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WTH! Except for Part One, I'm hearing these for the first time. Where can I get a full recordings of these?

 

Read the description of these videos on youtube! 

 

PART ONE: NBC Nightly News

 

 

PART TWO: Fugue for Changing Times 

 

 

PART THREE: Scherzo For Today 

 

 

PART FOUR : Pulse of Events

 

 

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In my discography:
 

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The Music of NBC News 2000 (2000, NBC News, NBC-2000A, Promo, Compilation)

Some tracks composed and conducted by John Williams.

 

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The Music of NBC News Volume II (1997, NBC News, NBC-A1005, Promo, Compilation)

Some tracks composed and conducted by John Williams.

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52 minutes ago, Miguel Andrade said:

I've known about that since I can recall... 

They were available only through a CD for use by NBC affiliate stations.

 

And I assume you have it?

 

I wonder why JW didn't rerecord the entire thing for the Call of the Champions album.

12 minutes ago, Bespin said:

In my discography:
 

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The Music of NBC News 2000 (2000, NBC News, NBC-2000A, Promo, Compilation)

Some tracks composed and conducted by John Williams.

 

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The Music of NBC News Volume II (1997, NBC News, NBC-A1005, Promo, Compilation)

Some tracks composed and conducted by John Williams.

 

This should be officially released! 

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It's like the theme for Indiana Jones!

 

It's been referred to on various official releases as.... 

 

Raiders March

Raiders' March

Raider's March

The Raiders March

 

It's like they don't even know themselves!

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12 minutes ago, Bajak said:

Wouldn't you happen to have tracklists? Best I could find is this, but what about the first one?

 

Good question. I will make some search. I think it's posted in an existing thread of this forum...

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By the way, I'm really digging Pulse of Events! This sounds like an action/chase music from Indiana Jones.... :D

 

 

6 minutes ago, Bespin said:

BTW I will take this opportunity to say that I will never accept any more critics about my discography... It took time for me to do it... it's really the more complete discography of John Williams you will find... Dig in it... you will find many hidded pearls.

 

Who's criticising you?

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http://www.jw-collection.de/classical/nbc.htm


Track Listing

 

CD 1 (41:52) 

 

John Williams 
1. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) part I (01:50)
2. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) part IV (Meet the Press) (01:54) 
3. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) opener (00:30) 
4. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) opener/closer (00:30) 
5. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) opener/closer (00:20) 
6. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) opener/closer (00:15) 
7. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) bumper #1 (00:08) 
8. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) bumper #2 (00:08) 
9. NBC News Theme (a.k.a. The Mission) bumper #3 (00:08)

Joel Beckerman, Lloyd Landesman, John Williams 
10. NBC Nightly News Generic ("The Mission" Variation) (00:30) 
11. NBC Nightly News Generic ("The Mission" Variation) (00:20) 
12. NBC Nightly News Generic ("The Mission" Variation) (00:15) 
13. NBC Nightly News Generic ("The Mission" Variation) (00:10) 
14. NBC Nightly News Generic ("The Mission" Variation) (00:04)

Alan Zahn, Joel Beckerman, John Williams 
15. NBC Nightly News Guitar & Piano (Sensitive) (00:30) 
16. NBC Nightly News Guitar & Piano (Sensitive) (00:20) 
17. NBC Nightly News Guitar & Piano (Sensitive) (00:15) 
18. NBC Nightly News Guitar & Piano (Sensitive) (00:10) 
19. NBC Nightly News Guitar & Piano (Sensitive) (00:04)

Alan Zahn, Joel Beckerman, John Williams 
20. NBC Nightly News 6/8 Melody (provocative) (00:30) 
21. NBC Nightly News 6/8 Melody (provocative) (00:20) 
22. NBC Nightly News 6/8 Melody (provocative) (00:15) 
23. NBC Nightly News 6/8 Melody (provocative) (00:10) 
24. NBC Nightly News 6/8 Melody (provocative) (00:04)

Michael Kessler, Joel Beckerman, Alan Zahn, John Williams 
25. NBC Nightly News Hard & Fast (00:30) 
26. NBC Nightly News Hard & Fast (00:20) 
27. NBC Nightly News Hard & Fast (00:15) 
28. NBC Nightly News Hard & Fast (00:10) 
29. NBC Nightly News Hard & Fast (00:04)

Arthur Bacon, Lloyd Landesman, John Williams, Joel Beckerman 
30. NBC Nightly News Dramatic (orchestral) (00:30) 
31. NBC Nightly News Dramatic (orchestral) (00:20) 
32. NBC Nightly News Dramatic (orchestral) (00:15) 
33. NBC Nightly News Dramatic (orchestral) (00:10) 
34. NBC Nightly News Dramatic (orchestral) (00:04) 
35. NBC Nightly News Melancholic (piano/violin) (00:30) 
36. NBC Nightly News Melancholic (piano/violin) (00:20) 
37. NBC Nightly News Melancholic (piano/violin) (00:15) 
38. NBC Nightly News Melancholic (piano/violin) (00:10) 
39. NBC Nightly News Melancholic (piano/violin) (00:04)

Stewart Winter, Joseph Saba, John Williams 
40. Tense NBC (full tag) (00:30) 
41. Tense NBC (spare tag) (00:30) 
42. Tense NBC (slow tag) (00:30) 
43. Basic NBC (full tag) (00:30) 
44. Basic NBC (spare tag) (00:30) 
45. Basic NBC (slow tag) (00:30) 
46. Slow NBC (full tag) (00:30) 
47. Slow NBC (spare tag) (00:30) 
48. Slow NBC (slow tag) (00:30)

Joseph Saba, Stewart Winter 
49. Special Report #1 (tag) (00:30) 
50. Special Report #1 (bed) (01:00) 
51. Special Report #2 (tag no pad) (00:30) 
52. Special Report #2 (tag with pad) (00:30) 
53. Special Report #2 (bed with pad) (01:00) 
54. Special Report #2 (bed no pad) (01:00) 
55. Special Report #3 (tag) (00:30) 
56. Special Report #3 (bed) (01:00) 
57. Special Report #3 (tag with beat) (00:30) 
58. Special Report #3 (bed with beat) (01:00) 
59. Tech Stock (bed) (01:00) 
60. Tech Stock (pad) (01:00) 
61. Tech Stock (bed no pad) (01:00) 
62. Tech Stock (pad) (01:00) 
63. Tech Stock (no pad, no drum) (01:00) 
64. Excitement NBC (00:30) 
65. Excitement NBC (00:20) 
66. Excitement NBC (00:15) 
67. Excitement NBC (hard end) (00:10) 
68. Excitement NBC (drum intro) (00:10) 
69. Morning NBC (00:30) 
70. Morning NBC (00:20) 
71. Morning NBC (00:15) 
72. Morning NBC (hard in) (00:10) 
73. Morning NBC (ramp up) (00:10) 
74. Entertainment NBC (00:30) 
75. Entertainment NBC (00:20) 
76. Entertainment NBC (00:15) 
77. Entertainment NBC (00:10) 
78. Techno NBC (00:30) 
79. Techno NBC (00:20) 
80. Techno NBC (with break) (00:15) 
81. Techno NBC (without break) (00:10) 
82. Techno NBC (00:10) 
83. Investigation NBC (00:30) 
84. Investigation NBC (00:20) 
85. Investigation NBC (00:15) 
86. Investigation NBC (00:10)

 

CD 2 (21:37)

Jay Stollman, Fred Shehadi, Peter Primamore 
1. Today Upbeat (00:30) 
2. Today Upbeat (00:20) 
3. Today Upbeat (00:15) 
4. Today Upbeat (electric guitar melody) (00:10) 
5. Today Upbeat (chime end) (00:10) 
6. Today Upbeat (00:04) 
7. Start with Today '97 (00:30) 
8. Start with Today '97 (00:20) 
9. Start with Today '97 (00:15) 
10. Start with Today '97 (with vocal tag) (00:15) 
11. Start with Today '97 (00:10) 
12. Start with Today '97 (00:10) 
13. Start with Today '97 (with vocal tag) (00:10) 
14. Start with Today '97 (00:04) 
15. Today Rock (00:30) 
16. Today Rock (00:20) 
17. Today Rock (00:15) 
18. Today Rock (00:10) 
19. Today Rock (guitar riffs) (00:10) 
20. Today Rock (NBC sting) (00:10) 
21. Today Rock (00:04) 
22. Today Melow (with sax) (00:30) 
23. Today Melow (with sax) (00:20) 
24. Today Melow (with sax) (00:15) 
25. Today Melow (with sax) (00:10) 
26. Today Melow (with sax) (00:04) 
27. Today Melow (with sax) (00:04) 
28. Today Melow (with guitar) (00:30) 
29. Today Melow (with guitar start with melody) (00:20) 
30. Today Melow (with guitar start with NBC chime) (00:20) 
31. Today Melow (with guitar) (00:15) 
32. Today Melow (with guitar) (00:10) 
33. Today Melow (with guitar) (00:04) 
34. Today Melow (with guitar) (00:04) 
35. Today Serious (reflective) (00:30) 
36. Today Serious (reflective) (00:20) 
37. Today Serious (reflective) (00:15) 
38. Today Serious (reflective) (00:10) 
39. Today Serious (reflective with NBC chime) (00:04) 
40. Today Serious (reflective) (00:04) 
41. MTP - Soft Press (politics) (00:30) 
42. MTP - Soft Press (politics) (00:20) 
43. MTP - Soft Press (politics) (00:20) 
44. MTP - Soft Press (politics) (00:15) 
45. MTP - Soft Press (politics start with NBC chime) (00:10) 
46. MTP - Soft Press (politics start with melody) (00:10) 
47. MTP - Soft Press (politics) (00:04) 
48. MTP - Soft Press (politics) (00:04) 
49. Today Tech (00:30) 
50. Today Tech (00:20) 
51. Today Tech (00:15) 
52. Today Tech (00:10) 
53. Today Tech (00:04) 
54. Today Scary (00:30) 
55. Today Scary (00:20) 
56. Today Scary (00:15) 
57. Today Scary (00:10) 
58. Today Scary (00:10) 
59. Today Scary (00:10) 
60. Today Scary (00:04)

Michael Karp 
61. Dateline NBC Theme (majestic open) (01:38) 
62. Dateline NBC Theme (energetic elec guitar) (00:10) 
63. Dateline NBC Theme (energetic sax) (00:10) 
64. Dateline NBC Theme (energetic, no melody) (00:10) 
65. Dateline NBC Theme (sad fluglehorn) (00:10) 
66. Dateline NBC Theme (comic) (00:10) 
67. Dateline NBC Theme (comic, no woodblock) (00:10) 
68. Dateline NBC Theme (heroic) (00:09)

Ketherine Bates & Samuel Ward arr. Roger Tallman 
69. America The Beautiful (01:00) 
70. America The Beautiful (00:30)

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30 minutes ago, Josh500 said:

 

And I assume you have it?

 

 

Of the actual complete set of original recordings by Williams, I'm afraid I just have mp3 files of the tracks. Earlier they were available (the four part The Mission and a collection of bumpers) in a rather poor sounding CD-R bootleg called Fanfares and Themes.

 

The subsequent releases, and I'm now going by memory, only have some excerpts of those.

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The original 1985 sessions produced 19 cues: The 4-part The Mission, 4 opener-closer cues ranging from 30 to 15 seconds in duration, and a collection of 11 bumpers, the longer being 20 seconds long, the shorter about 10.

 

Part of this are the opening 9 tracks of the CD tracklist posted above.

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2 minutes ago, Josh500 said:

 

So does anybody actually own this CD set? And where could one get it now?

 

Yes, I own both Volumes I and II, but not the 2000 version (see @Bespin's post above).

Picked mine up on eBay.

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But I wish JW would rerecord the entire thing.

 

I really love The Mission which is included on the Call of the Champions album. And I thought that was the whole thing... until now.

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Talking about the 2002 album, there is also a promo CD of it, with radio edits, nothing very important here I think.

 

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American Journey (2002, Sony Classical, SK 89364; Mormon Tabernacle Ch., Utah S/Williams, Boston Pops O/Williams, Recording Arts O of LA/Williams)

Call Of The Champions (The Official Theme Of The 2002 Olympic Winter Games); American Journey I: Immigration And Building; American Journey II: The Country At War; American Journey III: Popular Entertainment; American Journey IV: Arts And Sports; American Joruney V: Civil Rights And The Women's Movement`American Journey VI: Flight And Technology; Song For World Peace; Jubilee 350;The Mission Theme (Theme For NBC News); For New York (Variations On Themes Of Leonard Bernstein); Sound The Bells!; Hymn To New England; Celebrate Discovery; Summon The Heroes (Written For The Centennial Celebration Of The Modern Olympic Games, Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 1996).

 

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(Promo CD released in 2002, Sony Classical)

Tracks 1-5 "Call of the Champions" radio edits; Tracks 6-12 John Williams interview clips.

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3 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

 

@Bespin, stop fishing for compliments! It's too obvious. ;)

 

(although your discography is a good reference)

 

I need them!!! It's the fuel to help me continue to do it! :P

 

I will not stop until my name appears in a book or a CD. :pfft:

 

My name is already in the booklets of some Aznavour and Roy Orbison CDs.... I have a new goal with JW!

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3 minutes ago, Josh500 said:

Roy Orbinson CD? What did you do? Write a deep analysis of "Oh, Pretty Woman"? :D

 

No, I completely anayzed all his catalog and discography, to identify all the different, unreleased and alternate versions that exists (because there is MANY), here's my catalog:  http://www.goplanete.com/orbison/orbison catalog.htm

 

Without modesty, I'm a reference now. ;)

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6 minutes ago, Bespin said:

 

I need them!!! It's the fuel to help me continue to do it! :P

 

I will not stop until my name appears in a book or a CD. :pfft:

 

My name is already in the booklets of some Aznavour and Roy Orbison CDs.... I have a new goal with JW!

 

Do you want to be named as that obsessive fan who won't stop calling? 

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I really like the main theme too. It sounds kinda unique in JW's oeuvre. Nothing he's written sounds quite like this, does it? How would you describe it?

 

I'd say optimistic, hectic, somehow reassuring and heartwarming.

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55 minutes ago, Josh500 said:

I really like the main theme too. It sounds kinda unique in JW's oeuvre. Nothing he's written sounds quite like this, does it?

 

 

Finale & End Credits from Last Crusade. ;)

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I've always known The Mission had 4 parts.

 

what's wrong with the videos, the  speed and pitch seem wrong (too fast and high), especially on scherzo for today

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The Resistance March sounds like its of the NBC News musical universe. Maybe like a more ominous theme for Trump coverage.

 

Even the X-Wing scherzo sounds like an amped up NBC News-esque piece with the SW theme interpolated.

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