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 Posted:   May 5, 2024 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

this is not causing too much hype, I see...

Maybe because too many Horner titles in a spate of few months, it is now becoming an expectation.


I'm a huge James Horner fan but this score does nothing for me.
I'm pretty sure I sold the previous edition to Movie Music for credit.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2024 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Can anyone give a sonic comparison between this new edition compared to the previous Intrada release.
I'll probably bag it anyway, but I hope there's been an improvement in the balance between the highs and lows.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2024 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

It’s not my favorite Horner, but I do like it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2024 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   c8   (Member)

Can anyone give a sonic comparison between this new edition compared to the previous Intrada release.
I'll probably bag it anyway, but I hope there's been an improvement in the balance between the highs and lows.


I've yet to listen to it but from the liner notes it looks like they just use Simon Rhodes' 2009 mixes and just add the missing music Horner had omitted from that album.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2024 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   c8   (Member)

Just gave this its first full spin.

The new cues weren't necessary but are fun. The Bee Flight cue could have been pulled straight from Aliens and even quotes from Trek III/"Stealing the Enterprise" [very] briefly at one point. Its a ton of fun but perhaps not 2 minutes worth spending extra money on. "A Long Way Home" is just another riff on "The Goonies" material.

What impacts this score more than anything else is the rearrangement into what I am assuming is film order. Horner had a knack like no one else for blocking an entire movie out such that you can always find your spot in it when listening to his music. This is no different. This album's order just blows the musical story wide open.

Certainly not one my favorite Horners, but I always forget how good the tender "family" material in this score is and how energized some of the action licks are. The madcap stuff is a bit much but that's never been my favorite side of Horner anyhow.

Since there's been several questions about audio quality I didn't immediately notice any differences but I also never had a problem with the 2009 album.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2024 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

The chronological order of the score is as follows:

01. Main Title
02. Strange Neighbors
03. Test Run
19. Grand Slam
20. Laser Beam
04. Shrunk
05. A New World
06. A Long Way Home
07. Bee Flight (start to 2:08)
08. The Machine Works
07. After the Bees (2:08 to 2:48)
09. Watering The Grass
10. Ant Rodeo
11. Flying Szalinski (start to 1:08, while "Astride the Ant" is repeated at the end of the album, it's still attached to this cue from 1:09-1:56)
12. Letting Antony Go
13. Night Time
14. Scorpion Attack
15. Lawn Mower!
16. Eaten Alive
17. Big Russ Volunteers
18. Thanksgiving Dinner And End Credits

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Playing this CD now.
My 3rd purchase of said music, after the old boot (from SAE) and the first legit release from Intrada.
Despite the wacky/schizoid nature of the music - from zany comedy to tender scoring via grand organs and ethnic vibes and rip-roaring action - it's a lotta fun to play (even with the temp bleeds from PEE WEE, GOONIES, Scott, Rota Copland and Horner's own recycled basket).
And it's nice to have it all FINALLY under the one roof and in film order.
I think the 3 short cues at the end of the programme, under Extras, could have been positioned within the main body of score without any ill effect, but that's by-the-by and can be easily done by myself during transfer/digitisation.
The score does play better as a result in film order.
There is still a slight 'boxy' sound to the recording (at times...not always) but this sounds fine to me overall* and that 'bonding' theme for the kids (with each other and the ant) is just gorgeous.
Now...bring on NATTY GANN.


* I've read that no new mastering was done, but it does sound a bit better to these aging ears...

 
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