1981 and 1989 John Williams helped set the mood for three
Indiana Jones movies. Already available as three separate
soundtracks, now Silva Screen has released a compilation of
some of the highlights from all three of the movie recordings...
main problem with a collection like this is that what constitutes
the best tracks is very subjective. I never liked the tracks
Airplane Fight from Raiders of the Lost Ark
and No Ticket from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
and felt that there were at least half a dozen other tracks
which better captured the spirit of these movies - but then
that is just my opinion.
Screen released an extended soundtrack to Raiders of the
Lost Ark a few years ago (which contained many more tracks
than were on the original release but still composed and conducted
by John Williams). Because I know the original recordings
from all three movies inside out I could tell straight away
that this new collection was noticeably different in arrangement
than the original recordings.
listening to some tracks I winced as the mixing concentrated
on different areas of the orchestra than the original recordings,
or certain notes seemed to have been changes ever so slightly.
And, on more than a couple of occasions, I'm sure I heard
a slightly out of key instrument somewhere in the background.
as I said before, I know these tracks so well that only a
direct copy of the original recordings would have kept me
totally happy. But then, as I listened more, I noticed that
some of these mixing changes and note changes actually improved
upon John Williams score (if that is possible). For every
moment I winced there was another moment when I smiled.
this collection includes the title theme from Indiana Jones
and the Temple of Doom (Cole Porter's Anything Goes)
- while not the original recording or singer this is still
an interesting addition and there is also an English version
of the song included.
collection is also recorded in Dolby Surround which gives
another interesting dimension to the scores. Although, the
vocals for Anything Goes only come out of the centre
speaker which makes hearing what is being sung difficult.
grew up with the original soundtracks and have to say that
Silva Screen have done a pretty good job with this collection.
If you don't own the original soundtracks then this is the
next best thing.
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