Again, how much music can be missing?
I think we have had this conversation quite a number of times before. I know it is difficult to step into someone else's shoes and try to find validity in the opposite view. I am an adult and can handle disappointments, I know we cannot say we are entitled to anything when it comes to our beloved music (or just about anything in the world) and I know that artists often have varying views on the worth of their own work that can differ radically from the appreciation their fans heap up it. I also like to think positively and not dwell on the negative. Still I am a tad miffed by the recent news and am afraid that something significant has been nixed from the Hook release. This does not mean that I won't enjoy the expanded release though. Far from it. It is just the pedantic perfectionist in me that says "If you are going to release this music, do it comprehensively and for all time so there is no need for any further releases".
On the other hand the preservationist in me is happy that the music of Hook has been transferred to digital realms from the tapes, rescued and preserved. And then I as a huge fan of the music am a bit sad we won't get to hear all of it. But perhaps the patience we have been adhering to thusfar would be good advice before making too hasty jumps to conclusions and falling into despair until we see what this set truly contains.
It's a 2-CD release... We are getting (almost) 74 minutes of unreleased music at least!!!
People seem to forget that. The Expanded Indiana Jones scores, by comparison, had only 1 CD for each movie, plus a few tracks on the extra bonus CD.
I am all but certain only minor cues and source music are missing...
Bottom line for me:
I would have preferred a COMPLETE edition, too, of course, but since it is John Williams himself who didn't want some cues included, for whatever reason, I accept his wishes. (Same like Spielberg refusing some scenes to be included in the Deleted Scenes section of the DVD, and nobody complains about that!) If it had been anybody else, then I would have been mad as hell, no question about that!