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    Josh500 reacted to Jay in John Williams returns for Indiana Jones 5   
    Why would it have to be their final one?
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    Josh500 reacted to TownerFan in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, July 29 2022)   
    Spielberg is not directing Indy 5, he's only exec producing. James Mangold is the attached director.
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    Josh500 reacted to Datameister in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    I'm pretty happy to see that the poll is nearly a perfect 50-50 split now. Both boxes deserve a lot of love.
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    Josh500 reacted to Mr. Breathmask in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    Both are fantastic sets. But it's the Jurassic Park set for me without a shadow of a doubt.
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    Josh500 got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAESTRO!   
    Happy birthday, John Williams! 

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    Josh500 reacted to Bellosh in Did somebody here buy me a Fiddler of the Roof 30th Anniversary Edition CD?   
    maybe an early Valentine's gift?
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    Josh500 reacted to Jay in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    I think the fact that Josh didn't bother to include it tells us how he feels about JW's pre-Jaws scores
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    Josh500 got a reaction from John Chambers in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    Good memories!
     
    They're totally different, but I don't say that one is so much better than the other...
     
    I still think that "Journey to the Island" from Jurassic Park, for example, is one of the most perfect, exhilarating, and powerful cues of John Williams' entire career! Beats anything from TLW and anything from HP! 
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    Josh500 reacted to ATXHusker in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    I'm 46 and it was an extremely tough choice to make, but I picked the Harry Potter box set.  We were visiting inlaws for Thanksgiving in Arkansas in 2018 and I remember waking myself up without an alarm because I was anticipating the HP set but at the same time not holding my breath.  When it was announced I could barely control my excitement so as not to wake up the wife next to me at 2AM LOL
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    Josh500 reacted to mstrox in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    Of the five scores, the only one that I feel really benefits from an expanded presentation is The Lost World.  On the face of things, I prefer Prisoner of Azkaban to The Lost World, but prefer JP to all of 'em.
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    Josh500 got a reaction from Bayesian in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    Listening to this now and getting goosebumps... 
     
     
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    Josh500 got a reaction from crumbs in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    Yes, exactly! Took the words right out of my mouth. 
     
    When I saw Jurassic Park in the theater, I was twelve. That movie pretty much defined my teenage years, and those years are probably the most impressionable years for most people.... 
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    Josh500 reacted to crumbs in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    JP/TLW, purely because those films were my childhood and I spent so much longer yearning for a complete release of TLW (nearly two decades!)
     
    I wore out that TLW OST to the point it no longer plays. I'm certain the inexplicable microedit in Rescuing Sarah (which forever annoyed me, because it was my favourite scene in the film), combined with my confusion over a mysterious track called The Hunt, ignited my interest in JW's music and the concept of score expansions -- before I was even old enough to understand why music would be missing from the soundtrack.
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    Josh500 reacted to Thor in Looking back now, which John Williams boxset did you get more enjoyment out of? Jurassic Park or Harry Potter?   
    None of those.
     
    My vote goes to the Irwin Allen box from the 90s, which is the only JW "box" I have, really.
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    Josh500 reacted to Jay in Roger Feigelson announces a Williams title is coming from Intrada in 2021   
    Has anybody considered the possibility Roger was just talking about the new version of Jaws with bonus tracks removed?
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    Josh500 got a reaction from Fabulin in Roger Feigelson announces a Williams title is coming from Intrada in 2021   
    Disney is so humongous now, maybe they'll buy up Intrada, just so it can handle all of its soundtracks in the future... 
     
    Weirder things have happened! 
     
     
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    Josh500 reacted to crumbs in Roger Feigelson announces a Williams title is coming from Intrada in 2021   
    I often lie awake in bed with all these lingering questions about future Star Wars expansions.
     
    What if the multi-tracks are still lost for SW? Did ESB tapes disintegrate while being transferred for the SEs? Would Mike remix the original scores from scratch using the multi-tracks? Where will the concert suites be placed? What about the original '83 ROTJ songs and Ewok Celebration, both with multiple mixes? Have the lost ROTJ album sessions been found? Max Rebo? Will JW even allow source music? And the dozens of early alternates from TFA/TROS? How about 4 different versions of Luke's death in TLJ? What about the TFA trailer cues JW recorded? Will the TLJ recording of Main Title be reinstated? What about multiple takes of the SW Main Title, as included on the SE?
     
    ...I might need help.
     
     
    Maybe they'll buy JWFan and forbid us from discussing Star Wars expansions.
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    Josh500 reacted to Steve in YouTube videos with John Williams | Concert clips | Interviews   
    Since I found no topic on that, I thought this would be a nice place to post new YouTube videos with the maestro himself either conducting, playing the piano or being interviewed.
    Note: Please only post videos with Williams himself in it

    I'll start with some recently posted videos, both that I've never seen before.
     
    1980 Filmharmonic - Conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra:
     
    Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony with John Williams playing the piano on "The Tennis Game" from "The Witches of Eastwick". Ozawa also conducts "Flying Theme".
     
    Olympic Spirit performed in the studio:
     
    Williams conducting "Olympic Spirit" with the Boston Pops:
     
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    Josh500 got a reaction from bruce marshall in WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) 2CD edition from Intrada Records 2020   
    It's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! 😅 
     
    Or Hook!
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    Josh500 reacted to Jay in WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) 2CD edition from Intrada Records 2020   
    My favorite assembly of bonus tracks that works as its own mini album yet is coming out next year and I can't wait for everyone to hear it.  It's a masterpiece of album production.
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    Josh500 reacted to karelm in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    You are so, so right.  This might be Spielberg's masterpiece.  Like Coppola did in Apocalypse Now, Spielberg put his heart and soul into this film and this sequence encapsulates why the film and score are perfect. 
     
    One of my favorite memories was on my flight back to Los Angeles after a wonderful experience performing with Marin Alsop and the amazing musicians and friends in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  My instrument wouldn't fit in the overhead, so had to fly in a seat.  Evacuation rules required it was the first row window seat to not block any passengers in case there was an evacuation.  So my instrument and I were boarded first and in the front row.  Next were a group of 20 senior citizens that were all part of the Honor Flight Network (a non-profit organization whose mission is to transport Veterans to Washington DC to visit memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice).  
     
    This was one of the most enjoyable flights I had ever taken making the five-hour flight feel more like 30 minutes it was over so quick.  The man sitting next to me was known as the “kid” because he was the youngest one at 87.  He was a rear gunner on a B-17 bomber.  I told him I was a pilot which excited him as we began talking aviator to aviator about what he saw and experienced flying dozens of dangerous missions, the fright of the Luftwaffe, friends he lost, and the incredible randomness of great tragedies.  He almost started tearing up recalling a routine mission with several of his friends where all on board died because the plane simply flew into a mountain.   
     
    I could feel the cold, noise, smell, fear, cramping, claustrophobia inside the rear and belly turret of these long missions over enemy terrain.  He said the introduction of the P-51 Mustang was a game changer because they would now have armed escorts on their dangerous missions who were as agile (probably more so) than the Luftwaffe.  They frequently didn't even know what happened to their friends.  After difficult missions, they simply returned and noticed airplanes missing.  No word of what happened to their friends...are they now POW?  Did the plane ditch in the sea?  Were they survivors hoping to be rescued?  They had no answers, just an empty bunk where their friend used to be.  How terrifying it must have been to fly these missions before the P-51 where it must have felt like they were a large sitting duck!  Now at least, they had a chance.
     
    Half way through the flight, many of these men had to go the bathroom so my front row chair became a rotating door of great stories from these incredible veterans.   One consistent story I heard was how much they all revered one of the passengers on the flight above all else.  Finally, he made his way to the front row seat awaiting the bathroom.  When he sat next to me, we started talking and I saw his cap "101st Airborne Screaming Eagles" Infantry division.  My jaw dropped.  He was a paratrooper on D-Day who jumped from a glider behind enemy lines in the middle of the night during the Invasion of Normandy.  Against incredibly bad odds, he survived the battle telling me that night, he lost half his company.  Just imagine, in a 24-hour period losing one out of two people you trained and bonded with.  Since this was 2014, I recall he was 92.  That would make him 98 now.  I don't know his name or if he is still alive.  I will never forget him and I knew him for maybe a minute.  
     
    They are true heroes. It was incredibly humbling to meet these heroes and I was reminded of them seeing interviews from Normandy on the 75th anniversary and think of them every time I see Saving Private Ryan.  I will never forget meeting them and hearing their experiences first hand.
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    Josh500 got a reaction from karelm in Saving Private Ryan vs. War Horse   
    One example. 
     
    Check out the moment starting at around 8:50. One of the best quieter moments in the film, and also one of the best scored ones. When the familiar theme starts playing (so graceful, soothing, and gorgeous!), I get goosebumps. I mean wow. Spielberg's top-notch direction also helps, needless to say. 
     
     
     
     
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