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    Tom Guernsey reacted to May the Force be with You in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Cocoon (Intrada) by James Horner
    Terrific and fun score.
     
    Cocoon: The Return (Varèse) by James Horner
    Less interresting than the first one, it's still an amazing score.
     
    The Pagemaster (LLL) by James Horner
    One of my top five Horner, easy...
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Docteur Qui in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    A Christmas Carol is my personal favourite of the whole bunch. It looks gorgeous, it’s rollickingly fun, emotional, fiendishly clever and just a tiny bit cheesy. Moffat, Smith and Gold were firing on all cylinders at that point, following the phenomenal Series 5. I try not to watch it too often because it’s best enjoyed as it was intended: with a full belly and a few too many drinks.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    We watch on Mondays because that's when I can buy it here in the States.
     
    Christmas specials: Yeah, I miss wrapping up Christmas day with an adult beverage and Doctor Who. Of course now the family watches with me but still.
     
    We're trying to hit a few We watched The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe the other night. One of the best Christmas specials. My daughter's favorite is 11, my son's is 10 (because 10 is also Scrooge McDuck!) so we'll probably watch a 10 next. I think we watched Voyage of the Damned last year so we might watch Runaway Bride. I'm not as much of a fan of The Next Doctor and the other ones are regeneration episodes.
     
    When it's my pick we'll probably go with either Last Christmas or The Husbands of River Song.
     
    We might watch a regeneration Christmas. We've watched Time of the Doctor a LOT.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Datameister in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE - 3CD Set from La-La Land Records   
    I can't be bothered to check how many times I've posted this sentiment, but...if you don't have this one, and if you have any interest whatsoever in this music, pick this set up. The sound quality is as big as improvement over the Blue Box as the Blue Box was over the old Rhino release, and that's saying something. I don't triple-dip too often, but this one was easily worth it.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Docteur Qui in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    I mean, a good chunk of the audience of DW are younger people who likely watch using catch-up or streaming services, which are never counted in the overnights. Call the Midwife, Vigil etc all attract a more traditional older audience I imagine.
     
    With that in mind, those are still pretty poor ratings, and may indicate that older audience has well and truly departed. We'll probably see a big jump on New Year's Day in 2023 when Jodie regenerates and we get our first glimpse of RTD2's Doctor. I predict his premiere will also attract some BIG, 2009 numbers.
     
    Also I hope we see a return of the Christmas specials, it's not the same without them. I'm teeing up Last Christmas this year, god that was a great episode.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bespin in What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)   
    First Knight.
     
    It's like Sabrina... but with Richard Gere instead of Harrison Ford.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Positivatee in THE ORVILLE - Music Discussion (Kevin Kaska joins season 3)   
    Compact discs require plastic, which needs oil and are not recyclable. 
     
    Please think of the sea turtles and make physical media an obsolete curiosity. Digital downloads are green! 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to JNHFan2000 in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Thunderball - John Barry
    Going through all the Bond scores again. No one did it like Barry! He is the only one who was able to make suspense music kind of sexy.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from crumbs in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    Aren't they effectively still employees who are required to play music in accordance with the management's wishes?! I'm sure there is some give and take but a mass JW snubbing seems a bit unlikely?!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to publicist in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    In honour of the new LLL release: one of the last remaining biggies from Hollywood's golden years without a *proper* deluxe (or legal cd) edition, and for Newman it's probably the last. The story is familiar: from 1942 to 1944 a group of dutch jews hid in the attic of a house in Amsterdam. 13-year-old Anne Frank experiences the fear of the persecuted, their desperate hope of rescue, their weaknesses and disputes, but also their tenacity and solidarity.
     
    The laconic, matter-of-fact style of the real diary is - in true Hollywood style - pumped up into a big, conventional tearjerker, restrained a bit by great actors. Newman's score, by itself, is a hearfelt, flowering piece of romantic south-californian straightforwardness, something he delved into with a lot of passion. This emphasizes the film's weaknesses at key points: the music in the Anne/Peter scenes is borderline saccharine, and their waltz-like theme on a thousand high strings is anything but timeless. 
     
    But these aesthetic complaints aside, it's a real wonderful piece of work: Newman travelled to Holland because he was so touched by the spirituality of the story. And several of his themes, chief among them the main title tune, musically capture the longings of the oppressed families - listen to 'Families in Hiding' for a delicate musical portrayal of a  montage, with many painterly woodwind fingerprints that recall later John Williams and James Horner stylistics. The other cue i will point out is the longest, 'The Dearness of you, Peter'. Newman again demonstrates his spectacular talent for heartfelt string writing, guiding us into a big emotional release coming after the 6-minute mark, which is abruptly cut-off by a menacing horn chord, reminding us sharply whose story this is.
     
    The score provides four themes: Anne's Theme, a a solemn yet impassioned faith theme, and the aforementioned waltz theme. The old LP offered 38 minutes of score, a perfect length, but this being a Fox Cinemascope roadshow picture, the usual luxuries as entr'actes, exit and intermission musics and such are of course a must. As a nice bonus, the LLL releases offers many variations of cues that differ between LP and movie, but most importantly the somewhat muffled original elements are going to sound better than ever, which for me always is the first criterion why i update. Take this as an encouragement not only to devote time the zillionst re-release of the scores of your formative years. The old saying 'the older the wine, the better' may not be always true, but in this case, i'd say it is.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to blondheim in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I found it a little difficult listening to Sondheim so soon so after The Ladies Who Lunch by Elaine Stritch, I passed over to a piece of Mahler's: the 6th as conducted by Mariss Jansons in 2002 on the LSO Live label. I had a really profound experience with it, I am not at all ashamed to say.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bespin in RIP Stephen Sondheim   
    Listening to highlights from this great album which won a Grammy in 2015.
     
     
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Sweeping Strings in The Doctor Who Thread.....   
    Took a notion for the Tennant 'n' Tate Silence In The Library/Forest Of The Dead 2-parter yesterday afternoon. 

    A cracker, but you knew that already. Moffat's writing in conjunction with RTD's showrunning really was a kind of Doctor Who 'sweet spot'. 
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Leitmotif in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    Aren't they effectively still employees who are required to play music in accordance with the management's wishes?! I'm sure there is some give and take but a mass JW snubbing seems a bit unlikely?!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Disco Stu in RIP Stephen Sondheim   
    Man, what a loss.  The last truly great American theater composer.
     
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/26/theater/stephen-sondheim-dead.html
     
    Two of my favorite performances of two of my favorite Sondheim songs
     
     
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Tallguy in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Star Trek. I'm working my way through the La-La Land Original Series Box. I've had my library organized by episode for years now but I'm actually listening to it disk by disk in the original LLL order this time. I just finished disc two: The Man Trap / The Naked Time by Courage.
     
    This is the first time I've listened to The Man Trap that it didn't feel like a total chore. There are still a couple of tracks that while they are only 5 minutes long seem to last a lifetime. But there is definitely some great stuff in there.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to publicist in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    One of the great 'Big Outdoors' movies, 'The Trap' (shot 1966 mainly in the breathtaking wilderness of British Columbia) concerns a beautiful mute orphan girl (Rita Tushingham) who is force-married to rough trapper Oliver Reed. The two outsiders warily grow closer in his hut and weather all kinds of challenges and Ron Goodwin provides the uplifting music. By today's standards it's almost shockingly lyrical, though like with many of Goodwin's works, he's better with establishing shots than with the long dramatic scenes.
     
    Still, with so much nature on display Goodwin makes his mark: once you've seen it it's likely you will never forget his glorious main theme (which sounds like a folk song on steroids). Fun fact: You’ll recognise this famous tune as the theme played every year to introduce TV coverage of the London Marathon.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to crocodile in La-La Land Records Black Friday 2021   
    Forgive me for being so direct but I've got something to get off my chest. Sorry if anyone takes it too personally... Just trying to reframe some things for you.
     
    Those labels release what they can and when they can. Sure, I'd like to have my Willows and Indiana Jones out by now. But that's not the reality of it. So expressing displeasure or disappointment publicly on message boards or social media achieves absolutely nothing. They know what everyone wants and would give us just that right now if they could. Because it makes no financial sense for them to withdraw these things. They're not out of touch.
     
    If you are not interested, just move along. No point of going public with negativity or letting everyone know how disinterested you are. No value in that. It only reinstates the point that the film music community is immature and spoiled.
     
    If there's nothing in the batch then be grateful you get to save up more money for Christmas. Or save up for the upcoming titles you might actually want. Or get the titles you didn't get to buy earlier. Whatever. You're not actually losing anything here. Those "desired" titles will come when they will come.  
     
    Karol
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from GerateWohl in The Official Pop and Rock Music thread   
    3CD set already ordered! Although I created the actual 2CD version as a playlist and enjoyed how it played. There's more variety of style compared to his first best of (A Secret History) and probably a couple of tracks I'd have picked differently, but hopefully it'll entice a whole new generation of fans. Look forward to the third disc of extras. Can't believe there's anything left after the boxed set. I forgot about Outside, thanks for the reminder, think it counts as the obligatory Covid inspired song!
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Naïve Old Fart in The Official Pop and Rock Music thread   
    I don’t know how I’ve not watched this yet. Must rectify.
     
    I wish The Best Mistakes was the first single for a new regular album… I may have breached the maximum recommended dose of this song. I’ve had to force myself to listen to other stuff today. But with The Best Mistakes unceremoniously inserted at random points. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to GerateWohl in The Official Pop and Rock Music thread   
    Nice documentry for the 30th anniversary.
     
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Naïve Old Fart in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Please do. Sister Ray is fantastic, and it doesn't just sell second hand.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from BB-8 in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    Aren't they effectively still employees who are required to play music in accordance with the management's wishes?! I'm sure there is some give and take but a mass JW snubbing seems a bit unlikely?!
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from May the Force be with You in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Absolutely. Ratatouille is a terrific score. Still probably my favourite of his… before the bombast set in.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from ragoz350 in John Williams & Berliner Philharmoniker 14th/15th/16th Oct 2021   
    Aren't they effectively still employees who are required to play music in accordance with the management's wishes?! I'm sure there is some give and take but a mass JW snubbing seems a bit unlikely?!
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