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 Posted:   Nov 28, 2015 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Mastering is not a huge departure from the original issue. This release was more about getting it back in print again and adding the unreleased bits while we were at it. Great art and notes now as well.

Mike M.


Already in my cart.
Please M. give us also expanded American Tail, Balto, Once upon a Forest, Casper...

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2015 - 8:59 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)



Horner got to explore many musical genre's in one score. Horror, Pirate, Fantasy, Action Adventure.



I have the CD and I've always considered it to be a pleasant, watered-down, simplified Krull, with its dark side largely replaced by a sugar coating. I never feel the need to play this one when Krull does everything better. The sound on the earlier CD was only average though, so the new one should enhance it.


I actually prefer The Pagemaster. I find Krull cheesy sounding musically speaking.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2015 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Mastering is not a huge departure from the original issue. This release was more about getting it back in print again and adding the unreleased bits while we were at it. Great art and notes now as well.

Mike M.


Already in my cart.
Please M. give us also expanded American Tail, Balto, Once upon a Forest, Casper...


Yes, yes, yes, and yes!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2015 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   patrick_runkle   (Member)

Unlike 20 years ago when we'd have huge flame wars on the subject of ghostwriting, I think many of us have a more mature understanding of the process now. The idea that Horner, Goldsmith or Williams used some very talented musicians to finish the job when time was tight takes nothing away from their talent.

For example, I was really happy to see such a frank discussion of Fred Steiner's contributions to TMP in the 3CD LaLaLand set. If anything, while Steiner's pieces are good, his work only highlighted exactly how far beyond in terms of brilliance Jerry's compositions were.

So I have absolutely no personal knowledge about Horner and ghostwriting beyond the memorable rec.music.movies and other forum threads that discussed the topics. So that means that I have no idea whether and how much of "The Pagemaster" was written by Horner. Is this a topic that the liner notes for this new edition cover? I'd be interested in a frank discussion of it considering how much chatter there was about it back in the day.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2015 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I'm with you, man. It's interesting and maddening at the same time, but those years when Horner would do 5-8 movies a year, it only makes sense.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2015 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


Wonderful news. I am listening to my original copy now. Cannot wait. Thanks La La Land.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2015 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Samples & Direct Order:

http://www.lalalandrecords.com/Site/PageMaster.html

Additional Order Links:

http://www1.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/30562/

http://www.moviemusic.com/soundtrack/M10180/page-master/

http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.10016/.f

http://www.musicbox-records.com/en/cd-soundtracks/2636-the-pagemaster.html

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2015 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   bpdl   (Member)

I revisited this score yesterday. I had forgotten how enjoyable it is. The nods to Korngold is the adventure passages are really wonderful.

That said, I believe that Horner only wrote about 25% of this score. I have nothing beyond the usual rumors to back this up, however, the bulk of the score just does not sound like Horner at all. I think Don Davis penned a substantial part of this score. It actually sounds like it could have been written by Davis and orchestrated by Horner. I feel the same about We're Back! A Dinosaurs Story. They both sound uncharacteristically unlike anything Horner ever wrote aside from a handful of cues. Randy Newman's Toy Story and Monsters inc bear some similar orchestrational elements to films that Davis worked on with Horner that I haven't heard elsewhere such as the use of a Chromatic Bass Harmonica on both Monsters Inc and Casper. Some places in The Pagemaster foreshadow some ideas that Horner would return to the following year for Jumaji (also with Don Davis). Who knows...

None of this takes away from enjoying the music, but the behind the scenes stuff is fun to think about.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2015 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   Sketchkid   (Member)

Totally unfamiliar with this one - I heard nods to Willow and Glory in the Title track alone, works for me!! Looking forward to hearing the rest...

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2015 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I never heard anything about ghost writers before. It sounds 100% percent Horner to me. Oh well, I'll go on believing it's a Horner score.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2015 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Perhaps the liner notes will shed some light on things...

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2015 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Doubtful, as the liners don't go into that on A Far Off Place, either!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2015 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Doubtful, as the liners don't go into that on A Far Off Place, either!

Unlike that score, where only the main theme sounds like Horner at all, I believe "The Pagemaster" sounds LARGELY to be in his own voice, kinda without question. The big swashbuckling moments, the "Willow" and "Krull"-like interludes, it sounds mostly and unmistakably like Horner to my ear.

I've always enjoyed this one, definitely far more than "We're Back!" for sure. It was one of his last scores to embody that exciting early style of his I love so much. Even the following year's "Balto" goes in a different direction by and large musically.

And to whoever said "Krull" sounds cheesy... Hey now, them fightin' words!

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2015 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

My copy arrived today! Love the back cover!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2015 - 11:17 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

My copy arrived today! Love the back cover!!

How does it look without cellophane? If you open it up, there's music on that disc inside.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2015 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I received my copy as well, and at first it appeared that the booklet was misprinted, but it just dawned on me that it maybe have been intentionally designed to resemble an open book with pages splayed out at the edges. Did anyone else notice this?
The sound quality is top notch and the music gorgeous, by the way!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2015 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

My ears are either playing tricks or this new reissue has many more details I've never really heard before. It's such a wonderfully detailed listen and the packaging is fantastic. All around great release. Just got it today in the mail.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2015 - 4:35 PM   
 By:   OneBuckFilms   (Member)

I noticed the improvement in sound myself.

Excellent releases all round from LLLR.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2015 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Question:

(1) The previously released cues seem identical to the original OST. Were they source from the recording sessions or rerecorded/composed for the album?

(2) Where did the previously unreleased music come from?

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2015 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

What are you talking about, dude?

 
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