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 Posted:   May 3, 2005 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Man, I can't believe there's no thread dedicated to this fan favourite, but there obviously isn't, so here goes...

I listened to this again yesterday, and it still stands as a great soundtrack from my favourite Williams period (the early 90's).

Sure, it might be a bit overblown and "Hollywood" on occasion, but I love those Irish jigues and how they expand into a big orchestral palette. There is some really dark and harrowing passages midway (that are far more scary than the scenes they're describing), but for the most part this is either upbeat, optimistic, adventurous stuff (like the fabulous "Land Race" cue) or romantic, introspective and highly melodic.

The album is almost 70 minutes long, but time flies by, it's that entertaining and varied. There is a "volume 2" floating around in bootleg land, with unreleased music, but I would NOT recommend this. There really isn't anything there that isn't already represented on the MCA album or that is musically worthwhile. Stick to the commercial disc!

Oh, and the title on my disc reads "Music TAKEN from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", surely one of the strangest I've seen. Taken? As in 'stolen'?


 
 Posted:   May 3, 2005 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

One of the most enjoyable scores from Williams canon. Iam also a fan of the Far & Away violin concerto which he recorded with Pitzberg Symphony & Itzhak Perlman.

Amer

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2005 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks Amer, but this is obviously not THAT much of a fan favourite...

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2005 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

For some reason I never really connected emotionally to this score. It's grand enough, teeming with everything a Williams fan like myself SHOULD love, but I just always found it missing that "spark." I had the same problem with THE PATRIOT. Go figure.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2005 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   SheriffJoe   (Member)

I have to admit that I am with Mr. Skerrit on this. Both with Far and Away AND The Patriot. It has to do, at least for me, with my lack of an emotional connection with the films themselves. I remember very little about Far and Away, except that The Chieftain's do their Irish thing in it, which I suppose is better than The Patriot, which I remember absolutely NOTHING of!

SheriffJoe

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2005 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I like this one a lot...especially The Land Race cue.

(The Patriot, OTOH, I can live without, it's a great theme + meh)


-Joshua

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2005 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Morlock1   (Member)

I love the score. It, like The Patriot, is a case of the score being hugely oberblown and obvious, quite clearly mirroring the flaws of the films. But, because of that, I think it make one hell of a great listen.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2005 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

In the great pantheon of John Williams music this is a rather forgettable one for me. Flies at middle altitude with The Patriot and Amistad. Surprisingly generic for Williams.

I'd rather sing the priases of a Williams score which is not so fan-friendly... Rosewood.

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2005 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Thor,

I have also the CD with "MUSIC TAKEN..." on my cover. Maybe it is a European thing, and in the US, they say "Original Soundtrack" as in your picture....

This is one of my earliest memories of film music and one of my very first John Williams scores. I love it very much, especially of course THE LAND RACE, and OKLAHOMA TERRITORY.

Great Williams score, for an ok Ron Howard movie.

Philipp

np: "far and away" (john williams)

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2005 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)



I'd rather sing the priases of a Williams score which is not so fan-friendly... Rosewood.


I'd rather not. It makes my ears bleed.


-Joshua

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2005 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   HAL 2000   (Member)



I'd rather not. It makes my ears bleed.


-Joshua


better see a doctor bout that.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2005 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   franz_conrad   (Member)

I'm a fan, but this is not favorite! It started us down the dark path of Celtic chic... and Horner still hasn't got over it...

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2005 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   Valere   (Member)

Transition time for Williams,part of The Empire of the Sun time, Always time, and still one of my favorite scores of his.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2005 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)

It would be a nice album if it were 30 minutes shorter. I kind of enjoy the themes however, I did not enjoy the film very much.

As for Williams a la Celtic, I much prefer Angela's Ashes. Sill, I did not enjoy the film very much.

;-)

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Yes, I'm bumping a three-year-old thread. Thor should approve wink

I can kind of agree with what SherrifJoe said above - The Patriot and Far and Away are kind of related in the sense of the approach to musical identity.

Yet both have some outstanding moments. I don't remember a lick of The Patriot either - but I love the title to it. Similarly, I don't remember much of Far And Away but what I do - namely the End Credits - is absolutely stunning stuff. I'm amazed I just got this CD; I could've sworn more people would have told me about this one sooner.

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   Agent Norman Newman   (Member)

you know i bought this a while ago but still haven't listened to it. hmm.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   streichorchester   (Member)

My favourite part of Far and Away is the part Yoko Kanno ripped off for Turn A Gundam:

http://rapidshare.com/files/123875253/verysimilar.zip.html

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I liked the score at the time but haven't listened to it in many years. The "Land Race" is very memorable and definitely the stand-out piece on the album. The photography and the music were the strongest attributes of the film, so with that in mind, I'd say it's a very good and solid Williams achievement.

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

For some reason I never really connected emotionally to this score. It's grand enough, teeming with everything a Williams fan like myself SHOULD love, but I just always found it missing that "spark." I had the same problem with THE PATRIOT. Go figure.


I agree with these comments, too, and will add "Hook" to the list. No emotional connect for me with the movie or the score.

 
 Posted:   Jun 24, 2008 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



I agree with these comments, too, and will add "Hook" to the list. No emotional connect for me with the movie or the score.


Oh yes, "Hook" was...blecch across the board. I actually remember leaving the theater in disgust. Hoffman was so BAD.

 
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