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 Posted:   Jun 14, 2021 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

If the sound quality is better and/or if there's more music, I'll upgrade and do something with the old one (usually pass it to a friend or my sister).

I'll go for a rerecording since it's a different interpretation and - usually - is more about the listening experience than recreating the sound of the original. Unless it's a MMM recording, which is making up for the lack of original releases. Those are still some of my favorites.

Sometimes....I'll let the original recordings go by and opt for the rerecording if the original sounds like ass. I'm looking at you Conan the Barbarian.

But I generally don't buy and rebuy the same score if it's just a repressing. New liner notes aren't enough to sway me. Not even Jeff Bond has that power. However, he at least makes it a tough choice.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2021 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   OneBuckFilms   (Member)

I find myself upgrading previous releases due to additional material and better sound.

In the case of The Matrix, I missed out on the Deluxe Edition and held off on getting the score at all until I picked up a cheap copy of the 10 track release a couple of years back, and yes I enjoyed it, though it is clearly very short compared to the total material in the score.

I ordered the Complete Edition (standard CD), and that will be my go-to in place of the OST, which I will pass on to the used CD market.

I appreciate a good album arrangement, and there are some great ones, but I always enjoy listening to a C & C presentation of a score, so with few exceptions, I tend to keep only the complete/definitive C & C releases.

For example, I have the 1997 Star Wars Special Edition releases (with those great liner notes, and although there are some flaws if you really listen and examine, they are the best presentations of those scores and essentially complete), but I do not have the OST albums.

Same for things such as Jurassic Park and The Lost World. Great alums, but I decided to only have the LLLR releases. I could list plenty like that.

Essentially, I prefer to have 1 release that is C & C with great sounds and good presentation for any score.

When they include the OST as part of the reissue, even better, such as Star Trek TMP, or Star Trek III.

The multiple releases of the same score, such as Poltergeist II, or The Matrix, is really a simple evolution of how these releases are put out there, how material becomes available, and how the markets changed over time.

There is no mistrust of the labels because of this, it is simply the evolution of the way things are done, lessons learned, elements found, and business changes over time.

In the end, I'm happy to see re-releases for those who missed out earlier, and for those who want the newer presentations. It keeps a lot of great music available over time.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2021 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   erepel   (Member)

I think the score I have purchased most often is probably John Williams' Superman, I have the original Warner Double LP, the original CD, the Rhino CD, the FSM Blue Box CD, and the LaLaLand release, so it's a total of five times that I picked up that particular recording. (I didn't count the re-recording.). I'm definitely done with that one I think. Or hope.

Double LP - check.
CD (both U.S. and Japan import) - check.
Rhino - check.
Blue Box - check.
LLL - check.
Exceptional circumstances to justify counting the Varese re-recording if only for premiere (at the time) recordings of "Jonathan's Death" and "The Helicopter Sequence" - check.

Even though the proverbial super-box has been checked multiple times, I would pay for "Superman" again in SACD ... if SACD was technically possible for a 1970's recording. Same for ST:TMP.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2021 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   OneBuckFilms   (Member)

I think the score I have purchased most often is probably John Williams' Superman, I have the original Warner Double LP, the original CD, the Rhino CD, the FSM Blue Box CD, and the LaLaLand release, so it's a total of five times that I picked up that particular recording. (I didn't count the re-recording.). I'm definitely done with that one I think. Or hope.

Double LP - check.
CD (both U.S. and Japan import) - check.
Rhino - check.
Blue Box - check.
LLL - check.
Exceptional circumstances to justify counting the Varese re-recording if only for premiere (at the time) recordings of "Jonathan's Death" and "The Helicopter Sequence" - check.

Even though the proverbial super-box has been checked multiple times, I would pay for "Superman" again in SACD ... if SACD was technically possible for a 1970's recording. Same for ST:TMP.


Double LP - never seen.
CD (U.S. Budget Release) - I had it, passed it on when the Rhino was released.
Rhino - check. Signed by Margot Kidder, so kept.
Blue Box - Had on Want List for a long time, but never obtained. A legendary release.
Varese - Great re-recording, but decided to sell on to used CD store when LLL released their edition.
LLL - check. Only copy I listen to.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2021 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

For example while I really like the sound and some of the additional music on Tadlow's Taras Bulba I do think the original shorter presentation works much better as a listening experience. Since I don't like to program my CDs it's easier for me to just put in the old CD when I want to hear the shorter version.

Well Tadlow's Taras is a re-recording, so it's not even an 'interation'.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2021 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   Musicmix   (Member)

Excluding re-recordings, one.

No one should really need more than one, and it continues to baffle me why people keep the redundant issues. Buying a new one with more music/better sound/whatever to replace the old one? Sure. But why keep the old one?
I *kinda* understand when one is an 'album' with unique tracks or whatever, but like, when I see people show their Superman The Movie collection of like the original CD, the Rhino, the FSM box and the LLL I can't even comprehend the reasoning.


You’re attempting to speak for an awful lot of people there. I don’t get the reasoning behind spending hundreds of dollars on comic books and baseball cards (actually I do) but you get the picture.

I rebuy when there are major improvements in remastering and content, like “Superman,” “Jaws,” and “Close Encounters”. Fact is that the earlier editions are simply out of date sonically and content-wise and my choice is to keep up. I don’t truly wish to own multiple editions per se but I don’t have the time, energy or fortitude to start a seller’s routine on eBay at the moment.

One thing I am disappointed about regarding “Superman” is that La La Land didn’t carry over the extensive liner notes from the Blue Box’s hard bound booklet, but luckily I have two, since the first batch were prone to falling apart and I was sent a second. I’ll keep the first.

But people buy multiple editions for their own reasons and more power to them.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2021 - 5:14 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I don’t truly wish to own multiple editions per se but I don’t have the time, energy or fortitude to start a seller’s routine on eBay at the moment.

Yeah, that's true for me too. I have, for various reasons, multiple editions of some scores and even multiple copies of the same album. I don't "need" some of them, but I just never get around to do anything with them.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2021 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)



Even though the proverbial super-box has been checked multiple times, I would pay for "Superman" again in SACD ... if SACD was technically possible for a 1970's recording. Same for ST:TMP.


Oh, it definitely is possible, there are some terrific high-res releases from the 1970s. My original intent would have been to just buy the high-res files of SUPERMAN, but I was told (by Mike Matessino, IIRC) that such a release is unlikely. Presumably that goes for SACD as well (I think the market for SACD is even smaller than the one for high-res downloads). So I did indeed pick up the LaLaLand recording.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2021 - 6:05 PM   
 By:   erepel   (Member)

I don’t truly wish to own multiple editions per se but I don’t have the time, energy or fortitude to start a seller’s routine on eBay at the moment.

Yeah, that's true for me too. I have, for various reasons, multiple editions of some scores and even multiple copies of the same album. I don't "need" some of them, but I just never get around to do anything with them.


Nostalgia, perhaps, for the original LPs prompts my retention. During the recent Williams / LSO webcast, https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=143740&forumID=1&archive=0, the "Star Wars" double LP made an appearance; and after I retrieved mine and began to read (again) the double-sided liner notes to match names with webcast participants, those same liner notes were displayed and discussed on the webcast.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2021 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Oh well, Superman is special. I got the Blue Box but upgraded to the LLL release for the improved sound. However, I kept the Blue Box for the notes and the other scores since the rereleases of those don't improve upon the FSM release.

I also have the WB CD presentation of the LP album for the edits. That was an amazing listening experience for decades and rather than recreate it myself, I just kept what I had.

I also have the John Debney rerecording because that was such a treat before the Rhino expansion came out. I didn't keep the Rhino album because it didn't make sense to.

Star Wars: I kept the original album for the same reasons as Superman, kept the Trilogy Box Set as well as the 2 CD release. They are all different experiences.

 
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