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    aj_vader reacted to Omen II in 'John Williams' Music for Star Wars' at the Royal Albert Hall, Oct. 22, 2023, Stephen Bell, conductor (Concert Produced by Tim Burden)   
    Although I have attended a lot of concerts featuring John Williams' music for the Star Wars films over the years, this one had so much that I had not heard live in concert before.  You could tell the concert had been put together by genuine Williams fans, so well done to @mahler3 (whom I spotted waiting in the wings a few times!) and to @TownerFan who was evidently responsible for the informative and pleasingly accurate programme notes.
     
    As well as the UK concert premiere of music from The Rise of Skywalker posted above by @Biodome, yesterday was the first time I had heard the revised version of Han Solo and the Princess in concert.  It might take a bit of getting used to, but having heard it live I think it's a grower.  I was happy that the full version of Luke and Leia (apparently conductor Stephen Bell's favourite piece of music from the saga) was played rather than the truncated version heard sometimes more recently.  The Lucasfilm Logo, The Adventures of Han Solo and The Rebellion is Reborn were also treats which I had not sampled live before.
     
    I thought the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was excellent yesterday evening.  I did not notice any flubbed notes at all, the exposed horn solos in Princess Leia's Theme and Luke and Leia usually very unforgiving but both played perfectly.  I was in the choir seats immediately behind the xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, cowbells, etc. and I loved watching the percussionists dart about between the various instruments.  I had not noticed before that the opening of Rey's Theme was played on vibraphone, glockenspiel and marimba.  It was also nice that the conductor made the first violins stand after The Asteroid Field, as the other sections of the orchestra usually get the love.
     
    Here are a few grainy photos taken from my vantage point.
     






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    aj_vader reacted to Manakin Skywalker in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    Gotta bump that up to at least 22 discs to be relatively complete! 
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    aj_vader got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader reacted to Faleel in John Powell's SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) - Deluxe Edition 2020 / Intrada 2-CD edition October 31, 2023   
    DISNEY: "Can't we just release this ourselves?"
    INTRADA: "Like you released Dial of Destiny?"

     
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    aj_vader reacted to That_Bloke in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    I dream bigger: 28 CD set of the John Williams Star Wars Collection.
     
    3 cds dedicated to each of the 9 films, plus 1 CD for Galaxy's Edge, Solo's Theme, Ben's Theme, and miscellany (e.g. source music for Cantina Band, Jabba's Palace, Ewok Celebration, Mon Calamari opera/ballet etc).
     
    When it comes to Star Wars, one must go big, or go home. 
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    aj_vader got a reaction from ThePenitentMan1 in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from That_Bloke in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from ymenard in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader reacted to Yavar Moradi in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    What, no mention of all the music he wrote/recorded for Obi-Wan, Solo, and Galaxy’s Edge too? I think you’re dreaming just a little too small!  
     
    Yavar
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    aj_vader got a reaction from Trope in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader reacted to JTW in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    Mike is working way ahead of schedule, sometimes years ahead. So it’s very likely that the score that may be released on BF has been completed for a year, maybe even years. Scheduling and approvals are crazy for the specialty labels. 
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    aj_vader got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from JTW in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from Brando in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from Dr. Rick in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    This mirage is present in my mind every month it comes round and it hurts more every time that flyer drops. I know I am responsible for my own misery 😭, but the want is so strong! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from Stark in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Happy 21st La-La Land!!! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from Drawgoon in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Happy 21st La-La Land!!! 
     
     

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    aj_vader got a reaction from Nemesis in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Happy 21st La-La Land!!! 
     
     

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    aj_vader reacted to crocodile in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Karol
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    aj_vader reacted to Raiders of the SoundtrArk in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Is it a Dial of Destiny CD?
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    aj_vader got a reaction from Raiders of the SoundtrArk in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Well done! Congratulations! You win the prize! 😁
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    aj_vader reacted to Loert in John Williams YouTube tributes thread   
    Here's me playing my own arrangement of Helena's Theme for piano:
     
     
    Note: if you have perfect pitch, or an excellent musical memory, then this arrangement may drive you crazy as I mix and match elements from the standard version and the violin version (including some key changes). Though hopefully the final result is coherent enough.
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    aj_vader got a reaction from JTW in JW Black Friday / End of Year 2023 prediction time!   
    Star Wars 
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    aj_vader got a reaction from Tom Guernsey in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    Happy 21st La-La Land!!! 
     
     

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