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22 hours ago, Thor said:

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Summer weather is approaching us here in the North, .
 

 

 

 

Temperatures rise to a balmy ten below zero.

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He, he....not quite. Norwegian summers are actually among the best in the world. Not too warm, and not too cold. Light evenings. Temps expected to reach 21C (70F) in Oslo today.

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Might be my favourite Rabin score; the main theme is a distant cousin to Gavin Greenaway's glorious opening theme for the old British TV show B.U.G.S.

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Illumination movies usually have forgettable scores, though I like Desplat's The Secret Life of Pets.

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1 hour ago, Jurassic Shark said:

Huh, Filmtracks gave that two stars.

 

I've never agreed with Christian Clemmensen on anything, ever.

 

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I remember this was such a surprise in 2017 - I hadn't heard anything noteworthy from Shaiman in YEARS, and then suddenly he returns with this score that harkens back to his golden years in the 90s (THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, A FEW GOOD MEN etc.).

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50 minutes ago, Edmilson said:

Illumination movies usually have forgettable scores, though I like Desplat's The Secret Life of Pets.

Yeah the Despicable Me are absolutely interesting, never listen to Secret Life of Pets though, I might try it at some point

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3 hours ago, Thor said:

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Might be my favourite Rabin score; the main theme is a distant cousin to Gavin Greenaway's glorious opening theme for the old British TV show B.U.G.S.

 

3 hours ago, Jurassic Shark said:

Huh, Filmtracks gave that two stars.

 

Shoot high, aim low ;)

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Spotify offered another luxurious Horner expansion to me (they come fast and thick these days). Apart from 'The Flying Circus' and 'The Zeppelin', this never was one of my faves, too much of it depended on a main theme built on an unexciting, unadventurous chord progression (it apes the inspirational temp track, which was Randy Newman's The Natural) and what's great harkens back to Krull and Star Trek. But one thing you could count on with Horner was a ravishing love theme, and he bestows it with a great shimmering 'concert' arrangement. It might be Rocketeer's 'pièce de résistance'.

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A really good and fun Williams' comedy score. I simply love it. Best track: the Globetrotters

 

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Meh... I find the score has a poor presentation, too much FX. It's also kind of disappointing when you already know what Hurwitz can write, it makes you forget that it's his first score (if I recall correctly)

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Say what you will about Seagal (and his movies), but they've spawned some great scores. Love Frank's propulsive scores for these films - often with a strong electronic presence and electric guitars.

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After rewatching this harrowing Vietnam movie again (Sean Penn delivers a chilling performance as a guy you watch losing all humanity) and this scene - a heightened Di Palma staging of the death march of a vietname girl after being gang-raped by a bunch of brute american soldiers - in combination with Morricone's music laying bare the atrocity is a powerful proof what music *can* do for a movie.

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A rich and magic sequel to The Sorcerer's Stone. This album is really peculiar as it features all the theme from the movie without their developpements giving the impression of a one hour orchestral suite. William Ross adaptation is brillant, he really captures perfectly Williams natural orchestration. It's a shame Disney has never choose him for their Star Wars project, he would have done such a terrific work on The Mandalorian

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3 hours ago, publicist said:

After rewatching this harrowing Vietnam movie again (Sean Penn delivers a chilling performance as a guy you watch losing all humanity) and this scene - a heightened Di Palma staging of the death march of a vietname girl after being gang-raped by a bunch of brute american soldiers - in combination with Morricone's music laying bare the atrocity is a powerful proof what music *can* do for a movie.

 

One of De Palman's best. And that chilling scene is pure Leone.

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The Rock (Hans, Nick G-S & HGW) - yeah, it's not art, but lots of fun, big anthems, exciting action and Jade makes for a surprisingly affecting love (I think?!) theme.

 

Spirited Away (Joe Hisaishi) - Think this might (albeit by the smallest margin) remain my favourite Hisaishi score, gorgeous thematic material and utterly charming throughout. And probably my favourite film version of the finale to Sibelius' 5th Symphony in Reprise.

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2 hours ago, Tom Guernsey said:

The Rock (Hans, Nick G-S & HGW) - yeah, it's not art, but lots of fun, big anthems, exciting action and Jade makes for a surprisingly affecting love (I think?!) theme.

 

Nope, Jade is Sean Connery's character's daughter, so it's a father/daughter relationship theme. 

 

Nic Cage's love interest is represented by a theme that didn't end up on the OST album (2m4a Carla Proposes, 3m7a Stanley and Carla) 

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55 minutes ago, Jay said:

 

Nope, Jade is Sean Connery's character's daughter, so it's a father/daughter relationship theme. 

 

Nic Cage's love interest is represented by a theme that didn't end up on the OST album (2m4a Carla Proposes, 3m7a Stanley and Carla) 

Thanks for the clarification. I’ve not seen the film in ages so couldn’t quite remember. But a nice melody none the less and makes a nice counterpoint to the otherwise full on action.

 

Predators (John Debney) - exciting and effective action effort which does a fine riff on Alan Silvestri’s original Predator scores. 

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Sorry for the small cover. Beautiful and pastoral, and organic blend with the Bach material. I used to host a profile page for Werba in the second incarnation of Celluloid Tunes back in the 2000s; these days he has his own site. But we struck up a cyber friendship after that. I still consider this 2003 effort his best score to date. The movie's so obscure, however, I can't even find it on IMDB.

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Years ago, I went into this 1973 score with some trepidation, as I expected it to be another exercise in Morricone's sharp dissonance (which I could never stomach). To my delightful surprise, it was actually lyrical for the most part. Maybe it's to Nicolai's credit, reigning ol' Ennio in.

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I've continued my Harry Potter journey since yesterday and just end it now:

 

The Goblet of Fire by Patrick Doyle

Some good moments but overall I just regret that Williams didn't get the time to score this one even though in either case the movie doesn't deserve such a score.

 

The Order of the Phoenix by Nicholas Hooper

It's quite similar to GoF: good moments (espacially Umbridge theme which is fun)

 

The Half-Blood Prince by Nicholas Hooper

My favourite non-Williams HP score. Lot of good stuff and two terrific Williams rearrangement with the great Ron's Victory and the really good track Ginny.

 

The Deathly Hallows part.I by Alexandre Desplat

Not as crappy as the movie but it's definitely not very good. Most of the time you feel it's out of place.

 

The Deathly Hallows part.II by Alexandre Desplat

This time this is really a mess. Nothing works for me here. The famous Statues theme is absolutely boring and inefficient so is Lily's Theme. Funny because last time I listen to it I liked it a bit more while this time it just sounded like a poor trailer music.

 

One conclusion:

Even though GoF, OotP and HBP are okay the two last chapter are really sloppy showing how much it was a mistake not to take back Williams after GoF.

 

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It's not often that Morricone sounds like his older Italian colleague Nino Rota, but this 1975 score has some of those Fellini-esque vibes, I think.

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To a rather sour and dislikable Richard Lester satire about Americans (it deals with an unhappily married socialite who goes even more wrong with a recently divorced doctor, and also Vietnam, the 60's and so on in a kaleidoscopic style). Barry did one of his sly, quasi jazzy scores that today one would qualify as 'arthouse', and as usual he's dependable in cooking up a recognizable mood and tune that bind together the loose ends of this rather confusing (read: artistically ambitious) affair in high style. 'Highway 101' is one of the great tv tunes that never ended up in an actual tv series.

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Not a big Barry fan, but I love PETULIA. Interestingly, "Highway 101" is my least favourite track on the album. I prefer the more suave, slow stuff.

 

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One of the highlights last year. Primarily electronic score for a period series, but very elegant and moody. My favourite Vidal so far.

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Well, this isn't it. Gorgeous melodies and hooks throughout. With added acoustic elements, like a string and woodwind section.

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You can sell speakers with the sound quality of this CD. And you people thought Shawn Murphy is evil!

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Shawn Murphy is a great recording engineer, though later in his career he started doing things differently than he did early in his career

 

He should not, however, be a producer of a catalog release of an older score.  He doesn't have that expertise.  His skills lie in engineering and recording, not element restoration and album production

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Hmm, I see.

 

Other than that, unlike the first score, there's almost no emotional variation on this CD. It sounds impressive, but it's certainly is monotonous.

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The complete program released by La-La Land Records (110 minutes instead of 68 minutes) has much more variance and nuance.  I wouldn't say he made the best decisions choosing which cues from all recorded to include on the original album

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12 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said:

 

Great recording:

 

Poor recording:

 

Agh! What's the second one?!

 

Actually that reminds me... any chance of people noting what YouTube clip they are posting for when country restrictions mean you get the Video Unavailable screen of death?! Ta!

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Just now, Tom Guernsey said:

Agh! What's the second one?!

 

Call of the Champions

 

Just now, Tom Guernsey said:

Actually that reminds me... any chance of people noting what YouTube clip they are posting for when country restrictions mean you get the Video Unavailable screen of death?! Ta!

 

I guess it would be helpful if the board software could automatically include the title when embedding a video.

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2 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said:

 

Call of the Champions

 

 

I guess it would be helpful if the board software could automatically include the title when embedding a video.

Thanks for confirming... (although I didn't find it too bad in terms of recording, but not as good as Summon the Heroes, for sure) and yeah it would be a useful feature. It's just nice to know what everyone is looking at ;-)

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59 minutes ago, Tom Guernsey said:

Thanks for confirming... (although I didn't find it too bad in terms of recording, but not as good as Summon the Heroes, for sure) and yeah it would be a useful feature. It's just nice to know what everyone is looking at ;-)

 

It's a mixed bag, parts of it sound ok, parts horrible. Radio recordings of Boston Pops live performances sound better.

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John Williams - Sleepers (OST Album)


I finally saw the film yesterday, so I listened to the OST album today.

 

Guess what?  It's great!

 

The album. Not the film.  The film was fine.

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Mancina's mega HZ orchestral stuff>

 

Mancina was Zimmer's protege. He broke out obviously with Speed. But all of Mancina's stuff has been heavily orchestral, and fundamentally JG or JW like. This track is only one of those beatiful showcases.

Dudes, this is so awesome - fully orchestral, thematic, and a bit wild. Mancina is a king>

 

 

The woodwnds joke does not work here - Mancina loves the woodwinds.

The darkest of the dark - Shore specialises in this nut-fuck darkness but this is where it escalates and gains a rythmic beat.

This is what Reznor and co aspire to. Shore is more harrowing than they will ever be

 

 

Goddamn go listen to the complete Seven score - what the fuck. and what a masterpiece.

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This score is absolute perfection. Those touches of gentleness at the end of action cues, the thematic satisfaction, the finale...

I always thought the end of The Returnees, with Jillian hugging Barry, was kind of weak and anticlimactic - well this time I noticed it's the five notes, actually. First 4, first 4, first 4, finally the 5th. Yep, now I love that too.

 

Main Title is the disc 2 version. Lost Planes is an obvious but seamless combo. Roy's Visions is Watching the Skies, then the dark low vision cue (either Another Vision or Vision Takes Shape), then the other one with the vision motif but still a darker backing, then the wild Vision that's stuck to the main title on disc 1, where the orchestral backing returns to something not unlike Watching the Skies. False Alarm is inspired by the OST cue: instead of leaving its ending hanging I stuck the alternate Roy and Jillian on the Road to it.

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