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 Posted:   Sep 21, 2015 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

I'm still waiting for Beltrami to write a tune as sweepingly gorgeous as the the love theme finale in MIMIC, or a darkly elegant score as good as DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK - HELLBOY and DAVD AND LISA have some fantastic music as well but boy is his overall body of work hot-or-cold for me...

THE GIVER?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2015 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I'm still waiting for Beltrami to write a tune as sweepingly gorgeous as the the love theme finale in MIMIC, or a darkly elegant score as good as DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK - HELLBOY and DAVD AND LISA have some fantastic music as well but boy is his overall body of work hot-or-cold for me...

THE GIVER?


Yea, that's nowhere near in the league of those other scores I mentioned. Only the end title has me coming back for me, and even then it's not quite first-rate Beltrami.

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2015 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I miss the days when Varese Sarabande would post the back covers of their CDs on their website. I would very much like to see what the back of the CD looks like. I still do not understand why they don't do this anymore, but it's a shame and I am frustrated at this change...

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By the way, sidebar...I think The Giver is one of the most gorgeous works Marco has written. smile

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Finally, from a Facebook post by Ayana Haviv, session singer on Seventh Son:

"Marco Beltrami's beautiful score to SEVENTH SON is now available from Varèse Sarabande! I sing lots of solos on the score, and my voice was even blended with a glass harmonica and turned into a virtual instrument affectionately nicknamed the "Ayanica" - how cool is that?!"

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2015 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

FINALLY! Make that 3 people Shaun. Ordered from VARESE SARABAND. Thank you!

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2015 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


I miss the days when Varese Sarabande would post the back covers of their CDs on their website. I would very much like to see what the back of the CD looks like. I still do not understand why they don't do this anymore, but it's a shame and I am frustrated at this change...


Everything about their new website is a step backwards from their previous, perfectly fine one. Shame.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2015 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Just got around to spinning the disk for the first time.

So, erm, this is what everyone was clamoring about?

It's pretty good during it's more thematic moments, with some nice an very unexpected solos from english horn, violin, cello and even harpsichord (who the f*ck would think you'd ever hear any of that in a film like this any longer?) but as a large scale fantasy score it ain't got nothin' on the usual suspects that have graced this genre in yesteryears.

I'd rate it about about on par with Fernando Velazquez's HERCULES (though the main theme is arguably less memorable and heartfelt than in that score) but a few notches, as an entire listening experience, below John Debney's LAIR.

That's just a knee-jerk reaction though, albeit one that probably won't change a ton, I'll re-listen again tomorrow all the same...

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2015 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Just got around to spinning the disk for the first time.

So, erm, this is what everyone was clamoring about?

It's pretty good during it's more thematic moments, with some nice an very unexpected solos from english horn, violin, cello and even harpsichord (who the f*ck would think you'd ever hear any of that in a film like this any longer?) but as a large scale fantasy score it ain't got nothin' on the usual suspects that have graced this genre in yesteryears.

I'd rate it about about on par with Fernando Velazquez's HERCULES (though the main theme is arguably less memorable and heartfelt than in that score) but a few notches, as an entire listening experience, below John Debney's LAIR.

That's just a knee-jerk reaction though, albeit one that probably won't change a ton, I'll re-listen again tomorrow all the same...


Totally agree. It was a fine listen with a few nice parts but nothing special. Certainly in the fantasy scoring leagues its no ' Krull'. Maybe folk haven't received their cds yet but im amazed that, after all the clamour, there isn't much talk about this release. Perhaps a case of the all too familiar discussion threads....'i want it' , 'i want it' and then after its finally out no one cares about the actual music.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2015 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Oops! Double post

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2015 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Totally agree. It was a fine listen with a few nice parts but nothing special. Certainly in the fantasy scoring leagues its no ' Krull'. Maybe folk haven't received their cds yet but im amazed that, after all the clamour, there isn't much talk about this release. Perhaps a case of the all too familiar discussion threads....'i want it' , 'i want it' and then after its finally out no one cares about the actual music.

I received my CD a week or so ago, I listen to it a lot and I am loving it very much...I am not personally raving about it now because I figure I've said plenty in this thread already about how much I enjoy it and I've said my part! But I am surprised at the lack of support for this score. That's ok. I am used to feeling the "alone on a desert island" feeling of loving a score that hardly any one else seems to care two bits about, and it doesn't matter at all. I'm happy it was released, I hope some others found it and enjoy it, and if others don't enjoy it or are disappointed by it, that's a shame and maybe they will be pleased by the next Beltrami effort to come 'round the corner, for they are fast and furious to be sure!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

I've been playing my CD since arrival on Weds. I think it is fantastic! 2 grand slams in a row with Hitman Agent 47 being the other.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

I've been playing my CD since arrival on Weds. I think it is fantastic! 2 grand slams in a row with Hitman Agent 47 being the other.


No Love for F4? smile
Although I wouldn't put them in the same period as Seventh Son was recorded 2 years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   SoldierofFortune   (Member)

I really love F4!

I'm curious if F4 is better than Seventh Son or both are the Beltrami's best of this year?

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

I would say Seventh Son is far more thematic... while F4 might be a bit more coherent.

F4 might work better as an album, since it is chronological and therefore thematic development actually makes sense, which can't be said about Seventh Son, whose End Credits suite consists of tracks 25, 26, 6, 7. Besides that the CD seems to be in chrono order too, but this just makes no sense (although I am glad it is all there and isn't missing, which I was quite afraid of initially).

But either way both are just way too good considering the movies they were composed for. and there is nothing that could come close to Seventh Son's highlights this year :-)

I am very curious about Ben-Hur, The Night Before and of course... upcoming GODS OF EGYPT!

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I'm curious if F4 is better than Seventh Son or both are the Beltrami's best of this year?

That would be No Escape! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   jwb   (Member)

I've had time to listen to this a few times now. I think it is a very good score from Beltrami. Lots of good action moments. The lighter stuff is kinda meh. Certainly compared to some recent fantasy scores this is one of the more memorable one's.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Machionic   (Member)

I think it is a very good score from Beltrami. Lots of good action moments. The lighter stuff is kinda meh

I liked this one as well, but softer parts more than the action. Good fit with the F4.

Film order:

Prologue
Gregory in Tavern
Malkin Unleashed
Gregory Meets Tom / Pendant
Pendle Mountain
Ghasts & Ghouls
Tapestry of Falcons
A Spook in Training
Blue Spark
Facing Urag
I'm Not Like You
Failed Spook and Half Witch
What's a Boggart?
A Witch's Son, a Spook's Apprentice
City Attack
Do You Love Me?
Forest Ambush
Tom Assumes His Position
Into Darkness
Battle of Pendle Mountain
I Will Haunt You
Dust in the Wind
End Credits
The Spook's Apprentice
Gregory's Theme
Master Sergei

 
 Posted:   Nov 2, 2015 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I ordered this on a whim along with the new Varese offerings from Goldsmith, Horner and Silvestri. I don't have much from Beltrami, maybe 7-8 scores, and KNOWING might be my favorite of his. I have thoroughly enjoyed SEVENTH SON, even as an extended 70+ minute listen. It's a great, expansive and thematic orchestral score, in the vein of fantasy scores from earlier. There are moments that reminded me of Silvestri's MUMMY RETURNS score, for example. Certainly a winner and real nice surprise in terms of 2015 film music.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2015 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Ending my first play of this and you know what.
Despite being a fan of Beltrami & Lokutus WAY over hyping & posting about it....
I REALLY enjoyed it! Terrific album , very happy I didn't stay annoyed with the endless posts & skip it because of that reason. I think this one will hold up over the years.

-Sean

 
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