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September/October 2018
10/14/18 Small Soldiers   (Jerry Goldsmith)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you have an affinity for the parody style of Jerry Goldsmith's The 'Burbs and don't mind hearing the composer's prior work and numerous outside sources pulled together for a robust, militaristic barrage of comedy.
Avoid it... if you expect the 2018 expansion of the original album to yield uniquely satisfying music, for this work's extensive redundancies are exposed in the longer Varese Sarabande presentation.
9/30/18 Romancing the Stone   (Alan Silvestri)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if and only if you maintain a complete collection of Alan Silvestri's works and want to hear the dated, light rock style that guided his career before his consistent orchestral success.
Avoid it... if campy, contemporary pop and comedic jazz reminiscent of the worst of 1980's romance don't float your boat, no matter the composer.
9/18/18 Close Encounters of the Third Kind   (John Williams)
Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... on the 1998 Arista or 2017 La-La Land albums with reservations, because such expansive presentations of the intellectually fascinating score fully reveal the challenging atonal ambience that John Williams wrote for the first half of the film.
Avoid it... on any of the albums for this score before 1998, for the sound quality of these products is significantly inferior and they might contain a horrendous disco version of the main theme that is best left forgotten.
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