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 Posted:   Jul 15, 2016 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I had no idea that they still made cassettes.

Is this a cash in--of course it is, it's Star Wars, but keep reading--on the Millennial generation's newfound love for obsolete formats?

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

Revisiting this score a year later and find that it remains fresh and melodic and impressive, both in the complexity of the writing and in the power achieved from the orchestra. What amazes me is the consistent darkly adventurous tone throughout most of the score, in contrast to the chiaroscuro effect of the finale and credits. So many science fiction scores miss the beat on this, but to me that's the best part of science fiction in general, the light with the darkness...

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

DP

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

I certainly like the score more now than I did when I first heard it.

I can't wait to see where Johnny goes with the Episode 8 score, and hope Disney is considering releasing a 2CD complete version of TFA.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I had no idea that they still made cassettes.

Time to dust my Walkman. Yes I still have one.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   FredGarvin   (Member)

Revisiting this score a year later and find that it remains fresh and melodic and impressive, both in the complexity of the writing and in the power achieved from the orchestra. What amazes me is the consistent darkly adventurous tone throughout most of the score, in contrast to the chiaroscuro effect of the finale and credits. So many science fiction scores miss the beat on this, but to me that's the best part of science fiction in general, the light with the darkness...

Agreed. Rey's Theme really sold it for me. I also like the Starkiller track. Good stuff.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Revisiting this score a year later and find that it remains fresh and melodic and impressive, both in the complexity of the writing and in the power achieved from the orchestra. What amazes me is the consistent darkly adventurous tone throughout most of the score, in contrast to the chiaroscuro effect of the finale and credits. So many science fiction scores miss the beat on this, but to me that's the best part of science fiction in general, the light with the darkness...

Agreed. Rey's Theme really sold it for me. I also like the Starkiller track. Good stuff.


+1. I love much of this score. I was lucky enough to hear the suite performed live last spring up in Toronto and it sounded fantastic.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Still my favorite score of the last twelve months. It's got so much thematic development, color, and energy, and it actually goes somewhere. I love your use of the word "chiaroscuro," TM, and I agree with it completely. There's a real shape to this score, and it ends by beautifully intertwining themes in an inventive way that makes for one of Williams' best finales.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   TM   (Member)

Still my favorite score of the last twelve months. It's got so much thematic development, color, and energy, and it actually goes somewhere. I love your use of the word "chiaroscuro," TM, and I agree with it completely. There's a real shape to this score, and it ends by beautifully intertwining themes in an inventive way that makes for one of Williams' best finales.

=D

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2016 - 10:02 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

I had no idea that they still made cassettes.

Is this a cash in--of course it is, it's Star Wars, but keep reading--on the Millennial generation's newfound love for obsolete formats?


I'm waiting for the acetate disc release of this score.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I'm waiting for the acetate disc release of this score.

You kids and your newfangled toys. Get the wax cylinder of this score and hear it the way it was meant to be heard.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Rey´s theme is wonderful. But the whole score still underwhelms me. Like the movie.

Still, it´s many parsecs ahead of the competition.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Still my favorite score of the last twelve months. It's got so much thematic development, color, and energy, and it actually goes somewhere. I love your use of the word "chiaroscuro," TM, and I agree with it completely. There's a real shape to this score, and it ends by beautifully intertwining themes in an inventive way that makes for one of Williams' best finales.

=D


Just want to chime in that I keep returning to this score in a way I haven't done in years with any recent score, even other JW treats.

It's the best arguement in recent years for a first-rate album presentation over a dutiful assembly of every cue in order.* THIS is the purpose of music - to go somewhere, to be an experience in and of itself. Not divorced from its context as film music, but allowed to communicate to its best advantage. This album does so, beautifully.

I'd argue that the Jedi Steps and Finale is the single best summation I've ever heard of a score.



*Of course sometimes that works too, but often not as well to my ears.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   TM   (Member)



I'd argue that the Jedi Steps and Finale is the single best summation I've ever heard


It’s right up there for me, too. It ties together what came before with a mystery of what is yet to come, and makes me want to watch the next one more than any part of the story itself does, and that’s an incredible accomplishment. Imagine how lame the Jedi steps would have been as a post-credits bonus, with no music or vague underscore. It was ALL riding on the music there.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   TM   (Member)



I'd argue that the Jedi Steps and Finale is the single best summation I've ever heard


It’s right up there for me, too. It ties together what came before with a mystery of what is yet to come, and makes me want to watch the next one more than any part of the story itself does, and that’s an incredible accomplishment. Imagine how lame the Jedi steps would have been as a post-credits bonus, with no music or vague underscore. It was ALL riding on the music there.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   emusician   (Member)

Good God above, I really hope and pray JW has the juice to finish out this saga! Would love to see him hold that Oscar in 2019!

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2016 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)



I'd argue that the Jedi Steps and Finale is the single best summation I've ever heard of a score.

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For me the finale of the Accidental Tourist will always be the greatest summation from any score I've ever heard. I remember seeing the film in theatres and to hear Williams' glorious theme played by the entire orchestra and seeing that warm smile on Williams Hurt's face after so much sadness throughout the film, well it just sends shivers down the spine.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2016 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)



I'd argue that the Jedi Steps and Finale is the single best summation I've ever heard of a score.

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For me the finale of the Accidental Tourist will always be the greatest summation from any score I've ever heard. I remember seeing the film in theatres and to hear Williams' glorious theme played by the entire orchestra and seeing that warm smile on Williams Hurt's face after so much sadness throughout the film, well it just sends shivers down the spine.


Agreed 100%! Always gets me at the end. Williams gave that movie a soul that was not in the script. Heartbreaking scene when he sees that boy and thinks of his son. So glad someone feels the same way!

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2016 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)



I'd argue that the Jedi Steps and Finale is the single best summation I've ever heard of a score.

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For me the finale of the Accidental Tourist will always be the greatest summation from any score I've ever heard. I remember seeing the film in theatres and to hear Williams' glorious theme played by the entire orchestra and seeing that warm smile on Williams Hurt's face after so much sadness throughout the film, well it just sends shivers down the spine.


Agreed 100%! Always gets me at the end. Williams gave that movie a soul that was not in the script. Heartbreaking scene when he sees that boy and thinks of his son. So glad someone feels the same way!


For much of the 90s Accidental Tourist was my favourite Williams score. There was a depth and poignancy about it that he ever quite reached in all other similar scores like Stanley and Iris.

Angela's Ashes is another beautiful work. Geez I have to revisit those soon

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2018 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Mike S   (Member)

Not to turn this into TFA versus TLJ, but I watched TFA again over the weekend and liked it much better, film and score, after seeing TLJ.

I liked TLJ a lot but it's more like a compendium of ideas than a streamlined narrative, and I heard that yesterday when listening to the TFA score again for the first time in months. There is a shape to it, as others have said here, and a forward drive that perfectly calibrates the new and the old. TLJ will continue to reveal itself over repeated listens, I'm sure, but TFA was a revelation to me on this go-round. Like the film, it's so entertaining that it accomplishes more than it lets on in what it sets up in a short time.

 
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