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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from crypto in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Still loving this... having re-listened to some of the sequel trilogy scores, I have to admit that the performances on those often feel a bit lacklustre, more in terms of energy rather than on a technical level. OK, Powell does have a slightly hyperactive style at times (too many notes!) which perhaps demands a higher level of energy, but even comparing the 20 seconds or whatever of the opening to the end credits, the Solo performance is pretty damn thrilling.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Datameister in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Finally got around to completing my listen of the deluxe release today. It was definitely a worthwhile purchase - the OST is strong, but I'm liking the expanded presentation a lot.
     
    I still couldn't necessarily place this Star Wars score above any of Williams' 9, but the recording itself sits even more easily above the sequel trilogy now. The end credits started and I was like, "That's a Star Wars end title!"
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Power Windows in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Rebel Fanfare at 3:21 of Kessel Run/Reminiscence Therapy!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to igger6 in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    What's amazing about this score is that many of its best moments (revealed even more clearly in this expansion) are instances of Powell doing something interesting with some element of Williams' Solo theme.  It's like the entire composition was Matrix-uploaded into Powell's brain, as second-nature to his thinking as anything he'd written for the film himself.  Almost every cue has an example of this somewhere.  Heck, even the transformation of the Imperial March for "Mimban" is a great example.  I really really hope we get another John Powell Star Wars score―preferably with another Williams contribution.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to blondheim in Personalized 1-disc edits of LOTR/Hobbit scores?   
    I sometimes make a playlist of the openings of each of the films or the finales. Or sometimes even major musical sequences, one from each. I do this with series all the time, to compare installments and isolate sections. If I do the openings, let's say, I choose everything up to the first major set-piece or tableau change in each score and then move to the next installment.
     
    My Dear Frodo
    Old Friends
    An Unexpected Party
    Blunt the Knives
    Axe or Sword
    Misty Mountains
    The Quest for Erebor
    Wilderland
    A Necromancer
    The House of Beorn
    Fire and Water
    Shores of the Long Lake
    Beyond Sorrow & Grief
    Guardians of the Three
     
    1:02:03
     
    If I did the finales, it would look like this. I include bonus tracks because I spin a disc until it finishes, especially with LOTR/Hobbit. I am personally comparing the ends of listening experiences as much as the scores themselves.
     
    Out of the Frying-Pan
    A Good Omen
    Song of the Lonely Mountain
    A Very Respectable Hobbit
    Erebor
    The Dwarf Lords
    The Edge of the Wild
    The Hunters
    Smaug
    My Armor Is Iron
    I See Fire
    Beyond the Forest
    Courage and Wisdom
    The Return Journey
    There and Back Again
    The Last Goodbye
    Ironfoot
    Dragon-sickness
    Thrain
     
    1:31:32
     
    I don't know if those are short enough or exactly what you are looking for, but this is how I typically do highlights
     
     
     
     
     
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bespin in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    Today's program:
     
    Danny Elfman - Fifty Shades of Freed OST
    Jerry Goldsmith - Rambo III OST
    Howard Shore - Silence of the Lambs OST
    Bernard Herrmann - The Day The Earth Stood Still (re-recording)
    Al Silvestri - Roger Rabbit
    John Williams - The Last Jedi
     
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Richard Penna in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    I don't know how much of Extra Deluxe Mine Mission is new, but woah, that's a rollercoaster.  4:50 onwards is a great bit.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to blondheim in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Powell has evolved so much over his time as a composer. I have been a fan since Antz so it has been really fun to watch as I've grown up.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Jay in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    It shows as $11.99 for me. Was it really $10.99 for you? 
     
     
     
    Well, it's like this. There are three mixes. The film mix, the album mix, and the DE mix. 
     
    The film mix is essentially just how they mixed it right after recording. There's no need to specifically EQ or add reverb or anything like that, because it's going into the film and the entire film itself will be balanced overall with music, sound effects, and dialogue. 
     
    Then, he decided which cues he wanted to be on the OST, and edited them together, etc. That assembly would then have an album mix made. This is when it would be changed from how it sounded originally to be optimized for home listening. Obviously, there are many different ways one can go when doing this, and in this particular case many think the mix those chose did a disservice to the score. 
     
    Later when the DE was green lit, he would have gone back to the original files from the recording sessions, the film mixes, and edited that into the new album. Then when deciding how to master it for home listening, they could have attempted to do all the same settings they did for the album all over again - both to the cues that were on the album again, and for the first time to the cues that weren't - but luckily they chose to eschew that and go with a brand new mix. Luckily this mix is much more favorable to the music, letting you hear the different instruments much better. 
     
    As for why? Maybe Disney Records was involved the first time around, and this time it was in Powel's total control?
     
    Or maybe Powell's ideas of how his music should be presented for home listening has just changed over time. The recent 2020 expanded version of HTTYD has similarly been remixed to provide more clarity to the different instrument groups compared to the OST mix, just like Solo
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Evanus in The Custom Covers Thread   
    Absolutely terrific. I found a different one that I really liked on deviantart but now I have to reconsider. Agh! And there aren’t even some bonus tracks where I can just put different art on each track (which I do quite frequently when there a choice as good as this...).
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    #knowingfanboycomplaining A shame that there isn’t a remixed version of the original album. 
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Jay in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Here's everywhere I have found this to be available online, including prices and bitrate information:
     
    $11.49 320kbps MP3: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NCJSVF6/
    $11.99 320kbps MP3: https://us.7digital.com/artist/john-powell/release/solo-a-star-wars-story-original-motion-picture-soundtrackdeluxe-edition-13755753
    $11.99 256kbps AAC: https://music.apple.com/us/album/solo-star-wars-story-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1539560271
    $14.99 16bit/44.1khz WAV/AIFF: https://www.qobuz.com/us-en/album/solo-a-star-wars-story-john-powell-john-williams/a5by3u33i8jic
    $16.49 16bit/44.1khz FLAC: https://us.7digital.com/artist/john-powell/release/solo-a-star-wars-story-original-motion-picture-soundtrackdeluxe-edition-13755753
    $17.59 24bit/192khz FLAC/AIFF: https://www.prostudiomasters.com/album/page/74856
    $17.99 24bit/192khz WAV/AIFF: https://www.qobuz.com/us-en/album/solo-a-star-wars-story-john-powell-john-williams/n77w3kekzd36b
    $20.98 24bit/192khz WAV/AIFF: https://www.hdtracks.com/#/album/5fb3e961a0408e60640a3656
     
     
    Streaming options:
    https://tidal.com/browse/album/162099888
    https://music.apple.com/us/album/solo-star-wars-story-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/1539560271
    https://open.spotify.com/album/6LZ22lC8hPo6YxbPXTyZgJ?si=9ui7CNIRT_arxcc3lQCMnw
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO6S2qKFLclrtEym9qYWOxHVU-BxqGHt8
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from crypto in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Absolutely loving it so far... and yes, the more natural sound field is a significant improvement. It sounds like JP has kinda realised that the somewhat over-processed mixing style he has employed on some of his scores (particularly the more, shall we say, symphonic ones), doesn't show them to their best advantage. Only complaint (there must be one), the "Deluxe Edition" banner on the artwork. Otherwise cool.
     
    Love that JP is so up for answering the nerdiest of nerdy questions. Can you imagine any of our other favourite film composers doing that?! I suspect Jerry would have told everyone to eff off... bless him.
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from bigjimwilson in Anyone prefer a re-recording (different orchestra/conductor) to the film tracks (specific track/s)?   
    A bit late to this party, but hey, why not?! I really love this version of the CE3K, not necessarily in preference to the original, which still sounds terrific, but Gerhardt's extended concert suite is a proper tone poem for this score, covering the majority of the thematic material. Shame there aren't more arrangements of Williams scores that condense them down into something resembling a proper symphonic form. I think ET could easily be adapted in a similar way, progressing from gentle to epic (and without that crappy edit to omit the bit where the bikes actually take off during the concert version of Adventures on Earth, surely JW's most heinous editing choice for a concert arrangement, particularly as he usually alludes to the bikes taking off when he talks about it beforehand...
     
    But I digress, it's also a shame the extended CE3K suite/symphonic poem never gets performed at concerts as presumably it's not generally available for orchestras to rent. The existing suite is fine, but hardly does justice to the score.
     
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in Anyone prefer a re-recording (different orchestra/conductor) to the film tracks (specific track/s)?   
    Heh, well I thought I'd still share my thoughts (albeit edited now as something went wrong with my original post).
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Jay in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    On my second listen this is all even better.  It all sounds so good, and flows so well.
     
    There's so much happening in some of these cues, like Dryden's Patience Is Tested.... future listens will continue to be rewarding for a long time to come. 
     
    And boy am I thankful he decided to do a new mix, so we can hear all these intricate details better!
     
     
     
    Noooooooooooooooo
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to mstrox in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    This is all great news.  Most of Powell's scores could use a little less of that "processed" sound.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to crypto in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    That heavily processed choir from the OST version of Train Heist has been totally revamped here, it now sounds like a natural choir recording! Specifically, the vocals that herald the arrival of Enfys Nest.
     
    Overall a huge improvement in the mixing throughout this track. Just loving the more natural, orchestral mix on this set. It sounds so much less processed/enhanced than the OST.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Anthony in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    I'm only as far as Flying with Chewie and I compeltely agree. Although the OST contained all the right material (as much action music as possible), it was action overkill without the more incidental cues.
     
    Right, onto the first of these "deluxe" tracks (Train Heist). I wonder how this is going to be different from the 2 OST tracks. From what I recall, the OST versions are better than the film versions with the inserts.
     
    You know what? I haven't been this excited about a new album in ages. Bless you, John Powell!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Jay in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Holy crap.  Flying With Chewie (Chewie Untamed) has SO much more impact now, with tracks like Blackmail and The Beast leading it up it, instead of it just being the 5th high-action track in a row like it was on the OST. 
     
    This album is so great so far!
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Bounty95 in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition release coming November 2020   
    Solo is 12 parsecs better than Rogue One. I like the latter's themes (yes, even the guilty pleasure Imperial Suite) and the finale from "Your Father Would Be Proud" on is phenomenal. Apart from that, Rogue One is merely average, if not boring. Solo is one of most entertaining scores I've ever heard. 
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    Tom Guernsey got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in What Is The Last Score You Listened To? (older scores)   
    I recant! I’ll definitely give it another go later. Must be my faulty memory and lack of familiarity.
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    Tom Guernsey reacted to Oomoog the Ecstatic in Best-Scored Films   
    I can't think of a soundtrack that fits this description better than Aladdin. Sure there are better stand-alone scores like Star Wars, and then there are films that rely solely on the music, but Aladdin was the biggest gains of these all. More than any film or Disney film, if you removed the music you'd be watching a very different movie. I felt the background themes pivotal to the script and its flow and characters, Menken's unique emphasis of major harmonization and his specific instrumentation.
     
    Not to mention this is one of the best cues in film history.
     
     
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