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    lairdo got a reaction from Andy in NEW! THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS - World Premiere Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - La-La Land Records   
    Listening to the track samples now. Oh my goodness! I thought this would take another 10 years!
     
    (And I already ordered of course!)
     
    Cannot wait for the item to arrive! And will order the LP at some point too.
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    lairdo got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in John Williams canceled concerts 2024   
    Well, I of course hope the Maestro will be ok. It's hard to be in one's 90s and be so active!
     
    I am bummed to not see him on July 13 (my birthday weekend which starts with Force Awakes LTP in Seattle, then LA for the bowl and then off to Hawaii), but I like David Newman a lot. And hearing the Williams music at the Bowl is always a treat.
     
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in New recording of Williams' Violin Concerto No. 1   
    My CD hasn't shipped yet, but I have listened a few times via Tidal. 
     
    For me, the Bernstein is the standout aspect of the release. This is not to do with Williams being mostly a film composer and Lenny being a concert composer (since much of Lenny's best works were for the theater and this piece has lots of West Side Story's sound coming through - they were composed around the same time). It's just that I think Ehnes has the feel of Bernstein more than Williams here. Perhaps it is the very upfront micing of the Violin compared to other recordings of both pieces. Not sure.

    Overall, I certainly am glad for the release and want more to come out, but I am not sure this tops the Shaham Boston Symphony version for me.
     
    Also, just stumbled on the site NativeDSD that offers an exclusive 5.1 version (just of the Williams alone - the combo album is 2 ch only. Looks like the Williams concert was recorded in DXD format.). https://www.nativedsd.com/product/ptc5187338-williams-violin-concerto-no-1/
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    lairdo got a reaction from Bryant Burnette in New Album - FSU University Wind Orchestra: John Williams 90th Birthday Celebration   
    Yeah, the mixing is definitely not good. The playing is not bad, but it's more of an anomaly than a must own (except for crazy people like me).
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    lairdo got a reaction from Bryant Burnette in New Album - FSU University Wind Orchestra: John Williams 90th Birthday Celebration   
    It appears that a Florida State concert from 2022 has been released on CD and digitally. Available at Presto, Qobuz and probably most other sites (but I have not checked them).
     
    From the Mark Records website:
     
    ALBUM NOTES John Williams is, without question, one of Americas greatest composers. His vast career began in the 1950s and has continued for seven decades. During this time he has received twenty-five Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, and countless other awards and recognitions. In 2005, his soundtrack to the film Star Wars (1977) was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest movie score of all time. While he is best known for his collaborations with Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas, his vast body of work includes television, music composed specifically for the Olympic Games, stand-alone classical compositions, and a thirteen-year tenure as conductor of the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.

    Tonights concert is a celebration of this extraordinary composer in the year of his ninetieth birthday. We are pleased to feature music from his most popular and enduring film scores. All of the arrangements used this evening were created at Williams request specifically for the two occasions when he conducted the The Presidents Own United States Marine Band. We hope you enjoy our tribute to this musical genius.

    NOTES ON THE PROGRAM
    The premieres for the following John Williams Signature Edition arrangements for wind ensemble coincided with the 205th and 210th anniversaries of the United States Marine Band - in 2003 and 2008 respectively - performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. and conducted by the legendary composer, John Williams. The subsequent program notes are John Williams original words relayed here for you from the conductors scores, including edits for content and length.

    1. Overture To The Cowboys (1972) 

    2. The Jedi Steps & Finale (2015) 

    3. Viktors Tale (2004) 
    Deborah Bish, clarinet

    4. Adventures On Earth (1982)

    5. Raiders March (1981) 
    Nickolas Doshier, graduate associate conductor

    6. Theme From Schindlers List (1993)
    Benjamin Sung, violin

    7. The Imperial March (Darth Vaders Theme) (1980)

    8. Star Wars Main Title (1977)
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    lairdo got a reaction from thx99 in New Album - FSU University Wind Orchestra: John Williams 90th Birthday Celebration   
    It appears that a Florida State concert from 2022 has been released on CD and digitally. Available at Presto, Qobuz and probably most other sites (but I have not checked them).
     
    From the Mark Records website:
     
    ALBUM NOTES John Williams is, without question, one of Americas greatest composers. His vast career began in the 1950s and has continued for seven decades. During this time he has received twenty-five Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, and countless other awards and recognitions. In 2005, his soundtrack to the film Star Wars (1977) was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest movie score of all time. While he is best known for his collaborations with Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas, his vast body of work includes television, music composed specifically for the Olympic Games, stand-alone classical compositions, and a thirteen-year tenure as conductor of the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.

    Tonights concert is a celebration of this extraordinary composer in the year of his ninetieth birthday. We are pleased to feature music from his most popular and enduring film scores. All of the arrangements used this evening were created at Williams request specifically for the two occasions when he conducted the The Presidents Own United States Marine Band. We hope you enjoy our tribute to this musical genius.

    NOTES ON THE PROGRAM
    The premieres for the following John Williams Signature Edition arrangements for wind ensemble coincided with the 205th and 210th anniversaries of the United States Marine Band - in 2003 and 2008 respectively - performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. and conducted by the legendary composer, John Williams. The subsequent program notes are John Williams original words relayed here for you from the conductors scores, including edits for content and length.

    1. Overture To The Cowboys (1972) 

    2. The Jedi Steps & Finale (2015) 

    3. Viktors Tale (2004) 
    Deborah Bish, clarinet

    4. Adventures On Earth (1982)

    5. Raiders March (1981) 
    Nickolas Doshier, graduate associate conductor

    6. Theme From Schindlers List (1993)
    Benjamin Sung, violin

    7. The Imperial March (Darth Vaders Theme) (1980)

    8. Star Wars Main Title (1977)
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    lairdo got a reaction from BB-8 in New Album - FSU University Wind Orchestra: John Williams 90th Birthday Celebration   
    It appears that a Florida State concert from 2022 has been released on CD and digitally. Available at Presto, Qobuz and probably most other sites (but I have not checked them).
     
    From the Mark Records website:
     
    ALBUM NOTES John Williams is, without question, one of Americas greatest composers. His vast career began in the 1950s and has continued for seven decades. During this time he has received twenty-five Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, and countless other awards and recognitions. In 2005, his soundtrack to the film Star Wars (1977) was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest movie score of all time. While he is best known for his collaborations with Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas, his vast body of work includes television, music composed specifically for the Olympic Games, stand-alone classical compositions, and a thirteen-year tenure as conductor of the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra.

    Tonights concert is a celebration of this extraordinary composer in the year of his ninetieth birthday. We are pleased to feature music from his most popular and enduring film scores. All of the arrangements used this evening were created at Williams request specifically for the two occasions when he conducted the The Presidents Own United States Marine Band. We hope you enjoy our tribute to this musical genius.

    NOTES ON THE PROGRAM
    The premieres for the following John Williams Signature Edition arrangements for wind ensemble coincided with the 205th and 210th anniversaries of the United States Marine Band - in 2003 and 2008 respectively - performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. and conducted by the legendary composer, John Williams. The subsequent program notes are John Williams original words relayed here for you from the conductors scores, including edits for content and length.

    1. Overture To The Cowboys (1972) 

    2. The Jedi Steps & Finale (2015) 

    3. Viktors Tale (2004) 
    Deborah Bish, clarinet

    4. Adventures On Earth (1982)

    5. Raiders March (1981) 
    Nickolas Doshier, graduate associate conductor

    6. Theme From Schindlers List (1993)
    Benjamin Sung, violin

    7. The Imperial March (Darth Vaders Theme) (1980)

    8. Star Wars Main Title (1977)
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    lairdo got a reaction from Molly Weasley in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    Just watched the video shared a few posts ago with the opening for this year's game (which I did not see as I was flying). I have to say that the new edit this year worked so well with the music. Clearly the editor worked to the music and has respect for it. The lovely shots from the recording sessions emphasize this, and I appreciate how clear the piece starts: This is the anthem for the College Football Championship game and it was written by John Williams. Big text. On long enough to read. Damn straight!
     
    And yes, sign me up for the physical album of "John Williams: The Sound of Sports."
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Will in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    Just watched the video shared a few posts ago with the opening for this year's game (which I did not see as I was flying). I have to say that the new edit this year worked so well with the music. Clearly the editor worked to the music and has respect for it. The lovely shots from the recording sessions emphasize this, and I appreciate how clear the piece starts: This is the anthem for the College Football Championship game and it was written by John Williams. Big text. On long enough to read. Damn straight!
     
    And yes, sign me up for the physical album of "John Williams: The Sound of Sports."
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Jay in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    Just watched the video shared a few posts ago with the opening for this year's game (which I did not see as I was flying). I have to say that the new edit this year worked so well with the music. Clearly the editor worked to the music and has respect for it. The lovely shots from the recording sessions emphasize this, and I appreciate how clear the piece starts: This is the anthem for the College Football Championship game and it was written by John Williams. Big text. On long enough to read. Damn straight!
     
    And yes, sign me up for the physical album of "John Williams: The Sound of Sports."
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from mahler3 in The Legacy of John Williams (Website & Podcast)   
    I have no superlatives to add the have not already been written. I agree and +1 each of them!
     
    I have to say that running while listening to this and the other similar podcast episodes is a complete joy. I could listen to these conversations for hours and hours. I learn a lot and my appreciation for the music increase exponentially from an already impossibly high level. 
     
    Thank you Legacy team!
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    lairdo got a reaction from Jay in The Legacy of John Williams (Website & Podcast)   
    I have no superlatives to add the have not already been written. I agree and +1 each of them!
     
    I have to say that running while listening to this and the other similar podcast episodes is a complete joy. I could listen to these conversations for hours and hours. I learn a lot and my appreciation for the music increase exponentially from an already impossibly high level. 
     
    Thank you Legacy team!
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    lairdo got a reaction from Cindylover1969 in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from Davis in Celebrating 30 years of being a John Williams fan and collector   
    Thank you! Yeah, pretty lucky. My parents were not in the biz, but I had school friend with parents which were. 
     
    We had family in from Philly once, and we must have seen 3 famous actors at dinner at a rib joint we liked, and our friends were going nuts. We were like "it's a quiet night." Not sure my parents were really that blasé, but they did not want my sister and me to think of those people as anything other than fellow people. Pretty cool lesson, really.
     
    That being said, meeting John Williams a couple of times was definitely a highlight of my history. This image is from 2013 during the renaming of the USC Scoring Stage; it was moved from Steven Spielberg's to JW's as an 80th gift from Steven and George Lucas. I have an autographed copy that JW's agent got signed for me.
     

     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Falstaft in Celebrating 30 years of being a John Williams fan and collector   
    Thank you! Yeah, pretty lucky. My parents were not in the biz, but I had school friend with parents which were. 
     
    We had family in from Philly once, and we must have seen 3 famous actors at dinner at a rib joint we liked, and our friends were going nuts. We were like "it's a quiet night." Not sure my parents were really that blasé, but they did not want my sister and me to think of those people as anything other than fellow people. Pretty cool lesson, really.
     
    That being said, meeting John Williams a couple of times was definitely a highlight of my history. This image is from 2013 during the renaming of the USC Scoring Stage; it was moved from Steven Spielberg's to JW's as an 80th gift from Steven and George Lucas. I have an autographed copy that JW's agent got signed for me.
     

     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Falstaft in Celebrating 30 years of being a John Williams fan and collector   
    Thanks, @Sandor, for kicking off the thread. And congrats on 30 years! Your collection looks amazing.
     
    For sure my family had Fiddler on the Roof - cannot remember if that was ours or my grandparents' - but we had it and I played it. Of course, my awareness of John Williams was zilch as a 4-year old. I definitely saw Poseidon Adventure in the theater at a friend's birthday party when I was 5 (although I probably spent 33% of it in the lobby scared out of my mind). So, Star Wars in 1977 would be where I started collecting John Williams with the 8-Track Cassette version.
     
    My first JW LP was Superman, given to us as part of a charity screening for my cousin's school, which was held at Warner Bros. What a glorious Saturday morning that was. It was the first movie I ever saw that started without previews (given it was at the studio theater). 2+ hours later, I believed a man could fly. We then had lunch in Hollywood on the way back from Burbank and ran into my school friend Tony Hooper. He had a Superman pin which he gave to me (and I still have) - he had just seen the movie at a screening as well. (I met his dad, Tobe, too, but I did not know he was a film director let alone would be making Poltergeist in a few years.)
     
    Probably I had the LA Phil Star Wars-CE3K recording around then and the Gerhardt suites too.
     
    My real active collecting came in 1980. For my Bar Mitzvah, family friends gave me a record/cassette/radio all-in-one unit with speakers. These were promptly wired all the way around my room along the ceiling and the speakers mounted high in my room. Those speakers are still there! Along with the hardware, I was also given a $100 gift certificate to Warehouse Records. The Empire Strikes Back was amongst the albums I got that day. I think I bought Jaws as well. 
     
    So, how long have been at this? I guess you can round up to 50 years if you go back to Fiddler, but really I would say 45 years given that I actively lobbied my parents to buy that 8-track of Star Wars. And then to play it endlessly in the car.
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    lairdo got a reaction from Jay in Celebrating 30 years of being a John Williams fan and collector   
    Thank you! Yeah, pretty lucky. My parents were not in the biz, but I had school friend with parents which were. 
     
    We had family in from Philly once, and we must have seen 3 famous actors at dinner at a rib joint we liked, and our friends were going nuts. We were like "it's a quiet night." Not sure my parents were really that blasé, but they did not want my sister and me to think of those people as anything other than fellow people. Pretty cool lesson, really.
     
    That being said, meeting John Williams a couple of times was definitely a highlight of my history. This image is from 2013 during the renaming of the USC Scoring Stage; it was moved from Steven Spielberg's to JW's as an 80th gift from Steven and George Lucas. I have an autographed copy that JW's agent got signed for me.
     

     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Raiders of the SoundtrArk in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from rough cut in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from Bespin in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from BB-8 in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from 12-Mile Reef in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from Bryant Burnette in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    What a day - 
    Hook from La-La Land
    Dial of Destiny 4K UHD with isolated track
     
    and this showed up too! It's much larger than I expected. 
     
     

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    lairdo got a reaction from BB-8 in Ecoutez le cinéma John Williams release - The Legend of John Williams 20CD box set   
    My copy from MusicBox (along with a Desplat DVD) has made it to Cincinnati Ohio! DHL indicates 4 days (Nov 30), but I suspect it will be a day or two sooner. Doesn't matter since I will be out of town when it arrives. But happy to know the Atlantic has been crossed! 
     
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    lairdo got a reaction from Yavar Moradi in Maurice Jarre's TOPAZ (1969) - 2023 La-La Land Records Universal Classics produced by Mike Matessino   
    Not at all on my list of things to expect, but so very happy to see this expanded and remastered. While the film is not one of my favorite Hitchcock's, I think the score is quite nice. I'll have to watch the new 4K Blu-ray this weekend to refresh my memory and maybe I will like the film more this time. Frenzy last year and now Topaz. Amazing. Could Torn Curtain follow in 2024?
     
    Ordered!
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