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Comments about the soundtrack for American Journey (John Williams)

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Re: It's great music, don't worry about this other stuff
• Posted by: Roman Dlouhý   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, February 1, 2002, at 3:38 a.m.
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• In Response to: It's great music, don't worry about this other... (The DILinator)

> If this CD was called "International Journey", I could
> understand this debate that is going on. But when a CD is called
> "American Journey", I am surprised that anyone would expect it
> to sound like anything other than American. Just a thought...

Hey, I fully concur with you on that matter! Thanx for saying that!

In fact there has been a scarcely unnoticeable swarm of objections against the "American Journey" album and "Call of the Champions" track in particular, so many of them that it's scary. It seems risible to read reviews awarded upon "Call of the Champions" Olympic theme tune itself being Williams', to a certain extent I must admit, blunder and even as though "failed assignment" and on the other reviewer's page (there are dozens of such "pure movie score sites" that have reviewed "A.J.") right next to it I could read odes sung to funnily repetitive scores by well-known established movie composers of our era that grab 4 or even 5 stars with ease of a genius.
Somebody please tell me like I was 5 years old, why do they complain about the nature of the "Call", referring to this piece as having had to be more "vivace", triumphant and dot! Isn't it a winter Olympic tune by chance? Here in the small Czech Republic where I was born and still dwell we are living through winters with temperatures nicely in the degrees of frost, slowing down the pace generally, drinking tea that hardly burst with invigorative freshness like summer blends should, and the same is applied to music we cherish (instead of playful Slavonic Dances we somewhat find ourselves preferring to listen to pieces of more of a winterly kind in nature to tinge the unavoidable slowness of the winter time with a bit more appropriate music). And that's the way Williams, I think, approached his new Olympic tune he's composed. If judging it by its purpose, I don't think the composer failed. And if I weren't familiar with that piece at all and it was played to me, I'd have to call it a nice, slightly optimistic choral work to sit and enjoy it while doing a comfortable nothing...or whatever except polishing windows perhaps.
(I'm assuming the U.S. and European versions don't differ from one another outside of the front cover and the title of the CD (, which is what's different), because my copy is entitled "Call of the Champions".)

Okay, do you guys really think "Call of the Champions" is that bad, a task Williams failed to get our hopes up high with? Be open-hearted, I'll abide...


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