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  1. Brilliant work @crumbs!!! That musical sequence is indeed one of the best in the whole trilogy and this video further illustrates that. Williams really knows how to construct a dramatic arc while constantly expertly weaving in and out of the action thematically as we switch to different sides of it. And most of all he understands the dynamics of musical storytelling meaning that he (even though this aspect might be often dictated by the film, director and other demands) miraculously manages to make the music gradually more complex and louder and not have the score blaring on overdrive levels all the time from start to finish.
  2. Also the credits in the CD booklet list those few Hollywood studio veterans (including e.g. Don Williams and Mike Valerio) as additional musicians, who I think perform only on Getting Out the Vote (although the full extent of their involvement in the scoring is a mystery). I wonder if that would have any effect on the reuse fees.
  3. Glory (LLL release) by James Horner: Pardon the pun but the new release is quite glorious. I don't think it actually could improve my opinion on this masterful score but listening to the complete score is a joy. I found particularly interesting the unused battle music for The Battle Of Grimball’s Landing and how it was originally more closely linked to the Charging Fort Wagner music as evinced by the alternate take at the end of disc 2. This must have obviously been Horner's original take on the scene with less overt O Fortuna temp track effect and there he reiterates the same musical figures as in Grimball's Landing more clearly, linking both scenes musically. Still the final version, where the composer is only barely skirting O Fortuna, feels little bit more emotionally satisfying as Horner manages to develop the music heard in the first battle scene further that in his first take.
  4. Interesting. It still fits the Lincoln's departure scene perfectly emotion wise. That old Steven knows his stuff. An expansion of this score would be brilliant!
  5. I agree. It is also a score that feels a very different experience on the album compared to the film. The score in the movie very much wants to stay out of the way of the performances and comes in mostly subtly to support the drama with gentle hand. On the album it feels like Williams wanted to create almost a concept album to express his musical feelings on the film and Lincoln himself and it is a beautifully rounded effort. His writing is deceptively simple and direct and I feel that much of the music's power resides in the solo performances of the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I even remember reading a review where a critic commented on this beautiful humane quality of the music when he mentioned that you can hear the almost in concert or live recording style the breathing of the flute player in during the end credits which to his mind lent another beautiful touch to project. Similarly I remember that hearing Christopher Martin's beautiful, poignant trumpet solo alone on the aptly named FYC album track Trumpet Hymn underscoring Lincoln's departure to the Ford's Theater at the end of the film could reduce me to tears with the sheer direct emotion the wonderful musician was able to project at that moment. And this certainly applies to the other soloists as well. And while Williams chose to veer away from adapting or directly quoting traditional American period music, his score is informed by American musical tradition to its very bones. I can't imagine a more Americana score.
  6. Alas For Always was no My Heart Will Go On type of hit so that was a bit wasted promotion attempt. But hey at least Williams got to put both versions on the OST instead of more of the excellent score. I am so grateful for LLL for releasing this score in such a sumptuous set. Easily among my all time favourite film score releases. I now only wish I had had enough OCD to buy this new version when it came out so I might have gotten the erroneous pressing with more unreleased music.
  7. @Naïve Old Fart I had the Varese re-recording of Body Heat but finally decided to get the original score recording. About time I thought.
  8. Ah Horner using the classic Dies Irae lyrics. DIES irae, dies illa, solvet saeculum in favilla, teste David cum Sibylla. THAT day of wrath, that dreadful day, shall heaven and earth in ashes lay, as David and the Sybil say. Quantus tremor est futurus, quando iudex est venturus, cuncta stricte discussurus! What horror must invade the mind when the approaching Judge shall find and sift the deeds of all mankind! Tuba mirum spargens sonum per sepulcra regionum, coget omnes ante thronum. The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone and summon all before the Throne. Mors stupebit et natura, cum resurget creatura, iudicanti responsura. Now death and nature with surprise behold the trembling sinners rise to meet the Judge's searching eyes. Liber scriptus proferetur, in quo totum continetur, unde mundus iudicetur. Then shall with universal dread the Book of Consciences be read to judge the lives of all the dead. Iudex ergo cum sedebit, quidquid latet apparebit: nil inultum remanebit. For now before the Judge severe all hidden things must plain appear; no crime can pass unpunished here. Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? quem patronum rogaturus? cum vix iustus sit securus. O what shall I, so guilty plead? and who for me will intercede? when even Saints shall comfort need? Rex tremendae maiestatis, qui salvandos salvas gratis, salva me, fons pietatis. O King of dreadful majesty! grace and mercy You grant free; as Fount of Kindness, save me! Recordare Iesu pie, quod sum causa tuae viae: ne me perdas illa die. Recall, dear Jesus, for my sake you did our suffering nature take then do not now my soul forsake! Quaerens me, sedisti lassus: redemisti crucem passus: tantus labor non sit cassus. In weariness You sought for me, and suffering upon the tree! let not in vain such labor be. Iuste iudex ultionis, donum fac remissionis, ante diem rationis. O Judge of justice, hear, I pray, for pity take my sins away before the dreadful reckoning day. Ingemisco, tamquam reus: culpa rubet vultus meus: supplicanti parce Deus. Your gracious face, O Lord, I seek; deep shame and grief are on my cheek; in sighs and tears my sorrows speak. Qui Mariam absolvisti, et latronem exaudisti, mihi quoque spem dedisti. You Who did Mary's guilt unbind, and mercy for the robber find, have filled with hope my anxious mind. Preces meae non sunt dignae: sed tu bonus fac benigne, ne perenni cremer igne. How worthless are my prayers I know, yet, Lord forbid that I should go into the fires of endless woe. Inter oves locum praesta, et ab haedis me sequestra, statuens in parte dextera. Divorced from the accursed band, o make me with Your sheep to stand, as child of grace, at Your right Hand. Confutatis maledictis, flammis acribus addictis. voca me cum benedictis. When the doomed can no more flee from the fires of misery with the chosen call me. Oro supplex et acclinis, cor contritum quasi cinis: gere curam mei finis. Before You, humbled, Lord, I lie, my heart like ashes, crushed and dry, assist me when I die. Lacrimosa dies illa, qua resurget ex favilla. iudicandus homo reus: huic ergo parce Deus. Full of tears and full of dread is that day that wakes the dead, calling all, with solemn blast to be judged for all their past. Pie Iesu Domine, dona eis requiem. Amen. Lord, have mercy, Jesus blest, grant them all Your Light and Rest. Amen.
  9. Yay I finally got my copy! Now on to listen to the whole set! Main Title (from the Motion Picture The Eiger Sanction)
  10. Yup. And for me no biggie since I order now stuff regularly from them and very understandable since they would lose quite a bit of money sending these separate discs to all those who ordered these releases from them.
  11. Interestingly Music Box Records had this message on their site regarding replacement discs for some of these soundtrack label faulty pressings etc.
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