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 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The original release is perfection!
2 discs is , well you know. Ask Thor
smile
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   Glissolia   (Member)

I am playing these 10 cues as I type this. It's funny, the music is great but every time I see the film it seems buried in the mix and doesn't stand out as much as it should.

Kamen's DH/LW scores are fab. I was only just getting into him before he died and I was really sad.

Anyway, the music is not too shabby from someone who disliked action films(!)

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Particularly Die Hard 2, showcased perfectly in the recent glorious Varese Deluxe Edtiion.

Very good, Deputy! You even copied their CD spine typo!

I'm going to give the score one last try. I have the 2-disc Edtiionwink and just haven't liked it much, but after your enthusiastic endorsement I'll try again. It's just that almost all of disc 1 is a bit of a snoozer for me. Heck, I paid 30 bucks for it so I hope I'll warm up to it!

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2013 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

I was least familiar with DH2 (of the first three) so I did not pick it up when the DE was first released. Eventually, I listened to some samples and got the original release from my library. When I finally decided to buy the DE, it was already gone. So I gave up. But after getting DH3 and now the Lethal Weapon collection, I am keeping my eye open for it. I've seen it around, but I'm hoping to hold out til it gets down closer to $30. Wish me luck!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2014 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Trent Easton Navarro   (Member)

Okay so I've been listening to all of my Die Hard Kamen scores and am stuck on them! Since digging through the recent Lethal Weapon box I've had a hankering for some Die Hard music and since I started listening to the original trilogy (done right of course, the deluxe complete editions) I just can't seem to stop. You know the feeling. You can't seem to move on to any other scores because you keep wanting to hear the brilliant stuff over and over. "I have to hear this track again!" and start it from the beginning as soon as it's finished. "That section of action music is so awesome, back up!" and rewind a bit in the track to hear it again. Just enjoying the musical playground, which Kamen delectably provides with his Die Hard scores. I do love the Lethal Weapon music but listening to these DH scores again I'm reminded in spades why I love them so much.

Particularly Die Hard 2, showcased perfectly in the recent glorious Varese Deluxe Edtiion. The whole score is just breathtaking and mach-3 adrenaline fueled, my favorite of the three Kamen DH scores.

The part of the score that I marvel the most at (again, and again, and again...) is the roughly 41-minute stretch of almost completely action/urgent/thrills 'n chills music that begins with "Landing Esperanza's Plane" and culminates in the "Fight on the Wing" cues. Seriously now! These 40 minutes do not let up and contain some of the most brilliantly complex, ingeniously structured, and cleverly written action music I've ever heard. Going back and listening to the cues again, I continue to rewind and repeat tracks because I keep discovering, after countless listens, even more and more layers and clever motifs and little nuances in the writing. This 41-minute action section is joyously dense with complex and intricate action and suspense music, expertly weaving in themes and motifs from the first DH score and slam-bang barnstorming new material. It is truly genius and I can't stop listening! The rhythms, the orchestration, the powerful and energetic performance by the players, the nobility of McClane's theme, the occasional wintery/Christmas sleighbells and such, the pounding anvils, the quick-change brass blasts and racing strings...it's sublime.

I had to write here and express my joy for this music and for this CD release in general. It has always been one of my most sought-after previously unreleased (except for the short original release) score in my life, and hearing it in all its glory is one of the greatest experiences. I take nothing away from DH 1 and 3, which are insane awesomesauce in similar and different ways, but DH2 will always be the cat's pajamas to me, the absolute zenith of DH music, Kamen action music, and my favorite Kamen score the man has written.

Thanks Varese!


Like you, I've going through to the Die Hard scores again (in my case, cause I'm still waiting for the LW boxset). DH2 remains the most difficult one for me though. Like someone else already said, the first half is rather dull. For me, it lacks the playfulness of the first half of the original Die Hard. But once the action starts, the fun never stops! The last 40 minutes of DH2 are indeed some of Kamen's finest action writing. While I play the second DH score the least, I'm still glad I picked it up.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2014 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

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I'm going to give the score one last try. I have the 2-disc Edtiionwink and just haven't liked it much, but after your enthusiastic endorsement I'll try again. It's just that almost all of disc 1 is a bit of a snoozer for me. !


That's why i recomend the original release!!!!!
bruce

 
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