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John Williams 40 Years Of Film Music

1 Jan. 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2003
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Silva Screen Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2003 Silva Screen Records
  • Total Length: 3:48:15
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  • ASIN: B001MYT6PI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,661 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Ross Murray on 25 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Be warned, John Williams does not conduct anything in this 4 disc boxset: the conductors are Paul Bateman, Nick Raine and Mario Klemens. When i saw this i expected the worst; all of Williams great scores spoiled by people other than himself! I was wrong! This is actually a very good boxset though it does have it's problems!
Having enjoyed Williams music for some time, i come to expect perfect musical scores and for a tribute to him, i also expect this, but a couple of tracks in this boxset are not so! Take Jaws for example, a brilliant score (which in my opinion only works when volume is cranked up), but this one is rubbish to say the least even when loud! The E.T track is too slow and The Raiders March is too fast! Also my favourite Williams score, Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan is 7 seconds shorter than the original (i'm just nick-picking now)! It also doesn't have the Home Alone theme which i was gutted at! Just little niggles here and there but don't let them put you off buying this! Some of them are near perfect such as Superman theme, Star Wars theme, Duel of Fates and Catch Me If You Can!

Some of the themes in the boxset i never knew Williams done such as Jane Eyre(anyone?) and Witches of Eastwick! I suppose this just shows how versatile John Williams talent is!
If you are looking for a perfect Williams tribute, go for John Williams Greatest Hits 1969-1999, if you are looking for just a tribute, then you can't go far wrong with this boxset!!
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Right, im a massive John Williams fan, and when I saw this box set, i had to add it to my collection. Kinda wished i hadnt now though. The Recordings on this cd are for the most part average at best, with one or two exceptions.
Being a musician myself, im probably a lot more nit picky than most consumers would be though. The orchestra, and in particular the brass section, is very scrappy in many of the tracks. Its almost as if they are sight reading their parts, as there are very many mistakes in places, and the tuning is also diabolical a lot of the time (with some horendous vibrato from the trumpets in some of the indiana jones themes, it sounds more like a new orleans jazz band in places). My advice to people looking to buy this is..... well dont. Stick to the John Williams Greatest hits 1969-1999 double cd set, its got all the essential classics conducted by the man himself, with top quality orchestras like the LSO and the Boston Pops Orchestra, without the fillers that pad out some of the cd's on this one.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ghostface VINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
You would kind of expect an album this big to be the definitive collection of a 40-year (and more) career. It isn't. I'm usually sceptical of recordings made by different orchestras and without the original composer as conductor. Well, this isn't too much of a problem on this album. What I was not happy with was the wasted disc space (one disc is only 49 minutes), and some really bizarre inclusions and omissions. For example, do we really need a mediocre cue like The Flag Parade from Star Wars The Phantom Menace while we don't get a charming, playful theme like Home Alone (and the beautiful Somewhere In My Memory from that movie and the sequel)? I'm sure licensing is the issue here, but that's not very helpful to the average consumer, who might think this is a definitive collection.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brian Murphy on 9 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
UNFORTUNATELY, film soundtracks are not considered mainstream ‘classical’ music and have not received their fair share of airplay on the airwaves.
We all know about Beethoven, Schubert, Vivaldi et al. But there are many more excellent classical composers of the modern era we hear nothing about. Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Alan Silvestri and Jerry Goldsmith are behind some of the biggest films in recent years (Gladiator, Titanic, The Mummy Returns and The Sum Of All Fears respectively).
But there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest as the most popular, and more importantly, the most successful film score composer of our time.
And this new 4 CD collection of The Music Of John Williams (40 years of music) is a fantastic ensemble of some of the best film scores of the last 40 years.
Two of the discs are given over to the films of Steven Spielberg and features music from 1974 (The Sugarland Express) right through to 2003 (Catch Me If You Can).
We get everything else in between including Jaws, Indiana Jones, ET, Always and then on to more modern films such as Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Amistad, Artificial Intelligence, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can.
The other two discs are given over to all the other films Williams has composed and conducted from 1966 (The Rare Breed) through to 2002 (Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones).
Even for a fan of film music, there are some real eye openers here. For one, I certainly didn’t know that Williams had composed for Jane Eyre, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure or The Witches Of Eastwick.
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