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Your favorite John Williams score of the 80's? CONCLUDED


Your favorite John Williams score of the 80's?  

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  1. 1. What's your favorite John Williams score of the 80's?

    • The Empire Strikes Back
    • Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    • Heartbeeps
    • E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
    • Monsignor
    • Return Of The Jedi
    • Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
    • The River
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    • SpaceCamp
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    • Witches Of Eastwick
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    • Empire Of The Sun
    • The Accidental Tourist
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    • Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
    • Born On The Fourth Of July
    • Always
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Why isn't Williams's glorious rejected score for The Color Purple among the poll options?

Indy's First Adventure has a theme for a rhinoceros. You don't see that every day. In fact you don't see it ever. One of Williams's best cues, in the greater scheme of things.

TOD and Last Crusade about both 5/5 scores for me.

TESB. And the 2-disc presentation from RCA Victor especially. I don't need another version, not in this lifetime nor the next. :D

Jedi follows it, just about as brilliant IMO, simply because all the major themes get their most brilliant renditions here. Plus there's the Luke vs Vader duel...

And I have to pick an Indy as well. Crusade, the most entertaining of the three. It doesn't have The Desert Chase but it has the Grail theme !!!

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TESB. And the 2-disc presentation from RCA Victor especially. I don't need another version, not in this lifetime nor the next. :D

Haven't you ever listened with headphones on and noticed that for most cues on the TESB set, the stereo field is all out of whack and the whole thing basically comes from the center?

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Also for Jedi, many cues from the 1993 anthology set just sound better than the same cues on the 1997 set.

Ignorance is indeed bliss, once you hear these things you can't unhear them.

Like the wrong speeds of certain Raiders and Temple tracks in the Concord re-issues.

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I do not understand the love for the Crusade. Right choice, wrong choice is brilliant but that is it. The action music is forced, easily weakest of the indy scores. Competing against scores like Jedi or Empire is just a joke. Two brilliant scores.

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I do not understand the love for the Crusade. Right choice, wrong choice is brilliant but that is it. The action music is forced, easily weakest of the indy scores. Competing against scores like Jedi or Empire is just a joke. Two brilliant scores.

Agreed. I like Indy's Very First Adventure though.

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E.T.

Favourite 80s Williams score!

Also Favourite Williams score, and favourite film score ever! :)

Everything about it is perfect.

The thematic construction, the thematic connections, and the overall structure of the score from start to finish.

What he said.

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I do not understand the love for the Crusade. Right choice, wrong choice is brilliant but that is it. The action music is forced, easily weakest of the indy scores. Competing against scores like Jedi or Empire is just a joke. Two brilliant scores.

Don't really understand what you mean by forced, but to me the action music in Crusade pushes all the right buttons, it gets me excited just as 'The Battle of Hoth', 'Desert Chase' or 'The Ultimate War' does. Constructed to perfection and full of energetic stylings which was Williams' forte in those days. And yes favourite (not best) is the correct word here.

Nowadays the popular younger composers can't even write action anymore without using tired ostinati and the repeating four chords. Those are forced, without any sort of natural progression or trying to synch with what's happening on the screen.

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