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 Posted:   Sep 20, 2023 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   igger6   (Member)

Great video! I can't believe this release exists! I also loved Night's comment about melody, subtly throwing shade at most of the scoring industry today. The cherry on top is that someone is finally, for the first time in decades, willing to take my money and give me music from SIGNS.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2023 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that -- with the exception of THE VILLAGE (which is a masterpiece, as another person said above) -- I've never been too thrilled with JNH's Shyamalan scores. Yeah, I know, enormously controversial, but it's not my favourite kind of JNH. But that puny gripe aside, I love the fact that an album like this is coming out. Will definitely check it out.

Totally agree.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2023 - 5:18 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

nice seeing Howard and Shyamalan together again

but how about WORKING together again?!?!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2023 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   Cacs   (Member)

CD arrived today. I like it.

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2023 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   Trekfan   (Member)

Here's a Washington Post article by Tim Greiving posted yesterday on the project:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/2023/10/19/james-newton-howard-album-shyamalan-scores/

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2023 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

nice seeing Howard and Shyamalan together again

but how about WORKING together again?!?!



Maybe Shyamalan's budgets don't allow for it... or Shyamalan's tired of folks saying JNH consistently gives his movies scores much better than they deserve.

 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2023 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

nice seeing Howard and Shyamalan together again

but how about WORKING together again?!?!



Maybe Shyamalan's budgets don't allow for it... or Shyamalan's tired of folks saying JNH consistently gives his movies scores much better than they deserve.


Tim touched on this in his WaPo article, but basically Shyamalan explained it by saying he loves James, is protective of James and their relationship, and therefore didn't want to involve James in the risks Shyamalan was taking with these small budget projects. I doubt that's the whole story - big-name composers tackle passion projects all the time - but the most important takeaway to me was that there was no falling out and they both hope to work together again.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Purchased a lossless download of this album yesterday and am really enjoying listening to it. Some really beautiful stuff here. I'm not familiar with all the movies that are referenced but this recording encourages me to seek them out.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Dimitrius Maximus   (Member)

What a brilliant album. I am loving the arrangements, the orchestration, the additional harp and piano passages. Just incredible. The CD booklet has pictures from the sessions, too. What a special treat.

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   T.J. Turner   (Member)

I got the CD yesterday, and was left a little disappointed.
I'm a big fan of all of these scores, and JNH. But he isn't challenging himself enough here, and didn't really elevated any of these suites beyond the limitations of the films or original albums. I would have expected an expansion of the original ideas, and new interpretations of the soloists. Hilary Hahn is offering the same performance she delivered on the original albums nothing more nothing less. Jean-Yves Thibaudet at least tries to explore some new territories on the piano through Unbreakable and the Last Airbender, but he isn't given must time to delve into much with the super short takes he's given.
The album is 72 mins with 21 tracks lasting 2-4 mins each. I wish JNH had been more selective to the collection of tracks to allow more time to expand on many of them.
The Vote from the Village is the best track on the original album, and it already sounds like a concert arrangement, it would have been an obvious choice here. but it is heavily truncated in Ivy save Lucious.
The Hand of Fate from Signs is another obvious choice from the original album, it even has a movement 1 and 2. But it isn't given any justice here either.
I suppose if I wasn't already familiar with the original albums I would have enjoyed this compilation more. But as it is , it's faults are too glaring for me.

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Hilary Hahn played violin on The Village's original soundtrack as well. As someone familiar with the music in the films who managed to NOT get the original soundtrack albums this is a welcome collection.

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Any idea why JNH doesn't perform the piano himself on this album?

 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Any idea why JNH doesn't perform the piano himself on this album?

I presume that Jean-Yves Thibaudet made the album more appealing to classical crossover buyers.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 21, 2023 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   jgoldader   (Member)

The music is beautifully arranged and performed, and I’ll play it frequently. While I still wish we had some expanded releases, I’m very grateful for this collection.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2023 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

Sounds interesting. It's ordered on Amazon Prime and it will be delivered tomorrow.

For those of you who might be unaware, James Newton Howard did a series of his film music in concert for the first time
in 2016/2017 in various European cities. The link does provide some setlists. I definitely would have gone if there was
one in the USA.
https://www.concertarchives.org/bands/james-newton-howard#concert-table

There is also a 2-hour 15-minute fan-made compilation of the concert that he gave at Royal Albert Hall on November 3, 2017.
It's enjoyable enough, but your mileage may vary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3fIbg9J6TU

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2023 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   SingingObelisk   (Member)

I got the CD yesterday, and was left a little disappointed.

Does the CD come in a jewel box? Or is it one of those cardboard boxes?

 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2023 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Hitch22   (Member)

Does the CD come in a jewel box? Or is it one of those cardboard boxes?

Jewel case, thankfully.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2023 - 5:08 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Huh, I missed this thread. Will have to check the album out.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 22, 2023 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

Any idea why JNH doesn't perform the piano himself on this album?

I presume that Jean-Yves Thibaudet made the album more appealing to classical crossover buyers.


Yeah, the piano parts are far from difficult. This was a business decision.

 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2023 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

Just tucking into this now, and yes it's a bit restrained but oh my god this arrangement of "After You Were Born" from SIGNS is goddamned glorious.

 
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