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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 4:29 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Silence of the Lambs (30th Anniversary Reissue) - Howard Shore



https://quartetrecords.com/product/the-silence-of-the-lambs-2/

Quartet Records, MGM, Geffen Records and Universal Music Group present the 30TH anniversary re-issue of the iconic score by Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings, Ed Wood, Naked Lunch, Eastern Promises, The Aviator) for the classic thriller masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs.

Directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn, the film was a great success, immediately loved by critics and audiences. It won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and acting awards for Foster and Hopkins.

Howard Shore was no stranger to either the horror or thriller genre when he worked on The Silence of the Lambs—he had started his career working with director David Cronenberg on a series of disturbing films such as The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly. The music doesn’t sound like something from a horror movie or a thriller—it is operatic, dark, and very beautiful.

This CD is a straight reissue of our previous expanded edition—including the complete score plus alternates—produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Mr. Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes, courtesy of MGM.  Featuring a performance by the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer. The package features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond.

The Awakening (Remasterd Reissue) - Claude Bolling



https://quartetrecords.com/product/the-awakening-2/

Quartet Records and Studio Canal present a limited CD reissue of Claude Bolling’s classy, masterful orchestral score for The Awakening (1980, directed by Mike Newell). Starring Charlton Heston and Susannah York, the film is about an archeologist who discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian monarch, Queen Kara. To save mankind he must destroy her.
 
Claude Bolling creates an intense atmosphere with colorful orchestration, subtle motives, a beautiful love theme and the unforgettable “Queen Kara” theme—all demonstrating his ability to meet any musical challenge. The score is brilliantly performed by The London Studio Orchestra under the baton of Marcus Dods.
 
This new limited edition has been slightly remastered by Chris Malone, addressing and correcting the balance and some inert imperfections that were in the original master and our previous edition, bringing it weight and clarity. Original "Queen Kara (Main Title)" has been re-sequenced to open the album in order to offer a more comprehensive release of this amazing score.
 
This album is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Claude Bolling, who passed away at the end of 2020.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   prindlesailor   (Member)

Sweet! I obtained my copy of Silence of the Lambs second-hand, and for some reason, it skips on certain players. I will definitely be picking this up (again).

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

I missed out on Silence the first time and the lambs have been screaming ever since. Time to fix that.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

I missed out on Silence the first time and the lambs have been screaming ever since. Time to fix that.

I think I will have this with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti. big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Saul Pincus   (Member)

I think Howard Shore is a legendary Canadian film composer and he had made a collaboration with the legendary Canadian film director David Cronenberg. I think "The Silence of the Lambs" will mark the 30th Anniversary of the movie. The film starred Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn. I think Jonathan Demme was an legendary film director. He directed the movie with this stuff. Sadly, Jonathan Demme died in 2017. From my point of view, Howard Shore is an living legend. He's a legend. Howard Shore is a legend.

A bot that can "think"!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I think Howard Shore is a legendary Canadian film composer and he had made a collaboration with the legendary Canadian film director David Cronenberg. I think "The Silence of the Lambs" will mark the 30th Anniversary of the movie. The film starred Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn. I think Jonathan Demme was an legendary film director. He directed the movie with this stuff. Sadly, Jonathan Demme died in 2017. From my point of view, Howard Shore is an living legend. He's a legend. Howard Shore is a legend.

A canadian legend?

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


This new limited edition has been slightly remastered by Chris Malone, addressing and correcting the balance and some inert imperfections that were in the original master and our previous edition




I bought the previous (recent) edition. What are the "inert imperfections" that have now been corrected?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)


This new limited edition has been slightly remastered by Chris Malone, addressing and correcting the balance and some inert imperfections that were in the original master and our previous edition


I bought the previous (recent) edition. What are the "inert imperfections" that have now been corrected?


This would be the title's 3rd release, so I'm surprised it's that popular. If their earlier edition is still in-print, they should send us free upgrades.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Daddy Lime   (Member)


This new limited edition has been slightly remastered by Chris Malone, addressing and correcting the balance and some inert imperfections that were in the original master and our previous edition




I bought the previous (recent) edition. What are the "inert imperfections" that have now been corrected?


The previous versions (both on the Bolling compilation and Quartet) were reversed stereo!
It was mildly annoying to me, since I was used to hear the original LP.

Listening to the samples of this new issue...it sounds like it's finally corrected.
(strings positioned to the left...as in the original)

Such a great score, worth the triple dip...quadruple if you count the original Vinyl in 1980!


EDIT: hmmm...not sure if they did fix the flipped channels or not....will have to dig up the old Entracte LP to check!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


EDIT: hmmm...not sure if they did fix the flipped channels or not....will have to dig up the old Entracte LP to check!






Perhaps Quartet will tell us what they have or haven't done to the latest version, or what may or may not have been wrong with their last version.
Seems reasonable enough for customers to be told the differences.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


EDIT: hmmm...not sure if they did fix the flipped channels or not....will have to dig up the old Entracte LP to check!






Perhaps Quartet will tell us what they have or haven't done to the latest version, or what may or may not have been wrong with their last version.
Seems reasonable enough for customers to be told the differences.


That would be a very reasonable request.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

From my chair, for the Awakening, the main point is that the left/right channels have been switched back to their proper place so that violins are on the left, etc.

Also addressed: a time alignment (azimuth) error in most tracks; some level inconsistencies; a few tape ‘wobbles’; and elimination of several prominent studio noises.

It’s a terrific score that deserves to find a wider audience. If this is your first dip, you are likely to be in for a treat! If previous editions are on your shelf, it’s all up to you whether you repurchase.

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I think Basil, Daddy Lime and myself are in line for free review copies.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2021 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   Daddy Lime   (Member)

Thanks for your work, Chris!
Purchased!
Can't wait to hear it.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2021 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   Tom Maguire   (Member)

Thoughts on the expanded vs. the original?
I've owned the original CD since 1991 and have never felt the need to double dip.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2021 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Hitch22   (Member)

The previous release of Silence of the Lambs was a Limited Edition. So I guess the word 'limited' holds no value anymore, since limited editions are getting reissued now. :/

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2021 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Good sellers like these (help) keeping the labels alive, so I do not mind re-issues as such but in case of SILENCE it would have been great to now have GOODBYE HORSES added !!
There is a 3'12 minutes version of it that would have fit on the CD. But licensing might have cost too much ?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2021 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

(azimuth)

I thought he wrote sci-fi novels? smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2021 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Thoughts on the expanded vs. the original?
I've owned the original CD since 1991 and have never felt the need to double dip.


I passed on the expanded release initially, and later regretted doing so after it had sold out. I later acquired it from a third party vendor and am glad I did. The original album is a pretty good representation of the score, and although I can't offhand point to any vital cues that were missing from the original release, the expanded does add depth to the score and never feels like it overstays its welcome. Bottom line: if you like what you hear in the original album and are hungry for more, definitely buy the expanded release.

 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2021 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

I'm listening to the new version of The Awakening, alongside Quartet's previous version. The correction of the reversal of channels is immediately obvious of course. There is also a noticeable difference in sound levels, with the previous release louder than the new version. That alone might have explained the higher perceived hiss level of the previous version, but after trying to compare the tracks after adjusting them to around the same levels, I think I can say the new release has lower background hiss.
I noticed some cleaning up of extraneous sounds. For example the very end of Track 3 where there was previously some very mild rustling noise as the final note faded away. Now the final note fades away a tad earlier, to avoid the noise. Similarly, a minor click at the very end of Track 5 has been removed. Barely noticeable changes, but nevertheless evidence of laudable attention to detail (except for failing again to spell hieroglyphics correctly in the track list, even after a second opportunity. Same with the name Hamid in the track list, again listed as Hadmid).
Most importantly, the general sound seems smoother to a worthwhile degree on the new CD, with the previous one slightly grittier-sounding in comparison. Overall, the new one sounds better to me and has justified the purchase.

 
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