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    jamesluckard reacted to Jay in New 1941 Blu Ray to contain new assembly of Williams' score - edited and remixed by Mike Matessino!   
    The Digital Bits interviews Mike Matessino about the 40th anniversary of 1941!
     
    https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy--showmanship/1941-40th-anniv
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    jamesluckard reacted to Jay in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    Bespin if you are asking that question, then you haven't listened to Maurizio's great new interview with Mike Matessino, where all that is answered
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/12/11/mike-matessino-podcast-disaster-soundtrack-collection/
     
    The short answer (you should listen to the podcast for the full detailed answer!) is that Earthquake is a complete re-recording, done after and separately from the film recording.  JW crafted the album he wanted, but then at the last minute, a producer at the label insisted on adding sound effects, so he added them to the main title and combined some tracks into the medley and put sound effects on that too.  These new constructions were also released as the A and B side of a 45RPM single. 
     
    For this release, MM found the clean album master from before that was done, as well as the sound effects versions, so was able to remix the entire album from scratch, and re-create the program JW wanted, which has no sound effects.  Then, he also put the sound effects tracks on the CD right after, since they represent the 45RPM release, but also the individual user can re-create the sound effects version of the album by changing changing the order of tracks in their personal playlist.
     
    The Towering Inferno OST album was not a re-recording.  It was constructed from film recordings.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Incanus in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Amer in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Bellosh in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from ATXHusker in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Jay in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from MainTitle in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Ricard in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Omen II in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    Just a sentence or two, saying it's music written for the film but not ultimately used in it.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Chewy in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Josh500 in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    I'll do my best, but I can't guarantee amazing results.
     
    Also, there are obviously three individual CD sets, so I can't take photos of every side and angle of every one.
     
    That said:
     
     



    Sorry the pics are kind of terrible, I'm not too great at it, and I'm more focused on the music, but the set looks amazing, beautiful design work.
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    jamesluckard reacted to crocodile in MINORITY REPORT- 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records now available   
    Well I've got it anyway. I tend to buy Williams the day they come out. Not taking chances.
     
    Anyway... MR works so much better in expanded form. I like the themes and stylistic seem to recur more throughout the score which makes for a more appealing listening experience. Sure, there are so cues that don't make great listening on any album, due to their suspenseful low-key nature, but the score feels more cohesive somehow. The sound is greatly improved too. It is not a Bruce Botnick recording but definitely has more clarity and warmth which was muddy and flat on the OST. It's a definite improvement.
     
    Now... when is the film going to come out on 4K Blu-ray?
     
    Karol
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from redishere in MINORITY REPORT- 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records now available   
    Just finished listening to my copy, which arrived today.
     
    It's a revelation, the sound is spectacular.
     
    I've been waiting almost twenty years for this and it does not disappoint one bit.
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    jamesluckard reacted to Josh500 in MINORITY REPORT- 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records now available   
    I've been enjoying, admiring, and loving John Williams's Minority Report for almost twenty years now, and I can't wait to discover it all over again!!! 
     
     
    This one sentence makes me so happy! 
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Amer in MINORITY REPORT- 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records now available   
    Just finished listening to my copy, which arrived today.
     
    It's a revelation, the sound is spectacular.
     
    I've been waiting almost twenty years for this and it does not disappoint one bit.
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from ATXHusker in MINORITY REPORT- 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records now available   
    Just finished listening to my copy, which arrived today.
     
    It's a revelation, the sound is spectacular.
     
    I've been waiting almost twenty years for this and it does not disappoint one bit.
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    jamesluckard reacted to Jay in MINORITY REPORT- 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records now available   
    The WOTW cue you guys are taking about is 3mME Attacking The Car, which was on the OST as track 9 The Attack On The Car, and was certainly written for mob car scene in the final film, not the tripod car scene that got deleted.
     
     
     
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QtG5OuCLOrQj4iYNUEBgIU81gH2q2USCDhqLQwzHLKY/
     
     
     
    That's 1M6 Stopping The Crime, which had always been available on the OST as the first cue in track 3 Pre-Crime To The Rescue 
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    jamesluckard reacted to Josh500 in Harry Potter - The John Williams Soundtrack Collection 7CD boxset from La-La Land Records (2018)   
    That part is on the OST album, and we've been listening to it for 17 years! One of the highlights. Always loved this entire scene, movie and score!
     
    That said, it's definitely not the same melody as "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas" from HA2, meaning it's not a quote. Maybe (sub)consciously JW was channeling the Home Alone movies, though.... That could be. It has the same festive and joyous tone and orchestration! 
     
    What about Link? You completely ignore him?
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    jamesluckard reacted to Jay in Schindler's List - 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition from La-La Land Records (2018)   
    IIRC Spielberg was at all the recording sessions and likely suggested some of these tonal changes in how The Money Exchange was performed right away, knowing the tone he wanted the early parts of the film to have. 
     
    Usually JW tries to use the same versions and takes on album as the film does so it is a bit surprising this OST track ended up so different.
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    jamesluckard reacted to Jay in Schindler's List - 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition from La-La Land Records (2018)   
    If you check out the session leak you can see (well, hear I guess) that they just kept re-recording The Money Exchange over and over again, with subtle changes to the orchestration in every take (and they didn't do the entire cue from start to end in every take either).  Recruiting is way more straight forward; They seemingly nailed this almost 9 minute cue in 2 takes!
     
    Anyway, the OST combined a different set of takes, edited in different places, than the final film did.
     
    The only thing that seems to have been recorded specifically for the album is Jewish Town (Krakow Ghetto - Winter '41) aka The Journey To Krakow (Introduction And Theme).  Even the Remembrances (With Itzhak Perlman) track one would assume was an album-only concert arrangement was clearly intended for the film originally as the sheet music has "20M4 End Credits" right on top.
     
     
     
    Here's some more detail I found, if you're interested:
     
     
     
    Remember the cues in question are
     
    2M3/3M1 The Money Exchange
    3M1B Recruiting
     
    And here's what's in the leak (on disc 1)

    08 2M3-3M1 Take 36 (Original) (5:53)
    09 2M3-3M1 Take 37 (New) (3:34)
    10 2M3-3M1 Take 63 (Rev) (1:55)
    11 2M3-3M1 Take 64 (Rev) (1:54)
    12 3M1 Take 38-39 (New) (4:09)
    13 3M1 Take 40 (New) (3:43)
    14 3M1B Take 41 (8:41)
    15 3M1B Take 42 (8:39)
     
    Here's some old notes from @Henry Buck on how they were edited together
     
     
     
     
     
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    jamesluckard reacted to Nick Parker in Schindler's List - 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition from La-La Land Records (2018)   
    Having seen the film a few days ago, for the first time in ten years, I absolutely agree with you. I know when a lot of people debate whether Schindler's List has an "appropriate" score, they tend to discuss more the idiom and the emotional character of the music, but it's hard to ignore such a powerful, less tangible aspect of the score as its spotting. Those elements combined serve to perfectly mirror the gradual opening of emotional valve of both the film (the first cue being a very sparse and austere rendition of the theme and its eventual climax with "I Could Have Done More", for example), and character of Schindler himself (starting off as a guy who's pissed off at a handicapped worker expressing gratitude and shouting "What's his use!?", to a man who can only lament every conceivable missed opportunity to save what would be only a few more people). 
     
    All in all, an immensely effective, rarely achieved synergy between these various elements. 
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    jamesluckard got a reaction from Nick Parker in Schindler's List - 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition from La-La Land Records (2018)   
    I agree, it's amazing that almost all the score is in the film's final hour. It's really quite brilliant, because it lulls you into a sense that the film is a document, instead of a fiction, and once you're safely hooked by the film, the music subtly emerges, until it absolutely dominates the final portion.
     
    This choice Williams makes is extremely similar to what he did in, of all things, Black Sunday, which is one of my favorite films and one of my favorite Williams scores.
     
    Back in about 2002 they did a retrospective of Williams films at the AFI in DC leading up to a Williams concert, and they screened both Schindler's List and Black Sunday. I believe I remember reading the films they played were selected or at least approved by him.
     
     
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    jamesluckard reacted to Jay in Schindler's List - 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition from La-La Land Records (2018)   
    Nah, it would have a reel/part number on the sheet music if that was the case
     
     

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