THE STORY SO FAR:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack composed and conducted by John Williams! This collection is all digitally remastered from the original tapes and includes previously unreleased music. Full color CD booklet features rare photographs and new liner notes.
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.
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, 45 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.
Final Score: 99% – A