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The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. 2011 was an excellent year for John Williams fans. Both albums are hugely enjoyable.   Karol

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24 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said:

For some reason, QBVII has never clicked with me. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

Interesting. As it's for a miniseries I guess it is pretty long (at least the re-recording is) and the show, based on what I know of it, is presumably fairly talky. Having said that, it's quite dramatic and surprisingly less subdued than might be expected. The main theme is pretty strident. However, I think it's worth persevering with and I'm enjoying this round of listening to it.

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It's been a while since I listened to some good John Williams.

 

The best of the best!

 

  1. Star Wars '77 (2018 OST demastered edition)
  2. Schindler's List (anniversary edition)
  3. Raiders of The Lost Ark (OST)
  4. The Witches of Eastwick (OST)
  5. Harry Potter Year One (expanded)
  6. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (expanded)
  7. Superman (remastered OST)
  8. CE3K (Remastered OST + disco track!)
  9. Jaws (remastered OST)
  10. E.T. (remastered OST)

 

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Almost suspiciously melodic for a tv series, this gently flowing romantic score (with occasional dramatic outbursts) is a nice surprise. It's not especially deep or original (and certainly can't sustain a 72-minute release) but it's longing theme and the comparably symphonic layout make it a keeper. Tonally it's close to the more european JW drama scores (without the true set pieces).

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Seem to have ended up having a dog racing/outdoor adventure themed week of listening, who knew there were quite so many films and scores about dog racing and/or adventures?! As a result, I ended up giving both Call of the Wilds a listen, at least the one by John Powell which is great fun, although I still can't say I remember it hugely after it's finished, enjoyable though it is and the one by Lee Holdridge, which is a bit more serious and less frenetic than the Powell (perhaps inevitably), and which features a descending four note motif that in a major key sounds like Jerry's Supergirl theme and in a minor key sounds like Last of the Mohicans. Random.

 

Then of course there's Horner's Balto, which for me probably has the most memorable thematic material, although a close second would be Joel McNeely's Iron Will, a score I always enjoyed and kinda wished he'd written more like. Admittedly it's a pastiche mashup on a theme (or two) of John Williams, but no less enjoyable for that. Funny that the two most memorable are the two that probably borrow most heavily from elsewhere.

 

Also listened to Eight Below and Togo by Mark Isham - there's a scoring niche for you. Eight Below is enjoyable although I couldn't quite get into Togo somehow. Will have to give it a further listen.

 

Guess I should stick on Bruce Broughton's Homeward Bound scores next...

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3 hours ago, publicist said:

It's just irrelevant. You may try this one, very Horner-ish but it's an OK addition:

 

I don't own the Debney, but I can almost imagine what it's like, pleasant and tuneful, but unmemorable. I'll have to try the Koutselinis score then, always up for a bit of fake-Horner!

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John Powell - How To Train Your Dragon (Deluxe Edition)

 

I like this score more now than ever before!

 

James Horner & Simon Franglen - The Magnificent Seven

 

Just not very interesting

 

Revo - Bravely Default: Flying Fairy

 

Absolutely brilliant score

 

Ludwig Goransson - The Mandalorian (Season 1 OSTs)

 

I love it!

 

Michael Giacchino - Travelogue Volume 1

 

Meh.  Some really nice, loungey music, and a pretty terrific climax, but it's all completely ruined by dialogue in every track.  

 

Michael Giacchino - Rogue One (Complete)

 

I thought finally hearing the whole thing would change my opinion, but nope.  I don't like it.  Too much of it is just ripped off from his own earlier action scores or JW stuff.  I don't think getting this clean instead of covered in sound effects will change my opinion either

 

Nubuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy IV

 

Just one of my favorite scores of all time

 

John Williams - The BFG

 

Tis the season!  I like this score more all the time

 

John Williams - Attack of the Clones (Complete)

 

It's amazing how much of this score we have clean thanks to video games and blu ray rips! The few pieces with dialogue echo left are unfortunate but boy, I love this score and it just plays great in completely form

 

David Arnold - The World Is Not Enough (Complete)

FANTASTIC

 

Michael Giacchino - Let Him Go

 

ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz Completely unmemorable

 

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I have been pulling out a lot of 80s Horner recently. I needed 1988 so I grabbed for Willow since expanded Land Before Time was on its way. I rewatched the film before pulling out the CD and it really is amazing in context. I also discovered the LP sequencing for Willow was slightly different and so, wanting to give it a try, I re-ordered it when I listened to the soundtrack and I much prefer it that way, actually.

 

Then I listened to Natty Gann, since it is basically the previous installment in the series of scores that led to Land Before Time. It is a beautiful score. The album is terrific as well.

 

I took on Project X, which is a score I am not overly familiar with. Haven't seen the movie in years (and don't have a free trial for that streaming service unfortunately) I like to watch the film again before diving into a score again so I can take into account what kind of a score it is before judging the album. I believe they are scores first, albums second. But alas. From the album alone, I am really not sure how I feel about this score. Sections of it feel inspired, and then other sections just feel lazy? Shoot me for saying so if you must, perhaps further listens will prove me wrong. The End Credits cue is wonderful, though. Nothing wrong with it at all.

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......"Haven't seen the movie in years....i like to watch the film again before diving into a score again so I can take into account what kind of a score it is before judging the album. I believe they are scores first, albums second. ....".

 

I like your attitude.

I just purchased the LLL TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA complete score. Gonna rewatch the film - which I haven't seen in years- before listening!

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16 minutes ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM is not only one of my favourite Barry scores, it's one of my favourite Barry-scored films.

"That's where you are, Quiller...in the gap" :)

 

It's actually rather bad, though with great production values. But to have these cartoon nazis planning a new national socialism in Bond-villain underground lairs, it's just all so wrong i don't know where to start.

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8 minutes ago, Naïve Old Fart said:

I like it for Berlin in the 60s, Alec Guinness' insinuating Pol, and the general atmosphere.

 

I love all those british Berlin 60's thrillers for their setting and atmosphere (it's my home town after all), but Quiller is the worst of them. The Michael Caine one is probably the greatest.

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A little time travel with some OSTs of scores recently expanded or reissued.

 

James Horner - The Land Before Time (Original OST) :love2:

Jerry Goldsmith - The Last Castle (OST)

Jerry Goldsmith - Hoosiers (OST) :heart:

James Horner - Casper (OST) :heart:

Ennio Morricone - The Thing (OST)

Joel McNeely - Shadows of the Empire :thumbup:

JW - The River OST :heart:

James Horner - Legend of Falls OST :heart:

 

 

 

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Jerry Goldsmith - The great train robbery remastered OST :heart:

Howard Shore -The song of Names :heart:

JW - Minority Report (Expanded score) 

Jerry Goldsmith - Air Force One remastered OST :heart:

Danny Elfman - Mission Impossible The Score OST

James Horner - An American Tail OST :heart:

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

It's a fun score, but I prefer Mouse Hunt. 

I'm going to be boringly diplomatic and say that I enjoy them both for different reasons. Mouse Hunt is perhaps more fun and mischievous, Stuart Little being more sweet and sweeping. Both great scores though, I miss Silvestri scores of that quality. I enjoyed the Witches more than most people seemed to, but I still can't really remember much about it... another film with mice. Very specific.

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The Book of Vision by Hanan Townshend

 

There are some nice sweet melodies and Brahms variations for saxophone here, but they're interspersed with a lot of dull meandering textural stuff. 

 

You pretty much just need these cues:

 

 

 

 

 

We Are Who We Are by Dev Hynes

 

Probably my favourite score of the year at this point. But that doesn't say much. If you're into dynamic, minimalist, impressionistic piano textures, this is a great little treat.

 

 

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Alan Silvestri - The Abyss (Varese Deluxe Edition, with the alternates swapped in place of the final versions)

 

Wow I hadn't listened to this score in a while and fell in love all over again.  I love all the early music Silvestri wrote that was more thematic and filled with the love theme.  It's a bummer that Cameron had him rewrite so many cues to be less interesting.  I love these kind of scores that have great action music, while building to a big, emotional payoff at the end

 

Ludwig Goransson - The Mandalorian (Season 1 OSTs)


Can't get enough of this!

 

Lena Raine - Celeste

 

A lifetime classic

 

John Williams - The BFG

 

I like this score more now than I did when it came out.  Wonderful themes and so many heartwarming passages

 

John Williams - Lincoln

 

One of the greatest scores of all time

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2 minutes ago, Jay said:

Alan Silvestri - The Abyss (Varese Deluxe Edition, with the alternates swapped in place of the final version)

Wow I hadn't listened to this score in a while and fell in love all over again.  I love all the early music Silvestri wrote that was more thematic and filled with the love theme.  It's a bummer that Cameron had him rewrite so many cues to be less interesting.  I love these kind of scores that have great action music, while building to a big, emotional payoff at the end

Couldn't agree more, Jay. It's my favourite Silvestri (with CONTACT coming a close second).

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