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They're not comparable

Etienne
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They're not comparable   Wednesday, November 21, 2001 (6:25 a.m.) 

I carefully read this lengthy review with much interest. I enjoyed it till the part of the enhanced CD. After all, what's the problem. We did not buy the CD for the special features but for Howard Shore's score only. As for Enya's "intrusion", I really like her two appearances, especially the final track, which incredibly sounds like the rest of the album. At the end, isn't that Shore's music?? Wasn't Howard Shore involved in that song somewhat?
And I cannot be disappointed by the magic highly presented in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Williams outdid himself on that one. His most brilliant effort since Hook. And really, I cannot compare both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings scores. It would amount to comparing apples and oranges.

The Lord of the Rings music : *** ***

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Re: They're not comparable   Wednesday, November 21, 2001 (7:14 a.m.) 

I agree, there is no reason to compare Williams' brilliant "Harry Potter" score to LOTR.

They're two different projects.

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Re: They're not comparable   Friday, November 23, 2001 (6:34 p.m.) 

> I agree, there is no reason to compare Williams' brilliant "Harry
> Potter" score to LOTR.

> They're two different projects.

Beethoven and Bach are two different composers. Are you saying I shouldn't compare them? Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are two of the most popular fantasy books in the world, made into movies and released within a month of each other. They ARE comparable, because they are both fantasy films. Granted, it might be more applicable to compare the LOTR soundtrack to that of say, Braveheart or Gladiator, since they have all have a a sort of historial epic scope, but as "competing" fantasy films, HP and LOTR can be compared musically.

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Re: They're not comparable   Tuesday, December 11, 2001 (12:56 p.m.) 

Harry Potter wins by far. It is a much more interesting, complex, and musically mature score. It is Williams' best effort in many many years. I love it for its incredible magic and original orchestrations. LoTR on the other hand is not loveable in any way. It sounds like a mediocre score from a mediocre composer. Just what I expected. Too bad really. Oh well. At least other people seem to be able to enjoy it.


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Yes, they are comparable. and another thing...   Wednesday, November 21, 2001 (7:54 a.m.) 

> I carefully read this lengthy review with much interest. I enjoyed it till
> the part of the enhanced CD. After all, what's the problem. We did not buy
> the CD for the special features but for Howard Shore's score only. As for
> Enya's "intrusion", I really like her two appearances,
> especially the final track, which incredibly sounds like the rest of the
> album. At the end, isn't that Shore's music?? Wasn't Howard Shore involved
> in that song somewhat?
And I cannot be disappointed by the magic
> highly presented in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Williams
> outdid himself on that one. His most brilliant effort since Hook. And
> really, I cannot compare both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings scores.
> It would amount to comparing apples and oranges.

Why not compare them? They share the same fantasy grouping. They are the two biggest soundtrack albums of the season. There is debate about the "magic" in both of them. Would you rather see a comparison of Lord of the Rings and Spy Game?

Additional comment; It's about time that someone "told the story like it is" regarding the stupid commercializing of these soundtracks. I commend Filmtracks for tearing up Reprise Records for their insulting lack of respect for Shore's music in their advertising. Howard Shore deserves the trading card, not Enya.

Tom



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Re: Yes, they are comparable. and another thing...   Wednesday, November 21, 2001 (6:14 p.m.) 

I agree...shore does deserve a lot of recognition for this score...and not enya. I really dislike all the Howard Shore scores i've heard up to date...but lord of the rings was a very pleasent surprize
i'd like to see some cards of film composers. i'm intrested in seeing what they look like and a little background on all of them.

And I cannot be disappointed by the magic

> Why not compare them? They share the same fantasy grouping. They are the
> two biggest soundtrack albums of the season. There is debate about the
> "magic" in both of them. Would you rather see a comparison of
> Lord of the Rings and Spy Game?

> Additional comment; It's about time that someone "told the story like
> it is" regarding the stupid commercializing of these soundtracks. I
> commend Filmtracks for tearing up Reprise Records for their insulting lack
> of respect for Shore's music in their advertising. Howard Shore deserves
> the trading card, not Enya.

> Tom


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Re: Yes, they are comparable. and another thing...   Wednesday, November 28, 2001 (7:10 a.m.) 

And I cannot be disappointed by the magic

> Why not compare them? They share the same fantasy grouping. They are the
> two biggest soundtrack albums of the season. There is debate about the
> "magic" in both of them. Would you rather see a comparison of
> Lord of the Rings and Spy Game?

No, I'd rather see a comparison of Fellowship of the Ring and William's score to Artificial Intelligence. Harry Potter (aside from the whole of "The Chess Match" and the opening fanfare for "The Quidditch Match) is a Home Alone / Hook rehash and disappointed me after a day or two.

A.I. on the other hand, was a brilliant, dark, emotional and moody score. It was most likely William's best score since Hook. It makes me sore to think everyone is screaming about Potter and they so quickly forget the far superior of the two.

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