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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True works of genius, conducted by the man himself
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...
Published on 21 Jun. 2007 by John Smith

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True works of genius, conducted by the man himself, 21 Jun. 2007
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection from a genius, 16 Feb. 2001
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of John Williams' cinematic scores...., 2 Oct. 2003
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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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). Spielberg is the director whose movies have more representation with five of 14 tracks -- 1941, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and Saving Private Ryan. However, there is plenty of variety, both musically and genre-wise, of material written for other directors' films. Two Oliver Stone films (Born on the Fourth of July and JFK) have themes presented here, and such diverse movie themes as "The Days Between" from Stepmom, "Somewhere in My Memory" from Home Alone, and the album's final track "Duel of the Fates" from 1999's "The Phantom Menace" are a testament to Williams' talent, audience appeal, and versatility.
With over two hours' of music, this is a fine addition to any fan of film or orchestral music's CD collection.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the best for one great price!!!, 21 Dec. 2000
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In the process of searching for film music composed by Hans Zimmer and James Horner I came across this. It's perhaps one of the best compilations of film music by one of the best composers - John Williams who in his career has created soundtracks to accompany some of the most prominent films in the history of Hollywood, namely "Star Wars", "Schindler's List", "Jaws", "Saving Private Ryan" ...and many more! Considering the excellent price for what is a double cd collection there are no excuses for not buying this amazing album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring and wonderful music!, 26 May 2002
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J. Kirkland "jennyk" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Who can forget the first time you hear StarWars, John Williams music is so powerful and uplifting.
This has them all from E.T. one of his most notable scores to J.F.K., Jurrasic Park, Indiana Jones the raiders March and Star Wars to name but a few of the highlights of this wonderful compilation and as of course the Jaws theme!
Remarkable and emotionally satisfying it can only be John Williams Greatest Hits.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!, 25 Oct. 2003
Nothing to say but buy buy buy buy buy buy buy BUY if you heard, say, the Star Wars theme and liked it! This 2cd album will not disappoint! I bought it when i had only heard a couple of his scores and my collection has rapidly increased since then! Just buy it!
The man is a genius! I have listened to this album like 20 times through and it's still as fresh as ever! I love it! Just buy it!
The best track here would have to be Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan! But there all great!! Just buy it!
Just buy this! Oh and a tip: listen to the Jaws theme with the volume cranked up, it only fully works this way! And 5 stars doesn't fully justify this album!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent CD of movie classics, 4 Feb. 2001
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This CD has on it all of my favourite soundtrack themes stretching over the full career of John Williams. My own favourite tracks are the Olympic Fanfare written for the 1984 LA Olympics, and the ET theme, which is a superbly uplifting piece of music. The CD also has more modern stuff, including the theme from Star Wars Episode 1. If you are a fan of film music, but this now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Musical soundtrack compilations, 11 Dec. 2007
Bottom line up front, this is one of the best John Williams compilations available. It has not only memorable movie soundtrack songs, but also his music from the Olympics. While other John Williams music CDs have lots of songs, this one has some of the best variety compared to others.
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