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Comments about the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

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Re: Better than Episode IV
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• Posted by: Amuro
• Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 5:50 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Better than Episode IV (Dave)

> It's not just better than Episode IV, it's better than almost any score of
> ever made. People love to nitpick at this score, finding anything they can
> to justify why it's not the greatest score ever, but they come off
> sounding bitter. Most of them are Goldsmith/Horner apologists, anyway.

> If James Horner ever came up with an original theme as good, as memorable
> as the Imperial March, Horner fanboys would cream themselves and proclaim
> it the best theme of all time. Williams fans aren't even sure if this is
> his best theme of the early '80s. Put another way: Williams has more
> original themes in this one score than Horner's had in his entire life.

Alright, first of all, I agree, Empire is better than A New Hope. However, to those Horner statements... I think the theme from "Willow" is amazing in every way, I think its gorgeous. I also like all of the themes in "Legends of the Fall" and I think both of these scores are better than many of Williams' finest works. This does not mean that I am a Horner fanboy, I like Horner just as much as I like Williams, true, but then again, I like Elfman just as much, and Newman (of the Thomas variety) as just as much too. I try to see the good in every composer, and I try to like them equally, I realize sometimes this doesn' work, but still, it saves all the "fanboy" crap.

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