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    Hedji reacted to Jay in Hook - 30th Anniversary Double Vinyl coming November 2021 from Mondo Records   
    Yep!

    Maybe going back to the original multi-track and creating a brand new mix from that will result in a sound the majority of people prefer over Wallin's 1989 mix.  Or maybe it won't sound terribly different.  Who knows!  But I hope we get to find out one day!
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    Hedji reacted to Jay in Hook - 30th Anniversary Double Vinyl coming November 2021 from Mondo Records   
    When Dan Wallin recorded The Last Crusade, he put walls up (acoustic separators) between instrument sections.  So even though the orchestra was the same size as Temple of Doom's (and many of the players were the same), the resulting recording sounds smaller because of this recording technique he chose to use.
     
    On top of this recording technique, it seems that even if nice proper analog tape was running to capture every take of every cue (let's hope this is true!), he edited the score digitally, meaning 1989-era digital technology lost a lot of the clarity those theoretical analog tapes would have held.  Since the OST album and Concord expansion were both assembled from these 1989 digital mixes, we are hoping that analog tape will be uncovered and freshly transferred and a new Crusade album could be rebuilt from scratch from that.
     
    But even if that happens, it's unclear just how much of an impact Wallin's recording technique would have no matter what original source material is used.
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    Hedji reacted to Jay in James Horner's STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) - NEW! 2021 2-CD La-La Land Records Remastered Edition   
    This new main program is a dream come true!
     
    If I could have changed anything about the previous expansion, the two things I would have changed would have been to use the Epilogue without narration, and to move Genesis Program to be a bonus track instead of in the main program - and they did both of those things!  If I could have changed a third thing, it might have been to separate Eels from Space Shuttle instead of combining them as one track, and now we have that option thanks to the new bonus section as well!

    Perfect perfect perfect!
     
    And the bonus track section is so much longer than anyone could have guessed!  I can't wait to find all these new things they discovered!
     
    And I can't wait to hear how good the 1982 analog tape transfers as remastered by Matessino sound, compared to the 1982-era digital masters we've been stuck with for 39 years.  4 more hours until samples go online!
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    Hedji reacted to Holko in James Horner's STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) - NEW! 2021 2-CD La-La Land Records Remastered Edition   
    Also, 10000 copies for a redo! We may joke about LLL releasing 49 volumes of 4 disc Voyager sets but it's actually insanely heartwarming to see a franchise owner entity be so supportive of specialty soundtrack releases, Star Trek has been handled really really well.
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    Hedji reacted to Jay in James Horner's STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982) - NEW! 2021 2-CD La-La Land Records Remastered Edition   
    Wowww! This looks INCREDIBLE! Release of the year so far!!!! 
     
    "newly discovered 1st generation analog 3-track stereo tapes." 
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    Hedji reacted to Chewy in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    I will definitely ask for a replacement if the disc ends up being repressed.
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    Hedji reacted to Jay in Hook - 30th Anniversary Double Vinyl coming November 2021 from Mondo Records   
    Yes, I don't think LLL has released any titles with licenses from Sony Music since that 2019 post you're referring to.  The Thin Red Line came out after that post, but was already announced before.
     
    I've helped out with lots of titles that aren't out yet!
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    Hedji reacted to Edmilson in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    Yeah, JW, JB, JG and JH form the Fantastic Four of Hollywood composers.
     
    Four genius composers whose names coincidentally start with the letter J.
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    Hedji reacted to Ollie in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    I'm not a musical scholar so I'll leave the technical aspects of the discussion to the experts.
     
    That being said, from a listener's standpoint, Goldsmith was on par with Williams. If I had a Mount Rushmore of film composers, Goldsmith would be second, after Johnny.
     
    He had his share of big films, granted they weren't the huge $300 Million - $500 Million that Williams had, but during his peak years there weren't as many of those as there are nowadays. 
     
    It just seems at times Jerry caught some of the bad breaks or leftovers that you would have thought to be successful projects but probably came at the wrong time.
     
    Most of his action writing was second to none and I agree with Yavar, he could write some beautiful, tender, romantic music. 
     
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    Hedji reacted to scallenger in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    See, this is how I feel when people write off the climax music of Jurassic Park (which over the years I have seen a lot of people do) while I feel it is some of Williams' most intense and exciting music.
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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 BrotherSound in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    I’ll never understand the dismissal of the last acts of the Superman score.  It has some of the finest action music from that era of Williams’ career. 
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    Hedji got a reaction from JTWfan77 in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    I’ll never understand the dismissal of the last acts of the Superman score.  It has some of the finest action music from that era of Williams’ career. 
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    Hedji reacted to TownerFan in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Thanks everyone for the nice words about the Eiger podcast! Very happy that you liked it. 
     
    The year is not over yet, by the way 🙂
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    Hedji got a reaction from TownerFan in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    I am waiting to listen to Maurizio's podcast.  I don't watch movie trailers for the same reason.  I sort of want to jump in blind when the CD arrives.  I'll then go back and listen to the podcast, almost like listening to an audio commentary after watching a movie.
     
    Does anyone else like to place the sound file of the Mike Matessino interviews at the end of their playlists?  I think they are golden analyses, and regard them like bonus features on a DVD/Blu.
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    Hedji got a reaction from Holko in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    I’ll never understand the dismissal of the last acts of the Superman score.  It has some of the finest action music from that era of Williams’ career. 
  18. Haha
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    Hedji got a reaction from Grace Under Pressure in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    I’ll never understand the dismissal of the last acts of the Superman score.  It has some of the finest action music from that era of Williams’ career. 
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    Hedji got a reaction from Taikomochi 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 MikeH 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!   
    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. 
  23. Haha
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    Hedji reacted to Brando in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    What are your thoughts on "The Big Jolt"? The last minute and a half when the shark is chasing Brody down with the fast paced shark theme is brilliant.
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    Hedji reacted to blondheim in Jaws 2 (1978) - 2015 2-CD Expanded by Intrada Records!   
    It's John Williams so I know the fault probably lies with me.  That's why I felt the need to come out of the closet about it But even the action set pieces don't really thrill me if I'm honest. They don't sound as melodically organized as his other work around that same time. There's nothing as singularly beautiful as Ben Gardner's Boat, nothing that has the playful exuberance of Montage. Definitely no dynamic crescendo as fulfilling as Blown to Bits.
     
    Although (brace yourself) I am not super fond of the last third of Superman so that's maybe why the sound doesn't click for me.
     
    I pull Jaws 2 out every now and then, like today, to see if it's clicked yet but still no. I'm sure others have had similar experiences: scores that everybody seems to love but don't do anything for you, even though you know there must be something there if everyone else sees it, so does the problem lie with you?
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