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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2017 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Onya, I don't recall you offering any feedback to us on your thoughts/impressions regarding the pilot episode music by Williams for Land of the Giants

I don't remember. I will play it this weekend and get back to you.

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2018 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I picked up "The Family Plot" for five bucks, which is about three or four bucks more than I typically would have spent.

I was intrigued by a combination of the audio samples, use of harpsichord, Hitchcock connection, and the fact that it predates Star Wars/Spielberg.

I have spun it once so far. I am picking up something early 70s British about the score - maybe it's the use of the harpsichord, I don't know. Looking forward to spinning it again, probably closer to Halloween.

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2018 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I picked up "The Family Plot" for five bucks, which is about three or four bucks more than I typically would have spent.

I was intrigued by a combination of the audio samples, use of harpsichord, Hitchcock connection, and the fact that it predates Star Wars/Spielberg.

I have spun it once so far. I am picking up something early 70s British about the score - maybe it's the use of the harpsichord, I don't know. Looking forward to spinning it again, probably closer to Halloween.


Outside the brilliant main theme (best on display in the "End Credits", which was previously available on the Hitchcock compilation from the 80s), this score is probably one of my least favourites by JW. Lots of meandering suspense. But it might be more up your alley.

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2018 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Do you even listen to these CD's Thor!!!???
Besides the quirky Main Theme, there's classic Williams chase music.
Gorgeous, ethereal heavenly choir.
A CE3K-like conspiracy/trucks theme.
Ominous The Fury style tension and suspense tracks.
The whole CD is friggin great.
I think you need to listen with better ears than that!

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2018 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've given it a few chances over the years, but I find it hard to return to. For me, it falls in the same territory as MIDWAY and other scores with slightly 'grating' elements; not really going anywhere outside a track or two. But sure, I'm not selling it and I will returning to it in due time for yet another re-evaluation.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2018 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Accept no substitutes. Looks like this thread has been spoofed:

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=126919&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Accept no substitutes. Looks like this thread has been spoofed:

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=126919&forumID=1&archive=0


As a Goody Two-Shoes upholder of the law and moral behaviour, I reported it. I hope the robot is sentenced to two consecutive weekends cleaning old people's windowboxes. That'll teach it.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2018 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   David Colvin   (Member)

I've always felt he's had like two careers, the 60's and 70's and then everything after. one man who has reached the pinnacle of his career time and time again in my humble opinion.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2018 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I picked up, for $1.99, a pristine copy of "The Accidental Tourist." I remember seeing this film in the theatre when it was released, and I recall neither particularly liking it nor particularly disliking it. I haven't seen it since and have no idea how it has aged.

Before parting with my two clams, I scanned the back cover to make sure that there was no Spielberg involvement. Thankfully, there was not. The date on the back, however, terrified me, as it comes from that most dreaded of decades.

This album is very melancholy and understated. It almost has a European sensibility, until you get to the last track on side 1, where you have to be reminded that it is John Williams you are listening to. (Does he always do this at the end of side 1?)

Anyway, a pleasant score, especially side 2 (until he reminds us that it's Williams again). Worth two bucks.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 25, 2018 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Amusing how you can always be so disparaging and commending all at the same time, Onya, LOL!

But yeah....THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST is a lovely score; one of those laidback, reflective, introspective scores he often does so well (STANLEY & IRIS is another favourite in this genre, of course).

Williams was out with a back injury throughout most of 1988, giving up all the Boston Pops/conducting gigs to others, so this was the only film score he worked on/released that year.

 
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