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Two movie soundtracks and one tv show soundtrack:

Harry Potter:



Elf:



The Walking Dead:

 

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While going through my vinyl record collection I came across my STAR WARS soundtrack! There are some Star Wars people on this board?

This is the original two record set released in 1977.

Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted By John Williams
Performed By The London Symphony Orchestra

My copy still has the poster and everything!

I've always thought this was an AWESOME album!

I haven't looked recently but the last time I checked you could not get this complete version of the soundtrack on CD, only "selections" along with tracks from the other Star Wars movies.

I remember in the high school orchestra we had this conductor who was all about Baroque, Baroque, Baroque and wouldn't have the orchestra play anything "modern". Somehow we talked him into letting us do the Star Wars Main Title probably for the winter concert. We had a blast playing it! (So I know or used to know the cello part at least! Listen for Princess Leia's theme ;))

 

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John Williams is 80 years old today...

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For my money he is by far and away the greatest living 'composer', classical or otherwise, in fact without doubt one of the greatest movie soundtrack composers of all time, and that's quite a field (Newman, Steiner, Goldsmith, Rozsa, North, Tiomkin, Horner, Jarre, Barry etc) JW has apparently been associated with around half of the top 50 highest grossing movies ever made, so there can be hardly a person on earth, who ever turned on a TV or went inside a movie theatre every now and then, who isn't familiar with his music, which in terms of mass public exposure to the maximum possible number of ears, must put his amazing music right up there with that of The Beatles. What I mean is can there be anyone alive, at least of a reasonable age, who never heard a single Beatles song? ... so likewise, can there be anyone alive who never heard at least one John Williams movie soundtrack theme??...so here's a few of his best....







 

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- Casino Royale (the original Terence Cooper/ David Niven version) by Herb Alpert. From the mid-sixties, but has stood the test of time IMO;

- The Sorcerer (a remake of The Wages of Fear, inexplicably renamed) by Tangerine Dream;

- Tommy the film version OST by the Who and others like Eric Clapton. The guests are a distraction, apart from Clapton, whose version of Eyesight to the Blind is better than the original;

- Quadrophenia the film OST, produced by John Entwistle. Some people believe this to be more concise and, therefore, accessible;

- McVicar by Jeff Wayne and the Who. Very good film and excellent soundtrack. Overlooked by some fans, because it is written by Jeff Wayne, not Pete Townshend;

- Never Say Never Again by Michel Legrand and featuring Lani Hall (Mrs Herb Alpert). The film is not an offical part of the Bond series and the soundtrack is not by John Barry, but both are still memorable;

- The Song Remains the Same by Led Zeppelin, but the ProTools version and definitely not the original. I first saw this with quadrophonic sound at Aylesbury Civic Centre, which I fear has since been demolished;

- Nighthawks by Keith Emerson - massively underrated, possibly because it is not like ELP;

- Oliver! - Lionel Bart was a great genius, who died in poverty;

- Blade Runner by Vangelis. I understood this to be from Vangelis's Albedo 0.39, but there are a confusing number of variations on the soundtrack release;

- West Side Story OST by Bernstein and Sondheim. So influential that you can hear where Alice Cooper, Keith Emerson and others got some of their ideas;

- White Rock by Rick Wakeman OST. Good film and soundtrack. The sequel is not as good;

- Crystal Voyager by Pink Floyd. Not as good an idea as it first seemed, unless you are an enthusiast of endless surfing footage;

- The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstain. A re-released version with extra tracks is essential for fans. This was one of the first films I saw as a child at the cinema, so it has nostalgic conotations for me - ditto John Barry's Diamonds Are Forever;

- Assault On Precinct 13 (1976) by John Carpenter and Dan Wyman. An interesting synthsizer soundtrack from the director, which, like the film, became a cult.

There is a series of imaginery soundtracks made for films, like spaghetti westerns and Star Wars, by various progressive rock musicians including Guy Manning;

John Wilson has transcribed and performed a number of 'lost' Hollywood musical scores, notably for the BBC Proms. My mum loves him!

Anyone know anything about Vangelis's score for 1492: Conquest of Paradise?
 

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I love the score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and also I'm a big fan of the Clockwork Orange Soundtrack
 

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I love the score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and also I'm a big fan of the Clockwork Orange Soundtrack

Yes, Howard Shore's LOTR music was an astonishing achievement - he apparently composed, orchestrated, conducted, and recorded around 9 hours of original music for LOTR inside a period of less than two years (and he also scored for four other full length feature films at the same time as he was working on LOTR) And it's all beautiful dramatic memorable stuff too.
 

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I love the score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy and also I'm a big fan of the Clockwork Orange Soundtrack

I like the ST to "Clockwork Orange" far more than the movie Architect.:D

I have the Extended CD editions of the LOTR's soundtracks, all 9 hours of it TS.:mn:
 

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I like the ST to "Clockwork Orange" far more than the movie Architect.:D

I have the Extended CD editions of the LOTR's soundtracks, all 9 hours of it TS.:mn:

Blimey! Best I can do is the 3 CD's of about 80 minutes from each movie...I had no idea there is a 9 hour marathon set of all the music he wrote available, so thanks bud, maybe I can get that one day.
 

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