Greatest Hits (1969-1999) – John Williams
Heros and Superheroes
Indiana Jones , the man with a hat, a stubble, a whip. Some one whom I always wanted to be, but could never be. Be it dodging boulders, or staying alive in a snake pit, or fighting goons in Cairo, Indy was always the ultimate adventure hero for me. And what better tribute than the Raiders March , this again has a thunderous trumpet score like Superman, and the tempo wonderfully fits in with Indy’s daredevil nature.
World War II
From superheroes and raiders, to real heroes , Hymn to the Fallen , from Saving Private Ryan, just touches you deeply, as it reminds you of the sacrifices made by the soldiers. Starting off with a typical military beat, it goes into a slow, melancholy tone, and at the end of it, you find yourself totally moved.
Schindlers List a totally dark and depressing movie about the Holocaust. And in keeping with the mood of the movie, the music itself is very slow, very melancholy. And that’s what made Williams a great composer, he was as comfortable with the larger than life mood of an Indy Jones and Superman, as he was with the gloomy mood of a Schindler’s List.
Once upon a Galaxy
Even if your not much of a Star Wars fanatic like me, you surely would have never missed the background score for Star Wars- A New Hope . A fascinating score, which has been copied everywhere by TV channels, movies. Again starting off with a high trumpet sound, this goes into a full scale orchestral sound. Perfectly fitting into the movie’s theme of inter galactic warfare, this score does take you into outer space for a while. The Imperial March of Darth Vader’s Army in The Empire Strikes Back , is another great score, having that typical military beat. Again this score seems somewhat similar to that in Ben Hur, where the Roman Army marches in Judea.
Of Sharks and Dinosaurs
When Jaws was first released in 1975, it simply scared the audiences in theaters. And one big factor, was John Williams music. Using an alternate note motif, the track slowly picks up to one big crescendo, and when you actually watch it on big screen, you are simply scared out of your wits. And when 19 years later, Spielberg decided to again scare the audiences with dinosaurs in Jurrasic Park , it was the inimitable Williams who came up with another great score, especially in the opening scene, where the helicopter lands against the waterfall backdrop.
Kids with Aliens
In 1981, an alien named ET charmed a young boy called Eliot on screen, as well as millions of audiences worldwide, and again a wonderful charming score by John Williams . This album contains the score of the famous scene where ET flies along with Eliot .
Real to Reel
JFK a movie that tries to discover the truth behind his assassination. The score is more of a funeral dirge, one used when Presidents are buried.
Born on the 4th of July , is about a real life Vietnam veteran, who becomes an anti war protestor later. The movie starts off with his childhood in mid western America, and the music perfectly captures the languid pace of that area.
Apart from the movie scores, the album has the Olympic Theme for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and Summon the Heroes , which was the theme for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics . So if you love some good music scores, go get yourself this album.