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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 reacted to Incanus in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    Agreed! Also it might be a pretty confusing Easter egg, especially since the whistling is a bit off and most might not recognize it for what it was without specific mention in the liner notes.
     
    Hey I love my Home Alone Deluxe Complete Ultimate Edition, but there is some weird random whistling at the end of the disc . What the heck?! I demand a new disc to replace this obviously faulty one!
     
    Also we should start a campaign to get Williams' whistling (for Jack Nicholson) from the Witches of Eastwick reinstated in the cue Daryl's Secrets if it is ever released in complete form. His skills as a whistler are sorely underappreciated!
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    Hedji got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    It’s minutia like this that completely redeem the internet for me!
     
    Not gonna lie, it would be a cool “Easter egg” to have at the very end of the CD (or playlist) after some seconds of silence. 
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    Hedji got a reaction from Brando in The Home Alone Conspiracy   
    It’s minutia like this that completely redeem the internet for me!
     
    Not gonna lie, it would be a cool “Easter egg” to have at the very end of the CD (or playlist) after some seconds of silence. 
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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 Jay 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 carlborg 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 reacted to Jay in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Please don't bother specialty labels with questions about orders you placed while things were in stock. You'll just slow them down from shipping those early orders out. 
     
    If you don't get a shipping notice in a few days, ask then. But you'll probably get it today
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    Hedji reacted to lairdo in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    And we have arrival!
     
    Already listened to the first 4 tracks. Amazing! I liked this score previously. I am sure I am going to love it now.
     

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    Hedji got a reaction from Amer in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - 2021 20th Anniversary Edition (reissue of 2015 3CD set) from La-La Land Records   
    Out of weakness, I went ahead and ordered the uncorrected pressing from another retailer.  I contacted him and made sure it would be the July stock from LLL and he confirmed.  OCD is a horrible thing. 
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    Hedji got a reaction from blondheim in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - 2021 20th Anniversary Edition (reissue of 2015 3CD set) from La-La Land Records   
    Out of weakness, I went ahead and ordered the uncorrected pressing from another retailer.  I contacted him and made sure it would be the July stock from LLL and he confirmed.  OCD is a horrible thing. 
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    Hedji reacted to Thor in Is John Williams' film music more elegant than Jerry Goldsmith's?   
    Probably just a side effect of having been on film music forums for 25 years, and seen the topic come and go about a million times. I realize there are fresh and young people coming in for whom this is a brand new topic.
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    Hedji reacted to GerateWohl in Is John Williams' film music more elegant than Jerry Goldsmith's?   
    When I remember all the Interviews and other footage of the two, then I would dare to say, John Williams might simply be the more elegant person. And probably that's why.
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    Hedji reacted to crumbs in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - 2021 20th Anniversary Edition (reissue of 2015 3CD set) from La-La Land Records   
    The 30-disc Star Wars set was days away from being announced, but Williams rang Kathy Kennedy and demanded the entire release was scrapped the moment he heard the Helicopter source cue was accidentally released.
     
    He also doused the only surviving Sugarland tapes with gasoline and threw them into his fireplace.
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    Hedji reacted to Jay in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    The impression I get is that MM rarely interacts with JW directly.
     
    He meets with Jamie Richardson and gives him a proposed new album, and later after Jamie and JW have listened to it, Jamie tells MM whatever JW wanted to relay about what they heard, and he makes any requested changes to the master and that's that.
     
    JW rarely goes "on the record" for anyone other than specific interviewers these days
     
    Though after reading that note he wrote about his 2nd violin concerto, I wish he'd write a few paragraphs about his old scores for each new specialty label release...
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    Hedji got a reaction from mahler3 in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Rather than just post "Ordered!"  Here is Co-Star Candice Rialson to say that "Hedji Ordered"
     

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    Hedji got a reaction from mahler3 in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    @crumbs I lol'd.  I have to ask.. why the yorkie? 
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    Hedji reacted to crumbs in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    See the film and it'll make sense
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    Hedji reacted to Chewy in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - 2021 20th Anniversary Edition (reissue of 2015 3CD set) from La-La Land Records   
    Faulty discs indeed  
     
    From a certain point a view, the master that was pressed on disc 2 also seems to be incorrect although the music is the same as the 2015 set.
     
    The last three tracks are different:
    The Reunion (T9) & Where Dreams Are Born (T10): these tracks have EQ differences (the same differences can be observed on some tracks on disc 3) => They sound brighter on the 2015 set. A.I. Theme (vocal version) (T11): both the 1st generation and album masters were used for the track (I believe to cover some saturation in the vocal performance).
    However, the version that was pressed on the 2021 release doesn't use the album master at all. => Consequently, we can hear some of that saturation effect when the vocal performance gets loud (at 0:29 for example).  
    I wonder if LLL is aware of this and if the new pressed sets will present the correct master for all three discs?
     
    As for replacement discs that are meant to be sent to us in the next weeks, I don't think they announced they'll replace the second disc!
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    Hedji got a reaction from Ollie in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Rather than just post "Ordered!"  Here is Co-Star Candice Rialson to say that "Hedji Ordered"
     

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    Hedji got a reaction from MrJosh in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Rather than just post "Ordered!"  Here is Co-Star Candice Rialson to say that "Hedji Ordered"
     

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    Hedji reacted to thx99 in Citius, Altius, Fortius!: The John Williams Olympic Music Thread   
    Thanks for discovering those back in the day, @Ollie!!
     
    FYI, other versions of "Summon the Heroes" can be found on the following "radio edit" CD that I picked up several years ago:
     

     
    However, to the best of my knowledge, these versions are merely edited down from the original longer recording of the piece.

    And there are these three versions found on http://www.televisiontunes.com (the names given are taken directly from the site and are not mine), which seem to have some unique endings/edits:

    "NBC Olympics - 2008 - Main Theme - Theme Song" (4:00)
    http://www.televisiontunes.com/NBC_Olympics_-_2008_-_Main_Theme.html
    http://www.televisiontunes.com/uploads/audio/NBC Olympics - 2008 - Main Theme.mp3
     
    "NBC Olympics - 2008 - Olympic Bumper - Theme Song" (0:32)
    http://www.televisiontunes.com/NBC_Olympics_-_2008_-_Olympic_Bumper.html
    http://www.televisiontunes.com/uploads/audio/NBC Olympics - 2008 - Olympic Bumper.mp3
     
    "NBC Olympics - 2008 - Olympic Summon - Theme Song" (0:57)
    http://www.televisiontunes.com/NBC_Olympics_-_2008_-_Olympic_Summon.html
    http://www.televisiontunes.com/uploads/audio/NBC Olympics - 2008 - Olympic Summon.mp3
     
    And of course there's the "short version" (3:39) that appeared on "The Sound of Glory" (the European version of "Summon the Heroes" CD):

     
     
    Yes!!
     
     
    Remind me which one that is again, @King Mark!!
     
     
    Yes, the "bells" version, as we've referred to it at times, heard in the first 40 seconds of my YouTube upload (along with OF&T, "The Hanging" from Goldsmith's Bad Girls, "Finale" from Edelman's Dragonheart, "Contemporary Tease", and "Summon the Heroes"):
     

    And coincidentally, the "The President's Own" US Marine Band just posted their performance of "Summon the Heroes" from June 27, 2021 to their YouTube page:
     
     
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