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Everything posted by aj_vader

  1. YES!!!! I was hoping there was something like the Musical Journey that came with the Revenge of the Sith soundtrack, but with all the major themes across the 9 films. Ah the dreams!
  2. I cried (seriously) when I heard it, felt so fresh and was fantastic to hear a modern studio recording with Williams conducting. It completely caught me off guard, wasn't expecting it at all.
  3. Don Williams is really smashing those timps in this version of The Imperial March, I think you lose quiet a bit of the harmonic context coming from the strings on the ostinato when the percussion is too loud in the various recordings of the piece (including the TROS one).
  4. The tempo is different. The strings are more marcato than staccato. The Brass takes more time on the short 16th note Bb's, in fact the second one is that prominent it makes the piece all that more scary. The Brass overall gives a much stronger and rounded performance overall. #ineedalife
  5. I can't ever imagine it being released on CD or digital separately (as much as I want it to happen). I can see score only versions of all the films going on Disney Plus is the only likely way we would get it. But the chances of that are also slim
  6. Apparently the full video of The Imperial March will be online tomorrow!
  7. I know how sad this sounds (and many others here I imagine feel the same), when a new project/release gets announced whether officially or a new amazon listing I get so excited like a child only to be disappointed every single time. I feel like it's never going to happen but I hold on to hope coming back to the disappointment every time. I understand that it's a business and it has to make a return, but come on, a limited release of expanded/complete Star Wars scores. You could put any price on them and they'd sell out, be on ebay with ridiculous resale price quicker than you can say Jawa! It's been so many years of getting excited in the threads on this forum. I know I sound like a fan who is saying, "I/we deserve this etc." But I think it's beyond all that. I believe it needs to be done for the art of those scores that Williams has written and recorded, Disney owe it to the music! I hope I am not alone feeling like this, I can't imagine I am.
  8. Reading all the information from Shawn Murphy during the Sony Release 2015 video gives me hope due to how many sources of 4, 5 and 6 there possibly are in the Lucasfilm/Fox archives. That video from the Star Wars show makes me angry, talking about how good the releases are, then you put on The Asteroid Field and hear the most god awful level of reverb which sounds like preset no1 in a basic reverb unit. Just embarrassing! Then you put The Imperial March on and it's a different story, aspects of if sound fantastic, in some ways the best it ever has.
  9. This would make me happier than anything if this happened. I am not being even remotely sarcastic and I am deadly serious!
  10. Thank you for sharing this Trent! It does sound way better yes, congratulations. But it in someways exemplifies the problems that were there before, which cannot be removed using post production on a mastered stereo track. There is no denying yours is better though. Ridiculous that fans can make something better using post production effects. I was listening to the Harry Potter John Williams Collection this morning, dreaming that we were going to get an equivalent Star Wars set... "I've held out hope for so long."
  11. I've listened to Jedi on Headphones, Loudspeakers, Desktop Speakers, Car Speakers, Studio Monitors... It sounds bad on all of them.
  12. Talking about the state of the Star Wars soundtracks is so depressing, but sadly it's something I think about a lot and it gets worse with every release. Help us Mike Matessino, you're our only hope. also ROTJ SE is awful, it's horrible to listen to.
  13. 1. The Empire Strikes Back - Best transitions of all the themes presented, the closest we've had to a Han and Leia concert arrangement for years (until now). The Imperial March statement still knocks me off my feet. 2. A New Hope - That force theme fanfare always hits my nostalgia button, great arrangement and the best transition from the film to the credits. 3. Return of the Jedi - My favourite blast of the main theme is in this version, LSO nailed it. 4. The Force Awakens - Great collection of all the themes, good performance all round, love Jedi Steps. 5. Attack of the Clones - I like the build up to the actual credits and the blending of Across the Stars with Anakin's Theme, however it's boring that it's just the concert version of Across the Stars, disappointing. 6. The Last Jedi - A few new ideas in the credits but overall disappointing and doesn't sound as cohesive as the others. 7. The Rise of Skywalker - The collection of themes is good, but not as strong as others. Love the new recording of the Imperial March, but very disappointed in the Rey material, just a lift from Rey's Theme. 8. The Phantom Menace & Revenge of the Sith - Both are disappointing, just the same material that is in the OST's. Great performances from the LSO doing the A New Hope material but overall material selection was boring and predictable.
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