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Raiders of the Lost Ark Import
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|1. The Raiders March|
|2. Main Title: South America|
|3. In The Idol's Temple|
|4. Flight From Peru|
|5. Journey To Nepal|
|6. The Medallion|
|7. To Cairo|
|8. The Basket Game|
|9. The Map Room: Dawn|
|10. Reunion And The Dig Begins|
|11. The Well Of The Souls|
|12. Airplane Fight|
|13. Desert Chase|
|14. Marion's Theme|
|15. The German Sub/To The Nazi Hideout|
|16. Ark Trek|
|17. The Miracle Of The Ark|
|18. The Warehouse|
|19. End Credits|
In the '80s and '90s, John Williams has come to occupy roughly the same towering place in filmdom occupied by Henry Mancini for much of the '60s and '70s. Williams (who played piano on some early Mancini scores) carved out that distinction with exciting, full-blooded scores like George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones cycle, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster tributes to the cheesy film serials of his youth. The first in that series, Raiders wears its retro-symphonic sensibilities like a badge of honor and indeed, DGG's expanded deluxe release plays like a more economic Mahler opus. A true film music classic, even if its sensibilities are 40 years misplaced. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
The music is excellent! One moment it can be soft and haunting or it could be loud and exciting. "The Raiders March" is a great one and of course, everyone is familiar with the song. It's also a good example of loud and exciting. An example of a dark and haunting track is the next one "Main Title: South America 1936". That song is also great and it is played at the very beginning of the movie. The whole album is amazing and I will never forget the musioc.
This CD also has a booklet that has a lot of information about how the movie was done. It includes notes from Steven Spielberg and John Williams, it tells a little bit about the story. There are also sketches and photographs from the movie. So, if you are thinking of buying this soundtrack then I would also suggest that you take some time to look through the notes.
If your a fan of Indiana Jones, John Williams, or you enjoyed the movie than this CD might be worthwile.
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The twenty-four page booklet that comes with the CD is so fat that it doesn't fit into the case very well. It's FULL of extras that include behind the scene clips, story-board sketches and comments from Williams and Spielberg. But the real gem is the music critiques by Lukas Kendall. He goes through each track explaining the music piece and the movie scene it accompanies. This is quite amusing and any one who is a fan of the movie or of John Williams will take pleasure in reading it. All in all it has a seamless way of giving the score its due credit. I couldn't say it any better myself and suggest that you get it and read it on your own.
This soundtrack is great and I highly recommend it for those who throughly enjoy the work of Williams and/or the Indiana Jones films. The booklet's insight reflect the passion that made the film the classic that it is. Making the soundtrack that much more priceless.
John Williams is widely known for his successful film scores, and this is one of his best. From the memorable tunes of the Raiders March and the mystery evoked in the Ark Theme, to the fast-paced Desert Chase and the tranquility of Marion's Theme, this CD has it all. Re-released (by demand?), 30 minutes were added to what was already a success, and the addition was *not* a waste.
While track 2 (South America, 1936) was relatively mediocre compared to the others (and it was an unreleased track), the remainder of the unreleased material fully compensated for this. I especially enjoyed the Basket Game, with an unforgettable little tune, and the additional length of The Desert Chase, which I would say is my favorite of the entire soundtrack. I prefer fast-paced music, and this is filled accordingly. However, it's not without variation, as you'll find in Marion's Theme, The German Sub/Nazi Hideout (unreleased), and several others. The bottom line is : this score unquestionably contributed to John Williams' success, as it is an incredibly addictive soundtrack.
I highly recommend this to any fan of instrumental music, John Williams' soundtracks, or just the Indiana Jones series (depending on your taste in music). If you're wondering if it's worth the price, consider this : 74 minutes is nearly twice the length of the average soundtrack, and nearly twice the quality, which thereby warrants at least a doubled price. It also comes with a 20 page booklet with a fair amount of information.
Sadly, Williams didn't win the Oscar for best score at the Oscars in 1982 (it went to "Chariots of Fire". What the *u*k?!) & this is a perfect example of how the Academy screws over noteworthy performers (another fine example is, Spielberg's, "The Color Purple").
This expanded release to "Raiders of The Lost Ark" is a classic example of blending action (the truck chase), & romance (Marion's Theme) with the overall theme of the film itself (the "Raiders" march).
If you've watched the film a million times you will instantly recognize a lot of this music. The score practically encompasses & embraces the screen time of the film itself, running at over roughly 75 to 80 minutes of music, from a movie that runs at 1 hr. & 50 min. With the average film score running at anywhere between 40 - 45 min., for a film screentime of 1 hr. & 40 min., the score to "Raiders" is practically a supporting character to the film.
The CD is set so that the score to "Raiders" starts at the films beginning and goes chronilogically through to the film's end.
This score has been on moratorium for some time, but, it's definitely worth every penny.
John Williams' score to "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" is a treasure that even Dr. Jones couldn't pass up.
Neither should you.
It also should be noted that this 1995 DCC release is the ONLY version of the soundtrack on which to hear the COMPLETE version of "Desert Chase" (the truck chase)!
Overall, the soundtrack to Raiders is one of Williams' most colorful, flamboyant works. He clearly is having fun. He paints a wide musical pallette to accompany the film's wide visual pallette. From the percussive drums for the South American jungle, to the mystical instruments for Egypt and the strains for the Ark, to the dissonant flourishes for "Snakes Alive!" the Well of Souls and the various booby traps Indy uncovers, to the militaristic snare, bass drum and brass for the Nazis, interspersed with bursts of the exuberant, heroic Indiana Jones theme as Indy is performing his feats of Devil-may-care derring-do, we are treated to exotic locales, heroes, villains and a loving leading lady just through the notes of this magical musical masterwork.
I especially enjoy "Airplane Fight", because I consider it to be the finest use of classical music to score an action sequence in a movie, ever. The brass literally SPEAKS, SLICES, STRIKES, in fury, as the Nazi mechanic swings his wrench at Indy's head! Listen...then watch the scene in the film. You'll hear what I mean! It's such a highly emotionally charged, furious, tightly-synced to the action and technical piece of music, a marvel!
If, for nothing else, this 1995 DCC release can be enjoyed just for this one track, Airplane Fight, which, up to 1995, was never before released!