1,000 and mailed out 3 free CDs to lucky JWFanners.  This time I'll be doing the raffling a littler different!   Our goal is $1000 once again, and I will have four tiers of free CDs you can win once again.  But this time, the more you donate, the more entries into each raffle you'll get!   Each $10 you donate gets your name put into the raffle mug once for the $10 pool, twice for the $20 pool, thrice for the $30 pool, and five times into the $50 pool.  Here is the list of CDs you can win - and I have more to add at a later time when I get a little more organized (I'll post what they are by Friday at the latest)   The $10 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you one ticket into this pool) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $250 donated Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   The $20 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you two ticket into this pool, must donate at least $20 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $500 donated John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $30 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you three ticket into this pool, must donate at least $30 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $750 donated James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $50 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you five ticket into this pool, must donate at least $50 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $1,000 donated Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.
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There are some albums of his from the past 20 years that I still haven't finished listening to. They are still on!

 

Having said all that, this one is way above the average. The ethnic colours are quite interesting here, not the cheap usual New Age clichés that Horner was guilty of popularising. It's more classy and actually  reminds me a bit of Marianelli's Agora in how sophisticated it feels. I'm actually quite impressed and surprised how interesting some of those passages are. Think I might get myself a CD of this.

 

Karol

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:music:  THOMAS AND THE KING.

 

Geez, I'd forgotten how bad/good, this is. It seems to range from third-rate Vaudeville (WE SHALL DO IT!; SINCERITY) to genuine beauty (THE QUESTION; AM I BEAUTIFUL?) to poignancy (WILL NO-ONE RID ME?; SO MANY OTHER WORLDS).

For those coming to this particular table late, I'm sure that it must be an odd experience. If the music sounds "familiar", that's only because it seems so prescient (I defy anyone to listen to 00:54 - 01:10 of CONSECRATION and not hear CHASING ROCKETS).

All 'n all, not as bad as I remember. It won't set the world on fire (nor win too many new JW fans, I'll wager), but it passes the time on a gloomy Sunday afternoon.

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1 hour ago, Stefancos said:

Why wouldnt they play music as well?

 

Supposedly they prioritise film audio soundtracks in home theatre multi-channel over regular stereo listening, which they tend to chuck in as an afterthought. And apparently they're not powerful enough to amplify and express music that does it justice, so you might need to spend more to add a power amplifier.

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18 hours ago, Bespin said:

I never listened a CD in 5.1... :D

 

No, Bes, and you never will  :lol:

They are not encoded for a multi-channel signal. The best you can get is a pseudo-surround sound (the RCA ALTERED STATES, or the remixed THOMAS AND THE KING, for example), which, on CD, provides a "wide" sound.

On either a DVD, or a Blu Ray player, these will play in Pro Logic (or Pro Logic II, if equipped), but it won't be true, discrete surround.

 

 

 

 

6 hours ago, Denise Bryson said:

I've been reading that generally AV receivers don't play music as well as amplifiers, so I'm now looking for one that's rated as being "more musical". I bet such a device is expensive and exotic.

 

4 hours ago, Stefancos said:

Why wouldnt they play music as well?

 

3 hours ago, Denise Bryson said:

 

Supposedly they prioritise film audio soundtracks in home theatre multi-channel over regular stereo listening, which they tend to chuck in as an afterthought. And apparently they're not powerful enough to amplify and express music that does it justice, so you might need to spend more to add a power amplifier.

 

Exactly! 

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I'm thinking maybe just get an AV receiver for movies and multichannel music AND and a powerful integrated amplifier for stereo music. The only downside is depending on which box I was listening from, I'd have to change speaker connections every so often.

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On 1/11/2018 at 4:25 PM, Richard said:

I'm glad that you like THE FIFTH ELEMENT, Jay, as its been a favourite of mine since 1997.

 

Its been a favorite of mine since 1997, too - film and score.


I like the OST, but lately have been listening to a fan edit made from the isolated score track of the DVD.  I want a proper specialty label expansion some day!  Shame it missed the 20th anniversary year.

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Thanks for the tip, Jay, I'll check that out.

 

 

This evening, I have been having a David Shire mini-season. First off, I travelled back to May, 1937, to listen to the beautiful, urgent, and ultimately tragic THE HINDENBURG. Next up, forward to 1974, for the understated, and claustrophobic ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, before finding myself back in N.Y.C. (sorry, but I just couldn't resist it :)) with the supreme lowdown and dirty funk that is THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123.

A short break for something to eat, after which, I rendezvous with the Discovery One, at Le Grange Point, for the wonderfully spacey 2010.

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12 hours ago, crocodile said:

David Shire is great!

 

Karol

 

Agreed. He is very, very underrated.

 

 

 

13 hours ago, Strangways said:

love the Pelham score, seems to be all I can remember from the actual film. 

 

Gesundheit.

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Joe Kraemer - Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (Digital OST)

 

Fun!  Hadn't listened in a while, was like the return of an old friend.  Love that Solomon Lane theme concert arrangement.

 

John Powell - Ferdinand (OST)

 

I dunno, I like it while I'm listening for the most part, but its kind of in one ear, out the other.  Don't remember anything about it now.  His HTTYD scores were memorable to me on first listen.

 

John Williams - The Post (OST)


I enjoy this 40 minutes every time I listen to it.  Perfect length for this type of score.

 

John Williams - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Complete & Chronological playlist)

 

Bliss

 

Yasunori Mitsuda & Nobuo Uematsu - Front Mission: Gun Hazard (OST)

 

Brilliance

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'Monsignor Quixote', by Anton Garcia Abril who wrote an evocative tone poem for a modern interpretation of Cervantes' Quixote stories. Idiomatically it's romantic, drawing from medieval and baroque compositions orchestrated in a modern romantic style (special emphasis on woodwinds) that a guy like Rózsa would have liked. Unabashedly tonal, it probably is closer to concert work based on film music but that's not bad benchmark. Recommended.

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Danny Elfman - Mission: Impossible


Love this.  Specialty label expansion when?

 

Ramin Djawadi - Pacific Rim

 

Fun, breezy stuff

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