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[*] posted on 3-3-20 at 08:32
New LLL: The Swarm: 2CD released!


THE SWARM: LIMITED EDITION (2-CD SET)
LLLCD 1515

Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Limited Edition of 3000 Units
RETAIL PRICE: $29.98

STARTS SHIPPING MARCH 3

Orders start 12 noon (pst) on 3/3 at www.lalalandrecords.com

La-La Land Records and Warner Bros. proudly present the remastered and expanded 2-CD reissue of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith’s (PLANET OF THE APES, THE OMEN, STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, BASIC INSTINCT), original motion picture score to the 1978 big-screen bees-gone-amok THE SWARM, starring Michael Caine, Katherine Ross and Richard Widmark, and directed and produced by the remarkable Irwin Allen. Giant in scope and sound, Jerry Goldsmith’s rip-roaring action score is an indestructible, hard-charging marvel of orchestration. This remastered, deluxe “Expanded Archival Collection” presentation showcases the maestro’s film score on Disc One, while Disc Two presents the CD world premiere of the original 1978 LP program, featuring unique edits and takes, and additional bonus cues! Produced by Bruce Botnick and Neil S. Bulk and entirely re-mixed and mastered in high resolution by Botnick from first generation ½’’ analog studio vault elements, this special release is limited to 3000 units and features exclusive, in depth liner notes by “The Fantasy Film Worlds of Irwin Allen” author Jeff Bond and stingingly sharp art direction by Dan Goldwasser.

This release is MQA encoded. Listeners with an MQA decoder can enjoy this album in high resolution, up to 176.4 kHz/24-bit, from these Compact Discs. For more information please visit https://www.mqa.co.uk/.

TRACK LISTING:

DISC 1: THE FILM SCORE
1. Main Title (Film Version) 4:26
2. Red Two Reporting 2:23
3. The Black Mass 2:33
4. What Happened? / The Picnic 2:13
5. The Bees’ Picnic (Film Version) 2:20
6. On Their Way :59
7. Get Him Out 2:13
8. Plastic Hives / Old Friends 3:14
9. Don’t Take Him (Film Version) 4:26
10. The Boys And The Bees 2:04
11. Oh Maureen / We’ll Come Back 2:26
12. Bees On Fire 1:31
13. Toward Marysville :37
14. The Lollipop :42
15. A Gift Of Flowers 2:01
16. The Bees Arrive (Film Version) 4:54
17. A Boy’s Story 1:51
18. The Park :41
19. Condolences :59
20. Empty Town 1:38
21. Train Attack 2:26
22. No Effect 1:11
23. Tommy’s Death (Film Version) 3:24
24. Exact Instructions (Film Version) 7:16
25. Departed Friend 1:15
26. The Glasses / Houston Headquarters 3:48
27. Burn ‘Em Out :44
28. Get Reinforcements 2:29
29. Bees Inside (Film Version) 5:23
30. End Title (Film Version) 3:07
TOTAL DISC 1 TIME: 75:17

DISC 2: THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
1. Main Title 3:42
2. A Gift Of Flowers 2:03
3. The Bees’ Picnic 2:20
4. Tommy’s Death 4:18
5. The Bees Arrive 5:51
6. Bees Inside 6:01
7. Don’t Take Him 2:30
8. Exact Instructions 4:39
9. A Boy’s Story 1:51
10. End Title 3:13
TOTAL ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM TIME: 36:30

ADDITIONAL MUSIC
11. Main Title (Original Version) 4:29
12. No Effect (Alternate Take) 1:10
TOTAL ADDITIONAL MUSIC TIME: 5:39
TOTAL DISC 2 TIME: 42:09

TOTAL ALBUM TIME: 117:26
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[*] posted on 3-3-20 at 15:39


I hope everyone enjoys it.
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[*] posted on 4-3-20 at 00:35


Hey Neil.....
Let me ask you.... this MQA talk is both confusing me and scaring me....
Someone on the FSM board stated that playing this in a CD player will result in LESS than CD quality sound! I don't know what MQA is, and I really don't CARE, just as long as this CD is going to sound good on my home stereo. Will it sound as good as the Prometheus release?
Thanks in advance.
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[*] posted on 4-3-20 at 01:18


Hi Terry!

I may be a little biassed, but yes, I think it will sound better than the Prometheus album. For one thing, we handled the "LCR" 3-track as intended. The Prometheus release was mixed in a similar fashion to the 1994 Varese release of "The Cowboys", which swapped the center and right channel positions. Our release restores the proper stereo balance, as did The Deluxe Edition of "The Cowboys", which I recommend. :)

Beyond the mixing, I made sure the performances matched what was intended for the film and album takes. There were several differences between them. It's all detailed in the booklet.

As for MQA, this was a decision Bruce and I made. He's a big believer in the format. Many of the latest Doors re-issues have been released on CD in MQA, and they sound terrific. From my point of view, the CD standard is 40 years old, and is still locked into into a 44.1/16-bit world. But I've been working in resolutions higher than that for years and when I buy music I prefer buying the hi-res version. When I bought a new computer and upgraded my Pro Tools to do 192/24, I specifically wanted "The Swarm" transferred this way. All of our work was done at 192/24 as well. Once that was done, I wanted a way for people to hear this as close as possible. Now we know the specialty labels don't get digital rights (they'd be tough on this anyway), and collectors still want CDs. So what do we do?

MQA has found a way to encode hi-res data into a smaller container and put it on a fully compatible CD. And you know what? It sounds great! How do I know this? I spent time in Bruce's studio comparing our 192/24 Pro Tools session, MQA decoded disc and standard CD, all playing at the same time and level matched. I couldn't tell a difference between the 192/24 master and the decoded MQA track and the standard CD sounded really close to both. If this can withstand the scrutiny of Bruce's system, I know it sounds great. As one of my teachers at school said, "If it sounds good, it is good."

And if you store your music collection on a hard drive, the discs will rip just fine. I've done it in Apple Lossless and FLAC and haven't had an issue. I also uploaded them to Google Play Music which converted them to mp3 and they work fine there, too. So don't worry, this album will sound good with or without MQA decoding and I think you're really going to enjoy it.

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[*] posted on 4-3-20 at 01:30


Hi Neil!
THANKS for a detailed explanation, most of which I didn't understand(HAH!)! However, bottom line is it sounds great... that's all I can hope for!
Oh... and FTR, I've never "ripped" anything, or store my CDs on my hard drive! I guess I truly AM "old-fashioned"! :)
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[*] posted on 4-3-20 at 01:37


Don't just take my word for it. You can listen to the samples here.

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[*] posted on 4-3-20 at 02:00


Oh I've already listened to the samples, and they sound wonderful! Can't wait to get this!
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[*] posted on 5-3-20 at 11:25


I'am so looking forward to this set. Strangely, I always thought the mix on the Prometheus cd was a bit off and it did sour my feelings on the whole album. I havent seen the film since the time of its release but a revist ought to ignite the interest. And thank heavens for the OST presentation on Disc 2 that should set my appetite for disc 1. With all the recent breakthroughs in the remastering process (since it last came out out 17 years ago) and with the expertise of both Neil S Bulk and Bruce Botnick its bound to sound amazing. The sound clips are indeed very good. So yeah lets have it...
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[*] posted on 5-3-20 at 11:46


Well done LALA, Neil and Bruce for getting this one out. Looking forward to the improved sonic presentation and the album edit and extras too. Thanks for the info on MQA. I doubt I will notice the difference. I only ever heard HDCD as I have a player. Remember being impressed by the Eraser HDCD but never got anymore after that. Never got into SACD and generally happy with a 320kbps mp3 if I am honest. For me it is the original master that is key.



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[*] posted on 5-3-20 at 23:17


Neil, would do you me a favor and get in touch with me via email at moradi (dot) yavar (at) gmail (dot) com? Was wondering if you might be open to talking about this release, and other Goldsmith scores you've worked on, for The Goldsmith Odyssey podcast. :)

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[*] posted on 12-3-20 at 15:48


As stated on Facebook: "Jerry Goldsmith Online After listening a lot to this new release I made one observation in that percussion is less prominent on the LALA than the Prometheus. Some cues are quite obvious, especially the train crash sequence. On the Prometheus the timpani really has a thump to it and snare drums standout in busy cues like the end credits. The LALA dials down their prominence throughout. I may end up using tracks from both sources for my playlist."

As mentioned previously, the stereo balance on the Prometheus release is all out of whack and does not reflect the intended mix. The percussion is more prominent on that album because it's all been moved to the right channel. It was supposed to be in the center and balanced with the orchestra.

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[*] posted on 20-3-20 at 05:20


To those who have been used to the old release is likley to find the new issue a bit jarring to their ears. As for me I didnt 'marry' the score even though I had it so Iam looking forward to absorb the new mix as it was supposed to sound.
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To those who have been used to the old release is likley to find the new issue a bit jarring to their ears. As for me I didnt 'marry' the score even though I had it so Iam looking forward to absorb the new mix as it was supposed to sound.
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[*] posted on 24-3-20 at 21:19


Why does this sound like it was recorded in the GRAND CANYON?????
EDIT: It sounds AMAZING, don't get me wrong... it's leagues above the old Prometheus release... but it DOES sound like it was recorded in the Grand Canyon!
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[*] posted on 28-3-20 at 19:00


The 3-track was dry and needed reverb to sound its best.

As an aside, we used analog plate reverb on this and not a digital plug-in.

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