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    Omen II reacted to Holko in NEW! THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS - World Premiere Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - La-La Land Records   
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    Universal Pictures Film Music Classics Collection

    Music composed and conducted by John Williams

    Limited Edition of 5000 Units

    RETAIL PRICE: $22.98

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    La-La Land Records and Universal Studios proudly present the twenty-first title within the acclaimed Universal Pictures Film Music Classics Collection  – THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, a world premiere release of music from the original soundtrack for the very first collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams (JAWS, E.T., SCHINDLER’S LIST).
     
    Celebrating its 50th anniversary, THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, released in 1974, stars Goldie Hawn as a Texas mother who breaks her husband (William Atherton) out of a prison farm when she is denied custody of their baby. Together they hijack a highway patrolman (Michael Sacks) and lead a convoy of media, onlookers, and countless police cars across the state. Spielberg’s first feature film balances comedy, drama and action in what Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called “one of the most phenomenal debut films in the history of movies.”
     
    Although Williams’ score never received a prior album release, the 50th anniversary of his historic partnership with Spielberg, along with a revisitation of the film for Universal Studios’ new 4K restoration, yielded the proper conditions to at last create an original soundtrack, which now takes a place of honor in the successful Universal Studios Film Music Classics Collection.
     
    While Spielberg originally hoped for a larger scale score for his first movie, Williams convinced him that THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS called for something more intimate. The great Belgian harmonica soloist Toots Thielemans became the principal musical voice of the film, supported by an ensemble of top guitarists and percussionists and a small string ensemble. The resulting music reflects the complex characters and the building tension of the story, with a bluesy, country vibe evoking the landscape and cultural backdrop of the tale. The album presentation, produced by the composer, delivers a distinctive musical journey and features material not used in the completed film.
     
    Classics Collection producer Mike Matessino mixed, edited and mastered the album from high resolution transfers of pristine 8-track master tapes, archiving the material as well as conforming the music for a new stereo mix of the film. Matessino also contributes in-depth liner notes detailing the history of the production, the creation of the music, and its place in the legendary Spielberg/Williams collaboration. Art direction by Jim Titus appropriately celebrates this historic premiere release.
     
     
    Hell yeah!!! Finally!
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    Omen II got a reaction from Sylvan in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I went to a wonderful concert with the LSO at the Barbican in London a few weeks ago.  I am happy to see at least one movement (the lovely Romanza) from Ralph Vaughan Williams's sublime fifth symphony on YouTube, one of my absolute favourite symphonies by anyone.  The conductor is Sir Antonio Pappano.
     
    Music doesn't get much better than this.
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to Dr. Rick in Do you think Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece?   
    I will give the LLL CD a spin in honor of the 80th anniversary of D-Day today.  I had the news on this morning, they were interviewing Tom Hanks as he was there along with a few surviving veterans, and I believe the main SPR theme was playing in the background but not sure.  Someone here can find and post faster than I could
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    Omen II got a reaction from Brando in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    Yesterday was my second time seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, this time with no less than the London Symphony Orchestra playing the score.  While there are no longer any musicians in the LSO who played on the original soundtrack, it was wonderful to hear the current orchestra tackle one of my favourite John Williams scores live.  It was like listening to the original soundtrack.
     
    Although I was sitting some way away in the stalls, it looked to me as if most of the LSO's 'first team' were there, conducted by the dependable Ludwig Wicki.  I felt like being very unBritish and breaking out into applause when they finished the Desert Chase sequence, it was so good!
     

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    Omen II reacted to Miguel Andrade in RIP greg1138   
    According to some Facebook posts, fellow member @Greg1138 has passed away. 
    I had some regular contacts with him during the mid to late 00's (I remember recurring conversations about Minority Report) and then just occasionally exchange a mail.
    I saw he last logged it last year. I wonder if he was still in touch with anyone around here.
     
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    Omen II got a reaction from Martinland in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    Yesterday was my second time seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, this time with no less than the London Symphony Orchestra playing the score.  While there are no longer any musicians in the LSO who played on the original soundtrack, it was wonderful to hear the current orchestra tackle one of my favourite John Williams scores live.  It was like listening to the original soundtrack.
     
    Although I was sitting some way away in the stalls, it looked to me as if most of the LSO's 'first team' were there, conducted by the dependable Ludwig Wicki.  I felt like being very unBritish and breaking out into applause when they finished the Desert Chase sequence, it was so good!
     

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    Omen II reacted to aj_vader in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    I concur, the orchestra was incredible throughout! 
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    Omen II got a reaction from aj_vader in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    Yesterday was my second time seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, this time with no less than the London Symphony Orchestra playing the score.  While there are no longer any musicians in the LSO who played on the original soundtrack, it was wonderful to hear the current orchestra tackle one of my favourite John Williams scores live.  It was like listening to the original soundtrack.
     
    Although I was sitting some way away in the stalls, it looked to me as if most of the LSO's 'first team' were there, conducted by the dependable Ludwig Wicki.  I felt like being very unBritish and breaking out into applause when they finished the Desert Chase sequence, it was so good!
     

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    Omen II got a reaction from ThePenitentMan1 in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    Yesterday was my second time seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, this time with no less than the London Symphony Orchestra playing the score.  While there are no longer any musicians in the LSO who played on the original soundtrack, it was wonderful to hear the current orchestra tackle one of my favourite John Williams scores live.  It was like listening to the original soundtrack.
     
    Although I was sitting some way away in the stalls, it looked to me as if most of the LSO's 'first team' were there, conducted by the dependable Ludwig Wicki.  I felt like being very unBritish and breaking out into applause when they finished the Desert Chase sequence, it was so good!
     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Davis in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    Yesterday was my second time seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, this time with no less than the London Symphony Orchestra playing the score.  While there are no longer any musicians in the LSO who played on the original soundtrack, it was wonderful to hear the current orchestra tackle one of my favourite John Williams scores live.  It was like listening to the original soundtrack.
     
    Although I was sitting some way away in the stalls, it looked to me as if most of the LSO's 'first team' were there, conducted by the dependable Ludwig Wicki.  I felt like being very unBritish and breaking out into applause when they finished the Desert Chase sequence, it was so good!
     

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    Omen II reacted to crocodile in What Live To Projection concerts have you seen and not seen?   
    Intermission time. LSO players certainly deliver! 
     

     
    Karol
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    Omen II reacted to Andy in Best film adventure theme?   
    Jesus Christ, fellas. Come on. 
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to Unlucky Bastard in Board members pets   
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    Omen II reacted to Unlucky Bastard in Board members pets   
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    Omen II reacted to Glóin the Dark in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I also know a lot of Vaughan Williams, including the Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (and 1, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9), but my top pick is easily his Symphony No. 6 - my second favourite symphony and third favourite piece of music by anyone. The second movement is one of the most sublime orchestral movements that I know.
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to Naïve Old Fart in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I know a lot of VW (#2 is my second favourite piece of classical music), but I'll confess that I'm not familiar with the #5.
    I'll check it out, post haste.
    Thanks for the heads up.
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    Omen II got a reaction from Glóin the Dark in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I went to a wonderful concert with the LSO at the Barbican in London a few weeks ago.  I am happy to see at least one movement (the lovely Romanza) from Ralph Vaughan Williams's sublime fifth symphony on YouTube, one of my absolute favourite symphonies by anyone.  The conductor is Sir Antonio Pappano.
     
    Music doesn't get much better than this.
     
     
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    Omen II got a reaction from Tom Guernsey in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I went to a wonderful concert with the LSO at the Barbican in London a few weeks ago.  I am happy to see at least one movement (the lovely Romanza) from Ralph Vaughan Williams's sublime fifth symphony on YouTube, one of my absolute favourite symphonies by anyone.  The conductor is Sir Antonio Pappano.
     
    Music doesn't get much better than this.
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in RIP Joeinar   
    Good morning.
     
    I woke up to a message from Joe's sister. He has died unexpectedly.
     
    Joe is one of the longest standing members of JWFan. Joining, i assume, in 1999 or 2000.
     
    We became friends and remained friends.
     
    Joe always claimed that when John Williams dies God would thank him personally for E.T.
     
    A score i will listen too a lot this weekend. 
     
    He is survived by his husband, and 2 Boston Terriers.
     
    Stefan Cosman 
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    Omen II got a reaction from johnmillions in Stepmom (John Williams)   
    I visit here for this sort of quality content. 
     
    There is one bit of unreleased music from Stepmom which really struck me when I saw the film many years ago.  I swear that Williams briefly references the theme from The Towering Inferno in a shot when the camera pans over the World Trade Center.  The film was released in 1998.
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    Omen II reacted to karelm in Do you think Saving Private Ryan is a masterpiece?   
    The film and score are so masterful and deeply moving, this sequence always brings me to tears.  This film exemplifies two masters of their medium at the pinnacle of their craft.  Sublime, mature, rich, complex, efficient, and ultimately deeply moving.  This is from a moment in the film where so much is happening subtextually.  A masterpiece of film making, scoring, and storytelling.  
     
     
    The film never scores the action, only the subtext or inner thoughts of the characters.  Something Spielberg and Williams hinted at in all their prior collaborations but here it is in full display.
     
    A few reasons why this film hits me so hard - I think it was 2014, I was flying back from Baltimore, Maryland, after performing there.  That was after a wonderful experience performing with Marin Alsop and the amazing musicians and friends in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Since I had to fly with my trombone in a seat without it blocking any passengers in case there was an evacuation, I was 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 like only 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, and I felt helped loosen him up as we began talking 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. Our initial discussion was about the experience he had as a vintage aviator.  Then 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) as the Luftwaffe. They frequently didn't even know what happened to their friends. After difficult missions, they simply returned and noticed airplanes missing or bunks unoccupied. No word of what happened to their friends...are they now POW? Did the plane ditch in the sea? Were there any survivors? They had no easy answers. 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.
     
    Halfway 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 D-Day. 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.  These guys were around 17 to 22 years old at that time and I couldn't believe I was looking them directly in their eyes hearing them recount these horrific experiences firsthand.  This scene from Saving Private Ryan, the 101st is crossing paths with Captain Miller's (Tom Hanks) character as they look through the dog tags of paratroopers killed.  I met those men.  
     
    It was incredibly humbling to meet these true heroes and I was reminded of them each time I see this film. I will never forget meeting them and hearing their stories firsthand. 
     
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    Omen II reacted to Naïve Old Fart in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Vaughan Williams SYMPHONY #2, FANTASIA ON A THEME BY THOMAS TALLIS, and SERENADE TO MUSIC.
    Roger Norrington/LPO.
    This is music!
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    Omen II got a reaction from pete in Stepmom (John Williams)   
    I visit here for this sort of quality content. 
     
    There is one bit of unreleased music from Stepmom which really struck me when I saw the film many years ago.  I swear that Williams briefly references the theme from The Towering Inferno in a shot when the camera pans over the World Trade Center.  The film was released in 1998.
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    Omen II got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in Stepmom (John Williams)   
    I visit here for this sort of quality content. 
     
    There is one bit of unreleased music from Stepmom which really struck me when I saw the film many years ago.  I swear that Williams briefly references the theme from The Towering Inferno in a shot when the camera pans over the World Trade Center.  The film was released in 1998.
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    Omen II reacted to pete in Stepmom (John Williams)   
    I'm another who hears Williams fine craftmanship and sensibilities all over this. And since I play a little guitar - well, a normal sized guitar a little - I especially like to hear Williams writing for guitar. I certainly have a softspot for Taking Pictures and The Days Between arrangement which features more guitar. In my mind, they're up there with Williams most beautiful pieces. I hope Williams writes a guitar concerto one day. A nice one like Elmer Bernstein's - not a weird one!
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