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    Hedji reacted to SteveMc in The John Williams Concert Work Listening and Discussion Thread   
    I was going to make a thread that would serve as an ultimate guide to all of JWs concert works where, in one big post, I would give piece details, recording details and the like. 
    I have not been able to find the time to really sit down and do that, and the end result may be a bit overwhelming. 
    So I decided to go for a different format instead, and do a chronological listening and discussion thread for all of John's concert pieces. 
    Every few days in this thread, I will make an main post about one of JWs concert works, and the discussion will go from there as we all listen to the piece and share our impressions and any additional information y'all have.  Of course, some pieces won't have any recordings that I can share here, or any recordings at all, but we can still discuss those pieces when we get to them. 
    I will continuously edit this post to serve as a sort of glossary as we go along, with links to the individual discussions.  
    I hope many of you will discover JWs rich body of concert work for the first time or gain a greater appreciation for it.
    We'll start properly on Monday.
     
    Prelude and Fugue (1965) 
    Essay for Strings (1965)
    Symphony No. 1 (1966)
    Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble (1968)
    Flute Concerto (1969)
    A Nostalgic Jazz Odyssey (1971)
    Violin Concerto No. 1 (1974-1976)
    Fanfare for a Festive Occasion(1980)
    Jubilee 350 Fanfare(1980)
    Pops On The March(1981)
    America, The Dream Goes On(1982)
    Esplanade Overture(1983)
    Olympic Fanfare and Theme(1984)
    (The Mission) (1985)
    Tuba Concerto (1985)
    Liberty Fanfare (1986)
    Celebration Fanfare (1986) & A Hymn To New England (1987)
    We're Looking Good! (1987)
    The Olympic Spirit (1988)
    Fanfare For Michael Dukakis (1988) & Fanfare For Ten Year Olds (1988)
    To Lenny! To Lenny! (1988)
    Winter Games Fanfare (1989)
    Celebrate Discovery!(1990)
    Clarinet Concerto (1991)
    Aloft! To The Royal Masthead...(Fanfare For Prince Phillip) 1992
    Sound The Bells (1993)
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    Hedji reacted to Bryant Burnette in The Official La-La Land Records Thread   
    The delay in STII discs puts delivery for me in question thanks to moving at the end of the month, and I can't get anyone at La-La Land to respond to my emails about changing my mailing address.  I sent one ten days ago and another Friday; nothing.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Smeltington in When you die...   
    My father in law was an audiophile.  Top end equipment.  Huge collection of music.  After he passed away, it was sad watching his stuff be dismantled and sold just to move it out.  I really didn't even know myself how to get the best price for it.  I kept a few of his CDs, but we had different tastes, so most of them were I'm sure just donated.
     
    Personally, I would love if the opportunity arose to find a young fan to whom my music could be gifted, because I don't think my family members would have a use for it.  Imagine being sort of into John Williams and someone wills you a complete collection.  Priceless.
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    Hedji reacted to JWFan Moderators in J.K. Rowling didn't like JW because the music didn't sound English enough? Fact or fiction?   
    All these posts violate the current board rules.  
     
    You all may discuss how she may or may feel about JW's music but leave politics out of it.

    Thank you.
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    Hedji reacted to SilverTrumpet in J.K. Rowling didn't like JW because the music didn't sound English enough? Fact or fiction?   
    The movies totally lost me after the fourth one...and I don't think it's JUST the lack of Williams music (book 5 was my favorite, btw).
     
    I still don't know what "Lilly's Theme" is either. Don't bother, someone sent me a Youtube video actually called "Lilly's Theme" and I still could barely pick it out and forgot it immediately after the video was over.
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    Hedji reacted to May the Force be with You in J.K. Rowling didn't like JW because the music didn't sound English enough? Fact or fiction?   
    Agreed. The best movies are the ones he scored
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    Hedji reacted to Cerebral Cortex in J.K. Rowling didn't like JW because the music didn't sound English enough? Fact or fiction?   
    As far as I know, it's first and only mention is by this user.
     

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    Hedji got a reaction from KittBash in When you die...   
    My father in law was an audiophile.  Top end equipment.  Huge collection of music.  After he passed away, it was sad watching his stuff be dismantled and sold just to move it out.  I really didn't even know myself how to get the best price for it.  I kept a few of his CDs, but we had different tastes, so most of them were I'm sure just donated.
     
    Personally, I would love if the opportunity arose to find a young fan to whom my music could be gifted, because I don't think my family members would have a use for it.  Imagine being sort of into John Williams and someone wills you a complete collection.  Priceless.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Tallguy in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    If anyone needs help with fixing these two tracks, drop me a pm and I'd be happy to help.   Or just drop Intrada a message and wait for the replacement.  I did that and Jeff responded quickly that I'd been added to the list.
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    Hedji reacted to Jurassic Shark in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Play the CD on your speakers, record it with a microphone, and start each recording exactly between tracks.
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    Hedji reacted to Marc in MINORITY REPORT (2002) - 2019 2CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records   
    Here's an exclusive version of A New Beginning 
     
     
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    Hedji reacted to Bellosh in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    I just don't think it's fair that 'future fans' will have to pay enormous prices (or resorting to downloading illegally) to have every piece of music that's in a film score they love.  Take the LLL E.T. release.  Arguably the greatest score of all time, you want that release that has EVERY piece of music that's heard in film to be limited to a physical purchase that's only avaliable in limited quantities?  Now obviously I get why LLL does that.  I'm not naive to the costs of these things.
     
    But ultimately that's the goal of these expansions, to have everything on film on cd for us.  Put them available on digital, and that solves the issue.  Simple as that. (even though I know it's not that simple)  And yeah, they will have to get over the fact that the physical release is too expensive or out of print.  I'll give you that.
     
    And trust me, I didn't think about future fans until this thread lol.  So it's not like it's on my mind.  But this topic does make for a good discussion on the issue.
     
     
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    Hedji reacted to Bellosh in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    A wonderfully, romantic way to look at it.  And I actually agree with all of it.  Certain elusive, unreleased cues that when you finally have them, it almost doesn't feel real.
     
    But again, I'm not sure thats fair to the future fans.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    Just curious, did you begin your familiarity with the chronological Intrada release or the OST album?  I think I mentioned earlier that the album arrangement is really splendid. 
     
    There are some really underrated moments that don’t get mentioned too. 
     
    The latter half of “Sean’s Rescue” is just lovely with its strained optimism and hopeful serenity. 
     
    The strong punctuated trombones about a minute into “Catching the Cable” (dialed out in the film) recall some of the brass used in the Krypton and (construction of the) Fortress of Solitude from Superman. 
     
    i just love “Rescue Party” (dialed out in the film) which was the second half of “Brody Misunderstood “ on the OST.  It’s noble, emotional, and somehow evocative of the ocean. 
     
    But, yeah, if you don’t love Jaws 2 as much as the original, you’re still awesome because you love the original. 
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    Hedji got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    I think, like the film itself, there was no way to go back to the subtleties of the first film, especially with the shark motif itself, since we all know what it is and how it works out for the victims.  So with Jeannot Szwarc changing the tone from horror and suspense to more action and disaster, I think that is reflective in what Williams delivered.   And I think it’s terrific. Audiences had 3 years to taunt each other in the water singing the shark motif, and Williams knew it. So he goes bigger with it, almost to the point of self parody.   I do personally prefer the simpler, more primal slicing of strings from the first Jaws (see: The Shark Approaches and The Empty Raft) to the “Boats in Danger” and “Water Kite” cues where the whole orchestra seems to just go with the simpler 2 note structure, but with more gusto. 
     
    It’s got great action disaster chase set pieces that evoke some of the tone of Superman’s third act, which is also pretty swell.

     
    But Jaws 2’s real power lies in the underwater ballets, the noble Brody material, the delightful sailing pieces, and the unbelievable End Cast.  
     
    I’m surprised to hear anyone would have difficulty enjoying it.    
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    Hedji got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    Thank you anyway, Bespin.  Your Jaws playlist gives me other ideas to try.
     
    Although, I don't have the same problem with the Jaws chronological listen.  I guess it's because the Album was always pretty much mostly Chronological to begin with, and the score has a clear Act I and Act II.  
     
    But Jaws 2 was probably one of the best Album assemblies, and it got burned into my brain such that it superseded the film's chronological narrative.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Mattris in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    For myself, getting expansions over the decades has been a delight, and part of the fun of being a soundtrack fan.  The delayed gratification made me appreciate both album arrangements and the newly released material when it came out.  I wouldn't change that for the world, because when there's a cue you want, but don't have, it shapes your estimation of all of it, for better or worse.  A new fan who gets everything all in one shot is denied the thrill of the yearning and the satisfaction of the new release.  I'd imagine someone whose first exposure to these scores is the complete score will regard little incidental cues very differently than those of us who hungered for them for decades.
     
    A weird psychology, I know, but I enjoyed growing up in the OST era, and now living through the expansion era.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Brando in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    For myself, getting expansions over the decades has been a delight, and part of the fun of being a soundtrack fan.  The delayed gratification made me appreciate both album arrangements and the newly released material when it came out.  I wouldn't change that for the world, because when there's a cue you want, but don't have, it shapes your estimation of all of it, for better or worse.  A new fan who gets everything all in one shot is denied the thrill of the yearning and the satisfaction of the new release.  I'd imagine someone whose first exposure to these scores is the complete score will regard little incidental cues very differently than those of us who hungered for them for decades.
     
    A weird psychology, I know, but I enjoyed growing up in the OST era, and now living through the expansion era.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Bellosh in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    For myself, getting expansions over the decades has been a delight, and part of the fun of being a soundtrack fan.  The delayed gratification made me appreciate both album arrangements and the newly released material when it came out.  I wouldn't change that for the world, because when there's a cue you want, but don't have, it shapes your estimation of all of it, for better or worse.  A new fan who gets everything all in one shot is denied the thrill of the yearning and the satisfaction of the new release.  I'd imagine someone whose first exposure to these scores is the complete score will regard little incidental cues very differently than those of us who hungered for them for decades.
     
    A weird psychology, I know, but I enjoyed growing up in the OST era, and now living through the expansion era.
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    Hedji reacted to Fabulin in Overture to the Oscars (new JW composition)   
    So that they can play it when he wins for Indiana Jones 5.
     
    https://www.classicalwcrb.org/show/the-boston-symphony-orchestra/2021-08-13/film-night-with-the-pops-and-john-williams-2021
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    Hedji got a reaction from Chris ChrusherComix in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Hahah sorry Chris. That was my ode to my favorite B-Movie actress crush. She has a bit part in the film (which is the biggest film she was in), but if you want to see a true 70s foxy lady, check out Pets or Hollywood Boulevard (before you venture into Chatterbox )
     
     

    Heheh. I’d forgotten about Yes Giorgio, So I ordered it. So I guess NOW I’m complete. 
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    Hedji got a reaction from crumbs in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    For myself, getting expansions over the decades has been a delight, and part of the fun of being a soundtrack fan.  The delayed gratification made me appreciate both album arrangements and the newly released material when it came out.  I wouldn't change that for the world, because when there's a cue you want, but don't have, it shapes your estimation of all of it, for better or worse.  A new fan who gets everything all in one shot is denied the thrill of the yearning and the satisfaction of the new release.  I'd imagine someone whose first exposure to these scores is the complete score will regard little incidental cues very differently than those of us who hungered for them for decades.
     
    A weird psychology, I know, but I enjoyed growing up in the OST era, and now living through the expansion era.
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    Hedji reacted to Datameister in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    There are two types of people in this world: those who say, "I had it rough - why should the next generation have it any easier?" and those who say, "I had it rough - why should the next generation have to struggle like I did?" (Actually, there are a lot of other types of people, but what the hell.)
     
     
    Well said!
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    Hedji got a reaction from KittBash in Do you prefer for LLL's Jurassic Park and Harry Potter Soundtrack Collections to be limited or not?   
    For myself, getting expansions over the decades has been a delight, and part of the fun of being a soundtrack fan.  The delayed gratification made me appreciate both album arrangements and the newly released material when it came out.  I wouldn't change that for the world, because when there's a cue you want, but don't have, it shapes your estimation of all of it, for better or worse.  A new fan who gets everything all in one shot is denied the thrill of the yearning and the satisfaction of the new release.  I'd imagine someone whose first exposure to these scores is the complete score will regard little incidental cues very differently than those of us who hungered for them for decades.
     
    A weird psychology, I know, but I enjoyed growing up in the OST era, and now living through the expansion era.
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