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 Posted:   Dec 11, 2021 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Reflecting on an amazing year of expanded/remastered releases, I think ALWAYS comes out on top for me. I keep returning to it over and over. Just a gorgeous score, and so beautifully remastered and presented by Mike Matessino and La-La Land.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2021 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I had the OST but didn't care for it at the time. Pretty sure I sold it to a used CD store.
Times change so I should probably give this expansion a try. Maybe I'll feel differently today.
I know I enjoy the expanded The River a lot more now than when the OST came out.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2021 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I had the OST but didn't care for it at the time. Pretty sure I sold it to a used CD store.
Times change so I should probably give this expansion a try. Maybe I'll feel differently today.
I know I enjoy the expanded The River a lot more now than when the OST came out.


The original release definitely underwhelmed me... it literally put me to sleep. But I certainly feel differently about the expansion. And I also counted THE RIVER as one of my least favorite JW scores until the expansion appeared, so we're at least on the same page there.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2021 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Can never go wrong with a complete fleshed out expansion of a Williams score. Here’s hoping Eastwick is on the horizon.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2021 - 2:28 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I was pleased to read that this title had been a great seller for LLL during the past year.
With it being a low-key(ish) score from a lesser known (and not universally liked) Spielberg film, I thought it might get lost in the mix.
It's heartening to read the plaudits and comments from people who have re-evaluated it, for the positive, since its release.
It's a gorgeous score, oozing class and quality.
I've played it...A LOT.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2022 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Adam.   (Member)

Graham Watt was the winner of this title in my Christmas contest last month. It has been in Spain since Christmas Day and still has not been delivered. Now I understand the frustration you all feel when you have to wait so long for deliveries.

Graham, I have never not delivered on my promises. If it gets lost or damaged I WILL send another CD. I have a sealed copy in my home just itchin' to be played by someone. You'll get it!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2022 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Graham Watt was the winner of this title in my Christmas contest last month. It has been in Spain since Christmas Day and still has not been delivered. Now I understand the frustration you all feel when you have to wait so long for deliveries.

Graham, I have never not delivered on my promises. If it gets lost or damaged I WILL send another CD. I have a sealed copy in my home just itchin' to be played by someone. You'll get it!


I'm sure it will get here eventually, Adam. I had a friend in England send me a small package last September 1st, and it was held up in Madrid for a full three weeks. It only increases the excitement!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2022 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

It's arrived!!!!!! Here's the story. Adam posted my copy in mid-December, and it was tracked USPS to Madrid, where it passed to the Spanish postal system, untracked. The last notification was that it had "departed Madrid facility" on December 25th. Since then nowt. Adam recently got in touch with me saying that it was taking too long and that he'd send ANOTHER! And so he did. He sent me the USPS tracking number the other day, with the message "departed Madrid facility February 1". And then the postman (actually a postwoman) comes a-knockin' on my door. It was ALWAYS!!! And there I goes thinking, "at least the second one arrived, the first having been lost in the post". There's more... If you can bear the suspense there's a twist ending.....

SPOILER ALERT


I checked the date on the envelope. It was December 17. So it's actually the FIRST package that has arrived. And it is now more than likely that Mr Dingle will receive an identical package in the very near future, a package addressed specifically to him, Mr Dingle, mild-mannered bank clerk, who found his superpowers on the very day he didn't require them, on the day he broke his glasses and couldn't read the liner notes, on the very day foretold that he would lose his hearing, and thus be unable to hear anything, not even the barking of his devoted wife. All these things happened, are happening, and will happen, but out of sight and sound in this case, in... Twilight Zone.

Adam, you're the bee's knees.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2022 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Adam.   (Member)

It's arrived!! Here's the story. Adam posted my copy in mid-December, and it was tracked USPS to Madrid, where it passed to the Spanish postal system, untracked. The last notification was that it had "departed Madrid facility" on December 25th. Adam recently got in touch with me saying that it was taking too long and that he'd send ANOTHER! And so he did. He sent me the USPS tracking number the other day, with the message "departed Madrid facility February 1". And then the postman (actually a postwoman) comes a-knockin' on my door. It was ALWAYS!!

Adam, you're the bee's knees.


Merry Christmas, Graham! LOL. I'm pleased (and relieved) it finally arrived and my 2021 contest is now officially complete.

I think I'll have to post my 2022 Christmas contest the day after Halloween to ensure a timely delivery of the goods. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2022 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Played this again last night.

Words fail me...



(that's from the old album...the LLL sounds much better).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2022 - 4:18 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

The Perfect Overture...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2022 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

It is. I love this score, always have.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2024 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


Last Call!!!
ALWAYS, by John Williams, is going out of print June 10 2024...
We are down to our last 300 units
Once it's gone it's gone for good
Grab yours now
https://lalalandrecords.com/always-limited-edition/


https://www.facebook.com/lalalandrecords/posts/972774788191915

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2024 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

It was a charming addition to the Spielberg/Williams collaboration in late 1989 that quickly came and disappeared. With the passage of time and the recent appearance of this splendid CD with improved sound it gets clearer that this is one of the most delightful and haunting John Williams scores.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2024 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

I don't know that I ever particularly enjoyed the original album for this score - I have a few re-recordings of themes - Prague, Cincinnati Pop, Boston Pops, etc.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2024 - 11:49 PM   
 By:   Hadrian   (Member)

Exquisite score and wonderful presentation from LLL! “Follow Me” alternate is a particular delight and I think I prefer it over the original album track smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2024 - 3:22 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I've played this CD twice since this thread popped up last week.
It really is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! (but I already knew that).
I love the additional/alternate tracks, which include interpolations, from time to time, of the song Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and the fact that they differ enough from the other versions to be enjoyable in their own right.
This score climbs higher and higher in my JW rankings every time I revisit it (which is A LOT).
I can't thank LLL enough.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2024 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Nice to see this wonderful score getting the recognition that it deserves.

I think it's possible I listen to this more than Close Encounters these days. (Of course now I have to go listen to Close Encounters again.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2024 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   roadwest   (Member)

I really connected with this soundtrack when it was originally released in 1990, which is odd since it's not your run of the mill Williams score. The track 'Pete and Dorinda' is simply beautiful, IMHO.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2024 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Interesting, touching and somehow surprising to see JW fans rediscover that there was a Spielberg film (and consequently a John Williams collaboration) between The Last Crusade and the mega madness of Hook.

"Oh yes ! Always, this little film about sky firefighters with Roy Neary!"

Always was already on the radar in the mid-80s.
Sean Connery was originally approached for the role of Hap but was unavailable.

Music was somewhat forgotten between releases of Indy 3, Born on the fourth of July, and the (not so) surprising assignment of Stanley and Iris (I remember that Variety announced that John Williams had just signed on to make this film, which was pretty rare at the time).

The fact is that Spielberg's fans were kind of confused by a film evoking an adult love story. Reviews and results were mixed and the unclassiability of the movie impacted its box office results.

Always is one of those hidden treasures in John Williams' career. Just like Empire of the Sun.

 
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