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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

As someone who is a big fan of Die Hard scores, it's easy to pick this series. On the other hand, I'm about halfway through this new Lethal Weapon box and it's so terrifically fun ride. Both series' share some similarities and if there's a difference between the two it would be - Lethal Weapon's characters vs. Die Hard's dry wit, LW's extrovert bombast vs DH's more introvert suspense. They're both great, can't choose.

Karol


I agree with Karol, I'm also more familiar with Die Hard and am still discovering the Lethal Weapon scores; So far I've mainly listened to the first two (and I believe I did spot a piece of Die Hard tracked into LW2) and what I've heard so far is excellent! It's still difficult to choose because they are different, also I think Die Hard and Lethal Weapon, even though they are both action, are like comparing apples and oranges, both have their own style and formula.

I also want to say it's great to see these type of threads on the forum, who'd have thunk a couple of years ago the lethal weapon & die hard scores would all get proper releases?

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

I suppose I can listen to all of the three Kamen Die Hard scores without skipping any tracks whereas with Lethal Weapon, I do tend to skip over the bluesy, sax heavy, semi-funky stuff, so Die Hard wins in that respect.

I definitely like the Die Hard scores better by a country mile. Like was said previously (for example the quote above) there is way too much sax and bass/blues-led funk for my taste. There are plenty of tracks from each Lethal Weapon score that I could never hear again and be happy, whereas most all of the Die Hard cues are indispensable to me. I find the sound of the saxophone particularly irritating personally so it spoils a lot of what would be stellar Kamen action and thriller music in the LW scores. I also don't care too much for the comedic Leo Getz type material in the scores. However, the plaintive and contemplative guitar music for Riggs, the phenomenal action music, and the non-sax dramatic music really keep the LW scores quite above average.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

Die Hard for me.
While I am not too fond of the previous DH albums for nr. 2 and 3, their complete versions are pretty good. Since I pretty much hated all but first Lethal Weapon scores in their previous releases (far too much annoying guitar and sax overdubs), I am not too eager to get them all now - although I would grab the first one immediately if it was released on its own without the rest of them.


This morning I uncovered a box that had my old Lethal Weapon CDs in it and started listening to them along with the our LPs. I have always wondered what music was left off of these CDs/LPs that is just Kamen without any Clapton guitar or Sanborn sax. I understand that the guitar and sax represent the characters, but I really do not like these scores. I love Kamen's music without those two instruments. My Father says the Lethal Weapon scores reminds him of traveling while listening to the radio. One station starts to fade out as another stations start coming in, you get 2 different songs being played at the same time. You are trying to listen to the song you like with an annoying song trying to over power the first. That is it, that is what the Lethal Weapon scores sounds like to me.

Since the 8 CD set has been out for awhile, can any one tell me if there is enough Kamen music without Clapton's guitar or Sanborn's sax to fill up 1, 2 or 3 CDs? If there is, we might think about purchasing it later. We are terrible when it comes to re-watching movies where we do not like the music.

As far as Die Hard vs Lethal Weapon, I would say Die Hard wins.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   jediking12   (Member)

I have the original Varese Sarabande album to Die Hard. Not a big fan of Michael Kamen's music

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 9:28 PM   
 By:   Ryan24   (Member)

and Licence To Kill have some music it sound like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

I worked with someone recently who had been an assistant editor on one of the later LETHAL WEAPON movies. This person said that they used to privately mock the Eric Clapton guitar riffs from time to time as sounding like the end of the Stephen J. Cannell Productions logo.

http://youtu.be/OVRSSaltKAQ

Now that I've made that connection, I don't know if I'll ever be able to think of anything else when I listen to the LW scores!

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 10:08 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I have always wondered what music was left off of these CDs/LPs that is just Kamen without any Clapton guitar or Sanborn sax. I understand that the guitar and sax represent the characters, but I really do not like these scores.

In that case, I think the "Lethal Weapon" box set would be a poor use of your money.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2014 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

I have always wondered what music was left off of these CDs/LPs that is just Kamen without any Clapton guitar or Sanborn sax. I understand that the guitar and sax represent the characters, but I really do not like these scores.

In that case, I think the "Lethal Weapon" box set would be a poor use of your money.


My Father almost bought it when LLL was running their 20% sale, but he thought that would still cost too much for the small amount of cues that did not have Clapton or Sanborn performing.

 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2014 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   MutualRevolver   (Member)

For nostalgic reasons, I lean more towards the Die Hard scores than the Lethal Weapon scores, although both franchises fit neatly into the canon of the distinctive "Kamen sound" in 80s action movies.

It's also worth pointing out that a recurring theme for Riggs (heard particularly in LW2) sounds similar to McClane's theme

 
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