Jaws Anniversary Collector's Edition (John Williams) Soundtrack
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|1. Main Title and First Victim|
|2. The Empty Raft|
|3. The Pier Incident|
|4. The Shark Cage Fugue|
|5. Shark Attack|
|6. Ben Gardner's Boat|
|8. Father and Son|
|9. Into The Estuary|
|10. Out To Sea|
|11. Man Against Beast|
|12. Quint's Tale|
|13. Brody Panics|
|14. Barrel Off Starboard|
|15. The Great Shark Chase|
|16. Three Barrels Under|
|17. Between Attacks|
|18. The Shark Approaches|
|19. Blown To Bits|
|20. End Titles|
Peter Benchley's bestselling novel about the sobering impact of shark attacks on a New England beach town's tourist season gave director Steven Spielberg the perfect opportunity to craft a suspenseful action-drama. An immediate blockbuster upon release in 1975, the movie is being hailed as a classic 25 years later. The 20 minutes of additional score and interviews with Spielberg and composer John Williams may be the strongest enticements for anyone who already owns the original soundtrack, but anyone who's put off purchasing this most identifiable score now has the temptation of improved sonic clarity to contend with as well. Since so much of Williams's score--at the time, his second for Spielberg, before going on to E.T. and Schindler's List, among others--depends on the nearly silent tension buttressed by deep, probing notes, this wide-screen audio mapping only heightens the drama. "Shark Attack," "The Great Shark Chase," and "The Shark Approaches," along with the main theme, represent what empathic movie scoring is all about. --Rob O'Connor
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Top Customer Reviews
Board the Orca... join Captain Quint on his boat... reassure Chief Brody, and help Mr. Hooper with his 'shark gear'. :-)
Hooper: "...that's a 20 footer."
Quint: "...25. Three tons on him."
Enjoy... and PLEASE do not burn this CD! Universal Music TM
What a fond memory I have of this music. And the movie. Imagine a small boy of about eight or nine - scared to death of "gritty" movies - watching Steven Spielberg's "Jaws". You are reading the words of a kid who absolutely loved Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom, but ran away at the sequence where the poor soul's heart is ripped out. The first time I saw that part must have been at the age of fifteen. On the other hand, I could bear watching the big henchman being mashed on the stone crusher. Why? In retrospect, I believe I could because in this scene you actually see nothing at all. The only thing you see is a trail of blood. How gross the rest of it is depends solely on your imagination and the amount of it you wish to use up on it. That is the power of Jaws as well, of that I am convinced. The first time we really see the shark we are well into the second hour of the film. Quite a few people have died atrocious deaths before that time, but we never see more than a distant outline - a fin - or a set of jaws deep in troubled water.
In terms of moviemusic, the film presents us two themes: one for the hunters ON the water, and one for the hunter IN the water. Both have common mathematics, but that could just as well be imagination, discerning that the shark's theme is basically two repetitive notes, backed up with some flourishes and instrumental tints. This is the famous theme - the one you can listen to on your Walkman chasing old people down the street, a funny predatorily feeling coming over you (- and perhaps the old people are listening to the same theme, chasing young people - you never know).Read more ›
Now, as for my opinion, I personally detest rerecordings and always want to hear music as it is heard in the film. This album does a magnificent job of restoring the original master tapes. The cues are short, however, so if you don't like short cues, you might want the original CD. Either way, you can't go wrong, but purists should buy this album, while people who are on the fence should probably go for the older album. Great score either way, well deserving of the Academy Award.
By the way, the posters who noted the lack of the "concert arrangements" which appeared on the (very short) 1975 soundtrack re-recording are correct. But you know what? I for one don't miss those concert arrangements--I consider them a waste of CD space if they squeeze out playing time that could be more usefully filled. However, there **are** a few tracks on this CD in which shorter cues have been strung together, suite-like.
I do have a few quibbles. While it's nice to have the unused (and mostly never-before-heard) music available--about 10 minutes' worth--it would have been even nicer if the liner notes provided a clue as to where the unused music would have been... well, used.Read more ›
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Although John Williams had been making inroads in the movie/television musical composition biz, it was his score to the Spielberg classic that cemented his status as one of the... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by Reginald D. Garrard
John William's score for Steven Spielberg's classic tale of a shark terrorising the people of Amity Island is not only his best musical score ever, but it is also, THE best... Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by Kristy M. Ross
I am always in favor of complete scores, not matter how long they are. However, here is one case I'm not completely satisfied with, and that is because I have grown used to... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2001 by Luis M. Ramos
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It was after Williams did Jaws that he really got famous when in the movie scoring buisness. Read more
Some of you may know that the "orinigal soundtrack' the MCA release was only about 32 minutes. Also that CD although conducted by John Williams was good. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2001 by Desperado
are talking about! Jaws: The Anniversary Collector's Edition is by far the best release of this classic score. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001
John Williams is known for making popular themes, from the Raiders March of Raiders Of The Lost Ark to the Imperial Theme from the Empire Strikes Back. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2000 by Robert Pollock