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John Williams - Greatest Hits 1969-1999 [Import]

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  • Audio CD (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B000031W6G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Main Title from Star WarsJohn Williams 5:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Flying Theme from "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"London Symphony Orchestra;John Williams 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Main Title from Superman (Instrumental)John Williams 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Parade of the Slave Children from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Instrumental)John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Theme from "Sugarland Express"John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Theme from "Jaws"John Williams and London Symphony Orchestra 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bugler's Dream and Olympic Fanfare MedleyJohn Williams 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Luke and Leia from Return of the Jedi (Instrumental)John Williams 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Main Title from The Reivers (Instrumental)John Williams 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes BackJohn Williams 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Instrumental)John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Cadillac of the Skies from "Empire of the Sun"John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Raiders of the Lost Ark (tm) from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star MedleyJohn Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 9:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private RyanJohn Williams 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Theme from "Jurassic Park"John Williams 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Theme from "Schindler's List"John Williams;Itzhak Perlman 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flight to Neverland from Hook (Instrumental)John Williams 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Seven Years in Tibet from Seven Years in TibetYo-Yo Ma;John Williams 7:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prologue from JFKJohn Williams 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Days Between from Stepmom (Instrumental)John Williams;Christopher Parkening 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. March from 1941John Williams;The Boston Pops Orchestra 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Main Title from Home Alone ("Somewhere in My Memory") (Voice)John Williams 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Summon the Heroes (For Tim Morrison)John Williams 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Look Down, Lord (Reprise and Finale) from Rosewood (Instrumental)John Williams 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Theme from"Far and Away"John Williams;Itzhak Perlman 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I. Theme from Born on the Fourth of July from Suite from Born on the Fourth of July (Excerpt)John Williams 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Duel Of The Fates from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom MenaceJohn Williams;London Voices 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Thanks in no small part to his relationship with directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, composer John Williams has been associated with many of the greatest box-office successes of all time. Combining original tracks with re-recordings, Greatest Hits 1969-1999 surveys the astonishing body of work assembled by the composer over the past three decades. This handsomely packaged two-disc set demonstrates how Williams single-handedly revived the romantic, symphonic film score as personified by the Golden Age of Hollywood, while affirming the value of film as an important vehicle for serious musical expression at the same time. The composer's melodic gifts are emphasised, whether it be through stirring marches (Superman, The Empire Strikes Back), enchanted Christmas music (Home Alone) or opulent chorales (The Phantom Menace). Thirteen of his famous collaborations with Spielberg are offered (including E.T., Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan), as are excerpts from the four Star Wars films. The earliest score presented in the set is The Reivers (1969), which confirmed Williams's arrival as an important new voice. Also included are his contributions to the 1984 and 1996 Olympics, along with recent efforts such as the spiritual Rosewood and the light sonorities of Stepmom. The set also illustrates the composer's ability to break down the barriers between absolute music and functional music--consider his use of classical scherzos (Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) or the cello obligato of Yo-Yo Ma in Seven Years in Tibet. Williams's music was critical to the impact of all these films, none of which would have been nearly as successful without his unseen but heartfelt presence. --Kevin Mulhall

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I'll keep it simple: All the essential film scores are here, and then some. Star Wars, Superman, ET, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Jaws, etc, etc, etc!

Whilst the majority of these are not the originals from the 70s and 80s you can rest assured that these are extremely faithful re-recordings, all conducted by Mr Williams himself, and recorded with the highest of production values.

Most of the recording sessions are from the 1990s, including a 1996 session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, London.

Nice cover too - the normal CD case slips into a mock-up celluloid outer sleeve. Don't worry - it's not like one of those annoying cardboard outersleeves that prevents your CD sliding into your rack; its very thin plastic, resembling, as I said, celluloid (not to be confused with cellulite - that wouldn't look nice on your box).

I have heard lesser cover recordings of these themes, often with dodgy arrangements and at poor recording quality. This is a completely official release, sanctioned by the man himself and released on the reputable Sony Classical label, and sounds nothing short of the high quality one would expect.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection from a genius 16 Feb 2001
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Format:Audio CD
John Williams has a knack of scoring memorable themes in every film he is asked to compose for. Largely linked with Steven Speilberg Williams' brings a distinct feel to a large collection of memorable films. From the stirring signature of the Indiana Jones films to the sombre and moving Schindler's List, Williams' shows an amazing ability to echo the feeling of a film in his orchestral renderings across a wide variety of genres. This CD shows the highlights of a long and illustrious career. A must for any lover of film scores.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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John Williams -- The Greatest Hits 1969-1999, as its title proclaims, is a two-disc anthology of one of Hollywood's most famous and prolific composers. Starting from 1969's "The Reivers" and ending with 1999's "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace," its 28 tracks cover most of Williams' film scoring career, with two Summer Olympics' (1984 and 1996) fanfares thrown in for good measure.
Disc One covers the period between 1969 and 1989, even though the tracks are not arranged in chronological order. Instead, the fun begins with Williams' most famous (and maybe most popular) piece, "Main Title from Star Wars." It's in this disc that works from his most prolific period appear, including themes from Sugarland Express, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T., Empire of the Sun, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies.
Although most of these tracks appear in other John Williams albums, I discovered one new gem in the Main Title from The Reivers (1969). I've never seen the film or read the Steinbeck novel of the same name, but I was captivated by Williams' way of introducing a melodic idea with a solo instrument (a guitar), then adding an Aaron Copland-like flourish of brass and strings, followed by a series of variations on a theme evoking open spaces and fun hijinks out in the countryside (indicated by the use of banjos and horns).
Another surprise on Disc One is the new arrangement of the 1984 Olympic Fanfare, commissioned for the Los Angeles Summer Games. This reworking of the fanfare adds the familiar "Bugler's Dream" everyone associates with the Olympics to Williams' vibrant march.
Disc Two covers the 1990s (with the peculiar appearance of Williams' "March from 1941," Steven Spielberg's 1979 comedy dud).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 23 Mar 2003
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This CD is absolutley breathtaking! From Start to finish it sends shivers down your spine and takes you through a number of different emotions. You can never hear enough of John Williams' music - he is a genius! I highly recommend this to people of all ages, whatever you think your taste in music might be this is for everyone.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole album of thrills, spills and emotion! 1 Oct 2000
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This collection is a MUST for any movie-goer and music lover. John Williams is by far and away the greatest film composer of modern times. His name may not be known to most, but his music is known to billions.
This collection of Williams' greatest music begins strongly, with the theme from Star Wars - guaranteed to have you jumping about, fighting with an imaginary light-sabre! More music from the Star Wars collection, along with music from Indiana Jones and Jaws, all fill the mind with thoughts of dashing heroics and swashbuckling adventure.
However, Williams is not solely for lovers of action movies. Themes from E.T., Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List (to name a few) are real tear-jerkers, with beauty and emotion flooding out.
Then there's the comedy! Music from Hook and Home Alone elicit chuckles and smirks with ease.
There is not a disappointing track anywhere on this album. Williams shows his wide-ranging skill as a composer, from haunting violin solos (Schindler's List), through inspiring trumpet voluntaries (Olympic Fanfare), to the ability to set a scene like no-one else (just think of the theme from Jaws!). Not to mention the stunning choral sections (Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind).
I would especially recommend this album to anyone looking to introduce their children to classical music - youngsters will have great fun recognising themes and interpreting what they hear.
A great Christmas or birthday present (that's how I came to posess it)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cover the tunes I wanted to hear
Published 5 days ago by billy megger
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 12 days ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by david leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars This tells all
A excellent CD by a great composer who shown how leitmotif enhances a motion picture, reason why he has recieved many nominations
Published 4 months ago by Eric Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
With so many bad efforts of soundtracks out there, I glad I picked this....barely a note out of place and done by the man himself with an excellent orchestra.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. Cadman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Given as a Christmas present . The recipient has thoroughly enjoyed it listening to this John Williams Greatest Hits CD
Published 7 months ago by Mrs S R Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars pure class
Well what can i say? iconic theme songs from some great films by a legend of film score,all on a double cd,whats not to like? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simon Knowles
3.0 out of 5 stars CDs from Amazon
Nice CD but not what I expected! Mostly film themes and seems all the same to me? Will try another of his music CDs
Published 11 months ago by Dennis King
5.0 out of 5 stars Many nostalgic and superbly performed film tracks!
This album contains some of my favorite cinema soundtracks. They are the original recordings and are produced to a very high standard. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Freddy McGavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostagic tunes from the Movies
An excellent recording of all the music I have known from the movies over the years. I would certainly recommend this recording to any Williams fans.
Published 20 months ago by MR A E HYDE
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