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Old August 10 2011, 09:54 PM   #47
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Re: La-La Land Records Releasing a 3-CD Set of TNG Scores at Comic-Con

I finally got around to listening to some of this, just "Haven" and "Hide and Q" so far. Well, and the main title track at the start. It reminds me how much I dislike the TNG version of the Goldsmith theme. I mean, it's almost exactly the same arrangement, but it just doesn't sound as good to me as the versions conducted by Goldsmith for the movies. I don't like the trumpet performance -- it sounds, I don't know, cheesier somehow, less classy. I think it's a bit more staccato, and I don't like that. Also there seems to be less bass in the mix, and that makes the theme sound more lightweight, less rich. Maybe the orchestra is smaller?

But I really love McCarthy's "Haven" score. It's gorgeous and lush, and a lot of it (especially the romantic themes) is gloriously retro, reminding me of TOS or Twilight Zone music. I love how melodic it all is, and I really regret that Berman quashed that. Just imagine if Bob Justman had stayed as producer and Berman had left.
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