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 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   General Kael   (Member)

OK, many of us have done it, we hear others here and elsewhere rave about a score or certain release, and get so excited that we employ the "Blind Buy" method without hearing more than a few samples. (Or sometimes not even anything at all!) Or maybe you have a composer that you love and had started to pre-order their scores without knowing what they're going to be like. And a lot of the time it totally works out. Like Lair! But then there are those other times where the score comes and you can't see yourself ever really listening to it again. Here are a few blind buys that didn't pan out for me.

Planet of the Apes - Goldsmith (Just not my cup of tea)
The Bible - Mayuzumi (I love biblical epics, but I did not like this)
After Earth - Newton Howard (The Shyamalan combo is usually so promising!)

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   General Kael   (Member)

(Oh, and for the totally awesome people here who never do blind buys, and listen to everything thoroughly and never make a purchase they don't regret, then yey for you. No need to congratulate yourself here or tell us blind-buyers how foolish it is. Oh my, am I getting cynical?)

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

I have done this as well especially for John Williams scores. Sometimes at first hearing I am sort of disappointed. However, after listening to a score more than once, I begin to realize its beauty. This has happened for: Patriot, Lincoln and most recently Book Thief. Now I love these scores.

Might want to give this a try especially with the scores you have mentioned.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

I have done this as well especially for John Williams scores. Sometimes at first hearing I am sort of disappointed. However, after listening to a score more than once, I begin to realize its beauty. This has happened for: Patriot, Lincoln and most recently Book Thief. Now I love these scores.

Might want to give this a try especially with the scores you have mentioned.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

I tried very hard to like The Goonies, but aside from the Fratelli's Chase cue, it left me cold.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I pretty rarely blind buy, if I do it is because it is one of the grails, like Conan the Barbarian.
I do not think it has ever really bit me too much. The one case would be Serenity by David Newman. Newman sounds like he put of lot of creativity into that score, but it never really comes together as an musical experience.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I did a lot more blind buys in the 80's when I thought anything by Wiliams, Goldsmith and Horner were going to be gold. Sometimes I was disappointed. Did the same with James Newton Howard, but don't think he ever let me down in the 90's. Done quite a few blind buys when everyone was doing limited editions at the same time (FSM, Intrada, LLL, Varese) Things went faster back then and you either jumped on it or missed out. Not so much a problem nowadays. Most blind buys today are Varese limited titles as they seem to move the fastest. I know a lot of people went on about how great the The Red Pony was, but I was disappointed and that was a blind buy.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

OP, do you mean a blind buy the way it is now, where you listen to a few samples and get it without being familiar with the rest of the score? Or do you mean like it was in the old days; happen upon something in a record shop, like the composer or maybe even the cover art, and take a wild swing?

I miss those days. smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

OP, do you mean a blind buy the way it is now, where you listen to a few samples and get it without being familiar with the rest of the score? Or do you mean like it was in the old days; happen upon something in a record shop, like the composer or maybe even the cover art, and take a wild swing?

I miss those days. smile


Yes. Good days!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

I almost always purchase without knowing how it sounds, but it would be difficult to do otherwise for most soundtracks out there. Basically I just make sure it is an original recording and not a song album. It is probably "collector" thinking, but if I know the composer and style, it is very unlikely to disappoint me. I am buying soundtracks in the range 1930-1970, so pretty much all of them have an historical interest.

For expanded editions it is a bit different, I guess I tend to be disappointed if I only get some boring alternates.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

I did a lot more blind buys in the 80's when I thought anything by Wiliams, Goldsmith and Horner were going to be gold.

Only Ernest is Gold all the time. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   dbrooks   (Member)

My real blind buy was The Puppet Master Music Collection five disc box set. I loved the Puppet Master theme song but why did I need every single Puppet Master movie soundtracks? It was a good price for all the movies but honestly It was one of my regretful purchases. Anybody want to buy The Puppet Master soundtrack collection?

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I did a lot more blind buys in the 80's when I thought anything by Wiliams, Goldsmith and Horner were going to be gold.

Only Ernest is Gold all the time. smile


Au contraire, Murray is also Gold all the time. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Kari Tuhkanen   (Member)

Au contraire, Murray is also Gold all the time. wink

24-Carat! smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Dare I say it...

Although I am a huge John Williams fan, the blind buy of "Images" led to me selling it very quickly. I know, the intelligence of the score... but I just canĀ“t enjoy it.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Tony Renaud   (Member)

I regret salem's lot by Harry Sukman-Thor by P. Doyle-Iron Man 3 by B.Tyler-Man of Steel by Zimmer.....

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

As I said once in another thread, I don't regret any soundtrack purchase I have ever made. Even scores I don't especially like, the very act of listening to them has expanded my knowledge of the composer's canon, refined my thoughts on what I do and don't like in a film score, and helped inform future purchasing decisions. It's all an on-going process.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Lots of them...

Pride Of Glory - Mark Isham
In The Bedroom - Thomas Newman
Kiss The Girls - Mark Isham
I Am Sam - John Powell
Paycheck - John Powell
Thunderbirds - Hans Zimmer
Leviathan - Jerry Goldsmith
Last Dance - Mark Isham
The One - Trevor Rabin
The Replacement Killers - Harry Gregson-Williams
New Music In Films Vol. 1 - Christopher Franke

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

Currently, the only time I blind-buy is when there is a severe discount, and I haven't found any scores that didn't merit the small amount I payed.

Back when I first started collecting, I hadn't been introduced to the Internet. I would typically pay full store price for new albums at Media Play or the like, usually $18 or so. There are a few albums that I blind-bought back then, figuring they were classic movies and I would like the score, that I don't care for - which may affect my sometime disinterest in much of Jerry Goldsmith's work. Goldsmith's Planet of the Apes is major one that springs to mind. I used to feel the same way about his score for The Omen, although that has grown on me into a good listen.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Strange to see Goldsmith's Planet of the Apes being listed by some folks here as a "blind buy".
I'd have thought it would be pretty difficult for any soundtrack devotee to have avoided seeing that movie at least once over the years, if only one of the endless TV showings.

 
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