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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    I did actually notice quite a lot of quieter material - I often focus more on the music in dialogue scenes in films like this.
     
    The bit I'm surprised isn't released is the rendition of Han's theme following the fight with Paul Bettany, when they're bringing the coaxium to that other woman.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Molly Weasley in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    I did actually notice quite a lot of quieter material - I often focus more on the music in dialogue scenes in films like this.
     
    The bit I'm surprised isn't released is the rendition of Han's theme following the fight with Paul Bettany, when they're bringing the coaxium to that other woman.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in Why future Star Wars expansions shouldn't be exclusively released as physical limited edition sets   
    I think digital-only is absolutely the way to go for expansions of even quite big scores like Solo. Forget about the mechanical/manufacturing/delivery overheads and focus on what's actually important. Provided they're purchasable in lossless of course.
     
    For really small scores, I'm ecstatic just when I find I can buy an mp3 album; lossless is the icing on the cake.
     
    Mainstream Star Wars is different, because the market is monumental for those, and Disney woud have no trouble shifting CDs/box sets.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from bruce marshall in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    People who expect a release to conform exactly to their listening pattern will always complain.
     
    We've gone from 'wow, a totally unexpected complete release!' to '... but he joined some tracks...'.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    People who expect a release to conform exactly to their listening pattern will always complain.
     
    We've gone from 'wow, a totally unexpected complete release!' to '... but he joined some tracks...'.
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    Richard Penna reacted to Naïve Old Fart in RUMOR: Tom Hardy cast as new James Bond to replace Daniel Craig after No Time To Die   
    Car chase>horse race>chase/fight>fight>boat chase>opera>someone dies>chase>someone else dies>hotel fight>aeroplane chase>something to do with water>another hotel fight>"I never left">the end.
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    Richard Penna reacted to Spider-Fal in Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad's MEDAL OF HONOR: ABOVE AND BEYOND (2020)   
    "Songs", "tunes", "songwriter"
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Smaug the iron in John Powell's FORCES OF NATURE (1999) - new 2020 La-La Land premiere   
    I loved the HTTYD 2/3 albums to bits long before seeing the films (and I haven't seen the third yet). It's got nothing to do with a lack of reconceptualisation - you just don't find the scores as interesting, therefore you think the albums should be shorter.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Holko in John Powell's FORCES OF NATURE (1999) - new 2020 La-La Land premiere   
    I loved the HTTYD 2/3 albums to bits long before seeing the films (and I haven't seen the third yet). It's got nothing to do with a lack of reconceptualisation - you just don't find the scores as interesting, therefore you think the albums should be shorter.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Holko in Expansion fans: Do you listen 'from start to finish' or 'piecemeal'?   
    'As long as all the cues are included' is the key phrase.
     
    I actualy disagree with him about the 'museum piece' idea. I think that's exactly what these releases are to a large extent. Things can be rearranged a bit if it sounds better, but it should never come at the cost of leaving something off. If a cue really stands out like a sore thumb, that's what the 'additional/bonus' section is for.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from MikeH in James Newton Howard's "Signs"   
    This is one of the freakiest scenes I've ever seen, and the way JNH uses the brass in a slowly meandering fashion is perfect, wth his repeated motif kind of indicating the panic and chaos that's going on in their minds. I also think M. Night's camerawork works well in making the viewer really unsure about what to look for, so that when 'it' happens, with the musical stinger, you're so tensed up.
     
    I first saw this alone, at night, as a teenager. Not the best idea.
     
     
    Aside from the completely brilliant Hand of Fate, Baby Monitor really gets me going with the chord changes and gentle strings. The whole score is like an exercise in how to take a simple motivic structure and produce a textural score that works without any big themes.
     
    Although, honourable mention must go to the aliens (?) theme, which I find such a subtle but evocative, and more 'mystery' than 'evil' theme:
     
     
     
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in The Official Varese Sarabande Thread   
    Ah, no, I have to own the music. I just don't overwhelmingly care about it being in physical format now, as long as it's (preferably) lossless.
     
    I use Spotify all the time to find new stuff, or to listen to stuff i can't quite get round to buying.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from BryonDavis in Elmer Bernstein's WILD WILD WEST (1999) - 2020 Varese Deluxe Edition   
    Nothing inherently wrong with combining cues, especially if they're heard that way in the film.
     
    But crossfading in our context usually means joining two cues that don't go together in the film, and that often doesn't work. I've got a couple of expansions where crossfading was done between unrelated scenes, and it doesn't work, because you don't get to properly exit the tone and emotion of the first cue.
     
    I reckon that if you're buying an expansion, you're sacrificing some ability to ask for it to be presented with proper flow like an OST would have. I'd suggest that more people buy an expansion because they like the score in the film, and therefore would put a higher preference on the expansion containing the complete score in chrono order.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Elmer Bernstein's WILD WILD WEST (1999) - 2020 Varese Deluxe Edition   
    Nothing inherently wrong with combining cues, especially if they're heard that way in the film.
     
    But crossfading in our context usually means joining two cues that don't go together in the film, and that often doesn't work. I've got a couple of expansions where crossfading was done between unrelated scenes, and it doesn't work, because you don't get to properly exit the tone and emotion of the first cue.
     
    I reckon that if you're buying an expansion, you're sacrificing some ability to ask for it to be presented with proper flow like an OST would have. I'd suggest that more people buy an expansion because they like the score in the film, and therefore would put a higher preference on the expansion containing the complete score in chrono order.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Edmilson in Elmer Bernstein's WILD WILD WEST (1999) - 2020 Varese Deluxe Edition   
    Nothing inherently wrong with combining cues, especially if they're heard that way in the film.
     
    But crossfading in our context usually means joining two cues that don't go together in the film, and that often doesn't work. I've got a couple of expansions where crossfading was done between unrelated scenes, and it doesn't work, because you don't get to properly exit the tone and emotion of the first cue.
     
    I reckon that if you're buying an expansion, you're sacrificing some ability to ask for it to be presented with proper flow like an OST would have. I'd suggest that more people buy an expansion because they like the score in the film, and therefore would put a higher preference on the expansion containing the complete score in chrono order.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Holko in Elmer Bernstein's WILD WILD WEST (1999) - 2020 Varese Deluxe Edition   
    Nothing inherently wrong with combining cues, especially if they're heard that way in the film.
     
    But crossfading in our context usually means joining two cues that don't go together in the film, and that often doesn't work. I've got a couple of expansions where crossfading was done between unrelated scenes, and it doesn't work, because you don't get to properly exit the tone and emotion of the first cue.
     
    I reckon that if you're buying an expansion, you're sacrificing some ability to ask for it to be presented with proper flow like an OST would have. I'd suggest that more people buy an expansion because they like the score in the film, and therefore would put a higher preference on the expansion containing the complete score in chrono order.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Bellosh in Expansion fans: Do you listen 'from start to finish' or 'piecemeal'?   
    But that's not what C&C means - it's not trying to present all 5 takes of one particular cue, like you'd find in a set of recording sessions. It's the final film version of each cue that appeared in the film, usually in the order they appeared.
     
    There are some concept albums that Iove to bits - ironically, Thin Red Line, which you reckoned worked well as 2-CDs, I think works fantastically well as the concept album Zimmer made. I have virtually no interest in any more material.
     
    But there are other scores where I absolutely want every single cue, even when they're only 30 seconds long. You can't apply one rule to all score releases for everyone.
     
    Now, I should caveat this with an admission: I'm the sort of person who hears a piece of music in a random place (film, TV, YouTube, wherever) and immediately wants to know what it is. Hence, when I hear music in a film, I don't find it an unreasonable request to want to hear that music outside the film. I run Shazam all the time when watching a film alone. I swear that when watching Cinderella (the new one), I must've paused that thing half a dozen times to identify which track was playing.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Elmer Bernstein's WILD WILD WEST (1999) - 2020 Varese Deluxe Edition   
    Cover art looks fine to me - I don't understand what the problem is; it's the same image used by the original album.
     
    I actually like the shorter tracks, and join them myself where I feel it helps. Doing it this way at least avoids the common complaints about crossfading, re-orderings, and so on. If the Varese guys had done those things, they'd be facing a different set of complaints.
     
    One other thing - the song by Will Smith is absolutely fricking godawful. Bernstein's main theme on the other hand, is one of my long-time favourites.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from bollemanneke in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    I'm watching it now - it's pretty cool. And nice to finally put faces/voices to some well known music producer names.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Bespin in The Alan Silvestri Thread   
    Contact is my favourite, followed by BTTF. Not a huge amount else of Silvestri that excites me really. The suite from Forrest is really good, but the main body of the score gets so repetitive.
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    Richard Penna reacted to Matt S. in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    From reading the reviews around here, apparently the performances were so awful that nobody applauded, they just sat in stunned silence, absolutely horrified at the tempos.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from bollemanneke in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    Skimming through a few tracks on Spotify, and I notice it's been mastered like a proper album, with no applause or anything. How does that work in a live setting - did they just ask the audience to not applaud (or delay applause) after each track?
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from SteveMc in My way of discovering a "new" film music composer   
    If you're going by awards, the Saturn awards are a better bet than the oscars IMO. The oscars are mostly limited to stuff the academy thinks it's fashionable to nominate whereas the Saturns include the fun popcorn stuff that everyone secretly prefers. In fact I noticed that my favourite Elfman, Sleepy Hollow won in 1999. Good call. The oscars that year are basically a list of the most respected films.
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from bollemanneke in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Thor has probably keeled over in horror at the Potter post.
     
    Like JP, Potter feels like it should be an unlimited release. To think, right now I can't legally buy (in the UK) anything more than the OST for JP and TLW. That's crazy!
     
    And of course, they keep setting a new standard for BF releases. What could they possibly pull off next year?
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    Richard Penna got a reaction from Bespin in My way of discovering a "new" film music composer   
    If you're going by awards, the Saturn awards are a better bet than the oscars IMO. The oscars are mostly limited to stuff the academy thinks it's fashionable to nominate whereas the Saturns include the fun popcorn stuff that everyone secretly prefers. In fact I noticed that my favourite Elfman, Sleepy Hollow won in 1999. Good call. The oscars that year are basically a list of the most respected films.
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