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 Posted:   May 16, 2008 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Received this earlier in the week and have spun it a half dozen times already.

This is simply a phenomenal release. The music, the sound, the presentation, everything. Absolutely stunning. Definitely worth the 25 year wait - and then some!!!

An even bigger thank you than normal to Intrada for this mightiest of 80s gems!!!

Looking forward to the new DVD on July 29...

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Just got my copy of this last weekend and gave it a listen.

Man, they just don't write stuff like this anymore.

It's such a shame Arthur B. Rubinstein hasn't had a bigger career in film because he really is a great composer and WARGAMES really shows off his talents well.

I remember seeing the film at a sneak preview in Westwood back in 1983 and really enjoyed it. I wasn't familiar with Rubinstein at the time, but I grabbed the LP when it came out. Unfortunately it was a poor representation of the score and had dialog on it.

This completely remedies that and makes for a fantastic listening experience.

I especially love the songs which are a great reminder of the music of the time.

Others have mentioned BLUE THUNDER and that is a great score too. Listening to WARGAMES made me dig out that promo that SuperTracks of BLUE THUNDER which I hadn't listened to in some time. 1983 was a great year for Rubinstein!

James

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

Glad I read this thread. I was thinking of ordering it soon, but the presence of a bunch of pop vocal tracks is a major turnoff. I would have much preferred strictly instrumental score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Glad I read this thread. I was thinking of ordering it soon, but the presence of a bunch of pop vocal tracks is a major turnoff. I would have much preferred strictly instrumental score.

Don't be misled. There are only 3 (4 if you count 2 versions of one of them) songs on the CD as well as the complete score with one alternate track. The orchestral score it powerful and exciting.

If you're going to pass on it over that, you'll probably be sorry later on when you can't easily find or afford it.

James

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Glad I read this thread. I was thinking of ordering it soon, but the presence of a bunch of pop vocal tracks is a major turnoff. I would have much preferred strictly instrumental score.

The songs are written by Rubinstein and are based around, or indeed establish, the thematic content of the score. To not buy this CD because of the "songs" would be a massive mistake.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Glad I read this thread. I was thinking of ordering it soon, but the presence of a bunch of pop vocal tracks is a major turnoff. I would have much preferred strictly instrumental score.

The songs are written by Rubinstein and are based around, or indeed establish, the thematic content of the score. To not buy this CD because of the "songs" would be a massive mistake.


Thank you for mentioning that. I forgot to in my reply above. You're absolutely correct!

James

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Glad I read this thread. I was thinking of ordering it soon, but the presence of a bunch of pop vocal tracks is a major turnoff. I would have much preferred strictly instrumental score.

Three songs is a bunch? That leaves 31 tracks of score. I think you'll be satisfied.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   robertolopes   (Member)

Glad I read this thread. I was thinking of ordering it soon, but the presence of a bunch of pop vocal tracks is a major turnoff. I would have much preferred strictly instrumental score.

Don't be misled. There are only 3 (4 if you count 2 versions of one of them) songs on the CD as well as the complete score with one alternate track. The orchestral score it powerful and exciting.

If you're going to pass on it over that, you'll probably be sorry later on when you can't easily find or afford it.

James


For everybody wondering if this one is worth trying, I say IT SURE IS!! It's a great, percussive, huge sounding score. There are cues that are absolutely pure gold! I was a little unsure of it before, but, man, I'm so glad I've ordered it! So, do yourself a favor and order this before it's gone... It's a real gem! You can always skip the songs! And the sound quality of the CD is amazingly good for a 25 year old recording!

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Let me endorse what everybody's said here. You may like this score, or you may not like this score, you may like the songs or you may not like the songs. That's up to you. But the songs are part of the fabric of this score. They are the building blocks of several of the score's recurring themes. They are not in any way superfluous, and leaving them off would have been a terrible mistake.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2008 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

This cd is a revelation!

Even though the film is a favorite and I have seen it multiple times, I never felt the score was a must have.

Hearing it on cd has changed my opinion; this is more than a good score, it is an excellent score>

I had always suspected that the climactic cue uses backwards music effects but now I know it doesn't.

well done, everyone!

bruce r. marshall

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2008 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   bluejohn1984   (Member)

Just a small heads up. The instrumental to 'History Lesson' is missing, that was featured on the original album. This instrumental version was used in the film, where David is researching Falken. A shame, as that was one of my favourite tracks.

Nevertheless, this is a superb CD. Great to finally have the melancholic Falken's Theme after 25 years. My God, has it been that long?

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2008 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

excellent score and release, one of the best from the new century, IMHO.

but yeah, it's a shame that non-vocal version was not included on the CD. It was on the LP, though in a different arrangement than in film (where it have some orchestral touches in the finale). I miss it... cause the lyrics and the voice are AWFUL.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2008 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Yeah, I thought History Lesson sounded different to the way I remembered it from the old LP. I just thought it was a different mix or a major, cleaned up version of the original track. Also, has anyone noticed, especially when listening to it on headphones, how the channels are mixed up on Video Fever, when the singer says..."it's just a little to the left" and the beep beep tinkles in your right ear, and the mistake is repeated after the "just a little to the right", over on the left side it goes. Weird, but fun. The score is ace, full of blasting action and quirky, mischievous music to underscore Broderick's escapades. It's full of great themes, well developed and anyone moaning about the songs should know (as has been mentioned above) they are part of the score and just as valid as the militiary stuff. This is a great score, with lots of real instruments battling to be heard in an exciting and unique way. I think it would be thrown out today as it would distract modern audiences away from their glow in the dark mobile phones! It sounds fantastic too! I never heard the promo that came out some years back, but this is top draw all the way. I suppose we are used to it now, thanks to all the great labels doing bang-up jobs on the scores we know and love. So Doug, Lukas and all you others, take a bow.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2008 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

btw - I've noticed the original LP getting a bashing during this post but I really loved it. I don't normally like dialogue excerpts, but I thought they worked brilliantly on the LP, making it a cool little concept album which helped you relive the film via words, music and sound FX. I'm not saying I wanted Intrada to stick the dialogue on the CD, but there were times when I missed it. Just sayin' like...

 
 Posted:   Jun 12, 2008 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

btw - I've noticed the original LP getting a bashing during this post but I really loved it. I don't normally like dialogue excerpts, but I thought they worked brilliantly on the LP, making it a cool little concept album which helped you relive the film via words, music and sound FX. I'm not saying I wanted Intrada to stick the dialogue on the CD, but there were times when I missed it. Just sayin' like...

did the lp include Faulken's speech/lecture about the dinosaurs- "sometimes Nature just gives up" ?
I love that dialog and if it was on the lp I agree with you.
\\brm

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2008 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

No it didn't have that quote Bruce (as far as I can remember), just generally some short exchanges between David (Broderick) and Joshua (the computer), plus militiary guys barking things out and such. I can see why it could rankle some purists, but as a listening experience, it worked for me. I'm sure Tarantino got his idea from this LP wink
Lord knows he ain't capable of one of his own!

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2009 - 10:50 PM   
 By:   macguyver   (Member)

Wow. I say again, wow.

What a truly wonderful release. Has it really been 25 years? I thought I'd never hear the Wargames score presented like this. It's even better than I remember! So much cleaner and more complete than the previous promo release. And what a package - intelligent liner notes, even bonus tracks. An outstanding score. Grab a copy while you can. It doesn't get any better than this.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2009 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Wow. I say again, wow.

What a truly wonderful release. Has it really been 25 years? I thought I'd never hear the Wargames score presented like this. It's even better than I remember! So much cleaner and more complete than the previous promo release. And what a package - intelligent liner notes, even bonus tracks. An outstanding score. Grab a copy while you can. It doesn't get any better than this.


Yes, an fan of the movie and or Rubenstein should get this. Lots of fun!

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2010 - 8:22 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

I'm listening to this for the umpteenth time, and just wanted to throw out some love.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2010 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

I'm listening to this for the umpteenth time, and just wanted to throw out some love.

I was sampling a few tracks from my CD just the other day, actually. Not all of it, but track 24 seemed quite good. Will have to give this a full spin eventually.

 
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