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Jaws Anniversary Collector's Edition (John Williams) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (July 11 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00004TR2G
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
7. Montage
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

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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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John Williams' Masterpeice... as you've never heard it before!

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
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Dun, dun, dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun.

Aaaaahh: Jaws,
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).
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I would like to respond to unclesparky's review. You seem to be confused as to the content of the 2000 release of the Jaws soundtrack. It is this recording that contains the original scores tapes as heard in the movie, not the original album release, which was a rerecording of some of the cues as "concert" arrangements. You seem to have it backwards.
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.
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The 1975 film, Jaws, marked the first time time director Steven Spielberg, and composer John Williams worked together on a film. It is a collaboration that has served both men very well and it continues to this day. Released to coinside with the film's 25th anniversary, the collector's edition, reinstates 10 minutes of "new" music over 12 tracks on the CD. The simplicity of the-now-famous main theme still strikes me as something of a landmark in film music. I think the theme is on par with Bernard Herrmann's theme for Psycho. I say that because one only has to hear the first few bars of both themes and it is instantly recognized For my sister, the music still causes her to stop in her tracks. The other highlight of the score is the theme that represents the 3 men and their boat who go off after the beast. It tells the listner that these "pirates" are having a grand adventure at sea. The soundtrack is sequenced to follow the film. I to say though, I kind of missed the concert versions heard on the previous release. Strange enough this recording still feels incomplete without them I wish the producers of this CD had followed the model of the Superman soundtrack reissue, and included a few concert suites from the first release (that is why I only rated this a strong **** and a half stars). The CD has 20 tracks and a running time of 51 minutes, 17 seconds. Even with the "missing" concert versions, you can never really go wrong with this Williams masterpiece
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From the time I first saw "Jaws" as a teenager in 1975, I was aware of how large a contribution John Williams' music was making to the movie's impact. I was also aware that the "original soundtrack album," which I wore out (you could do that in the days of LP), was a re-recording that seemed to use a smaller orchestra and also omitted quite a bit of the best of the score. Since the (in)famous "dum-da-dum-dum" shark theme was all that most moviegoers seemed to remember, over the years I looked a little silly when I would occasionally attempt to proclaim the "Jaws" score as one of the greatest ever written for the movies. Now it's easy to make that case: Just pop a copy of this CD into the player. The many moods of this score are all here in the **genuine** "original soundtrack" performances, more shivery than the re-recordings, and there's even a fair amount of music that was cut from the movie. And it's all in high-impact stereo, which is a far cry from the limited dynamic range of the mono sound heard in circa-1975 movie theatres.
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.
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