John Williams' "Home Alone" score... Holiday classic?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Strilo, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    You know people keep saying that and I have never gotten around to buying it...
  2. MrUnderhiII Jedi Knight

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    Its probably the most underated John Williams score! I agree with all of you. Its not christmas unless theres home alone!
  3. Well_Of_Souls Force Ghost

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    I prefer the Home Alone 2 Deluxe Edition over the original Home Alone album if only because the sound quality is better and there's so much more material (despite a lot of it being rehashed from part 1).
  4. Zarm_Rkeeg Jedi Knight

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    Isn't it funny that if you take a slasher film and remove the blood, it becomes a holiday classic?

    I mean, where else can a running lawn-mower falling on someone's head be considered family entertainment?!?

    Haven't heard the soundtrack in a while, but what I do recall was fairly good.
  5. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    It wasn't a lawnmower, it was an iron. :p
  6. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    I should put the second album on my Christmas List.
  7. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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    But it feels really disjointed, with the blend of new and old, and just (as two-CD sets often do) lacks the drive of the original album. The finale section is really sloppy compared to the original - three million statements of the main theme interspersed with the new tunes and various filler music. The sound quality is better? Yes, unless you're listening to "Star of Bethlehem," which despite being an interesting new/combined arrangement is ruined by excessive gain. I will say that "Somewhere in My Memory" sounds even better than the original, thanks to subtly livened orchestrations.
  8. Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus

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    This is one of those that I really need to pick up. :( I only have the main title, and I do agree that it's wonderful. A classic, though.. not too sure.
  9. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    I think Miana that if you had the whole score, you might see more why we consider it a classic.
  10. Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus

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  11. Darth_Maestro Force Ghost

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    Only in America kid.[face_flag]
  12. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Well, Germans are that twisted too... :)
  13. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    I'm wishing I owned this movie now. I want a screenshot of the iron landing on Daniel Stern's face. First-person pov. :p
  14. MomMaster Jedi Knight

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    I just bought a John Williams piano book with Home Alone piece in it. I never knew he wrote the score for HA! (I'm behind the times)
    After reading the reviews from this thread, I think I may pick up this soundtrack!
  15. Trentman359 Jedi Knight

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    Im going to download it from iTunes tonight since I have had no luck finding the actual cd anywhere. I remember it being great, Ill post my comments when I finish listening to it.
  16. SithLordVengeance Jedi Padawan

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    If it's the Home Alone 2 Deluxe Edition you're talking about you can still buy it from Varese directly on their website. www.varesesarabande.com
  17. Trentman359 Jedi Knight

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    Star of Bethelhem is simply beautiful, it has such a Christmas feel to it. I could not imagine listening to it any other time of the year.
  18. Well_Of_Souls Force Ghost

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    Been listening to both Home Alone scores over the last few days... my Christmas spirit has significantly increased as a result.
  19. Indiana_Fett Jedi Master

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    I've been listening to the Collector's Edition of Home Alone 2. I love the Mickey-Mousing Williams does in this.
  20. dolphin Chosen One

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    Home Alone is one of JW's underrated works.
  21. Rasberryjammed Jedi Padawan

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    of course! it's definitely the best!~
  22. halibut Ex-Mod

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    Disgraceful that it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar. A great score, and the film that introduced me to the greatest Christmas song ever - O Holy Night.

    Aside from "Holiday Flight", my personal favourite moment is the horns playing "Star of Bethlehem" when Kevin is escaping across the ice. Sublime.
  23. Miana Kenobi Admin Emeritus

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    I finally picked this up. I LOVE it.
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