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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2010 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Which score do you like more? I love both, but I think I love HOME ALONE 2 more. HOME ALONE 2 has the great themes from 1, plus Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2010 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

My vote goes to "Home Alone 2". It contains reprises of all the thematic material from the first film's score, plus numerous themes written specifically for the film.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2010 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

I really enjoy both, but I have to say 'Arrival in New York' from Home Alone 2 really takes the cake for me, what a FANTASTIC statement of the Somewhere in my Memory theme :-D

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2010 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Both are terrific, but I have to say I prefer the intimacy and tighter pacing of the original.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2010 - 10:10 PM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

My vote goes to "Home Alone 2". It contains reprises of all the thematic material from the first film's score, plus numerous themes written specifically for the film.

Yeah that!

-Erik-

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Mike West   (Member)

I just listened to both scores one after the other, and I don't know really.

Maybe due to the recording quality the performance seems a little bit better on Home Alone 1 than on Home Alone 2, more balanced, more precise.
Compare for example the fast Tschaikovsky-like music in both scores, the rapid passages in the Celli and the cymbal crashes, I think I like that in the first score better.
Also the bass-clarinet appearing with the celesta-theme, I think that is better performed and mixed in the first.

As far as the cues for itself are concerned, I like both scores very much.
Listening to them in one session, there is maybe a bit to much from the sweet "Somewhere in my Memory"-theme, like to much cream on a cake, but never mind.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

I like both a lot, but prefer Home Alone 2.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Hermit   (Member)

That's a good question. For me it would have to be HOME ALONE 2 (even though I know it couldn't exist without the first one) because it reprised some of the best music from the original and added a couple additional themes (LOVE the Duncan Toy Store music).

And, as mentioned by TM above, the Arrival In New York cue is a fantastic variation on the Somewhere In My Memory theme, being both Christmassy AND metropolitan - it amazes me how John Williams was able to capture Christmas in a big city with that piece of music.

Although, I do have a renewed appreciation for the original thanks to La La Land's expanded version. I hadn't realized before how the Marley 'Dies Irae' Theme was also the first 4 notes from Carol of the Bells which played a significant part in the perception of that character by Kevin.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Although, I do have a renewed appreciation for the original thanks to La La Land's expanded version. I hadn't realized before how the Marley 'Dies Irae' Theme was also the first 4 notes from Carol of the Bells which played a significant part in the perception of that character by Kevin.

Great observation! I hadn't noticed this either, but it makes sense in such a nice and fitting way - linking Marley's sinister theme to the wonderful Christmas carol. It's these kinds of discoveries that make his scores to me such good repeated listens.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Love 'em both, but the original holds a special spot in my black ole heart. Although I will say that the "Merry Christmas" song from 2 is wonderful and it should be boosted up there with Jingle Bells and White Christmas and all the other famous holiday tunes. It endures.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

So, what's the status of HOME ALONE 2? Out of print? Hard to get? Insanely expensive?

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

So, what's the status of HOME ALONE 2? Out of print? Hard to get? Insanely expensive?

I was going to buy this but it got a little too pricey:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370459966931&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

It's too bad I had no money when Home Alone 2 was readily available.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Gunnar   (Member)

Ouch. I think I will be happy with the original score then...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Adam S   (Member)


And, as mentioned by TM above, the Arrival In New York cue is a fantastic variation on the Somewhere In My Memory theme, being both Christmassy AND metropolitan - it amazes me how John Williams was able to capture Christmas in a big city with that piece of music.


Too bad it was replaced with a Christmas pop song in the movie. I tried tracking in the Williams piece years ago and it matches up very well and is a good case study in why directors should just trust their composers (or at least the good ones). The song that is used is nice enough but it feels like we’re taking time out from the movie to watch a Home Alone music video. Williams piece feels like the story is being advanced. Our attention is focused on how Kevin is reacting and we feel some of his awe and excitement of being introduced to New York at Christmas. I had to watch it with the movie to fully appreciate what a difference it makes, not that there isn’t a lot to appreciate on its own as well.

With regard to the thread title, that’s a tough call. If I could only have one I’d have Home Alone 2 because you get a lot of the first score plus a lot of great new material. But I have a little more affection for the first score overall I think.

- Adam

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Peter G.   (Member)

I have always liked the arrangements of the material from Home Alone better on the Home Alone 2 album.

I was sort of wondering if someone could tell me how much new and noteworthy material is on La la's new, expanded Home Alone CD that isn't included in some way in Home Alone 2?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Adam S   (Member)

I have always liked the arrangements of the material from Home Alone better on the Home Alone 2 album.

I was sort of wondering if someone could tell me how much new and noteworthy material is on La la's new, expanded Home Alone CD that isn't included in some way in Home Alone 2?


I don't have the disc yet but I can think of maybe a few minutes of previously unreleased music from Home Alone that is on the expanded Home Alone 2 disc and its of the slapstick variety. So most of the new music on this CD has never been available. I never felt the unreleased music from Home Alone was screaming for an expanded release but now that I know there is apparently a long Williams arranged Christmas Medley and a Williams arranged alternate finale with O Holy Night, that adds to its interest for me considerably. Add into that the improved sound quality and the purchase is more than worth it for me. I'll be happy to have the unreleased music in Home Alone as well but as an album presentation, the original release did a very good job. So it just depends ont the person.

- Adam

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Home Alone 2 for me.

The new songs, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas and Christmas Star are delightful, the latter being woefully underrated.

It seems to have all the highlights from the first one, and adds new material to keep it fresh.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Right now Home Alone 2 because its "newer" to me. As much as I love both scores, I never cared how either were presented on the CD's. It took some major reorganization of track order and omitting some cues in order to achieve a listening experience I was pleased with.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

I love everything about Home Alone - I picked up the original Fox CD back in 1990 and then the Fox CD of HA2 back in 1992 - when I saw that Varese deluxe edition, I had to have that.

Now, I have the LLL CD - as far as what I like better - I LOVE it all! Great music all around by Mr. Williams, who really captures the warmth and spirit of the Christmas holiday.

I've always wondered what Bruce Broughton would have come up with for HA - I just love his MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET score - I picked up the Intrada CD as soon as it was released.

Anyway, all these CD's will get a lot of play during the holiday season...:-)

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2010 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Mumbles   (Member)

Is there a difference between the version of Home Alone 2 with Macaulay on the cover, vs the version with the cartoon Statue of Liberty on the cover?

Same music? Is one harder to find, more valuable than the other?

 
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