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Jurassic Park Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (May 25 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002OOY
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Titles
2. Theme From Jurassic Park
3. Incident At The Island
4. Journey To The Island
5. The Raptor Attack
6. Hatching Baby Raptor
7. Welcome To Jurassic Park
8. My Friend, The Brachiosaurus
9. Dennis Steals The Embryo
10. A Tree For My Bed
11. High-Wire Stunts
12. Remembering Petticoat Lane
13. Jurassic Park Gate
14. Eye To Eye
15. T-Rex Rescue And Finale
16. End Credits

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike McGovern on Oct. 18 2005
Format: Audio CD
The music of Jurassic Park opened my heart. It changed my life.
Before I saw Jurassic Park, I hated music. Never listened to a stitch. I saw the show when I was fouteen, and most of the music washed right over me. I didn't care. But it was the gentle piano solo in the track labelled "Welcome to Jurassic Park" that finally caught my attention (at the end of the movie.) For the first time, I really listened.
The music is the main Jurassic Park theme, played on solo piano, and a little sad. But when the orchestra shifts in, the music is taken gently from a whistlful recollection to a shining hymn of clanging glory.
This is love translated into sound - dignified and exultant. It is grand, but slow, without losing the gentleness that is missing in almost every other piece of music I have ever heard, before or since.
The beauty will move a gentle heart to tears. It is not music for a dinosaur show, it is music for communion.
I cannot understand why John Williams does not write music like this anymore - the sheer overflow of joy alone is worth the effort. As Oliver Stone once said, Williams has the soul of a poet. Isn't poetic beauty like this the reason we all became involved with classical music in the first place?
I firmly believe that if John Willaims had never existed, I would have gone right on hating music, all my life. I still find little to admire in it, although there are a few tiny bright spots.
I also get the impression that Williams was trying to change the world with his music somehow, trying to encourage people to be more tuneful, more sincere, more alive. I believe he thinks he has failed. It is going against the tide, since most musicians I know are moody and depressed, and most people still listen to popular garbage.
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Hello all you Amazon.com folks, it is I -- Preston Jelmet! I have come here today to talk about the FANTASTIC score to the FANTASTIC film, Jurassic Park... composed by... yours truly, Preston Jelmet!
Now you may be thinking, Preston, John Williams wrote the score to Jurassic Park. NO! It was I. John Williams was busy feeding his chewy chocolate chip cookie addiction and between bites said, "Preston, you MUST compose this score, I just can't focus." So of course, I was happy to step up to the plate.
First off, my score is pure genius. It's the best thing ever written, and I wrote it. First off, I want to talk about the instrumentation. I use a lot of strings, because strings are cool and they sound cool. Little known fact: lots of composers throughout history have used strings other than me, but I'm really the one to pioneer that Hollywood "string" sound, starting with Jurassic Park. Until then, strings were BORING.
Let's talk about my fantastic main theme a little. Okay not a little, a lottle. My main theme is great. I use brass a lot in it. It's a fanfare, because when I think dinosaurs, I think fanfare, I think of 76 Trombones, don't you? When I think of dinosaurs, I think about everything but what I should be thinking of... originally I was going to have a caveman percussion ensemble playing the instruments "stone" and "fire" but John Williams (my good friend) thought that wouldn't be a good idea.
So I did fanfare.
Let's talk about my awesome track where Nedry runs away with the embryos. I thought I would use weird percussion because Dennis Nedry was weird too. It also has a very specific tempo, because it was the only choice to represent Dennis Nedry's overweight facade. Overweight, indeed...
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If someone ask's you why you think made John Williams so great. Ask them to hum out any piece of music from almost any movie... 90 chances out of 100, it will be from one of the following: Jaws, Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Jurassic Park or something derrived from or artistically similar to one of those themes. Even the Star Trek franchise couldn't have survived...or rather revived without John Williams. Okay, I know that John Williams didn't write a note of music for Trek...but think about it, the Motion Picture was supposed to be an answer to...Star Wars, and thusly the music was made to sound similar to the themes of Star Wars.
The music from Jurassic Park almost instantly became one of the most recognizable themes just over 10 years ago from this writing (June 9, 1993 marked the opening of the movie) and 10 years later, fans of the movie still thrill over watching the kids (Ariana Richards & Joseph Mazzello) get chased around the island in the visual medium, and my belief is that the movie wouldn't have been as good without two things: the beautifully played out looks of terror on Ariana's face and of course the background music to pace the entire things.
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John Williams's score to Jurassic Park is certainly one of my all time favorite film scores. From the creepy percussive and choral opening all the way to the last few minutes of the film, this soundtrack shines. Many people who enjoy this soundtrack would be shocked to learn that it wasn't nominated for an Oscar in 1993. Actually, John Williams was already nominated for Schindler's List, which ended up winning.
The themes in this film are really fantastic. There are a few which anyone will recognize after hearing this album:
1) Main theme developed through the film - This is a pretty simple theme, but one of Williams's best. The amazing aspect of it is that if this film hadn't been made, and just this piece had been written, no one would have heard it and thought "Dinosaurs, obviously!" However, this theme transforms the film and the idea of Jurassic Park to a glorious place of wonder, and very effectively. This theme is especially poignant at the end when Dr. Grant leaves the island on a helicopter and looks out the window at Jurassic Park.
2) Journey to the Island theme - the most thrilling and exciting theme of the film, this dramatic march once again exhibits the glory of Jurassic Park. The soaring horn and trumpet parts give you goosebumps.
3) Dennis Steals the Embryo - this theme really builds up the tension in the movie. The really horrifying music like this changes the villians in this film- evil does not exist in the recreated animals themselves, but instead within the greedy people trying to rip off the park.
4) High Wire Stunts - I will always remember sitting in the movie theater with my heart pounding during this scene of the film when Dr. Grant and the kids try to get over the electric fence without getting shocked.
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