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 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Finally got the box set, my girlfriend gave it to me for our year and a half anniversary.

Listened to the first two scores. Absolutely love the first score. I expected Lethal Weapon 2 to be my favorite, but must admit I find it a bit disappointing. While the action tracks are great, the theme for the bad guys dominates the score a bit too much which makes a feel a bit too repetitive.

Looking forward to the third one, it was the first soundtrack I ever owned.


I tend to go back and forth between whether the first or second score is my favorite, but both actually have tracks I skip. On Lethal Weapon, it's those ambient sound design-type cues such as "The Hunsacker Story" and "Hummingbird Treatment", and on LW 2 it's tracks 7, 8 and 9, which do get a little repetitive. By skipping these tracks both score make for tighter, more cohesive and still very powerful listens. With or without these tracks, I think the first two scores are the best for the series.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

what's the difference between LETHAL WEAPON promo by Kamen from a decade ago and the one on this set? (sound, listening experience, unreleased music...)

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2014 - 11:29 PM   
 By:   The Shape (Steve H)   (Member)

I still haven't purchased this set yet. I've never really got into Kamen's Lethal Weapon scores even though Die hard is probably one of my favourite scores. At the moment Im just busy procrastinating.
Anyway the often talked about Hollywood Boulevard Chase cue from the 1st film. was this another cue tracked into that sequence? I cant see it on the track list.
Sorry if this was already mentioned here. but I didnt read through the whole thread.
Thanks.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 12:52 AM   
 By:   JimWare   (Member)

I still haven't purchased this set yet. I've never really got into Kamen's Lethal Weapon scores even though Die hard is probably one of my favourite scores. At the moment Im just busy procrastinating.
Anyway the often talked about Hollywood Boulevard Chase cue from the 1st film. was this another cue tracked into that sequence? I cant see it on the track list.
Sorry if this was already mentioned here. but I didnt read through the whole thread.
Thanks.


It's titled We're Leaving, presumably because the box uses the official cue sheet titles.

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2014 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

what's the difference between LETHAL WEAPON promo by Kamen from a decade ago and the one on this set? (sound, listening experience, unreleased music...)

The sound is indeed a bit better, there are a few more unreleased cues, but also one issue with that expanded LW1 album from years ago is that cues were duplicated. Since they simply dropped in the additional cues amongst the original album tracks, which were already mini-suites of various cues, some music is duplicated in certain tracks. The nice thing about LW1 in this set is that you have the cues as they appear in the film, but the 2nd disc also includes those specific album versions, which are pretty great summations of the score's highlights.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

For those who enjoy Red BMW Chase, I have restored it back into the intended scene with all sound effects and dialogue intact. Enjoy!




http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1bapqt_red-bmw-chase-michael-kamen-lethal-weapon-2-score-restore_music

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

For those who enjoy Red BMW Chase, I have restored it back into the intended scene with all sound effects and dialogue intact. Enjoy!




http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1bapqt_red-bmw-chase-michael-kamen-lethal-weapon-2-score-restore_music


Fantastic, as usual.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Thanks man.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Link doesn't work for me?

In regards to the set, having gone through the scores in the last month, I find I like the first two the most because of the more 'darker' undertones, out of the more 'light' and PG parts 3 and 4 the latter gets my preference because it's more consistent throughout. But overall I'm surprised how well these scores hold up outside of the movies as I remember when watching the movies way back on rental vhs I always wondered how that would fare. I'm glad I got the chance!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   JohnF   (Member)

Bummer its been removed. I tried playing the cue against watching the movie but bet you did a better job.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   cdelelee   (Member)

My review of the box-set (in French) :
http://melomad.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/lethal-weapon-soundtrack-collection-michael-kamen-eric-clapton-david-sanbornla-la-land/

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

I bit the ammo & ordered this yesterday, hopefully to arrive soon.
I can't wait to be able to read this thread & play along, its been bloody torturous
waiting to be able to get this!

Anyone have any new thoughts on the Riggs/Murtaugh saga, lately?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2014 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   JohnF   (Member)

Was just listening to LW3 today. Armoured Car Chase is crazy good. Why this was omitted from the original soundtrack is a mystery. Was surprised after hearing this score in its entirety how many cues from LW2 were tracked into the film in favor over the original score. Wonder why....

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I bit the ammo & ordered this yesterday, hopefully to arrive soon.
I can't wait to be able to read this thread & play along, its been bloody torturous
waiting to be able to get this!

Anyone have any new thoughts on the Riggs/Murtaugh saga, lately?


It's still a set with many rewards to return for, in each of the scores. After these months of listening, I find that LW1 might just eke out ahead of LW2 as my favorite of the four, but then LW2 features just one stellar moment after another. In LW2, however, the music underscoring the "Stilt House" sequence all the way through to the last scene with Riggs & Murtaugh is probably the most compelling and strongest dramatic musical sequence in the series.

LW3 for me ranks last in terms of the scores, but not that it's bad, they're only four to rank! There are great highlights in the LW3 score for sure, but I don't find it as engaging a listen for its length as the others. I pared down the third and fourth scores to 70 minute listens each, but with LW3 I went back and pared it down further, cutting another 10 minutes. LW4 works well as a 70+ listen due to all that great thematic material Kamen is juggling from cue to cue. Whether it's the new Chinese bad guy theme, the new action theme or one of the returning themes, he's always got something interesting happening musically in that score.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

It's still a set with many rewards to return for, in each of the scores. After these months of listening, I find that LW1 might just eke out ahead of LW2 as my favorite of the four, but then when LW2 features just one stellar moment after another. In LW2, however, the music underscoring the "Stilt House" sequence all the way through to the last scene with Riggs & Murtaugh is probably the most compelling and strongest dramatic musical sequence in the series.

Could not agree more!

LW1 to me is the most consistent, cohesive score of the group from top to bottom, but LW2 hits the highest highs.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Argh, this isn't helping boys!!!!!!!

Come on USPS, let's do this!!

I also noticed all the tracking in LW2, so just hearing that there is so
much unheard treasure - oh man, literally salivating.....

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Argh, this isn't helping boys!!!!!!!

Come on USPS, let's do this!!

I also noticed all the tracking in LW2, so just hearing that there is so
much unheard treasure - oh man, literally salivating.....


You will be very surprised once you hear the full LW2 as it was written and recorded. Not to say that the tracked cues from LW1 don't work in the movie, but there was so much great original music that Kamen wrote for the film and it's a shame it wasn't all used. I happen to really his original cue for when we first meet Leo Getz and that first attempt on his life at the hotel.

 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I got this box a little late and only skimmed this thread, but I found something interesting in the set that I didn't see mentioned here?

In the opening cue for LW2, there is a brief respite in the music where you can hear a lot of background noise. It sounds like people talking in the recording booth (its super distant and I only noticed it because I had headphones on) which I thought was a little odd but interesting, certainly doesn't detract from the material any.

That said I've only given the first two scores a listen (am purposely holding off listening to 3 and 4 for rainy days) and these alone make the box worth a listen.

I'm a bit of an odd duck when it comes to Kamen, in that I either truly adore it beyond what most people could consider sane or reasoned (his saxophone concerto, Three Musketeers, Die Hard 2, License To Kill) while others leave me totally uninterested (Die Hard, Robin Hood, Die Hard 3) and the first two LW scores seem to land firmly between those two, which is a new thing to me. Some of the tracks here are KILLER though, and I'm especially fond of that "Riggs" cut from the original LW2 album.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2014 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   xG-MONEYx   (Member)

This box set is something I've been waiting for for a long time! I could never thank LaLa Land enough. My guess they got less then 1000 copies left?

 
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