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 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 10:40 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

I was in a mood to be stirred up, and all four of John Williams Olympics Themes fit the bill.
In chronological order, mind you. smile

Which one is your favorite?
Here's a variety from YouTube:

OLYMPIC FANFARE & THEME (1984)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWdOFgDQIn0 (Original Olympic Studio Recording) (No Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoGiufO7z5M (Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra)

THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT (1988)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QLee9g-fzk (Original Olympic Studio Recording) (No Video)

SUMMON THE HEROES (1996)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGB_mLrheM (Olympic Broadcast - Short Version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBkWpfMGUh4 (Long Version - For Tim Morrison) (Boston Pops)

CALL OF THE CHAMPIONS (2002)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67vvJOom1T4 (Salt Lake City Indoor Olympic Concert)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nfgF98x1KU (Live Olympic Broadcast)

I love 'em all so much, it's hard to choose.
But if I have to choose, CALL OF THE CHAMPIONS edges out the other three in my book.

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 11:08 PM   
 By:   gyorgyL   (Member)

Olympic Fanfare & Theme, is my favorite .

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

It IS hard to choose, I'd probably give The Olympic Spirit the nod though, as I really love the way it presents its cadences.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

For me... CALL OF THE CHAMPIONS... great epic music and choral !

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 1:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

"Olympic Spirit" is my favourite. In fact, it may very well be my favourite Williams fanfare of them all, in competition with "Celebrate Discovery".

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:02 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

I remember years ago I think it was Channel 9 in Australia used Olympic Spirit in their coverage of rugby league matches. I remember noticing and liking the theme well before I knew it was a John Williams piece. It was a lovely "eureka" moment when I first played that track on the Summon The Heroes CD^. It's remained a favorite ever since.

I'm not sure it's my favorite Olympic theme though. The first piece is just so iconic. Summon the Heroes also has its moments. And sorry to those that like it, but I'd place the choral winter piece behind the first three. It's just a piece I never really warmed to... perhaps that was intentional^

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

My absolute favorite is the 1984 Olympic Fanfare & Theme.

I wanted to ask this question when we are all in an "Olympic" mood, such as when the games are on....

So -

ON WHAT CD CAN WE BUY THE ORIGINAL VERSION?
THE ORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE 1984 OLYMPIC FANFARE & THEME???????????
PLEASE?

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 4:01 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I only have this CD of Williams' Olympic fanfares and some other themes...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

ON WHAT CD CAN WE BUY THE ORIGINAL VERSION?
THE ORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE 1984 OLYMPIC FANFARE & THEME???????????
PLEASE?
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It's on the old Boston Pops CD BY REQUEST.

Available for one new penny (plus postage) here = http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0000040YP/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=1RA6DEXKWKHSR9SACM6N&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455345467&pf_rd_i=468294

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

ON WHAT CD CAN WE BUY THE ORIGINAL VERSION?
THE ORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE 1984 OLYMPIC FANFARE & THEME???????????
PLEASE?
--------------------------------------
It's on the old Boston Pops CD BY REQUEST.

Available for one new penny (plus postage) here = http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0000040YP/ref=s9_simh_gw_p15_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=1RA6DEXKWKHSR9SACM6N&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=455345467&pf_rd_i=468294


Wasn't that recorded several years after the 84 Olympics?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Well, the original version was performed live in L.A at the opening ceremony, but this version, whenever it was done, sounds most like the live version and was the first time we heard it on LP and CD, so it will have to do.
To be honest, it sounds so similar to the original version that I taped live off the telly, that I always wondered was it a pre-record and they mimed it at the live do?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)


To be honest, it sounds so similar to the original version that I taped live off the telly, that I always wondered was it a pre-record and they mimed it at the live do?


they did that for Salt Lake City in 2002.

Apart from the By request CD, the original version of the Olympic Fanfare and theme can be heard on the very rare japanese CD of the Official Music of the XXIIIrd Olympiad.

The Olympic Fanfare is my favorite olympic music but I also like his arrangements and new music for the NBC coverage of the 2004 games in Athens.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

My absolute favorite is the 1984 Olympic Fanfare & Theme.

I wanted to ask this question when we are all in an "Olympic" mood, such as when the games are on....

So -

ON WHAT CD CAN WE BUY THE ORIGINAL VERSION?
THE ORIGINAL RECORDING OF THE 1984 OLYMPIC FANFARE & THEME???????????
PLEASE?



as mentioned in my previous reply it was also available on cd in japan, but now it is a rare collector item

LP : http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Official-Music-Of-The-XXIIIrd-Olympiad-Los-Angeles-1984/release/544704

CD : http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=4555908

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

I played the '84 Columbia Records Summer Olympics album quite a lot. Even the stuff that wasn't John Williams. The Olympic Fanfare & Theme from that year is probably his best one.

I also liked the '88 NBC coverage theme The Olympic Spirit, though that was the ONLY track I played on that year's Olympic album.

 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Tom Guernsey   (Member)

I like them all greatly, but Summon the Heroes has to get the nod for nostalgic reasons as I heard it first at my first ever John Williams concert in 1996 and it was the world premier performance. Part of one of the most memorable nights for any young film music fan. It's a great piece in its own right although it's perhaps a bit more disjointed than the others but it's all relative.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Yeah Tom, I get what you're saying about the disjointed thing with Summon The Heroes, but I still love it. I actually dig that disjointedness, when the brass and percussion lose the plot somewhat and then he resumes the rhythm and takes it up some notches. That's why he's God to me wink
I vaguely remember (maybe it was in an old FSM) a report that the piece got slaughtered by some 'serious' music critics for it's overall design or architecture.

Oh, and my fave is the first one (Los Angeles 84 Olympic Fanfare/Theme) but all the others are sublime too.
Vote John Williams for Supreme Commander of Earth Defences.

 
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