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 Posted:   Dec 11, 2017 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   John Chambers   (Member)

I’ve listened to both discs a number of times now and read the liner notes and I must say this is an absolutely tremendous release in every regard. I was on the fence about getting it as I wasn’t sure I needed anything beyond the original album and 1998 expansion but I’m very glad I got it.

I think the decision to have each disc play as it’s own album works beautifully rather than have everything play in a complete and chronological fashion. I’ve made a chronological playlist but I think I’m more likely to regularly listen to the discs as they’ve been arranged, they’re brilliant and you can tell how hard Mike M must have worked to get the sequences to play so well. The only thing I don’t love is having the source music as part of the main program on disc 2, they’re so different tonally that I’ll most likely make them into their own album in iTunes instead. But a bit of tinkering for personal taste is advocated in the booklet! The source music itself is great though, what a treat to have Such broad genre music written by Williams himself!

Also, the sound quality is something else, a total revelation which allows you to revel in every single carefully crafted detail of the score.

And finally the liner notes are possibly the finest I’ve ever read. Even the section about the making of the film keep things firmly focused on the music which is refreshing and the notes are so illuminating and insightful that they help me appreciate the score in a much more thorough way than I’ve ever done in the past. I really can’t recommend this release enough!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2017 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Has anyone else who ordered this through SAE (or some other vendor) gotten a shipping notice yet?

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2017 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Has anyone else who ordered this through SAE (or some other vendor) gotten a shipping notice yet?

I brought this up in the "Oh My" thread. Apparently they're just starting to ship stock out to third party vendors. Understandable, considering recent events at LLL.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Thanks, Solium.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   michael469   (Member)

I’ve listened to both discs a number of times now and read the liner notes and I must say this is an absolutely tremendous release in every regard. I was on the fence about getting it as I wasn’t sure I needed anything beyond the original album and 1998 expansion but I’m very glad I got it.

I think the decision to have each disc play as it’s own album works beautifully rather than have everything play in a complete and chronological fashion. I’ve made a chronological playlist but I think I’m more likely to regularly listen to the discs as they’ve been arranged, they’re brilliant and you can tell how hard Mike M must have worked to get the sequences to play so well. The only thing I don’t love is having the source music as part of the main program on disc 2, they’re so different tonally that I’ll most likely make them into their own album in iTunes instead. But a bit of tinkering for personal taste is advocated in the booklet! The source music itself is great though, what a treat to have Such broad genre music written by Williams himself!

Also, the sound quality is something else, a total revelation which allows you to revel in every single carefully crafted detail of the score.

And finally the liner notes are possibly the finest I’ve ever read. Even the section about the making of the film keep things firmly focused on the music which is refreshing and the notes are so illuminating and insightful that they help me appreciate the score in a much more thorough way than I’ve ever done in the past. I really can’t recommend this release enough!


Having listened through my Sennheisers I am now listening through my stereo speakers. Incredible soundstage. 'Barry's Kidnapping' is a tour de force homage to Ligeti. Absolutely brilliant. The remastering is top notch.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Anyone else in their youth cranked up the volume as far as they could for the opening cue. That slow quite build up, then suddenly, BLAM!!!! The walls vibrate. Gives me chills every time.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Anyone else in their youth cranked up the volume as far as they could for the opening cue. That slow quite build up, then suddenly, BLAM!!!! The walls vibrate. Gives me chills every time.

Oh, totally.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thanks, Solium.

Just got my shipping notice from the third party vendor I ordered from. Hopefully yours is on the way too.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Anyone else in their youth cranked up the volume as far as they could for the opening cue. That slow quite build up, then suddenly, BLAM!!!! The walls vibrate. Gives me chills every time.

Yeah. Phantom of the Opera. "Perhaps we can frighten away the ghost of so many years ago, with a little illumination . . . gentlemen."

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2017 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   bryantburnette   (Member)

The liner notes really are fantastic. I read them before listening, and my appreciation for one of my favorite scores grew based just on the notes; no telling how much growing it's going to do after listening to the discs!

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2017 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Think it's fair to say the only thing more we could ask of this program is that it get a hi-res release at some point in the future when the average-budget audiophile can afford the system to play it back.

Maybe MQA will accelerate that.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2017 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Thanks, Solium.

Just got my shipping notice from the third party vendor I ordered from. Hopefully yours is on the way too.


Didn't get a shipping notice, but it shipped!!

Looking forward to hearing this!! I'm sure you are too!! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2017 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Got my copy today - and again... it is just masterful.

LLL, we can´t thank you enough for your consistently magnificent work!

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Mine arrived today. I was very careful taking it out of the case. Luckily its all in perfect condition. Sounds is really impressive.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

The two most overused words in all these threads are: "revelatory", and "masterful".

These two words mean essentially nothing.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   connorb93   (Member)

The two most overused words in all these threads are: "revelatory", and "masterful".

These two words mean essentially nothing.


Hey, so does your post! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

The two most overused words in all these threads are: "revelatory", and "masterful".

These two words mean essentially nothing.


Well, what words would like us to use instead when describing this album?

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Thanks, Solium.

Just got my shipping notice from the third party vendor I ordered from. Hopefully yours is on the way too.


Didn't get a shipping notice, but it shipped!!

Looking forward to hearing this!! I'm sure you are too!! smile


For sure! My expected delivery date is Monday the 18th. smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The two most overused words in all these threads are: "revelatory", and "masterful".

These two words mean essentially nothing.


Well, what words would like us to use instead when describing this album?


Overrated?

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2017 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Anyone else in their youth cranked up the volume as far as they could for the opening cue. That slow quite build up, then suddenly, BLAM!!!! The walls vibrate. Gives me chills every time.

Talk about peaking too soon!

 
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