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 Posted:   Nov 9, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

How goeth the journey, Onya?

Nothing new. My original post was inspired by the fact that I happened to find a bunch of these albums for a buck or whatever, so I gave them a chance. I buy stuff that I stumble across as opposed to seeking things out.

I'll let you know if I find any more cheap (non-Spielberg/Star Wars) Williams albums.

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

So now, in addition to the 60s scores, I have the Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, and Close Encounters. The latter exceeded my expectations - side 1 has a Daphnis et Chloe vibe and is completely free of that annoying riff; but even side 2 is nice, and when the riff plays at the finale, it has almost a grandiose Firebird quality about it.

So anyway, thus has been my journey with John Williams. I still plan to avoid his 80s scores, as I would virtually any 80s music, but I'm at least more open to him now than I once was. So there you have it.


Onya, I'm a classic 70's Williams fanboy who thinks the last great Williams score was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

If you'd like to hear the late 70's Williams soundtrack that puts his whole package together on both the concert hall and cinema/adventure sides, you'll have to shell out around eighty dollars secondhand for Varese's out-of-print Jaws 2.

That score haunted my dreams in 1979-80. Great Williams scherzos interspersed with some sublime Daphnis et Chloe moments.

Get it and you won't regret it. How deep does your newfound commitment go?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't think JAWS 2 is quite edgy enough for Onya's taste (great as I think it is). That's why I still refer him to my earlier post above.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


If you'd like to hear the late 70's Williams soundtrack that puts his whole package together on both the concert hall and cinema/adventure sides, you'll have to shell out around eighty dollars secondhand for Varese's out-of-print Jaws 2.

That score haunted my dreams in 1979-80. Great Williams scherzos interspersed with some sublime Daphnis et Chloe moments.



Well I LOVE Daphnis et Chloe but I'll have to find that album for much less than $80 for me to buy it, more like $8.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

Well I LOVE Daphnis et Chloe but I'll have to find that album (Jaws 2) for much less than $80 for me to buy it, more like $8.

Good luck on that $8 Varese Jaws 2 soundtrack.

Maybe you should try for the out-of-print Varese Dracula, which is just as good, but with more Gyorgy Ligeti (also influenced Close Encounters) and Romantic influences.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


Maybe you should try for the out-of-print Varese Dracula, which is just as good, but with more Gyorgy Ligeti (also influenced Close Encounters) and Romantic influences.


I just passed this up for $7. I was surrounded by $2 scores, so those circumstances perhaps clouded my judgment.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)



So now, in addition to the 60s scores, I have the Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, and Close Encounters. The latter exceeded my expectations - side 1 has a Daphnis et Chloe vibe and is completely free of that annoying riff; but even side 2 is nice, and when the riff plays at the finale, it has almost a grandiose Firebird quality about it.




The Seventies was the best period for John Williams:
"Black Sunday": my single favorite scoreā€”I advise you to order it at FSM!
"The Missouri Breaks": a masterpiece!
"Fury"
"The Eiger Sanction"
"Image"
"The Sugarland Express"
"Midway"
"Family Plot"
"Jaws"
"The Poseidon Adventure"

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Onya, go get Dracula. Trust me -- get it now, before someone else grabs it. You will LOVE it.

I also recommend Jane Eyre (1970), my #1 favorite John Williams score, if you don't have it already.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Smitty   (Member)

I've said it many times before, but Black Sunday, The Eiger Sanction and Jane Eyre are easily my favorites of Williams' work.

Black Sunday is one of the absolute best thriller scores, and the sound on the FSM album is nothing short of spectacular.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

As a classical music fan of all ages and of film music of all decades I am annoyed by such absolute opinions by anyone.I read this board since it's beginning and rarelly ever write or attack anyone. Reading the magazine since 1994 and was never annoyed by a post or a letter that much before.

I start running into all these mint John Williams albums for a buck a throw. mad

I just don't understand why some people try to convince OnyaBirri that there are nice film scores by Williams after the 70's. We are talking 44 years of musical output. It is obvious that you can't possible change the mind of such a narrowminded person.
Will we all start and suggest scores by Goldsmith and Barry after 1970?
Poledouris and Horner?
Kamen and Thomas Newman maybe?

OnyaBirri you better keep your bucks and if you buy any other score written after 1970 don't mention it.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


OnyaBirri you better keep your bucks and if you buy any other score written after 1970 don't mention it.


OK, if you say so.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Look, this thread is about Onya *opening up* to Williams! Let's celebrate that rather than getting negative about what he doesn't like. Star Wars isn't for everyone, and I know that for my present tastes I'd rather listen to Jane Eyre, Dracula, and Family Plot than many of his more famous scores. I think I've got a handle on Onya's taste, and who knows, after he gets enthusiastic about some of these scores maybe he'll move on and give some of Williams's later work another chance too.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Look, this thread is about Onya *opening up* to Williams! Let's celebrate that rather than getting negative about what he doesn't like.

Thank you! I used to regularly get beat up around here for not liking John Williams. So years go by, I try to be open minded, and I post that maybe Williams is OK after all. So I get beat up again - this time for not liking John Williams as much as I should. wink

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

Actually I don't care if you like Williams. My post also had to do with your profile. If anyone else bothered to read it understands what I am talking about.

DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Actually I don't care if you like Williams. My post also had to do with your profile. If anyone else bothered to read it understands what I am talking about.

OK, King. I didn't realize that our profiles had to meet your approval. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I should add here also that, despite my overall distaste for Spielberg, I quite like "Catch Me If You Can," both the film and the score. So I'm not completely closed-minded.

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

Just yours!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK! DANGER DIABOLIK!


Now you're speaking my language, King!

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:51 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

I doubt it!

 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I should add here also that, despite my overall distaste for Spielberg, I quite like "Catch Me If You Can," both the film and the score. So I'm not completely closed-minded.

If you like that you should give TinTin (film and score) a shot. It's an awful lot of fun unless you're completely opposed to anything "kiddy".

Yavar

 
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