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  • #98701

    ddddeeee
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    Despicable Me 3 had a song album released by Columbia and then a digital score released by Backlot. I imagine the same is happening here.

    #98703

    ddddeeee
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    #98749

    ddddeeee
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    Samples are on iTunes. The theme in the first track is a real earworm.

    #98750

    rkeaveney
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    #98751

    sajrocks
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    a nod to “welcome christmas” from the 1966 film in the first bars of the opening? fah who foraze, dah who doraze indeed!

    #98752

    sajrocks
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    additional thoughts just posted to FSM after second listen:

    some of elfman’s brightest, airiest orchestrations in years (can really hear between the sections with some great woodwind clarity)…

    loving the kooky faux rock/jazzy riffs al la ‘the incredibles’ in “walking toward destiny”, “grinch’s wild ride” and especially “mailing the letter”…

    well hello reedy organ, theremin and i think elfman’s first use of full bell choir ever…

    some terrific stallingesque writing reminiscent of his work on “meet the robinsons” and obvs “nightmare before christmas”…

    knocks the choir/brass big christmas sound out of the park, and keeps the tchaikovsky pizzicato string + glockenspiel holiday cliche ALIVE…

    standout tracks: “the big opening”, “christmas in whoville”, “lost lonely boy”, “loudest snow”, “taking the bait” and showstoppers “grinch’s wild ride” and “stealing christmas”…

    #98753

    ddddeeee
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    It’s a bit distracting to hear that Oz theme (that later was used as a secondary theme for Time in Alice 2) all over this, but it’s Elfman unleashed, so obviously I’m loving it. The opening track is fantastic.

    Still a bit bummed by the lack of CD.

    #98754

    rkeaveney
    Keymaster

    Wish the recent Elfman London recordings were closer-mic’ed. I prefer being in the orchestra rather than outside of it.
    Lots of Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet too. Haven’t really picked out the main theme yet, but so far the score is a romp.

    #98756

    ddddeeee
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    This was recorded in LA.

    Much prefer the London recordings myself.

    #98757

    Thor
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    After one listen, I’m not too thrilled. Lots of mickey-mousing and brass “screams” (reminiscent of FLUBBER, which is not a compliment). As previously mentioned, this is NOT the type of Elfman I gravitate towards these days.

    I’ll sit impatiently and tap my fingers while I wait for his next indie project (or concert work) to be released.

    #98759

    Ryan Keaveney
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    Yikes, dddeee, you’re right. I think I got this and DUMBO mixed up. My daughter is almost 1 year old and my memory hasn’t returned… Those dumb dad sitcoms might not be totally wrong.

    #98761

    ddddeeee
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    Saw the movie. It’s exactly what you’re expecting.

    Score is really generously mixed. Some moments which normally would have screamed for crazy mickey-mousing were played less ‘notey’ (no idea how to explain this musically), which I thought was interesting from Elfman. ‘It’s Better This Way’ and ‘Lost, Lonely Boy’ are really lovely in context.

    I think I prefer this to Elfman’s other non-Burton animated scores. It has a lot of heart.

    #98765

    ddddeeee
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    Elfman’s 10th film to hit $200M at the domestic box office. Will end up being his fifth biggest movie in the US unadjusted for inflation.

    #98863

    ddddeeee
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    #98864

    rkeaveney
    Keymaster

    Hmmm, nothing on .ca yet. I recently picked up the song track album for completion sake. This would be a more worthwhile addition.

    #98868

    lonzoe
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    I figured this would get a CD release after Back Lot Music recently released pressed CDs of BlacKkKlansman, which was released digitally upon its theatrical release. Us Elfman fans have a lot to look forward to with Elfman CD releases next month e.g. The Grinch, Dumbo, and Eleven Eleven.

    • This reply was modified 4 months ago by  lonzoe.
    #98871

    ddddeeee
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    I appreciate that they wanted to maximise sales of the song compilation, but if this were for any composer other than Elfman, I’d be pretty miffed at having to buy the score twice.

    #98924

    ddddeeee
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    My CD arrived. Unlike most (all?) of the Backlot releases I own, this one came in a jewel case.

    #98936

    lonzoe
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    Is the score album in chronological film order? If not, what is the correct film order of the tracks? And where would “A Wonderful Awful Idea” would fit in the chronological film order of the tracklist? Since that track (for some odd reason) wasn’t included on the score album but released on the song album. Don’t mean to come off lazy or anything but I would greatly appreciate any input on the chronological film order of the score if anybody knew it. If not? No worries.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 4 weeks ago by  lonzoe.
    #98938

    ddddeeee
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    ‘A Wonderful Awful Idea’ is just a mash-up of two of the tracks from the score. If you have the score, you have no need for that track.

    #98983

    ddddeeee
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