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    MrScratch got a reaction from DrTenma in Your stories of how you met John Williams   
    I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him:
     
    I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old.  It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music.  
     
    I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission).
     
    Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night.  I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing.  I was nervous as hell.  Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him.
     
    He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed.
     
    I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…

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    MrScratch got a reaction from Martinland in Your stories of how you met John Williams   
    I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him:
     
    I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old.  It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music.  
     
    I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission).
     
    Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night.  I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing.  I was nervous as hell.  Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him.
     
    He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed.
     
    I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…

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    MrScratch got a reaction from Smeltington in Your stories of how you met John Williams   
    I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him:
     
    I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old.  It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music.  
     
    I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission).
     
    Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night.  I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing.  I was nervous as hell.  Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him.
     
    He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed.
     
    I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…

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    MrScratch got a reaction from SteveMc in Your stories of how you met John Williams   
    I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him:
     
    I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old.  It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music.  
     
    I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission).
     
    Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night.  I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing.  I was nervous as hell.  Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him.
     
    He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed.
     
    I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…

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    MrScratch got a reaction from Michael G. in Your stories of how you met John Williams   
    I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him:
     
    I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old.  It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music.  
     
    I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission).
     
    Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night.  I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing.  I was nervous as hell.  Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him.
     
    He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed.
     
    I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…

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    MrScratch got a reaction from Brando in Your stories of how you met John Williams   
    I’ve met him twice, they aren’t terribly interesting stories but here is the first time meeting him:
     
    I flew to Boston to see Williams conduct the Boston Pops in 1996, I was 20 years old.  It wasn’t a film music concert or anything and he didn’t conduct any of his own music.  
     
    I asked the Pops staff if it would be possible to meet him, and they let me go backstage to meet him (I can’t even remember if it was before/after the concert or during intermission).
     
    Keith Lockhart was back there too, though he wasn’t conducting that night.  I said hello and shook his hand. I got to spend a few minutes with JW, I can’t even remember what I said, probably just fanboy gushing.  I was nervous as hell.  Williams was very nice and thanked me for coming all the way from Baltimore to see him.
     
    He signed my Star Wars Anthology disc 4, which I then got framed.
     
    I didn’t get a picture with him, but I would on my next meeting…

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    MrScratch got a reaction from Jay in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    By Request was one of my very first CD purchases, in fact I got that and the Spielberg/Williams Collaboration at the same time in the early 90s.  Those two CDs were the first I ever heard The Cowboys, 1941, etc. and made me want to really start collecting all of JW’s stuff beyond the big blockbuster scores.
     
    I used to really dislike Liberty Fanfare but it’s grown on me somewhat, though I agree that it doesn’t belong on a ‘greatest hits’ album.
     
     
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    MrScratch got a reaction from TownerFan in THE EIGER SANCTION (1975) - 2021 2-CD Expanded Edition from Intrada Records   
    Just listened to the Legacy podcast, MM ponders how Williams came to score Eiger Sanction, JW’s working relationship with Eastwood, where/how the jazz elements of the score originated, etc.
     
    Why doesn’t MM ask these questions to JW himself when preparing the album?  Is JW not up for interviews when approving these releases?  Listening to his old scores must bring back so many memories.  Would be great to get some insights/anecdotes from JW himself about these scores.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    Not particularly, but I actually have 49 of his soundtracks now.  I’m getting more acquainted with him.  
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    MrScratch reacted to Jurassic Shark in What's so great about Jerry Goldsmith?   
    So do you like him more now?
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Ricard in Is the re-recorded Superman CD any good?   
    Thanks! That's an improvement over what I had.
    I like this album cover, a lot.  Simple, yes, but still bold with that main title lettering on the solid black background.  When I was a kid I could hear the wooshes of the main title credits in my head as I blasted this record on my Dad's old record player.  I'd like this cover better if the small white lettering was gone.
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    MrScratch reacted to Turbo in Is the re-recorded Superman CD any good?   
    Attached the scan from Album Art Exchange.

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    MrScratch reacted to Tom in Borge/Williams BPO   
    Not sure if this has been posted previously.  A fun little romp.  
     
     
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Mattris in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    Oh man, I am behind on these...
     
    I’d never heard Peter & The Wolf or JW’s conducting of the Nutcracker before.  I made it a few minutes into Peter & The Wolf just now on Spotify and I got bored with it. I might have liked this as a kid, but it’s not my cup of tea today.
     
    Swing, Swing, Swing is one of my favorite BPO albums. It’s great from start to finish and it was my first introduction to some of these classic tunes.  I always found this recording of “Swing, Swing, Swing” to be pretty sloppy, the BPO is not up to this piece like whatever studio ensemble played on 1941.  But it is still a fun listen.  I would love to know what the BPO players thought of this piece as they were performing it.
     
    The song “America, The Dream Goes On” is a real stinker - one of very very few Williams pieces I outright dislike.  I used to own this album and never listened to it.  I don’t like corny patriotic songs and ATDGO is the worst.  This is the only BPO album where the Williams track is the worst piece on the program.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Jay in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    Oh man, I am behind on these...
     
    I’d never heard Peter & The Wolf or JW’s conducting of the Nutcracker before.  I made it a few minutes into Peter & The Wolf just now on Spotify and I got bored with it. I might have liked this as a kid, but it’s not my cup of tea today.
     
    Swing, Swing, Swing is one of my favorite BPO albums. It’s great from start to finish and it was my first introduction to some of these classic tunes.  I always found this recording of “Swing, Swing, Swing” to be pretty sloppy, the BPO is not up to this piece like whatever studio ensemble played on 1941.  But it is still a fun listen.  I would love to know what the BPO players thought of this piece as they were performing it.
     
    The song “America, The Dream Goes On” is a real stinker - one of very very few Williams pieces I outright dislike.  I used to own this album and never listened to it.  I don’t like corny patriotic songs and ATDGO is the worst.  This is the only BPO album where the Williams track is the worst piece on the program.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Bespin in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    Oh man, I am behind on these...
     
    I’d never heard Peter & The Wolf or JW’s conducting of the Nutcracker before.  I made it a few minutes into Peter & The Wolf just now on Spotify and I got bored with it. I might have liked this as a kid, but it’s not my cup of tea today.
     
    Swing, Swing, Swing is one of my favorite BPO albums. It’s great from start to finish and it was my first introduction to some of these classic tunes.  I always found this recording of “Swing, Swing, Swing” to be pretty sloppy, the BPO is not up to this piece like whatever studio ensemble played on 1941.  But it is still a fun listen.  I would love to know what the BPO players thought of this piece as they were performing it.
     
    The song “America, The Dream Goes On” is a real stinker - one of very very few Williams pieces I outright dislike.  I used to own this album and never listened to it.  I don’t like corny patriotic songs and ATDGO is the worst.  This is the only BPO album where the Williams track is the worst piece on the program.
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    MrScratch reacted to Marian Schedenig in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    Time for a re-release with a new cover:
     

     
     
    They should be. It would be odd to perform rearrangements for no reason. Especially for Peter, which is so dependent on its orchestrations. On the other hand, when Karajan recorded Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in the standard orchestral version created by Ravel (the original is for piano solo, but the Ravel version is the one everybody knows), he apparently augmented some of the orchestral effects (was it anvils? additional bells? I don't recall), but nothing about it is listed in the credits (at least of the version I have).
     
    Incidentally, I don't think I've heard Peter since childhood.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from igger6 in John Powell on working with John Williams for 'Solo'   
    Why would JW almost quit because JJ came back to direct 9?  Seemed like they got along fine.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Jay in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    Never owned this album and never heard it.  I listened to one song on Spotify just now... hard pass on this one.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from May the Force be with You in Which do you Prefer? Jaws vs. Close Encounters of the Third Kind   
    Damn you for making me choose between these two.... I will mull this over.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from WampaRat in Which do you Prefer? Jaws vs. Close Encounters of the Third Kind   
    Damn you for making me choose between these two.... I will mull this over.
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    MrScratch got a reaction from mahler3 in John Williams albums by Philips Records (Boston Pops)   
    I gave “On Stage” a listen on Spotify this evening, I recognized a number of tunes.  An enjoyable album for what it is.  While listening I couldn’t help but think: what if Williams had included a 10-minute “Thomas and the King” suite on this album?  The Boston Pops players’ revolt of ‘84 would have been much uglier.
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    MrScratch reacted to Tom in John Powell on working with John Williams for 'Solo'   
    Let's say your boss tripled your workload and for reasons having to do with his own lack of foresight.  Would you be cool with that?  
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    MrScratch reacted to Tom Guernsey in Which theoretical future JW box set do you want the most?   
    Mostly that! I voted for the Oliver Stone set as it probably has a marginally higher chance of becoming a reality as none of those scores have yet been expanded and aren’t big budget franchise movies so wouldn’t be of much interest to the studios who own the rights. Having said that I think they are different studios which is probably the major complication there.
     
    Otherwise a “definitive” original trilogy  would be great. If only to fix the sound of Empire and Jedi (I’m thinking Superman level improvement if the tapes exist). However as they’ve had pretty decent releases between the Anthology box and the Special Editions I’d probably plump for the prequels or Indy scores. I honestly don’t recall any particularly interesting music missing from the SW sequel trilogy and beyond Force Awakens didn’t excite me in the way the originals or prequel scores did.
     
    A collection of his early stuff would be interesting and I’d definitely try it. However, for that my preference would actually be some re-recorded suites as I don’t imagine many have particularly great sound and a well curated suite would probably cover them well. 
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    MrScratch got a reaction from Tom Guernsey in Which theoretical future JW box set do you want the most?   
    Definitely the Original Star Wars Trilogy, remastered C&C + OST by MM
     
    That Universal Collection is a close second just to have all that unreleased stuff.
     
    Then the Indy box, I’m mostly happy with the expanded releases we got despite some of their issues.
     
    Then a C&C Star Wars Prequel box, I  am content with what is available and what’s been leaked.
     
    Then an Oliver Stone box, I’m content with the OSTs.  I like BOT4OJ but not crazy about the other two.
     
    Lastly, a Star Wars Sequel Trilogy box.  I really dislike these movies and am largely indifferent toward the scores.
     
    Any of these would be an instant purchase for me though.
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