℗ 1999 Varèse Sarabande
Great Composers: John Williams Tracklist:
It always amuses me when people say they don't like classical music. I then ask that person, " Do you like the movie Star Wars? "The reply is always yes. I then reply;" then you do like classical music." John Williams is modern classical music. Beethoven went to Vienna because that's where the money was. Today the composers go to Hollywood for the same reason.
An orchestra doing John Williams badly still sounds better than a lot of other movie composers' "masterpieces" any day, and as redos go, these are definitely top-notch "recreations" of the original orchestrations. So if you are a "soundtrack snob" and you're expecting all the original versions of these themes, get ready for a bitter disappointment. I am a little biased, though, since I have bought the work of Joel McNeely, John Debney, etc., conducting the Royal Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonic and other orchestras that re-did the scores and themes from other composers and films, and they were all pretty decent. (Check out McNeely's re-recording of Barry's BODY HEAT score for a good example.) When I still got the same goosebumps listening to THE TOWERING INFERNO theme that I did hearing the original version, I knew they had done this right. If you don't mind not having the originals, this is worth your dime and your time.
All I have to say is that John Williams is one of the greatest musical artists of all time! This album includes nearly all of his best and my favorite compositions. Anyone who enjoys entertaining and lovely music should come here!
Varese Sarabande Sure picked a good composer. John Williams is truly the master of Cinema Music And this is a good Compilation of some of our favorites, and lesser-known favorites, on one Disc. If your looking for Blockbuster music. John Williams is it.